Monthly Archives: October 2011

Moss Rocks! are AVAILABLE

Oh dear, where to start?; when to stop? Moss Rocks! are rocking my world! Yep, that is what we’re hearing.  We can finally answer your questions!

The answer to where to start? Start by ordering Moss Rocks! right now.  Moss Rocks! are available at many Independent Garden Centers across the country and on-line.  Order today.  They make the perfect Thanksgiving hostess gift, holiday gifts, teacher gifts, and if you order 2, you can keep one for yourself.

Heck, order 8 and put in every room of your house.  How about 16, so your Moss Rocks! won’t be alone?  Better yet, order 24 to artfully arrange in groups of three.  Then order 5 more for the porch, patio, deck or to set on the table for Al Fresco dining….I guess this brings us to answering the second question…

The answer to when to stop?*  Why stop?  If it feels good, baby, just do it.  After you’ve ordered Moss Rocks! for every room of the house and every available space in the garden,  you may want to consider putting a Moss Rocks! in a secret place where you can be alone with your new Moss Rocks!  Find a quiet place where your Moss Rocks! can give you solitude.   I’ve done it.  When I need a break from my hectic work day, I can nestle next my big, bold, boulder Moss Rocks! and tell him about my day.

Moss Rocks! are excellent listeners. It’s like moss is nature’s wisdom keeper.  Unload your worries on moss — moss takes worries in and breathes wisdom out.  Just listen. You’ll see.  Moss has been listening to the earth problems for more than 450 million years.  Moss is everywhere; but now you can have your own personal patch.

*Order Moss Rocks! responsibly

Words: Helen Yoest



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Unless otherwise noted, all photo are credited to Ken Gergle.

Moss and leaves

Dear David,

What is your recommendation for protecting moss from leaves? I assume the netting plays a role but I’m unsure what type and how to implement it.

Thanks for any info you can provide.

Jeff

Dear Jeff,

I would recommend the same 3/8 inch mesh for leaf collection that is recommended for critter deterrence.

For leaves and falling debris, you can simply roll the netting out without pinning it down; after enough leaves have fallen, roll it back up and add to your compost pile. Repeat this until the leaves are done for the season. It is perfectly fine to allow the leaves to stay on top of your moss for a couple of weeks; you do not need to clean the netting too often.

David Spain

 

 

Order your Moss Rocks!  online today.  Moss is grand.  Moss is green.  Moss is good. Make the most of it; order Moss Rocks! today.

By: Helen Yoest

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Unless otherwise noted, all photo are credited to Ken Gergle.

 

Moss Rocks! David Spain on the Martha Stewart show

To view David’s segments, click here: David Spain on Martha Stewart scroll down; see it on the left?


There is a lot to be said for being asked to appear on the Martha Stewart television show.

Forever more, Moss and Stone Gardens has pedigree with bragging rights to quip, As seen on Martha Stewart TV.  In today’s vernacular, that means something.

On October 5, 2011, Moss expert David Spain, stood beside Martha chatting about moss.  It’s widely known, Martha is a lover of moss, with the grounds of her Maine home blanketed in various species of moss grown naturally in her locale.

With an invitation to appear just 2 weeks prior to the segment date, there was much to do.

 

David Spain reading in the Green Room of Martha Stewart's TV studio


Personally David was ready with the phone call.  David eats, sleeps and peeps moss; however, there was still much to be done.  Most of the preparation to appear on Martha’s show centered around what dishes to use to make the moss dish gardens, and more importantly, how to succinctly talk about propagating moss and doing a moss dish gardens in 6 minute segments each.  There is a lot to be said about moss; a lot to learn.

But the crackerjack Martha team found the right person to speak on the subject — David Spain.  David has dedicated his life work to the subject of moss.  And with moss trending, having an articulate spokesperson sharing mossology, will ensure keeping the trend going for some time to come.

STUDIO MEETING

We arrived the day before for a 3:30 studio meeting.  This gave us time to go over the
next day’s segments, as well as, time to unpack the boxes and set the tables.  We also got a tour of the studio, peaked into Martha’s office (we had to stand on our tippy-toes), and peered into the Green Room where David would wait before and after his appearance; where I too would hang out before I took my seat in the audience.

FIRST SEGMENT
Martha and David’s first segment kicked off with a little about David’s creds and some perky play about Mossology and testing the audience about some fun moss facts.

This was followed by learning how to propagate moss by knowing the difference between your Acrocarp and your Pluerocarp. We can say with confidence, Martha knows the difference.

At the end of the segment, Martha’s staff photographer took an image of the two at their work station.

SECOND SEGMENT
In their second segment, moss dish gardens were the main course, with a final adieu to Moss Rocks!

Martha and David were in their element, both appreciating moss in the natural landscape and creating miniature landscapes in the form of a dish garden.  Both dish gardens proved to be very easy to make and charming in design.

David’s dish gardens have been photographed by Country Gardens magazine for the early spring issue due out in January.  You are sure to be inspired to make your own and David gives a step-by-step approach to teach you how.

For more information on David Spain and Moss and Stone Gardens, visit their website or tour the media kit on this blog.

David Spain says, I thoroughly enjoyed my experience being on Martha Stewart’s TV show and until we meet again, Martha, Moss Rocks!

Words: Helen  Yoest



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Unless otherwise noted, all photo are credited to Ken Gergle.

Moss, maple, mortar

The pairing of moss and maples melds together like moss on moist.  This antique Japanese teak rice mortar, inspired David Spain to go with the placement of a Japanese maple, nestled deep in the mortar base.  As David explains,  When I found this 100+ year old teak mortar, I knew it was going to make a very special moss container. The rot resistant teak wood is perfect for a long lasting and compatible material for mosses.

The placement of the Japanese maple, suited this piece nicely, With a piece of this size, adding a larger plant for height interest was possible, so I headed out to the Japanese maple tree farm.  After selecting a couple of specimens, with appropriately sized root balls, I chose this Acer palmatum ‘Toyama Nishiki’, says David.

Pleased with the pairing of the mortar and maple, David then chose three moss rocks, of appropriate scale, and placed them in the shadow of the developing bows of the cascading maple.  Then David added three Ebony spleenworts (Asplenium platyneuron) to balance the plateau offered by the unique shape of the mortar.

Several varieties of moss were added to suggest a miniature scape completeing the vignette.  Campylopus introflexus, Anomodon attenuatus, Anomodon rostratus, Leucobryum glaucum and a little Dicranum scoparium seemed to fit the venue, arranged with pleurocarps on one side and acrocarps on the other.

To finish off the design, David, Tucked and seeded mosses in the pockets and crags of the gracefully aging teak, giving them a head start on their inevitable pairing.

 

Moss Rocks! will be available in October.  Sign up today so you can be notified when Moss Rocks! are available for purchase.  Moss Rocks! will be sold through Independent Garden Centers and on-line including our own site, where we will also carry other moss-related products.

Until then, think moss.  Moss Rocks!

Words: Helen  Yoest



Follow Moss and Stone Gardens – Where Moss Rocks! on Twitter @Moss_Rocks and our Facebook Like page Moss and Stone Gardens – Where Moss Rocks!

To learn more about Moss and Stone Gardens – Where Moss Rocks!, please visit our website.  Or email David Spain at info@mossandstonegardens.com.

Unless otherwise noted, all photo are credited to Ken Gergle.