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A Moss Garden That You Could Also Have...

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Infinity Gate

Infinity Gate

The reason for my Moss Garden ...

*It was a choice between keeping grass or moss...I opted for moss.

*It's a garden filled with my ideas and eclectic things that reflect my personality and tastes...

*A fun garden...nothing special except the fact that it is a reflection of God's love with the tiniest things grown.

This is an ever-changing Moss Garden with a variety of wild plants and flowers....a transformations due to the weather...So every year a different look.

I’ve now included nursery plants like hostas and bushes, as well plants from my generous neighbor.

This is a volunteer, eclectic moss garden wanting to be Japanese Moss Garden.


Note ~ Scraper Protection: If you see this webpage lens anywhere else on the Internet besides here..PLEASE contact me...Thank You ~ Delia Pacheco

It went to nowhere, but out to everywhere.

A start!

A start!

The beginning - an Infinity Gate

In 1998 one of the things that I wanted to build was an Infinity Gate, and my not so artistic hubby volunteered to build one for me...BUT of course with my artistic design and wifely instructions...yikes *!*

At this time my friend at the barn where I kept my horses, was tearing down a 100 year old stable/barn and burning the lumber...when I saw all that beautiful barn wood being burnt I was sad. So the next best thing for me to do, was drag out beams that were not on fire and bring them home to make my project, an Infinity Gate...

I used three beams to make the gate, oops, I mean my husband used the beams to make the gate. I took two of my three-fold rod iron screens, inserting them into the frame...leaving the 100 year old square head nails in the beams for character. Topping off the top with leftover lumber and fence post tops that someone threw away.

The start - from grass to moss

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Grass

Our backyard lawn started out as a grass garden, and every weekend my husband mowed the lawns. After a storm, the trees started to grow tall and fill out, it became a shade garden, consequently a moss garden.

I really like the way it looks and feels, especially walking on it barefooted. A few years back the Cable company was digging new lines in the back part of the yard, and I heard one of the guys tell another, this is like a carpet! Our property backs up to a Greenbelt or wildlife reserve, it's all woods. Many wildlife animals come through, so it's kind of hard to grow anything decent in the flower department... I'm way too lazy to spray and or plant anti-animal stuff...So the next best thing, was planting wild woodsy plants...they always come back.

It looked like a war zone

aftermath of fallen trees

aftermath of fallen trees

With all the fallen trees being cut-up it ruined the lawn...

I had my husband cut some of the stumps into sliced pieces, this to be used for walking paths.…after this we started to let the moss grow and it came in quickly.

Wild plants - wildflowers

Digging in the woods

Digging in the woods

My friend who owns the barn where I kept my horses, allowed me to dig in her woods....I collected many wildflowers to start my garden.

We use to ride our horses in these woods and over time it allowed me to make mental notes of where and what kind of plants came up during the seasons, this helped me decide which ones I wanted...my yard would have a more natural look with all the trees, wild flowers and ferns…but keeping it neat and controlled.

Plants and Rocks - tying the trees together

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Planting shoots from my neighbors snowball bush and ferns, violets and plants from the woods made it come together. All I needed was a couple of years to fill it in, except where the deer trim the the snowball bushes yearly.

Next came the rocks...my hubby and I went out in the cornfields and did a farmer a favor by removing large rocks, these were placed in various areas in the yard with borders around trees connecting the trees.

My roadside plant collection over the years from different states were also planted. Some are over 50 years old and doing fine...this for sentimental reasons.

Up-Cycled a Rodiron screen

Three fold rodiron screen

Three fold rodiron screen

Another Bad Year 2010

2010 Storm in Moss Garden

2010 Storm in Moss Garden

What a year 2010 started out to be for my Moss Garden. We had brilliant colors and textures, this because of our Spring rain. The rainwater started puddling like a small pond in our yard.
The summer became very hot causing plants to dry up, including the moss...it actually started dying. I really never thought you could kill moss, especially with water. At this time I thought I'd be be loosing it…nope, the moss survived!

My husband and I think maybe we should plant grass seed next year and leave a design portion of moss...so we will have to see what happens after next Spring.

I noticed the thousands of berries from some obnoxious and invasive trees that had established before we moved here thriving under all conditions. It turns out that our State asks us to get rid of these bushy trees called buckthorn, or something like that.

 leaves with fall colors

leaves with fall colors

A Fall day with flowing colorful leaves, they will be falling for weeks waiting to be raked. Raking takes weeks because of the amount of trees we have.

The tree colors had turned fast because of the cold nights and hot days. The Hostas and Snowball plants have been consumed by deer...and yet they come back year after year…Snowball bushes and deer…

High winds bring down the gate

A new beginning for the gate in the Spring

A new beginning for the gate in the Spring

Starting Spring 2011....The winter wind caused the gate to lean and fall apart. There would be a lot of work to bring the gate back, and with a new look….yes, I had a plan!

Hubby wanted to get rid of it, but the wood frame that its built with is significant for me. They are one hundred year old poles from the horse barn where I had much enjoyment and memories for over 20 years...and if the poles fall apart…I’ll just redesign it.

The Gate came down

 Moss Garden, no gate

Moss Garden, no gate

Spring…in May the Gate came crashing down after another high wind and rain event. It really looked odd, and it sadly reflected the garden by not having it there. You can see the utility box which the gate covered.

My hubby talked me into replacing the poles. It was a better idea since we needed a stronger frame and anchoring…. he rebuilt the gate with the new 4x4 poles….a new stronger lasting beginning.

It was a lot of work to bring back the gate with a new look….yes, I had a plan!

The old poles were used for another small project.

Rebuilt Gate with the new look

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Rebuilt

Certainly there is something happening with our weather pattern...our winter 2011-2012 was considerably mild in temperature and barely any snow.

Here we are in coming end of 2021 the weather has changed drastically not only in the Midwest with droughts, then late year excessive rain, even Worldwide. I’d say odd with the pandemic and weather changes…everything has changed world wide.

I’m thankful to God that I have our garden, it takes a great deal of work. But being locked up to stay healthy, it’s given me a reflection of His gift.
I’m happy to be here and keep the Garden from dying.


The evolution

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If it stands still, I’ll paint on it!

If it stands still, I’ll paint on it!

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Noticeable difference over the years

Here is where we are now... As I mentioned in 2011, there is definitely something happening with our weather, a noticeable difference on the effect it has on a plants life. The changes are so obvious and too many to mention.

We’ve had so much rain and loss of trees, making a difference in the way some plants and trees are growing....some good, some bad.

The trees now are huge with so many leaves, but it look nice. All plants are being thinned out for control. I leave dug up plants on our front lawn with a sign FREE.



My wild flowers in pink

My wild flowers in pink

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Some suggestions....

That you can use on growing a moss garden...

*Mix moss with yogurt or buttermilk in a blender and brush it on to create a quick growth of moss

another Recipe for "moss juice"

*Ingredients:

- 5-lb. block of potter's clay

- jar of fish emulsion fertilizer

- moss

Cut potter's clay into cubes and soak in water until it becomes 'slip,' or liquid clay.

Combine 3 parts clay solution, 1 part liquid fish emulsion, and 1 part moss in a blender.

Cut potter's clay into cubes and soak in water until it becomes 'slip,' or liquid clay.

Combine 3 parts clay solution, 1 part liquid fish emulsion, and 1 part moss in a blender.

Liquefy.

Paint over all cement objects where a moss-covered surface is desired.

To clean the blender, fill a sink with hot water and detergent. Let the blender soak for two hours, then run it through the dishwasher.

Keep painted concrete pieces in a cool, dark place. Within two months to a year, moss will grow on the objects.

Here are some helpful informative Links:

Moss Acers

garden guides

Big or small...a green Moss Garden can be so soothing, even in a miniature fashion, make a dish or a bonsai, they are fun and easy.

 More of my wildflowers

More of my wildflowers

I love the look of this Garden

photo credit: re-visions photoportals

photo credit: re-visions photoportals

store print

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I would love for my Moss Garden to look like this...dreamy indeed....walking through the moss in your bare-feet, feeling the softness like a carpet...yes just like a dream!

A Dream Moss Garden - Yes, but only in my dream...

famous moss garden Saiho-ji

famous moss garden Saiho-ji

Janesville Wisconsin Rotary Garden

Our very own Award Winning Rotary Garden...my inspiration...

Our very own Award Winning Rotary Garden...my inspiration...

  • Rotary Botanical Gardens -
    A beautiful garden that expands yearly with amazing design and plants...a pride of the city Janesville Wi.
Flagstone throughout my yard

Flagstone throughout my yard

What you are is God's gift to you, what you do with yourself is your gift to God: Danish Proverb

Comments are Welcome!

MariaMontgomery from Coastal Alabama, USA on May 12, 2015:

I had to come check out your moss garden. It is beautiful. I do have a tiny bit of moss that came along with my dad's azaleas that I brought with me when we moved. I was so happy to see it growing underneath those small azaleas. I now encourage & protect it from the brilliant sun that we have here.

poetryman6969 on March 01, 2015:

Love the photos of nice gardens you have here but I am not sure I am up for all the work!

jmchaconne on July 10, 2014:

Your images are gorgeous. I wonder why so many people think moss is yucky!

burntchestnut on June 18, 2014:

I love moss and also the idea of changing a grass lawn into no or low maintenance gardens. I'm glad you documented your work over the years.

jmchaconne on March 26, 2014:

What fantastic images, thank you for a great lens, I love moss!

MarcellaCarlton on March 13, 2014:

This is beautiful! I also garden and I have noticed how lovely moss is, so I grow it where ever it chooses to grow. Comes in gorgeous colors, too.

jayavi on May 20, 2013:

Nice lens. thanks for sharing.

Aunt-Mollie on April 30, 2013:

This is an exquisite setting. The moss actually looks like velvet. Enjoyed!

LadyDuck on April 19, 2013:

What a beautiful garden. After big storms there is a lot of work to do, but it's nice to work to get back the garden beauty. Very nice photos. Blessed!

Karli McClane from USA on March 05, 2013:

I'd never heard of a moss garden, but now I want one - so beautiful!

Stuwaha on February 28, 2013:

I've been trying to convince my husband to give up the grass fight and let our (very small) garden go to moss for 3 years.... he still insists on trying to kill the moss but I love the stuff. Your garden is beautiful and I'm desperate to get my hands on some of those lovely violets!

Rosanna Grace on February 22, 2013:

Magical moss garden! Gorgeous Images! Thanks for sharing : )

SandraWilson LM on February 15, 2013:

Beautiful pictures and log of your garden. You are so blessed to live where there is so much plant life.

Barb McCoy on February 14, 2013:

I loved seeing the transformation..wonderful images. This was a treat to visit. Blessed!

dragonlildragon on February 10, 2013:

I am so loving all the great images. Very visually pleasing and what a beautiful garden.

KonaGirl from New York on February 09, 2013:

This is a fabulous lens, with fabulous photos and such a lovely garden. Ilove mossgardens, unfortunately I am living in the dessert for a while and moss is not in the equation here. At least I can return to this beautiful lens and dream about greener times. LOL. *Squid Angel Blessed*

anonymous on January 23, 2013:

Your moss garden is so beautiful.

SteveKaye on December 27, 2012:

You have the amazing and beautiful garden. Thank you for sharing it. Wish you the best.

Margot_C on December 18, 2012:

I've never seen or heard of a moss garden, but your backyard is beautiful, even with the storm damage! Looks very relaxing - you should put together some images in a meditation picture book. If I can't go there in person, I can go there in my mind's eye.

Tolovaj Publishing House from Ljubljana on November 22, 2012:

It is beautiful. Looks so peaceful... And the photos are amazing too. You surely have a place to contemplate:)

John Norman Stewart from Cottonwood, CA on November 16, 2012:

What an amazing lens....a wonderful place to visit. Hope all is well with you. John

GardenIdeasHub LM on November 12, 2012:

Beautiful moss garden. Thanks for sharing and I did pick up some good tips.

cmadden on November 07, 2012:

Your moss garden is a vision to soothe the soul - wonderful!

lilymom24 on November 04, 2012:

Such a beautiful lens and a beautiful yard. Loved the wildlife pics as well as we have quite a bit of wildlife come through our yard as well. A fox that makes noise at night, the gopher my kids named "Gophy", a fox who gave my dog some perfume...lol. All that to say, I really enjoyed your lens. =)

anonymous on November 04, 2012:

I gave up trying to clear the moss from my lawns. The more I removed the more vigorously it came back. I no longer choose to do battle with it, and have got used to it.

Well done with the photographs, they are captivating.

Kay on October 31, 2012:

Oh my, I just love this. I really do. What a beautiful beautiful moss garden. Blessed!

nifwlseirff on October 23, 2012:

Such a beautiful garden - thank you for sharing so many photos! I have never seen a moss garden before!

Gregory Moore from Louisville, KY on October 23, 2012:

I have never seen a moss garden, but it is a great look!

Rob Hemphill from Ireland on October 21, 2012:

I love your moss garden, you have put so much work into it. It's interesting to see a progression through the seasons and years.

Gayle Dowell from Kansas on September 24, 2012:

I loved seeing your moss garden transform with the seasons (and storms). Gardens are such living, changing entities. Gardens are such a great place to unwind and regroup after a hectic day. God does give nature as a gift, doesn't He?

Fay Favored from USA on August 16, 2012:

I like the idea of a moss garden, but I still like grass. The infinity gate is wonderful.

swathymenon on July 16, 2012:

i just loved your garden a lot...thanks for sharing this awesome photos

Anthony Altorenna from Connecticut on July 13, 2012:

Your woodland garden is stunning! We have lots of volunteer moss growing in the shady areas of our yard, and it provides a beautiful green blanket that covers the ground all year long.

vaigavenugopal on July 12, 2012:

Its really very beautiful. you have done a great job.nice garden..

soaringsis on June 09, 2012:

I love your garden it is really beautiful. I have gotten some ideas from you. Thanks for sharing.

MaggiePowell on May 17, 2012:

ooohhhh lovely... i wish my garden could look this wonderful. It's beautiful

AlleyCatLane on May 17, 2012:

Never heard of a moss garden but this looks really beautiful. Great article.

Pam Irie from Land of Aloha on May 17, 2012:

Very inspiring. I have a lot of shade on the north side of the house which could be a good area to start. :)

NTxWriter on May 17, 2012:

I had a volunteer moss garden when I lived in Oregon. It was beautiful and cool. I planted some moss too to help it along. Pretty lens!

Satdin on May 17, 2012:

I love any type of garden. Your lense inspired me to make some lenses on different topics of garden.

trendydad on May 14, 2012:

nice moss garden great lens

anonymous on May 14, 2012:

Beautiful garden. Thank you for sharing your pictures with us.

jtay123 on May 14, 2012:

Really love this garden and that you decided to work with nature to create beauty instead of a constant battle of trying to fight it with a lawn under trees.

Great Lens.

Bellezza-Decor from Canada on May 08, 2012:

You have a beautiful and large garden area and that metal gate you transformed, with paint, into what looks like a Japanese Gate. Well done!

Michey LM on April 25, 2012:

Beautiful garden and great garden concept, I love the wild look and filling you still preserve. very good photos as well! Blessing

Shelley Szczucki from Ontario Canada on April 22, 2012:

Lovely garden! I am blown away by the photos!! Great lens, and wonderful topic....and even more special your photos!

Laraine Sims from Lake Country, B.C. on April 21, 2012:

It is a long time since I visited this lens. You have added a lot to it and I like what you did. Now I am an SquidAngel I will bless it!

Teri Villars from Phoenix, Arizona on April 16, 2012:

Wow, what City/State do you live in? Very beautiful stuff. Blessed!

TheDeeperWell on April 03, 2012:

I love it when the moss turns the rocks green here in the Sierra foothills.

anonymous on March 29, 2012:

I was just over at skiesgreen's blessing page and saw this and had to come over once again....be well moss!

fnay on March 27, 2012:

wow.. beautiful garden.. nice lens

lesliesinclair on March 20, 2012:

This is the first moss garden I've seen, and it's marvelous - easy to imagine being there. thanks for this unexpected visual refreshment.

MorningShine on March 17, 2012:

An absolutely beautiful garden lens. It makes me want to walk barefoot on the moss.

jstarley on March 01, 2012:

Holy moly! You have got a beautiful piece of earth! I don't have a moss garden but you've given me some great ideas! I love your ferns and irises, those have always been my favorite. Thanks for sharing!

goo2eyes lm on February 06, 2012:

returning to share some squidangel *blessings* with the groundhogs in your moss garden.

norma-holt on February 05, 2012:

You have done a remarkable job with this lens and desribing the garden. Moss is temperamental and I have tried it many times around my ponds without much success. Now I find hebies, violets, agapanthas and gladiolis do well shading and adding colour where it is needed. Blessed and featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012. Hugs

goo2eyes lm on January 28, 2012:

the moss gardens is really a hideaway. i love the colorful hues of the flowers. they make me happy and forget the daily mini-problems.

vanidiana24 on January 20, 2012:

You have a very beautiful garden! I can't imagine how you take care of your garden, but you do it greatly. I enjoy looking at the pictures very much, especially the cute ground hog.

anonymous on January 17, 2012:

Returning to linger in your moss garden once again....and to bless, grow moss...grow!

jeremykim2011 on January 16, 2012:

If only I can squidlike this 10 times, I would!

poppy mercer from London on January 13, 2012:

so lovely...the garden is beautiful and so is the lens. Oh and i wish I had a ground hog in my garden.

Ram Ramakrishnan on January 11, 2012:

A garden divine indeed, with an aptly named "Infinity Gate" that leads out to everywhere.

flicker lm on January 11, 2012:

Beautifully done lens. Loved the photos of the rocks and flowers. Thanks! Up in my woods, there are some large areas that are completely covered with moss. On dry days, I can lay on the moss in the sunshine. What a wonderful feeling!

anonymous on January 10, 2012:

I was looking over your site and was surprised to see listings for some of the mosses I sell on Ebay! It is true that too much water can kill certain types of moss. Try laying down some peaty topsoil in any low spots and transport some fresh mosses to those locations. I've done that here and it worked nicely.

Your gardens are wonderful! So natural. I am impressed!

kraji lm on January 06, 2012:

I am nature lover and I like your lens, looks really nice!

KimGiancaterino on January 05, 2012:

I've enjoyed following the evolution of your garden. I'm very inspired to finish our front yard, but need to find a rock source. My husband wants to cheat and buy them, but we live near an arroyo. It will take awhile to collect enough for a path border and small riverbed, but we can do it. I hope your moss comes back.

goldroyce on November 11, 2011:

Beautiful moss garden! I love the small wildflowers too... Violets are looking very nice, I can see them up close now. Thank you for good photography!

Barbara Walton from France on October 30, 2011:

This is a beautiful lens. I loved your photos and all your flowers. I might have called this a woodland garden and am all enthused to make one for myself! One thing that did make me laugh, though, was the things that e-bay thought might be useful in a moss garden - a Moss Bros dinner jacket and Moss Bros ceramic boater! These computers can be naughty!

Ellen Gregory from Connecticut, USA on October 30, 2011:

I love moss, wildflowers -- especially violets. This lens is beautiful

anonymous on September 26, 2011:

This is beautiful! I hope your moss makes a comeback. I'd love to have a moss garden, but we don't have that much shade in our yard. Thanks--it was nice just to look at your garden.

anonymous on September 17, 2011:

I clicked on this lens cuz I liked the topic name. Better then the topic name is all the photos you put into it! Would ya add your lens to my link option to bring more traffic here? My lens has a great educational topic too with good poll questions too!

Indigo Janson from UK on September 14, 2011:

What a wonderful garden. I know you say it isn't a Zen garden but I found it using the word 'zen' and this gorgeous page filled me with a sense of peace. So I'm adding a blessing to your already impressive list. :)

Virginia Allain from Central Florida on July 02, 2011:

I returned to see how the moss garden was doing. My moss gardens are just small islands of moss that I've gathered and grouped around mossy stumps. I put some ferns with them and some other wild plants. During a dry period, the deer tore off chunks of my plush moss that I keep misted in the summer.

Norbert Isles from Philippines on June 21, 2011:

What a beautiful, lovely garden! And lens!

anonymous on June 19, 2011:

Wow - you have got such a beautiful garden, I have a very small space and hope to grow some herbs and plants I love.

anonymous on June 14, 2011:

Wow. Really beautiful pictures and a wonderful lens. Thank you for the great tips.

Renaissance Woman from Colorado on June 14, 2011:

Such loveliness. How I would love a moss garden, but alas, I live in the high desert. I'm working on a rock and cacti garden. Really appreciate how you have transformed your space and expressed yourself both here and in your mossy wonderland.

Paul from Liverpool, England on June 14, 2011:

That's not a moss garden it's an ecological sub-system! I've only ever walked barefoot on an indoor moss strip - that was an odd but pleasant sensation.

Beautiful lens.

Ruthi on June 14, 2011:

Your moss covered yard is absolutely gorgeous! Beauty of a Squidoo lens!

myshelle01 on June 09, 2011:

What a delightful,relaxing Lens. I am sad it ended as it did. I live in Australia and every winter a few mossy patches return to a shaded spot of my garden. Our hot summer of course kills it off,but still it always comes back. I am wondering now if I could dig it and move it by using your method.*Mix moss with yogurt or buttermilk in a blender and brush it on to create a quick growth of moss" I think I will try. Thank you.

sushilkin lm on June 05, 2011:

This lens inspiring me to crate a lens on the same topic. Thanks for sharing

dellgirl on May 30, 2011:

The photos are so beautiful and serene, I could linger here and lull myself to sleep. Thanks for sharing such an inspiring lens. I love the moss gardens.

seradis on May 26, 2011:

What a great article on moss gardens! Great pictures too!

itsmuzza2011 on May 26, 2011:

great lens i love a Beautiful garden that's got time and effort invested in it , wonderful

efriedman on May 24, 2011:

Beautiful garden, excellent story, excellent lens. I loved the personal tour through the ups and downs of your moss garden, with your own photographs. I don't know if we have enough moisture for a moss garden, but I'd love to try one.

Patricia on May 24, 2011:

Loved looking at these pictures. I wish I could see the bleeding hearts better. They look cool! Blessing this lens!

moonlitta on May 17, 2011:

I'm a bit alte but I just can't leave without leaving another blessing!

grandma deal on May 13, 2011:

Your garden is amazing. I can see there is a lot of love put into it. And a lot of work - all those rocks to tote. Great job. Now I want a moss garden, even a small one would be nice. Thank you for sharing your beautiful garden.

Chazz from New York on May 07, 2011:

Lovely lens! Blessings. I've featured your lens on "Wing-ing it on Squidoo," my lensography of blessed lenses. (You can see it at http://squidoo.com/lenses-blessed-by-this-squid-an... Thanks for the confidence to try adding some mosses to my garden.

caffimages on April 26, 2011:

Hello d-artist. What a wonderful lens...and garden. You are a woman after my own heart, but with more space! If only...As far as wild plants on my lens go, I'm in the UK so our natives will vary from yours. This is why I love to visit American and European lenses as I can learn about other countries and see their native species.

ltraider on April 19, 2011:

What a beautiful yard you have! I'm envious.

anonymous on April 05, 2011:

Very interested lens. I always search for new ideas for our garden. Maybe I'll try to add a "moss area" to our garden too :) THanks for the great informations!

GetSillyProduct on March 31, 2011:

dude, moss looks awesome instead of grass! what a lens :D

MasterPsycho from Earth on March 23, 2011:

I am in love with gardens and i respect people who make their own gardens........keep up the good work

antoivo lm on March 20, 2011:

You are very very artistic i love your ideas thanks for sharing your fantastic art your amazing :) I love your garden WOW

tiff0315 on March 11, 2011:

I love it! Reminds me of a beautiful fantasy land. You gave me some great ideas for my own home....that is, when I get my dream home and the beautiful land to go with it! LOL

anonymous on March 11, 2011:

love it, so green ,enjoyed it so much

Sherry Venegas from La Verne, CA on March 10, 2011:

I enjoyed this.

jvsper63 on February 28, 2011:

This lens is very comforting. Beautiful pictures. Great job.

anonymous on February 26, 2011:

moss gardens look really comfortable

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