Your daughters, perhaps, have been seized with the prevailing 'Pteridomania'...and wrangling over unpronounceable names of species (which seem different in each new Fern-book that they buy)...and yet you cannot deny that they find enjoyment in it, and are more active, more cheerful, more self-forgetful over it, than they would have been over novels and gossip, crochet and Berlin-wool.
Ferns! What lovely forms! The North Carolina Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill has quite the collection of ferns and it is one of my favorite locations to go with my camera. I love the soft but modern look of the fern in the canvas above... At home in both traditional and modern interiors.