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.
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It went to nowhere, but out to everywhere.
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
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
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
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.
Violets - and other wild volunteer flowers
Plants and Rocks - tying the trees together
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
Another Bad Year 2010
Textures in the 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.
Fall Colors galore!
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
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
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.