August 9, 2016

Making a Moss Garden at Skylands

Both Jocelyn (who works on the blog with me) and I were taken by surprise with the new format of the blog- from clicks to scroll. There are changes involving Picasa, WordPress and Google all of which help power the blog. We are working through the glitches now and hope that we will be able to deliver a blog that runs smoothly as a scroll, with photos that can be enlarged for more detailed views, with easy access to "comments" and other blogs, and easy to read captions on all devices from desktop computers, to iPads to mobile devices of all sorts.
We love that you all love the blog and find it informative and useful, and we want it to be as easy to use as possible. Changes will occur and we beg you to have a bit of patience until all is ironed out.
As for the sling on my left arm- I had a clumsy fall off my horse a couple weeks ago - the low branch that swept me off Rutger's back has been removed from its Catalpa tree and my arm is on the mend. Not to worry!!! Thanks for the concern however.  --Martha

Whenever I can, I love bringing a bit of the outdoors inside.

During summer at Skylands, I always fill several of my garden planters with some of the natural elements found in the woodlands near my Seal Harbor home. Various mosses, lichens, seedlings, pine needles, and old pieces of wood are brought in to create miniature forests that last all season long. Moss is a slow growing wild plant that should never be harvested in large amounts - in fact, it is illegal to take any moss from national forests without permission. Once the season is over, we always make sure the moss we harvested is returned to the forest where it can regenerate and flourish.

Kevin Sharkey makes many of the cut flower arrangements and container gardens that are used to decorate the main gathering rooms. Recently, he brought a large antique stone planter to life with a stunning living arrangement of woodland plantings. Here are some photos - enjoy.