Creating harmony, simplicity and peace in the landscape......

"Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help.

Gardening is an instrument of grace. "

May Sarton
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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Moss Tabletop Gardens and more


Moss and serenity go together......

Many gardeners have become interested in using moss in their landscapes. But imagine capturing the lush serenity of a moss garden and shrinking it down in a miniature tabletop moss garden. The deep colors and textures of moss can create an outdoor (or indoor) container garden that is soothing to look at and fun to touch! How to do this? Well, the Martha Stewart people suggest filling a galvanized-metal planter (available at garden centers) with fresh potting soil and two kinds of Irish moss (the dark-green Sagina subulata and the chartreuse S. subulata 'Aurea') to create a checkerboard pattern. After a few days, they say you plant the moss in your garden. What a great idea!

this is from \- Marthastewart.com: Outdoor Entertaining Ideas and Recipes


  
The Moss Acres website also sells a Tabletop Zen Garden in a Japanese-style ceramic bowl that features an assortment of Mosses, Christmas Fern, and river stones. You put it together yourself....
Water your new indoor garden once a week and mist it frequently to enjoy rich contrasts of tranquil greens.

There are many kinds of mosses you can use - take lift them from the outdoors (that is what I do) or order them on line at moss acres.com.
Sunset magazine suggests a table top moss garden set atop a cookie sheet:



This info comes from sunset magazine website and is by Sharon Cohoon and Kathleen N. Brenzel


Pasadena landscape architect Heather Lenkin created the centerpiece above. Buy floral moss and soak it in water to make it easier to work with, tear off chunks, squeeze out excess water, then place moss atop a table.

On the moss, center a votive tray with a Graptopetalum succulent in each candle slot―no need for soil. Mist to keep the arrangment fresh.
Spanish moss with a bronze sedum
 Black reindeer moss with a blue-gray tillandsia



Green reindeer moss with tiny violas


There is is the simple moss bowl shown in 'whoneedsthegrass' blogspot.:
 
 
 
I love this one - great gift idea  for your gardening friends..go out now and collect the moss and rocks and ferns, find some inexpensive bowls, grow it on and give the best gift ever come holiday time....
 
Now for a kooky moss idea ( I ma dating myself - who says 'kooky' anymore?):
 
 


 
 
and my favorite of all - phony, baloney moss stones:
 
 

Moss and serenity go together......

4 comments:

  1. Love it! I am fascinated by moss & moved a large moss-covered rock to a place near my "deck," really pallets we built on ground level at our back door. I must make myself a moss & rock garden this fall.

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  2. Thanks!

    It is really quite easy to move moss from one spot in a garden to another ..and so satisfying! there are so many varieties of moss.

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  3. Half of my backyard is shaded by large trees and the ground is covered in moss. I love to walk barefoot in the moss...it's soft and beautiful.

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  4. I have lots of moss at our new property and am excited about the idea of making an indoor moss garden! Thanks for the many great ideas!

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