Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Wildcrafting, Part 2: Moss Gardens

When I have time in late fall or early winter, I like to make a moss garden or two to provide a spot of green in the cold, dark months. My critters went with me, apparently thinking I needed escort service.


Moss is so pretty with its endless shades of green and even its shapes. I know there are people out there who can tell me that names of the various kinds; I've never attempted to learn them but I do enjoy looking at moss and lichen. I found a selection of odds and ends to add to the gardens, too--a moss-covered stick,


a lichened rock, 

different colors of moss

and a few plants.



I pulled up the geraniums and lobelia even though the plants were still thriving, even this late in December. I've never had flowers so late in the year! I put the geraniums in the cellar, to replant in the spring. Then I arranged the moss and other items in the flower pots.




You can click on each picture for a closer look at the mosses. 

This is a great project to do with children, too--they can find the mosses and the different items to add to their gardens to create a little moss world. 

I have one more wildcrafting project to share tomorrow. All of these took very little time--or as much time as I wanted to spend. The gathering process can be a lingering one as you see things in the woods and meander from place to place looking for the "perfect" items for your project. Gathering combines several pleasant and necessary activities: exercise from walking and bending, relaxation through contemplation of nature, and mindfulness from close attention to surroundings and the smaller things that make our forests so lovely.

7 comments:

momalizzie said...

This is such a neat idea! I know when we want a "natural" look for a centerpiece, the kids run down to the park to gather pinecones, pine branches and such, but if we want berries, we'd have to go to the woods...there's got to be some woods around here somewhere...

tipper said...

Your post reminded me-I gathered moss to put along the edge of the rocks in the back of our home when we first moved in 16 years ago. I thought I could speed up the process-and I did : ) I think my love for moss goes back to childhood days of playing with it in my play house.

A Vintage Green said...

Memories. You have reminded me of childhood pastimes. Moss, sticks, making moss, rocks, sticks with little elves in planters. Reminded me of helping my Mom make planters. ;)
-Joy

Jeanne said...

Lovely! I'm going to make a moss garden for myself tomorrow!

Jenny said...

I love this - why I haven't thought of doing it myself I don't know! I do make terrariums & love adding moss to them but never thought of doing this on my porch like this.

I used to carpet my playhouse with moss when I was a little girl. I loved the feel of it on my bare feet & laying on it to look up at the trees.

Thanks so much for sharing this.

Granny Sue said...

We all seem to have the same memories of playing with moss when we were young! I loved its velvety feel, and the sense that fairies had to be somewhere close where there was moss. Such simple activities as this project are so restful. I hope that if any of you make one, you post pictures so we can see it.

Brighid said...

What a great idea, when I get back up to moss country I'm going to make some with the little girls.

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