Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Fern poop?

BY SKEETER

 We have found humidity once again in my Georgia Gardens. My sinus tells me a front is coming and soon the humidity will be gone again. Hopefully, for the remainder of the year. But I am not holding my breath on that one. I am however, going to enjoy the rain this front brings with it.
 
Above you can see the Butterfly Bush Island still giving us color. The Butterfly Bushes are the best early summer to late fall bloomer in the yard for me. You also see Volunteer Perwinkle and Susan's giving me color. If this photo went higher up, you could see Angel Trumpets in bloom. So we do have some blooms hanging around for the Hummingbirds, bees and butterflies to enjoy.
 I walk out onto the front porch and find a strange thing happening under the Ferns. Can you see the mess on the railing and the floor of the porch?

Zooming into the railing, you see the tiny round balls of dirt/mud or something else. I just don't know what is causing this mess. I have not really taken the time to try and squash them or investigate as I see the mess at the wrong time and just grab the broom and sweep it off the porch.  
This mess is occurring under each of the 4 hanging Ferns. I had a posting titled "Vinca Poop" back in 2008. (Click HERE to see) That posting had me on my hands and knees looking for a critter as I knew I had found its poop. The end of that Story had me discovering little tiny black seeds rather then animal poop. Since I have not had time to really get to the bottom of this matter, I am just going to ask you bloggers if you have ever seen this before and what it could be. How ironic, I don't have time to investigate the mess on my porch but have time to write about it. Oh, gee, I think I may need to rethink my priorities. Ha, So What say you? Do I have FERN POOP, In the Garden....

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18 comments:

  1. I just researched this for you, and apparently some ferns produce bulbils (tiny bulbs) for reproduction. Boston fern appears to be one of them. So really your fern poops are fern "seeds".

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  2. Yes! Rethinking priorities indeed. I think that is funny. Looks like Helen researched it for you and what a sweetie to help out! I've never seen this before but it is neat! Your ferns are most happy, maybe they'll make more by the deck area there. I think that would be an ideal location for them to start.

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  3. I've seen that before too. Some other ferns do it too, but the ones I have seen have been even smaller. I love ferns. I would love to fill my beds with Braken ferns. I think they are beautiful. A friends neighbor keeps digging her's up and throwing them away. She has huge ones and I cringe every time she does it. She's too mean to ask her for themm she's a bitter thing... LOL

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  4. We love your yard its so beautiful...we also have two butterfly bushes here in iowa...one didn't do well this year at all but the other one is about 3 years old and stand 7 feet tall!
    Stella Rose

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  5. I'm glad Helen found the answer for you. I was thinking it would be seed of some kind. Your ferns sure are pretty. They look very happy there. Hoping for babies for you. We are getting some of that storm now. Thunder/lightening, & of course rain.

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  6. I'd be looking in your ferns for caterpillars, myself. It looks like what's euphemistically called "frass," aka caterpillar poop, to me.

    But bulblets from the ferns would be much nicer! Let us know which it is, if you get a chance!

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  7. Raining in Georgia this morning which is wonderful for my gardens but not so great while feeding and scooping horse poop! Ha, oh well the rain kept me cool.

    Helen, you are a jewel for solving my mystery today! Since it is raining I had decided to do the research and now I don’t have to. Thank you so much for this information. As Tina mentioned, the planter in the front of this porch is where I have been sweeping the seeds. I hope they decide to sprout and give me some ferns!

    Tina, Yes, Ferns in the front planter would be wonderful. I have a ton of Wandering Jew that just keeps going and going in both planters! I have never planted it as it has fallen from baskets over the years. It would be great to have ferns mingling with the jews…

    Randy, I would do some serious trash stealing for those ferns! LOL

    Janet, Yes, bloggers are the best and so appreciated during times such as this… t

    Stella Rose, I know you would enjoy playing with Zip (neighbors dog) in our yard. He loves rolling in the grass. I usually trim the Butterfly Bushes but let a few of them stay natural this year. I wanted to see how they faired along side the pruned ones. I love my butterfly bushes…

    Lola, Do be safe during this storm. We are only seeing rain thus far and think it may stay that way although, there is still a chance for some high winds. High winds knock down trees and we don’t want that. Enjoying the ½ inch of rain we have so far though….


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  8. Gaia, I do hope for seeds verses poo from Cats. I have had issues with caterpillars on the ferns in the past so you may be on to something. I shall investigate a bit more soon and let ya know. Thanks for the tip....

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  9. That's a cool fact...so glad to learn something new, and glad Helen solved it for ya:) I wouldn't notice if my ferns produced those brown things as there is so much brown mulch around everything in my garden. But now I will be more aware of the possibility.

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  10. That is really funny! The ferns look gorgeous - the humidity may not be so fun for you but the ferns are sure happy about it, eh?

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  11. That a new one to me. In any case, my porch specialized in bird poop this summer. Especially the barns swallows....;)

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  12. Skeeter,

    Looks like frass to me. Better fell them, if squishy, then frass, if hard them maybe fern seeds.

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  13. very cute fern poop....as I have read the comments it is solved but I would suspect that they would have been seeds...

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  14. Love your shot of the garden with butterfly bushes and the susans. I love Buddleia too -- such reliable bloomers over such a long period of time, and the butterflies just flock to them. Thank you for your kind words about Penny.

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  15. So glad someone got to the bottom of this for you! I am going to be looking for my fern to poop - I would love to be able to grow a fern from seed! Your garden is beautiful! Not anything like the giant mess I have at this time of year!

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  16. I hope they are "fern poo" and they produce many babies. They look so darn happy. I have 3 butterfly bushes and they have really shot up and out and bloomed their pretty hearts out this year. I got a Black Knight Butterfly bush this year and even it had a bunch of blooms. Great year for them here this year.

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  17. Found the culprit! Black catipillar!

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