Ipsden altar frontal: a fern

I’m conscious of it having been more than a week since I last blogged, so this is rather cheeky as today I’m blogging just this little fern.

Ipsden altar frontal: fern (hand embroidered by Mary Addison)

I love ferns and always make sure to have them in my garden. The vicarage garden in the Chilterns had a couple of lovely ones which gracefully accepted life in the shade of the enormous beech trees towering above the house and back garden.

Ipsden altar frontal: fern (hand embroidered by Mary Addison)

In fact I so love ferns I stencilled gold ferns on a black chest of drawers – perhaps you remember the post from August 2012 which can be read here. Since I wrote that piece I have visited Highgrove House, the prince of Wales’s house and garden whose fernery and stumpery I mention – the stumpery I can take or leave but the fernery I thought was one of the best bits of an impressive garden. Must grow more – especially the ones that don’t loose leaves in winter.

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  1. Posted January 3, 2017 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    It’s a lovely little fern – and I did enjoy reading about the chest of drawers!

    • Mary Addison
      Posted January 8, 2017 at 12:21 am | Permalink

      Thank you Rachel – and for giving an old post an airing too.

  2. Posted January 4, 2017 at 7:17 am | Permalink

    Beautifully embroidered, and I enjoyed reading about the chest of drawers. I paid particular attention whilst reading as I am contemplating painting/refurbishing some second hand and existing sitting room furniture for much needed re-do this year. I will remember your wise words about not panicking….! X

    • Mary Addison
      Posted January 8, 2017 at 12:23 am | Permalink

      Hope you have fun with the painting, Penny – spray paint for cars can be very good as it is quick drying and comes in lots of colours.

  3. Posted January 6, 2017 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    I have been popping in from time to time , to see your lovely embroideries . Ferns are my favourite and they can grow in the coldest, dampest, shadiest ,north facing places in the garden where nothing else will grow …even in my woodshed 🙂 Happy New Year x

    • Mary Addison
      Posted January 8, 2017 at 12:29 am | Permalink

      How lovely to hear you’ve been dipping into my blog and thank you for getting in touch as it is always a pleasure to read new reader’s comments.
      Hardy ferns make winter gardens more bearable, though I’m not sure I’d want one in my shed!

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