In 2011, I had a big spruce tree crack open an fall on my barn crushing its roof. Although the tree always looked very healthy, it was rotten inside. It took me a couple of years to completely reconstruct the barn and clean up all of the spruce pieces. After all that work, I was left with a big stump with rot in the middle and a couple of spruce chunks at the edge of our yard.
I decided to arrange the pieces around the stump and then I went out into the woods and dug up some ferns and planted them in soil that I had put in the hollowed stump and pieces. Over the years the ferns have adapted to their new home. I bought a light green Hosta which I planted in front as an accent. This is what my “Fern Feature” looks like now.
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