I was reading Life in a cottage garden by Carol Klein today, the following is her view on ferns. I wonder why I am spellbound!!!
They are the most mysterious of plants. All manner of magical properties have been attributed to ferns, mainly because before the invention of the microscope nobody understood how they reproduced.
Folklore had it that spores could bestow the gift of invisibility on those who believed in their magic power.
Just to watch fronds unfurl is magic enough.
Somehow ferns embody the power of nature and the way it triumphs. Gardens would disappear without human attention but most plants would survive and somehow you feel ferns would be oblivious.
Their ancestry stretches back five hundred million years and makes flowering plants look like newcomers who have just tipped up on the botanic scene.
They were here long before humans and no doubt will still be going strong long after we cease to exist.
I'm hooked :)