If moss companion plants could talk…Spring


Springtime arrives to The Moss Farm in Raleigh, NC. With spring comes the delicate wildflowers along with ferns, Mayapples, and other perennials. It’s been about a year since many have seen each other. Let’s listen to hear what they have to say….

Houstonia caerulea, Bluets.
Moss – Thuidium delecatulum

Down here, HERE, see me? Yoohoo Japanese Painted Fern.  Can you find us?  Over here…we’re baaaaccccckkkkk.  Had a good rest, you?  We are ready to bloom and blow our fool blue heads off.  Who all’s here?

 

Athyrium niponicum ‘Pictum’, Japanese Painted Fern.
Moss – Thuidium delecatulum

Under the spores, the Japanese Painted Fern mumbles,”ラット, they’re back.  They are so annoying.  Always too happy especially for being blue….be nice…be nice…be nice…Of course I see you, Bluet; welcome back”

 

 Epimedium, barrenwort
Moss – Thuidium delecatulum and Hypnum cupressiforme

Ah man, I need to stretch…

 

Epimedium, barrenwort
Moss – Thuidium delecatulum and Hypnum cupressiforme

…That’s better…

 

Athyrium ‘Ghost’, Ghost Fern
Moss – Thuidium delecatulum and Plagiomnium cuspidatum

Dad  (Japanese painted fern) is here.  I wonder where mom (Lady Fern, A. filix-femina) is too?  I wonder if they’re still talking…

 

 Asarum canadense, Wild Ginger
Moss – Thuidium delecatulum

Feed me, feed me, feed me….

 

Hosta ‘Blue Mouse Ears’
Moss Thuidium delecatulum and Bryoandersonia illecebra

This is the year I’ll prove size really does matter…as in the smaller, the better…

 

Mertensia virginica, Virginia Bluebells
Moss – Thuidium delecatulum and  Hypnum cupressiforme

I’m not English.  I’m not Spanish.  I’m American.  I’m not English-American.  I’m not Spanish-American.  I’m American-American.  OK, give me your best shot…

 

Hepatica, liverwort, kidneywort, pennywort
Moss – Thuidium delecatulum

Hepatica – Hi, I’m Hepatica.

Virginia Bluebells – May I call you Liverwort?

Hepatica – No, you may not.  Please, call me Hepatica.

Virginia Bluebells – How about Kidneywort?

Hepatica – No please, call me Hepatica.

Virginia Bluebells – How about Pennywort?

Hepatica – No please. I insist. Call me Hepatica!

 

Pulmonaria officinalis, Lungwort
Moss – Thuidium delecatulum

Please don’t judge all worts by their spots…

 

Heuchera ‘Tapestry’, Coral Bells
Moss – Thuidium delecatulum and  Hypnum cupressiforme

Does this pink make my hips look big?

 

 Stylophorum diphyllum , Woodland Poppy
Moss – Thuidium delecatulum

Don’t I look dashing in dew? Seriously, don’t I look good in everything?  You don’t think this moss is stealing the beauty from my showing, do you?  DO YOU?

 

Podophyllum peltatum, May apple
Moss – Thuidium delecatulum

Push, push, a little more, push….

 

Podophyllum peltatum, May apple
Moss – Thuidium delecatulum and Bryoandersonia illecebra

There, there, that’s better…

 

Saxifraga stolonifera, Strawberry geranium
Moss –  Bryoandersonia illecebra
(also a little, tiny, Galium odoratum, sweet woodruff)

I hope stripes are in this year…

 

 

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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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.

Moss trending — Country Gardens magazine photo shoot


If you ever get the chance to be apart of a photo shoot, even as a bystander, do it.  They are so much fun.  Interesting, in fact.  If nothing else, you will get a lesson in light.

Moss and Stone Gardens Photographer, Ken Gergle shooting the shoot

By the time David Spain’s flower frog collection was photographed for Country Gardens magazine, he was experienced.  Earlier that week, David’s dish garden designs were also photographed at the Moss Farm, the nursery for Moss and Stone Gardens.

There was no way his entire collection of flower frogs could be photographed for the feature story — David has more than 250 flower frogs. And if there is one thing we learned about David through blog posts this past year, besides his love for moss, is that when he embraces something, he goes all the way.  The man knows nothing about doing something half-way.

While his collection caught the eye of Country Garden’s editor, James Baggett, the backdrop for shooting David’s collection ain’t too shabby and, no doubt, led the desire to feature the collection.  With moss trending the two together–moss creating drama beyond floral frogs on a bench, was magic.

F lower Frogs

Although flower frogs are still functional, collectors have come to appreciate them as stand-alone ornaments, artfully arranged on walls, placed in glass-front cabinets, and even leaping into the garden…..

….”My collection grew as as it became common for my mother and grandmother to give me flower frogs as birthday and Christmas gifts,” says David Spain.

Pick up a copy to learn tips for collecting flower frogs and the best match with the right type of plant.

 

 

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

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.

Moss Rocks! Turf infestation

 

Dear Moss Rock,

Thank you for dispelling the myths. I have an infestation of sagina in my turf and have yet to discover a permanent solution to its removal. Do you have any suggestions?

Bonnie

Hello Bonnie,

Sagina refers to a long list of plants, many of which can be invasive to our cultivated landscapes. Sagina subulata whose common name is Irish moss and Sagina subulata aurea (Scotch moss) are two plants that are very often thought to be a moss. With an appearance that resembles some acrocarpous species of moss and plant labels to back up their borrowed pedigree, many people simply assume they are real moss.

Both of these moss-mimickers need full sun to thrive, produce small flowers, and have roots which is unlike any true moss. If a species of Sagina is invading your moss, I advise removal by hand before they set seed, if Sagina is invading your turf grass you will probably need chemical control, as most turf problems tend to result in their use! Best of luck, Bonnie.

David Spain a.k.a. Moss Rock

Moss -- Dicranum scoparium

NOT moss -- Scotch moss, Sagina subulata aurea

I am often asked about Irish Moss and Scotch Moss as though they were actually bryophytes and I thought I’d take this opportunity to set the record straight.

The desire to have a ground hugging, evergreen, carpeting plant is widespread throughout the horticulture world. There are not many to choose from and mosses are taking center stage these days. Their qualities are undeniably attractive and ecologically friendly, so it’s no wonder that cultivars such as Sagina subulata borrow the reference to moss in their name. However, Irish moss only resembles moss but does not share in it’s distinctive qualities and versatility. In fact, Scotch and Irish Mosses are well known for their finicky performance and very often wind up withering away. So the next time you see that pretty fuzzy plant at the nursery with the mossy name, be forewarned of it’s non-relation to mosses and demanding nature.

 

 

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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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.

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Moss and Stone Gardens — Where Moss Rocks! 2011 tribute — It was a very good year

 

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

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.

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Moss Rocks!’s David Spain on GardenLine Radio with C.L. Fornari


The ever enthusiastic moss man, David Spain recently talked moss with  gardening enthusiast, C.L. Fornari on  Gardenline,  It was mossome!  Check it out.

C.L.’s interview probed moss in general, plus  how Moss Rocks! came to be.

 

 

 

David Spain is a passionate moss expert, pioneering moss cultivation, working to educate gardeners of the perils of wild harvesting of mosses and to, instead, help them develop sustainable propagation techniques.

Did you know Moss Rocks! is a home decor item using a specialized ceramic container, with a patent pending design to maintain and display Dicranum mosses? The use of Dicranum moss makes this gift item uniquely suited for low maintenance care, indoors and out.

For more on moss education, listen in by clicking below  

 

 

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

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.

Moss Rocks! Rocks Valentine’s Day


Valentines Day is often represented with images of cupid wearing a diaper shooting an arrow right through the hearts of unsuspecting love.  That’s what happened one day when cupid struck his arrow through the hearts of Pet Rock and Chia Pet. But, there is a twist to this story.  Cupid, had a fashion malfunction.  He was wearing a moss diaper, which was common for his generation, but he had an accident.

Chia and Rock’s cupid was getting up in the years and he couldn’t fly as well as the other cupids on the love circuit.  When he was taking aim at Chia and Rock, he ran into a flying pet poodle wearing mama-jamas.  The collision caused spores to spew from his moss diaper.  Just as the arrows struck his love-creating hearts, spores sprinkled down, lightly dusting the young loves.

This love led hot fun in the summertime, but with a cool twist.  Both Chia and Rock had an insatiable desire to, a-hem, find a moss garden to express their love.   Moss Rocks! is the love child of this innocent love.

Fortunately for the masses, later generations of Moss Rocks! came true to seed, sorta speak, and reproduce in three sizes – Pebble, Cobble, Boulder.

To celebrate this originial sacred union, Moss and Stone Gardens — Where Moss Rocks! is offering a special and introducing  2 new products — Moss Stream & Rain Shower.

The specials include:

The Impressor
Impress your Valentine with the most unique gift available; one of our now famous Moss Rocks! in the Cobble (medium) size!

Our Moss Stream deep watering bottle is bundled with this package to round out a very Impressive gift that will be remembered year round!

INCLUDED: Toadstool (color)  Cobble (size)
Moss Stream 250ml deep watering bottle
Valentines Card with the name of the shipper
No size or color substitutions available on this special order!

The Thriller
Your Valentine will be absolutely thrilled with this package we have put together featuring the Cobble (medium) and Pebble (small) sizes of our Moss Rocks! This package is bundled with our complete watering solution, featuring the Moss Stream deep watering bottle, and the Moss Rainshower ultra fine sprayer.

INCLUDED: Toadstool (color)  Cobble (size)
Bark (color)   Pebble (size)
Moss Stream 250ml deep watering bottle
Moss Rain Shower 2oz ultra fine sprayer
Valentines Card with the name of the shipper
No size or color substitutions available on this special order!

The “OMG”
OMG!… what else can your Valentine say after receiving the full set of our Moss Rocks! and our complete watering solution all in one day!

This combination is the ultimate pleaser, and we have a guess as to what the lucky recipient of this gift will say!

INCLUDED: Toadstool (color)  Boulder (size)
Raindrop (color)   Cobble (size)
Bark (color)    Pebble (size)
Moss Stream 250ml deep watering bottle
Moss Rain Shower 2oz ultra fine sprayer
Valentines Card with the name of the shipper
No size or color substitutions available on this special order!

IMPORTANT MESSAGE

A disclaimer from Moss and Stone Gardens — Where Moss Rocks! co-owner David Spain:

The sight of moss may lead to some moss-enducing activities that we, as a company, cannot be responsible for.  Please moss responsibility.  Your secrets are safe with me —  Moss my heart and hope to die.  So party on and send your sweetie something peaty!

 

 

 

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

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.

Moss, an Orchid, and Marsha Owen’s pottery

 

Phalaenopsis blooms rise high above a commissioned pottery piece by Marsha Owen.  A beautiful work of art that can be used inside as a centerpiece on the dining room table or in the foyer as a fresh welcome home. Set this dish garden next to the bed for a soothing sight while waiting for the light to wane from evening to night.  During the warm summer months, this moss and orchid dish garden could be admired outdoors.

David Spain wanted an orchid container that used moss as  a living plant not as a dried up, deceased, dressing.  David explains, “Paired with orchids, moss is treated most often as a mulch not as a living plant.  Wanting to combine moss and an orchid as living species, I was inspired to create a container that allowed the two to be displayed together, but with both kept alive.”

David’s clever design is a ring to combine a living moss dish garden with an orchid (or another plant); one that possess  separate containers, allowing for different watering and soil conditions.

When designing your orchid container, considering adding live mulch to keep the composition fresh and alive.

 

 

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

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.

David Spain in Country Gardens magazine

 

Our very own, David Spain co-owner of Moss and Stone Gardens – Where Moss Rocks  is featured in the most recent issue — early spring — of  Country Gardens magazine.  We featured the photo shoot back in May; today, the story is nestled among many other truly unique and wonderful stories in one of America’s most loved magazine.

The story is titled:  As Green as it Gets, by moi,

Raised high in a pedestal dish or lowered into the depths of an old oak log, a moss dish garden lets you admire a lilliputian landscape at close range.  David Spain, co-owner of Moss and Stone Gardens in Raleigh, creates these verdant little landscapes in various vessels. ….

The story also includes an in-depth how-to for making your own dish gardens at home.  I hope you pick up your copy today.  When yours arrives in the mail, carve out some time and settle in for a good, long read.

 

 

 

 

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

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.