Moss

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Did you know this picture got a lot of attention when I first posted it a couple of months ago. I posted it again when I moved my blog back to wordpress. You can see the post here. But the second posting was not as good as the first. Seems like you can’t write a good article over and make it sound as good. Is that your experience too? Recently on wordpress, I’ve been able to post larger pictures. I wanted to show you this moss growing under the tables at a local nursery. It is growing there quietly and I wonder how many people notice it. 

 It’s one of my favorite pictures in my plant album. I took it one day last Springish time. It was on a visit to LA Reynolds Showcase Nursery in Winston Salem, NC. I was taking pictures of the flowers when I suddenly caught the sun streaming down to the moss that was growing under the tables. I have been in awe of this picture and not so much because it is such great photography. I’m in awe because it was an unexpected surprise to find something so beautiful growing under the tables of the nursery. The tables were full of beautiful flowers. This was just as grand as any cultivar or special display. This was nature doing something more grand than man could ever create.

Has a photo that you have taken ever affected you so that you never forgot it? 

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9 comments on “Moss

  1. Love the moss! You’re right – it’s so often overlooked. I actually did a science fair project on moss in high school… we had tons of it – many different types – growing on the New Hampshire granite and in the woods surrounding our New Boston, NH camp. Your photos are great.
    I’m sure that was very attractive. What kind of science project did you do? Did you try to grow any? That is very interesting.

  2. I love moss, I’m able to grow a little up north but nothing like your picture! Do you have moss anywhere?

    Sending warm thoughts!
    Hugs,
    Kathi :)
    It’s almost 60 here today and I looked ahead to the first of March–I saw the upper 60s! So I’m sending warm southern breezes your way.

    I do have moss in several places that stay moist and get afternoon shade. I’m going to take some of that moss and make more. I put it in a blender with buttermilk and grind it all up together. Pour it on anything and keep it moist by misting it—wa la–you got a new moss patch.

  3. I love the pictures, Anna. I, too, like moss and just let it grow if it crops up in my garden, which isn’t very often. Have a wonderful day!

    Blessings,
    Wanita
    It is a special treat to discover moss growing and for the reason everyone is saying—it’s hard to grow. I couldn’t believe the beauty of the patch in the pictures above. I’m sure it hasn’t been moved so I’ll go back and get more pictures of it in a month or so.

  4. I agree, it’s an amazing and beautiful plant. In my drought prone are it comes and goes very quickly.

    I’ve tried growing it in terrariums several times but never had any luck.
    It likes moisture from the bottom and not the top. When I grow moss in a terrarium, I first add a layer of aquarium charcoal, then sand, then a good black porous soil, then the plants. Never let the water level in the container rise above the charcoal level. A good sealed aquarium might not need water for an entire year. Most people kill their moss by overwatering or watering it directly on the moss.

  5. Wonderful photos , I like to see mosses too!
    There is something about that moss that appeals to everyone. It can be English, cottage, country, elegant, modern, and just seems to blend with every type of design.

  6. Lovely photos, like a miniature world. It always kills me when people come in to the garden center looking for Moss Killer. If it would grow for me I would keep it. Many of them don’t realize that the conditions that make it possible for moss to grow need to be changed to keep it from coming back.
    I grow mine with buttermilk. My grandmother taught me to do it. I’ve got moss growing in my garden in a spot that gets lots of run-off from the pots being watered and fertilized. It’s also a shady spot all afternoon. I do know what you mean about getting it to grow more. I would have it everywhere if it would cooperate.

  7. Hi Anna, way to go getting the photos large! Love that wordpress. :-) Moss is so beautiful, I agree completely that is rivals the plants for sale on the tables. Our local nursery, Mouse Creek has moss everywhere too, on the gravel paths. The fertilizer and regular watering of the plants for sale helps keep it green and fresh. Loved your fancy echinacea photos as well as the million bells. They are a wonderful plant. I have Bowles Mauve with a variegated leaf, but moved it and may have killed it. Hope it spring back, it was a beauty and I will look for it again at the nursery.
    Frances
    I hope your Mauve Bowles comes back and don’t give up on it yet. It transfers pretty well.

  8. Moss is amazing Anna, I agree with Philip is does have a mind of its own, more than other plant groups. It is lovely to see these pictures again, they are even better second time around.

    Best wishes Sylvia (England)
    Thank you and I’ll be adding moss to the outside of my terra cotta pots. I like the look. Soon as I get a stone wall built, I’ll add some to that too.

  9. That is a great picture Anna. Moss is strange, for me, I really admire Japanese Moss gardens but how they get it to grow to order is beyond me. Must be their climate. It will grow where I don’t want it, but when I transplant the Moss to where I do want it – dies out in a few weeks.
    I’ve had luck with it when the spot get’s afternoon shade and stays moist. I also pour buttermilk on my moss every now and then. My grandmother told me to do that and it works. If I want to grow more moss—I take a hand full of moss and put it in the blender with the buttermilk. Grind all that up and pour it on a terra cotta pot or rock wall. It works for me. I keep it moist and in a week I have more moss.

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