"The inhabitants of cities suppose that the country landscape is pleasant only half the year. I please myself with the graces of the winter scenery, and believe that we are as much touched by it as by the genial influences of summer. To the attentive eye, each moment of the year has its own beauty, and in the same field, it beholds, every hour, a picture which was never seen before, and which shall never by seen again. ” Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1836, from Nature.
See, not one tree but what has lost its leaves--
And yet the landscape wears a pleasing hue.
The winter chill on his cold bed receives
Foliage which once hung oer the waters blue.
Naked and bare the leafless trees repose.
Blue-headed titmouse now seeks maggots rare,
Sluggish and dull the leaf-strewn river flows;
That is not green, which was so through the year
Dark chill November draweth to a close.
Taken from "The Winter's Come" by
John Clare, English (1793- 1864)
|After planting Royal Fern for several years, Eloise Butler wrote: "Much to my surprise I found a single specimen, not large, but beyond the period of childhood, in the center of the swamp where it had not been consciously planted. The query is, how did it get there? Possibly in the sod from some other plantation, for it is too soon for it to develop from the spores of the introduced specimens. The fern is abundant in a thicket about two and one-half miles from the garden." Eloise Butler, 1915, from Ferns in the Wild Garden
Osmunda regalis L.
One of 3 members of the Osmundaceae family found in Minnesota, Royal Fern needs moist feet and is unique in having the bare sporangia at the tips of the fertile fronds. Fiddleheads are known to be carcinogenic and should not be eaten.