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Nary a breeze to move summer air, sweat beads on the brows of even the most sincere southern sons and sisters.  Seeking shelter under the old oak tree, or carrying a glass of sweet tea onto the veranda to find your favorite chair, then rocking to a rhythm of the…

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Ends curl along the pottery’s edge, as if lapping the rise and fall of the ocean’s water, Marsha Owens Pottery provides a fluid vessel for moss to float. Mounting, moss species of acrocarps Dicranum scoparium, Campylopus introflexus and Luecobryum glaucum, mesh well with small stemmed pleurocarpous moss, Bryoandersonia illecebra, where over time, the pleurocarp will intermingle…

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The crane snubs moss under glass.  Once thought to be the most beautiful, the crane now shares accolades with moss, as moss trends. Acting a bit cavalier, Crane isn’t ready to recognize moss having merit.  After all, it was his kind that stole the spotlight from moss in the first…

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Moss Myths Moss misconceptions abound.   Is it true a rolling stone gathers no moss? To better understand moss, I asked David Spain with Moss and Stone Gardens, Raleigh, NC, to enlighten us with the truth about mosses, dispelling many common moss myths. Moss prefers acidic or nutrient poor soils. True or False?…

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Ancient, primal, desirable. Moss evokes many emotions. When finding a moss garden, the desire to touch the moss is uncontrollable, wanting to walk it, feel it, stroke it. This is how I felt the first time I saw a really well done moss garden. It was the home and garden…

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It’s really too bad the Royal Wedding is behind us; no doubt this moss dish garden would have morphed into a fashionable hat for the occasion.  Well, there’s always Ascot, another UK occasion to wear the height of fashion.  Indeed, moss is the height of fashion; I can imagine millineries making hats from moss next season, showing…

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Sliding, sloping, and slightly off centered, with hills and holes adding rhythm and rhyme, this dish rocks. Indoors or out, this dish is suitable as a tabletop centerpiece or as a focal point, raised on a pedestal, in a shady nook of the garden. When I first met this dish,…

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Earthen browns splashed with creams, in a salt-fired stoneware container, looks like it would be at home in a barn of a brown bull.  Feeling bullish myself from time to time, I think I would enjoy a brown bowl in my own abode. Perhaps I should add this brown moss…

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Marrying moss with stone is the perfect match, but when moss is coupled with pottery, it becomes a creative pairing. That’s exactly what happened, when David Spain of Moss and Stone Gardens collaborated with Marsha Owen, of Marsha Owen Pottery, to design stoneware containers for various  bryophytes. Meeting David’s exacting specifications for profile…

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Cheeky, catchy, charming, cute, Moss and Stone Gardens’ Mexican earthenware moss caches are a gardener’s new best friend.  At first they seem like just another adorable way to befriend moss, but you soon realize, they are so much more. “These small containers were fun to put together, the rough handmade quality was…

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