Monday, August 29, 2011

The moss is always greener..

I love moss.


I love it in all of it's vibrant, green, touchable glory.


Acrocarpous, pleurocarpous, I love them all.


Sadly, none of these pictures came from the gardens of the Red House.  After we had to cut down our big oaks, we don't get very much shade anymore.  We instead receive a lot of hot, direct North Carolina sun, the nemesis of most mosses (though I've heard rumors of sun-tolerant mosses out there..)  These pictures are from the shaded woodland oasis of an artist's garden in New Jersey.


That is not to say that we don't have moss in North Carolina.  Moss & Stone Gardens is a moss nursery and landscape design business that opened up in 2002 in Raleigh.  If you want to see some of the most beautiful pictures of both landscape and container designs using moss, check them out.  Sadly, their moss gardens are not yet open to the public, but they are still a good source of information about these ancient, rootless plants.


At some point I want to put some sort of moss feature in my little shade garden.  For right now, though, I think I'll sit and just enjoy me some beautiful moss here in the garden state..

Today is Mosaic Monday!

10 comments:

  1. We have LOTS of moss here on Vancouver Island. I love it too.

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  2. As Lorrie said, the think we have a lot of here on the Island is moss - if anything is put down for too long in the wintertime it grows a thick coat of moss!

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  3. Moss is wonderful ... something about it that makes me feel good...perhaps because it has been around forever!!!!! Too hot here, but I can enjoy your photos!

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  4. I agree it is most wonderful stuff. Lovely of you to create a sensitive ode to moss.....it is so under-rated, we get it here too on the rocks and stones in particular, thanks!

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  5. We just need to even it out a little bit. Some of that abundant moss up there needs to migrate down south a ways! :) Thanks for visiting!

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  6. A lovely elegy to moss. Enjoyed your blogg - I will have moss in my pattern of the day later this week. Will be back

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  7. Interesting...I recently noticed some moss growing in one of my sunny gardens... among the sedum, hens and chicks.

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  8. I have noticed that people either love moss ("oh! pretty!") or hate it ("get the bleach..."). I love moss and boy did I appreciate this post about it!

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  9. I love moss too and have a small moss garden. Your images are lovely and full of inspiration.

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  10. Great mosaic. I'm a big fan of moss, too. I don't get to see it much. Thanks for sharing your slice of life.

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