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Tuesday, November 07, 2017


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Barbara H.

You have a lovely collection of grindstones. I love moss, too, and appreciate its wandering ways. I wish I had more of it.

Erin @ The Impatient Gardener

He spoke to our master gardener group a year or two ago and by the end of his presentation I was so taken with the beauty of his garden that I was determined to make a moss garden. And then I asked him how much time he spent on maintenance. I can't recall his answer but I know the number of hours was sufficiently high that I immediately decided that I would be quite happy to let moss grow where it felt like it and enjoy it that way. It certainly works in your garden.

Linda Brazill

I gave up my big moss garden as it was just too labor intensive.

Linda Brazill

It is very high maintenance which is why I like these little spots where it takes care of itself. I did not like the fact that he gets moss from around the world and the country and takes it out of woods and even told a story about removing it from private property.


Moss adds a sense of age and a sweet patina to gardens. My Japanese maple is finally starting to host a delightful array of moss and lichen on it's branches and it is a delight, especially in the winter.

Lisa at Greenbow

Seeing all this moss in your garden tells me that your garden is much more moist than my garden. I do get a little moss on the paths that go around the sides of the house. I bring home moss occasionally and try to get it to grow. I don't have much luck with that. I don't remember to water and it has become so dry here the past few years. Oh well, I will appreciate moss where ever I get to see it.


It wasn’t too common to find moss in my former garden in Alabama. I did have a friend who lived on the river and had a beautiful moss garden. Here in Washington state, it is quite prevalent of course and people even buy things to kill it.

Linda Brazill

Isn't that always the way: half of us trying to grow something and the other half trying to kill it!

rusty duck

Moss growing naturally is a lovely sight. No shortage of it here either. Which is just as well because the wrens have discovered that bugs live underneath it!

Linda Brazill

So true. Bunnies don't bother it but the birds most definitely do.

Loree / danger garden

You’ve got an enviable moss collection. So did the collector you heard speak address the notion that moss you bring in from elsewhere may not take hold in your garden? I’ve heard mixed ideas on the subject.

Linda Brazill

He digs up a few inches of the soil it is growing on, essentially the way you would cut sod. That way it is nicely adhered and the new ground layer tends to attach itself to the new soil in a short time. My problem is that the moss that lands here is not always tightly attached to the soil. Often the really thick and velvety stuff is growing loosely on top of soil and leaves which makes it easy for birds and critters to toss it around. But from an environmental standpoint, I find it inappropriate to take moss from one location like a forest and bring it to your private garden.

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