Because I am
cheap frugal, I don’t like to spend a fortune on outdoor decor for our deck. I want to be able to see when we are out there at night, preferably without a horde of mosquitoes, and I want it to look reasonably pulled together. I am almost 40 years old and half-assed just isn’t a style I want to have anymore. Which begs the question, can you save a frostbitten fern?
This fern cost over $5, which is a fortune in a plant pot as far as I am concerned. I buy clearance daffodil bulbs, half-dead hostas and ask others to divide their peonies for me. If it is decorative around here, it has to be as a perennial and as inexpensive as possible in cost, maintenance and headaches.
Here’s “Fern” now. She has a weird wet fishy smell and I brought her into the house. Dry air and temperature shock aside, I think she’s looking pretty good. None of the brown is especially crispy and a few new green fronds are working their way out. (Ignore the dog hair.)
I was happy to see additional greenery after the trimming. I would suggest not doing it IN the house, though. Fern looks like the star of a Charlie Brown-esque special on houseplants. In a few days, I think it will be obvious whether this is going to work. If not, I can change the title of this post to a definite “No, You Cannot.”