Boston ferns hanging from the portico and on the porch are a long standing tradition at Linderhof. Started by then Mistress of Linderhof, Ruth, who was given a 100 year old Boston fern which graced the front porch during the summer and the dining room during the winter.
We didn't buy Linderhof from Ruth and her husband, but I did get acquainted with her through a mutual friend and she, like me, had an "Affair With A House" -- the house she called 1208 and that we call Linderhof.
Through correspondence, I found out about the ferns and since then, Boston ferns have been part of Linderhof as they were when this old house was known as 1208.
Two hang each summer from the portico. This year's specimen's are big and beautiful and will definitely be brought inside for the winter.
Boston ferns are easy to grow outside on the prairie -- it's the winter inside that's a bit trickier.
One is usually purchased for the front porch as well. A great plant stand by the front door is the perfect place for another Boston. Alas, I think of it as I do the summer annuals. It's a summer adornment only.
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