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A Moss Garden that you could also have...

Updated on February 26, 2017
Infinity Gate
Infinity Gate | Source

The reason for my Moss Garden ...

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

Let me be perfectly clear, this is a volunteer moss garden and not a Japanese 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.

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 no-where, but out to everywhere.

1998
1998

The beginning - an Infinity Gate

In 1998 one of the things that I wanted to build was an Infinity Gate, and my unartistic, unhandy 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

2002
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Grass

Our backyard lawn started out as a grass garden, and every weekend my husband mowed the lawns. Once all the trees after the 2002 storm 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. We have many wildlife animals that come through, so it's kind of hard to grow anything decent in the flower department...and I'm way too lazy to spray and or plant anti-animal stuff...So the best next thing was planting wild woodsy plants.

After the storm it looked like a war zone

after 2002 storm
after 2002 storm
The Secret Lives of Mosses: A Comprehensive Guide for Gardens
The Secret Lives of Mosses: A Comprehensive Guide for Gardens

Interesting and educational. You will learn culture methods and identification techniques for successful and beautiful garden.

Written for the understanding of how mosses function biologically and ecologically...

 

Up-Cycled an old three-fold Rodiron screen

rodiron
rodiron

Plants and Rocks - tying the trees together

2007
2007

Planting many shoots from my neighbors snowball bush, ferns and violets from the woods made it come together, and all I needed was a couple of years to fill it in, except where the deer trimmed 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 35 years old and doing fine...I always take at least one plant along in a move, just for sentimental reasons.

The woods - The wildflowers

2010 in the woods
2010 in the woods

My friend allowed me to dig in her wooded area where I would get my wildflowers to start my garden.

This is also where we use to ride our horses on the trails. Riding through the woods over time I made mental notes of the plants during the seasons. This helped me decide which ones I wanted to replant in my yard...giving my yard a more natural look with the wild flowers and ferns.

Violets - and other volunteer flowers

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The first sign of violetsOur State of Wisconsin flower
The first sign of violets
The first sign of violets | Source
Our State of Wisconsin flower
Our State of Wisconsin flower

Textures in the Garden

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Statues and rocksHickory treeOak TreeFernsColored plantsHostasrock boarder & wildflowersriver rocksyellow star shaped flowerscollection of rocks
Statues and rocks
Statues and rocks | Source
Hickory tree
Hickory tree
Oak Tree
Oak Tree
Ferns
Ferns
Colored plants
Colored plants
Hostas
Hostas
rock boarder & wildflowers
rock boarder & wildflowers
river rocks
river rocks
yellow star shaped flowers
yellow star shaped flowers
collection of rocks
collection of rocks

During the Fall of 2002 we had a big storm, taking down many trees and ruining our lawn, it was after this that we started to let the moss grow.

I had my husband cut some of the stumps into sliced pieces to use for a stepping stone like walkway, as seen in an above photo.

Another Bad Year

2010 Storm in Moss Garden
2010 Storm in Moss Garden

What an ironic year 2010 started out to be for my Moss Garden. We had brilliant colors and textures, this because of our Spring rain. However the rainwater started puddling like a small pond in our yard. Then it 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 my moss.

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'm hoping it willol survive...anything is possible because of the weather.

Notice the thousands of berries from some obnoxious and invasive trees.

Some of the flowers established in the yard.......

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my leaves fall colors
my leaves fall colors

Fall Colors galore!

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Fall of 2010...just a few days before a wind storm that took down all the colorful leaves.

The tree colors had turned fast because of the cold nights and hot days, the Hostas and Snowballs plants have been consumed by deer...a wet and hot summer, with Indian summer very warm/hot the moss turn brown.

It's March-April and still snowing!

gate is falling apart caused by storms
gate is falling apart caused by storms

Starting Spring 2011....as you can see we had a lot of work ahead of us in Spring...the gate was leaning and I was hoping it stayed up before the torrential rains came...my hubby wanted to get rid of it, but the wood that it's built with is significant for me, 100 year old poles from the barn where I had much joy for over 20 years....

The Gate came down

2011 Moss Garden, no gate
2011 Moss Garden, no gate

Spring May 2011 - the Gate came down. It had been so odd and it reflected in the garden...it came crashing down after a big wind and rain storm. You can see the utility box which the gate covered...I was in the hopes my hubby will help rebuild the gate, and so he did.

Rebuilt Gate

Rebuilt fall 2011 for 2012
Rebuilt fall 2011 for 2012

A New Look for 2012 - mild winter - early spring moss and flowers

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9/10/2011 we erected the New Gate2/3/20123/31/12 White & lavender crocus3/25/123/31/12 Pink wildflowers3/25/12 White wildflowers4/20/12 White Iris5/5/12 Blue Bells3/31/12 Yellow something ;-)3/31/12 Yellow something ;-)
9/10/2011 we erected the New Gate
9/10/2011 we erected the New Gate
2/3/2012
2/3/2012
3/31/12 White & lavender crocus
3/31/12 White & lavender crocus
3/25/12
3/25/12
3/31/12 Pink wildflowers
3/31/12 Pink wildflowers
3/25/12 White wildflowers
3/25/12 White wildflowers
4/20/12 White Iris
4/20/12 White Iris
5/5/12 Blue Bells
5/5/12 Blue Bells
3/31/12 Yellow something ;-)
3/31/12 Yellow something ;-)
3/31/12 Yellow something ;-)
3/31/12 Yellow something ;-)

Winter Changes - in the garden

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Certainly there is something happening with our weather pattern...our winter 2011-2012 was considerably mild in temperature and barely any snow. Spring came early and by the photo 'below' the leaves and flowers started to come out, then another snow fall, mild and not lasting because the ground was warm. April we dipped down in temperature again affecting some of the flowers, once it started warming up again, they came back.

Our neighbor wanted to clean up her backwoods that had lots of flagstones piled up, she said that we could have them...so my husband offered to clean the area and haul the stones into our yard using them in front of the Gate and making a bench, the rest lined in the back separating the woods and garden.

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Winter wonderland

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My wild flowers in pink
My wild flowers in pink

Tips and Links on growing Moss

moss
moss

Here are 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

 More of my wildflowers
More of my wildflowers

Moss Garden Link List - 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.

Items for your Yard

My fawn sculpture gracing our yard
My fawn sculpture gracing our yard

I love the look of this Garden

photo credit: re-visions photoportals
photo credit: re-visions photoportals

A Moss Garden is an experience, it is a feeling of beauty and soothing calmness, even in a miniature fashion .... All a gift from God.

Would you like to have a Moss Garden?

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

famous moss garden Saiho-ji
famous moss garden Saiho-ji

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!

Janesville Wisconsin Rotary Garden

Our very own Award Winning Rotary Garden...my inspiration...
Our very own Award Winning Rotary Garden...my inspiration...
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store print
Flagstone throughout my yard
Flagstone throughout my yard

Created 05/01/2010

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

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      MariaMontgomery 2 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      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.

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

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

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      jmchaconne 2 years ago

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

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      burntchestnut 2 years ago

      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.

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      jmchaconne 3 years ago

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

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      MarcellaCarlton 3 years ago

      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.

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      jayavi 4 years ago

      Nice lens. thanks for sharing.

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      Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

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

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      LadyDuck 4 years ago

      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!

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      Psycho Free Zone 4 years ago from USA

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

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      Stuwaha 4 years ago

      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!

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      Rosanna Grace 4 years ago

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

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      SandraWilson LM 4 years ago

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

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      Barb McCoy 4 years ago

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

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      dragonlildragon 4 years ago

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

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      June Parker 4 years ago from New York

      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*

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Your moss garden is so beautiful.

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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

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

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      Margot_C 4 years ago

      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.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

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

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      John Norman Stewart 4 years ago from Cottonwood, CA

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

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      GardenIdeasHub LM 4 years ago

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

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      cmadden 4 years ago

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

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      lilymom24 4 years ago

      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. =)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      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.

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      Kay 4 years ago

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

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      nifwlseirff 4 years ago

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

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      Gregory Moore 4 years ago from Louisville, KY

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

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      Rob Hemphill 4 years ago from Ireland

      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.

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      Gayle Dowell 4 years ago from Kansas

      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?

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

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

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      swathymenon 4 years ago

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

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      Anthony Altorenna 4 years ago from Connecticut

      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.

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      vaigavenugopal 4 years ago

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

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      soaringsis 4 years ago

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

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      MaggiePowell 5 years ago

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

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      AlleyCatLane 5 years ago

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

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

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

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      NTxWriter 5 years ago

      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!

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      Satdin 5 years ago

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

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      trendydad 5 years ago

      nice moss garden great lens

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      anonymous 5 years ago

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

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      jtay123 5 years ago

      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.

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      Bellezza-Decor 5 years ago from Canada

      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!

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

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

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      thecharmingplace 5 years ago

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

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      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!

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      Teri Villars 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

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

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      TheDeeperWell 5 years ago

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

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      anonymous 5 years ago

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

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      fnay 5 years ago

      wow.. beautiful garden.. nice lens

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      lesliesinclair 5 years ago

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

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      MorningShine 5 years ago

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

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      jstarley 5 years ago

      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!

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

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

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      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

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      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.

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      vanidiana24 5 years ago

      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.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

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

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      jeremykim2011 5 years ago

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

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      poppy mercer 5 years ago from London

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

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      Ram Ramakrishnan 5 years ago

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

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      flicker lm 5 years ago

      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!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      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!

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      kraji lm 5 years ago

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

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      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.

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      goldroyce 5 years ago

      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!

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      Barbara Walton 5 years ago from France

      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!

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

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

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      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.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      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!

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      Indigo Janson 5 years ago from UK

      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. :)

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      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.

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      Norbert Isles 5 years ago from Philippines

      What a beautiful, lovely garden! And lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

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

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      anonymous 5 years ago

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

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      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.

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      Paul 5 years ago from Liverpool, England

      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.

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      Ruthi 5 years ago

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

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      myshelle01 5 years ago

      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.

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      sushilkin lm 5 years ago

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

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      dellgirl 5 years ago

      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.

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      seradis 6 years ago

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

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      itsmuzza2011 6 years ago

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

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      efriedman 6 years ago

      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.

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      Patricia 6 years ago

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

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      moonlitta 6 years ago

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

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      grandma deal 6 years ago

      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.

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      Chazz 6 years ago from New York

      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.

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      caffimages 6 years ago

      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.

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      ltraider 6 years ago

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

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      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!

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      GetSillyProduct 6 years ago

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

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      MasterPsycho 6 years ago from Earth

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

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      antoivo lm 6 years ago

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

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      tiff0315 6 years ago

      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

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      love it, so green ,enjoyed it so much

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      Sherry Venegas 6 years ago from La Verne, CA

      I enjoyed this.

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      jvsper63 6 years ago

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

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      moss gardens look really comfortable

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      greenkat lm 6 years ago

      LOVE this lens! Pics are gorgeous! I love moss and ferns and now I really have spring fever, gonna come back to this weekend to take in everything! Thanks!

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      sorana lm 6 years ago

      Beautiful lens and great garden. Moss gardens are awesome.

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      clemency lm 6 years ago

      What an amazing garden you have, it looks magical. I used to have one and you are so right about how wonderful it feels to walk on. Good luck with your garden this year.

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      katiecolette 6 years ago

      Love! Love! Love your garden and your photos! thank you so much for sharing :)

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      patriciapeppy 6 years ago

      Love your garden,its so pretty

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      Philippians468 6 years ago

      im very much intrigued by the idea of having my very own moss garden! cheers

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      ShamanicShift 6 years ago

      This SquidAngel circle back around to bless this lens too!

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      justholidays 6 years ago

      Hm... There's no moss in my garden, as I don't have any tree - apart from a tiny one - but your garden looks quite nice, Delia! It also looks like a peaceful place to stay!

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      TyGatti LM 6 years ago

      Would love to build a moss garden! I don't think the moss on my patio counts as a real one lol

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      rlivermore 6 years ago

      This is a truly beautiful garden. So peaceful. I love it.

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      deyanis 6 years ago from Oz

      I was initially curious when I saw "Moss Garden" on your lensmaster page. And wow, I never expect it to be so beautiful. I love your quote "nothing special except the fact that it is a reflection of God's love with the tiniest things grown". I favorited this lens and would love to see the progress of your moss garden. --- Blessed ---

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      jlshernandez 6 years ago

      Some parts of our garden are mossy because of the shade trees. Looking at these moss gardens is like being transported in a dream. Blessed.

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      MoonandMagic 6 years ago

      Oh my I have just fallen in love! You have a fantastic garden and I would love to try something like that! :)

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      Julia M S Pearce 6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Moss gardens look wonderful!Great lens!

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      Annamadagan 6 years ago

      Wow! I have never heard of them, but they are beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

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      Sue Dixon 6 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      With my name, I'm surpirside I've not come by here before! I love moss- and this is a great lens.

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      Rita-K 6 years ago

      You have such a beautiful garden a true reflection of yourself. I would love to have a moss garden but our winters are too cold.

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      WritingforYourW 6 years ago

      Nice! I've read about moss gardens before, and I love your pictures. My parents could totally do this (half their yard is moss already), and I wish I could, but there's not much shade in my yard and the grass (and creeping buttercup, lol) grows too well.

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      redpillpuppet 6 years ago

      I love moss. This is such a great resource. And the photos, really stunning! Thanks a bunch for sharing!

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      Chouquette 6 years ago

      What a joy to see all that greenery in the midst of a nasty cold spell here in Europe! Beautiful photos...:)

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      CrazyforCollecting 6 years ago

      Just beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

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      ThruMyEyes LM 6 years ago

      Such a detailed lens, I love the moss garden!

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      Coffeebreak9am 6 years ago

      Beautiful garden...thank you.

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      DebMartin 6 years ago

      What a wonderful idea. I'm off to a good start already with a creek in my backyard and lots of moss taking over the grass. I think now I want to do more wildflowers too. Thanks! I like lichen too.

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      Zen Automat 6 years ago

      a fantastic garden, thanks for the lens

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      gia combs-ramirez 6 years ago from Montana

      What a beautiful garden and lens! Blessed by an angel.

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      kathysart 6 years ago

      OH!! This lens of yours makes me feel so happy and peaceful... LUV IT!!

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      ICanCook 6 years ago

      I love moss. I tried to grow one in an area where I thought was damp enough for it but it didn't flourish. I am inspired to give it another try.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      I have tried to do this, but no luck. I love moss and rocks, big rocks!

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      Lisa Auch 6 years ago from Scotland

      I knew I would return to this lens, to give it a Blessing one day, that day has arrived! Congratulations Blessed by a SquidAngel

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      John Dyhouse 6 years ago from UK

      what a wonderful lens and a wonderful garden - thanks

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      jolou 6 years ago

      Beautiful lens and garden. You are very creative!

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      mioluna 6 years ago

      What a beautiful garden! I had feeling that I was walking through magic garden in fairy tale. Absolutely breath taking!

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      Johann The Dog 6 years ago from Northeast Georgia

      Beautiful garden!!! We see a lot of moss on our hikes up the ridge. There is one area on the trail that has a moss carpet, Mum's favorite spot. She likes to take photos of me on moss, BOL!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Wow, this is so beautiful. I like greens and nature. Now I will have to set my goals higher to include my all time favorite farmhouse, dream beach resort, and now a beautiful peaceful haven cottage house near the woods, surrounded by wide moss gardens... I'm thinking Japanese wooden walks (hey, a Japanese house!) and natural water.. Inspiring lens..

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 6 years ago from Templeton, CA

      This is the first I knew about moss gardens. Yours is lovely. A moss garden wouldn't have a chance on our property that's so dry we don't even have snails. We are almost always in a drought here. We have a mustard-poison hemlock-thorn garden if left in its natural state. thaks for sharing this.

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      Lisa Auch 6 years ago from Scotland

      Oh, just like Tipi I could just lay on your garden and look up to the sky forever, What a wonderful garden. I took away most of my grass last year, only leaving a small patch, and i miss it so much...I really want to walk through your gate, it looks magical and may even lead me to Narnia

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      Delia 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Susie you are too funny and "delightful"...are you going to pitch a Tipi? Sadly our moss is still dying, but I will wait for Spring and see what God brings me...Thanks for the visit and compliment

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Don't be surprised if you look out your window one day and see me sitting or laying in your moss garden and you;ll need a few strong men to carry me off. I love what you have done in combining your artistry with the natural beauty of moss, rocks and flowers. Truly a gift from God! I feel refreshed from my little visit. I have to go but will carry your moss garden with in my memory. I feel a little sad that you may be losing your moss garden but to everything there is a season. Can you believe it, my security word is "delightful", how perfect!

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      My dear, this is quite lovely. You have such a green thumb and great sense of design too!

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      glenbrook 6 years ago

      Nice lens. We are looking for something different than grass for our yard. Lots of interesting ideas here.

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      KokoTravel 6 years ago

      A beautiful garden... thanks for sharing.

      I am encouraging moss to grow on the north side of our house. Do you have any suggestions beyond moisture and low light to speed up the growth?

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      editionh 6 years ago

      Your moss garden is beautiful. I love to walk over moss too..:).

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      Meloramus 6 years ago

      I love your moss garden and hope it survives. We live in a very damp area and have lots of moss. I'm very partial to the texture and colour.

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      Jenny Campbell 6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      What a beautiful garden. You have inspired me. However, moss would not survive where I live.

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      ShamanicShift 6 years ago

      Wondrously awesome!

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      VarietyWriter2 6 years ago

      very cool lens! Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      Alicia 6 years ago from New York

      I love this! My mom started a rock garden in the center of our back yard. We live on a lake, and all of the moisture and tree shade has caused lots of moss to start forming around the rocks. It turned into a boarder! She LOVES the moss and always pulls out grass that gets in its way.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Ohhhh! I absolutely LOVE this lens! You're so creative!

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      Delia 6 years ago

      @aka-rms: Oh WOW rms, what a wonderful surprise to see a Purple Star on my Moss Garden lens! Thank You so much Geeve, you are too kind!!!

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      Robin S 6 years ago from USA

      Congratulations! Lensmaster Geeve has chosen to award this terrific lens with a Purple Star!

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      Spook LM 6 years ago

      Your husband sounds just like me. Beautiful garden and lovely photos. Blessed by an Angel.

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      HorseAndPony LM 6 years ago

      I love moss gardens and yours is beautiful. I hope it survives. I love looking at the flowers while riding. Thanks for sharing.

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      Geeve 6 years ago

      A great lens Dee; lensrolled to my "Gardens to Visit" so that others can enjoy your moss garden, if only virtually.

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      BuckHawkcenter 6 years ago

      Sad to hear that you may lose your moss garden, It's such a beautiful and peaceful place, even in winter! But, thanks for sharing all this information. Makes want to try my green thumb at this.

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      SacredCynWear 6 years ago

      @delia-delia: Welll I am sure that whatever you decide to do, it will look marvelous! Good luck to you! =)

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      sheriangell 6 years ago

      Your garden is so peaceful and beautiful. I hope that this years storms and changes are just part of nature's check and balance system. Perhaps next year your moss will return stronger than ever. Beautiful photos.

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      Delia 6 years ago

      @SacredCynWear: As much as I like my moss garden, it's my hubby who mows...so it's up to him if he wants grass (well a portion)

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      SacredCynWear 6 years ago

      Oh, I'm so sorry your garden was ruined. It is such a beautiful moss garden. I hope that restoring it will be an option. perhaps doing as your husband suggests will be a good idea. How do you feel about it?

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      It's sad to see your mossy area suffering. I guess that is nature, evolving and changing to go with what the conditions are.

      My moss gardens are smaller and centered around old tree stumps. I can mist them with a spray bottle to keep them happy in dry times. Once a deer ate part of my plush green moss.

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      Laura Schofield 6 years ago from Chicago, IL USA

      You've got a beautiful page here. Congrats on your gardening skills: Moss gardens are beautiful. I particularly like the look of moss growing up tree roots!

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      Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      You have such a beautiful yard, it's big and green and so peaceful. Lovely lens, great photos and information. I feel really calm having just imagined I was there. And then I look at our tiny garden that needs a lot of work :(

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      RinchenChodron 6 years ago

      I've added this lens to Featured Lenses to Enjoy by My Fellow Lensmasters on my Japanese Flower Arranging site.

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      RinchenChodron 6 years ago

      I love moss gardens, but they do not do well in arid Colorado! I appreciated seeing what you created with recycled things - it's beautiful! Nice job.

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      Jeanette 6 years ago from Australia

      Wow. This is gorgeous! Your garden looks so beautiful. Well done.

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      WebSpinstress 6 years ago

      What a beautiful moss garden you have, and your dream moss garden looks like a lovely quiet serene spot! I'm a huge fan of natural moss and wildflower coverings, as well as climbing vines that twist themselves around stagnant structures or elements. They appear to weave many little Worlds together again. :-)

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      JammerJ 6 years ago

      A very refreshing yard and garden. I really like the pictures you shared.

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      Moe Wood 6 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      I've never heard of a moss garden. It's looks like quite a lovely place to hang out.

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      A moss garden, what a great idea! We live in a area where moss grows thick in places. I use the moss to make flower baskets for everyone. This lens deserves 5*s for sure!

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      oztoo lm 6 years ago

      I love your moss garden. It looks like a beautiful and tranquil place. Love it.

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      Sara Duggan 6 years ago from California

      Gorgeous Lens! Found you on the 100 Blessed Lens http://www.squidoo.com/one-hundred-lens-blessings Wonderful pictures and Makes me want to have one. I can see myself spending lots of time outdoors in your backyard. :)

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      I've had my moss garden for four years now. It started with a mossy stump in the edge of the woods. While out walking, I find different mosses to add to my garden. It's amazing how many different ones there are.

      I'm like you, I encourage the violets, ferns and other wild shade plants to accessorize my moss area.

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      LadyFlashman 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      My garden is very mossy already, after reading this I think I might do away with the grass altogether! Your garden looks very peaceful and beautiful.

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      Karen 6 years ago from U.S.

      Oh, you have a lovely yard! My favorite photo is of the iron screen with the blue flowers and ferns beyond it. It looks like a magical place :-)

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      Susanna Duffy 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      What lovely moss gardens. I've never seen one, and I certainly couldn't have one myself it's far too dry where I live - no mossy bits! Blessed by an angel today

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