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Friday, October 18, 2013

Ferns & Mosses

I have this feeling that when it comes to gardening
- there must be a little adventure with the untamed.
I doubt anyone can relate to moss as part of gardening.
They are available everywhere
(drainside, moist areas & grass areas)
Apparently not something noticeable when they are not sought after.

I find these Moss (Selaginella sp.)
 is quite a feat to have it being part of my garden residence.
They do not stay very long
(not for the whole year though)
I guess it must be determined by the seasons.
The rainy season are the best
- Suddenly they spring out from nowhere.

The carpet spongy mosses are just something I would love to put my hands on. They are indeed rare in tropical gardens unless the gardener intend to cultivate them.

Of course there is another thing about abandonment when everything grows everywhere - there you might find a clump of moss (and also everything unwanted in a garden)

I know some people who hate Moss.
I guess it must be some taboo thing of the past.
Well - what do you expect when something grows so well by the drainside.
(the first thing that comes to the mind is that it is dirty)

Unlike grass - Moss cannot be step upon.
They still have their basic needs:
Good watering and bright in-direct sunlight.
In most cases, they do have a short lifespan
Well maybe only in my garden.
they are just a wonder of amazement when it comes to simple and little things.

This reminds me of something said about a rolling stone collect no moss.

One of my fascination is that I read somewhere that
it had been said that fairies make their bed on the mosses.
Well, I do wish I have lots of them in my small little garden.
That would prove that something invisible would take care of my garden in my absence.

I wanted to have a carpet of green moss by this Lady.
Sadly it didn't happen and so the whole spot is now taken over by Earth Star Bromeliads.

This is another type of Moss. The Blue Moss.
Selaginella Arbuscula.

It did prove very difficult to get this going in my garden, until I found that it has a liking to grow together with the Black Velvet Begonias. It had become very messy right now and also it had shed those mysterious blue shade on its leaf.
I guess the hot season had given this one more of the green shade on it.

Finally my long lasting Fluffy Ruffle Fern.
It had been with me for more than a decade.
Something that I would cherish in keeping my plants with me.
All the memorable time in my life and amazed how small a little plant can survive all those years in my small little garden.

I would like to dedicate this post to:
The Fern & Mossery.

Thank You for the countless inspirations when I see your blog.
I always enjoy the postings, in a manner how it is presented - those miniature gardens in small glass bottles and they speak another realm of their own - so balanced and perfect in their contained world.

It took me some time to understand about Mosses.
They don't simply appear to be easy - not for a beginner like me.
But regardless, I manage to get them to be part of my life.
Or at least to say... part of my garden.


Stephanie said...

Oh how I wish to have those mosses! They wilt and die in my garden. Btw that Selaginella you have, Selaginella Arbuscula (not Plana?), I have similar one and it flourishl in my garden too :-) I guess I have problem growing the smaller types. You have a good environment for mosses, happy cultivating them for the fairies! Btw that Fluffy Ruffle Fern is very graceful and lovely. You have a great weekend :-D

Anonymous said...

Wow, you see the beauty in every plant, be they large or inconspicuous. In short, nothing escapes your eyes. I must admit I detest moss. Somehow they evoke a parasitic view of themselves. But by your lengthily and eye-opening revelations, I've come away impressed and educated. Thank you for your contribution...a very timely article indeed.

The Fern and Mossery said...

Wonderful photos- Thank you for sharing!

James David said...

Actually really not sure exactly what type is it now as all of them look so alike.
The Mosses does so well during the rainy season as for now.
Once it gets very hot - they tend to disappear.

James David said...

Thanks for your lovely comment.
You are most welcome.

James David said...

You are most welcome.

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