April 23, 2013
A Creation of Moss and Wire in the Greenhouse
Whenever I travel and wherever I go, I usually find wonderful and inspiring ideas. This blog posting combines something I saw on a recent journey to Colombia, South America and something I purchased at Flora Grubb, a fabulous garden shop in San Francisco, California. I shared my thoughts with Ryan McCallister, my gardener, and this blog is about what he created.
1 When I traveled to Colombia recently, I was fascinated by these moss covered planter balls, created by landscape designer Adriana Gallego. I wanted to do something like this at the farm.
2 This is one of the seven wire baskets that I bought at Flora Grubb Gardens in California.
3 I asked Ryan to line them with moss for planting.
4 This was some sheet moss leftover from a Home Depot video shoot.
5 Ryan lined the basket, gently pushing the moss through the basket openings, being careful to leave the moss whole.
6 The moss should eventually grow to cover the wires, becoming full and bushy.
7 For planting purposes, Ryan rested the basket in an empty flower pot.
8 He filled it with an African Violet potting mix, which is a special blend that retains moisture nicely. Baskets, like these, have a tendency to dry out quickly.
9 I had several miniature ferns, which were used as decorations on my Easter table.
10 He dug a hole in the potting mix.
11 And planted the fern
12 Two little ferns were planted in the basket.
13 I like the way this looks.
14 There was another type of moss from the shoot called mood moss, so called for it's distinctive appearance that changes with moisture.
15 When dry, it appears wispy and irregular. Moisture turns it fluffy and verdant.
16 Again, gently pushing the moss through the wires
17 Nicely done!
18 For this basket, Ryan chose two miniature broad-leaf ferns.
19 What fun! - Not exactly like Adriana Gallego's great moss balls, but these baskets will do for now.
20 Ryan made a third one and planted it with variegated mini ferns.
21 All seven baskets are hanging in the greenhouse, for now.
22 The ferns have grown considerably in their new habitat in just over one week.
23 I would love to have a whole wall of these basket planters, if I could just figure out where.
24 While visiting the greenhouse, I was pleasantly surprised to find this 'Orchid Cactus' called Epiphyllum ‘Vista Sun’ blooming. This spectacular flower reaches about 9-inches across!
25 This very unusual bloom is a Pelican Flower (Aristolochia gigantea) - It's an amazing tropical climber that has large, heart-shaped leaves and unique flowers of ivory veining against a burgundy velvet background. The left is the top side and the right is the bottom.
26 This is one of my medinilla magnifica. Dangling in clusters, the blossoms are true to its name - magnificent!