For the past few years I have been working on the
moss garden. This is the area along the stone walk between the Japanese garden
area and the little pond. From the pond the moss follows the dry stream under
the deck, and to the side of the house where it exits under some ferns. The
moss is slowly extending under the deck. The little patch of moss above is my
best moss of the moment. It is a very tight and smooth moss. In the photo, it
needs to be cleaned up. There are many kinds of moss growing in our area. I
have at least 5 kinds of them.
This is a view of the newest stepping stones
going from the primulas to under the deck, past the rhodos and the hellebores.
It crosses the drystream at the little euonymus shrub and continues as old board
stepping stones at the moment. I put the boards down because it the clay soil
under the deck was very muddy this Spring. I might keep them as is or try and
get some big cedar rounds to be more decorative.
This is a closer look at the moss in this new
stepping stones area. It is filling in quite nicely.
This is the corner of the dry stream that goes
towards the house. You can see the ferns that grow here. I only let the welsh
poppies grow in the area on the top side of the dry stream. I have to keep the
ferns picked out of the moss. This seems to be a natural combination of
plants. There is the little euonymus shrub that I keep clipped back. I am
amazed that there is enough sun for it to grow. Towards the house there are
more ferns and a place to rest in the shade. I am working on establishing more
moss and ferns just beyond this area.
This is the view of the dry stream from just
outside of the deck area. You see the deck post, and just in front of it there
is a patch of moss that is getting better every year. In this patch of moss
there is an unknown plant.
There are now 3 of these unknown plants. I am
not sure what they are. As I may have put a little orchid in here at one time,
I am leaving these plants grow until I can find out if they are weeds or the
This is not a moss. :-). It is nice and fuzzy,
though. It is the larvae of the silver spotted tiger moth. I nearly squashed
it for a tent caterpillar. These caterpillars do make tents too. But they are
different moths, and these caterpillars feed primarily on evergreen trees. The
caterpillar was turned a lovely golden color by the back light from the
-- Posted By Blogger to My Garden
at 5/29/2014 08:28:00 PM
I have several time consuming hobbies that I enjoy. Gardening was my first passion. When I got my computer my garden suffered some neglect but for all that the garden still looks pretty good.
To those two I have more recently added photography. Photography relates to all of my hobbies, as well as to travel, and seems to tie them all together.
I have a high maintenance, wonderfull husband, who remains the primary interest.
Canon EOS Elan 7e - 35 mm - Feb 2015 - traded the camera body to Kerrisdale Cameras - Lens: Canon EF 28 - 135 mm F/3.5 - 5.6 IS Canon EF 50mm F/1.4 USM Canon EF 28 - 90 mm F/1.4 - 5.6
Canon Powershot A50 - digital - Lens: 4.3 - 10.8 mm 1:2.6 - 4.0
Canon Powershot S3 IS - digital - Lens: 12X 6.0 - 72.0 mm 1:2 -3.5 USM - Canon 58mm Close Up lens 500D - Canon tele-converter TC-DC58B 1.5x - Canon wide converter WC-DC58A 0.75x
Canon EOS Rebel Tli or 500d - uses same lenses and filters as the Canon Elan 7e
Holga 120S - Lens: 60 mm 1:8 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W560 - Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar in camera panorama wide angle lens Canon Powershot SX60 HS traded my SX40 to upgrade to SX60 - Feb 2015 Lens: 43.8 - 247.0 mm 1:3.4 - 6.5 USM, wide angle with 60X optical zoom