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Every May, my husband, Kevin, heads out to our cabin in western Colorado to put in our summer garden. It is his time to fix fences and set the irrigation pipes, to plant the basics I rely on in the kitchen—such as tomatoes, zucchini, and fava beans—and to tend the perennials I use to season them, like oregano, thyme, and sage. Come late June, when I leave our home in New York City to join him for the summer, I take on the garden chores. I work in the early mornings, before the sun gets too hot. I walk across the backyard in my rubber boots, hoe in hand, stepping on the morning glories that blanket the lawn.
This is a companion piece to our Ancient Beauty article.

Few plants quickened the pulse of Victorian-era collectors more than the seemingly humble fern (see “Ancient Beauty”). It's safe to say that the specimen above, the Athyrium ‘Ghost’ fern, with its luminous, silvery fronds, would have caused a stir had it been discovered back then.

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How to care for indoor ferns.
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Ubiquitous yet often overlooked, indoor and outdoor ferns are botanical marvels
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Ubiquitous yet often overlooked, indoor and outdoor ferns are botanical marvels.
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Our favorite sources for mail order succulents, orchids, mosses, and other rare plants.
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The dual passion for the novel and the natural that shaped gardens in the 19th century is gaining ground again in the 21st
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To view the full gallery please refer to The New Victorians Slideshow

Also related: Victorian Gardens in Print and Ode on a Victorian Urn

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We look at where to buy or how to D.I.Y. terrarium ornaments for the tree.
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Popular Science names the Groasis Waterboxx, a planter designed for arid conditions, as Innovation of the Year.
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