Being in such a rush to get them out there I realised that the Superbums have not been properly introduced! They deserve so much better than that. So if you're keen to find out a bit about how they came about please read ahead..
Ever since I can remember I have been in awe of these magnificent historic ferns, with their big showy antler-like fronds and ability to attach themselves to trees. They're like a piece of hanging art, it's just amazing! Not to mention their love of banana skins :)
One of my favourite things to do when I lived in Queensland was to head out on a bushwalk, breathe in the lush air and admire all the endless layers of tropical plants. Countless palms reached up to the sun, with amazing amounts of Staghorns and Elkhorns hugging their trunks. It was the best!
I've always loved Staghorn and Elkhorn ferns and plants in general and having worked in the horticulture industry for many years I had it in the back of mind that I wanted to one day create a design business myself specialising in plants.
After living in Melbourne for a couple of years I missed the warmer climates of Brisbane and Sydney and longed for that tropical vibe and escape of greenery. I slowly started to build on my indoor plant collection, bringing a little jungle into my home.
It was then I came across my old friend Staghorn at one of those big chain hardware stores, mounted on a small piece of timber. I and took it home to hang in my bathroom and spent some time looking at it. I felt it could be displayed better, possibly mounted on something a whole lot more fun! It also got me thinking that other people might also be drawn to these amazing ferns and perhaps would love one in their homes too.
That's about the time I came up with the idea of creating a few different shaped backing boards that would compliment the Staghorns and have some fun with their trophy-like appearance. I researched the best materials on which to mount the Staghorn on for indoors and outdoors, something that could survive the elements and suit all sorts of interior and outdoor spaces. Marine Plywood turned out to be the perfect material!
That's when the Superbum collection really came to life. After a few trials on how to best mount them I developed 3 fun-shaped plywood plaques to frame and hang the wonderful Staghorns.
From there my plant design business Staghorn naturally evolved and with it the launch of the Superbum Series: Captain, Kind Trophy and Squarebob
Formally introducing SUPERBUM...
This great collection of plant plaque designs bring out the quirky character of the native Staghorn Ferns, reminiscent of childhoods days spent exploring the Australian rainforest.
The name Superbum comes from Staghorn's latin name Platycerium 'Superbum'.
Superbum derives from the Latin superbus meaning 'superb'.
They are pretty 'Superb' but the kid in me can't help have a giggle at their namesake!
I hope they bring you just as much joy as it did semi-creating them...
most of credit has to go to the superb Staghorn itself!