Probably like many of you, I have a love-hate thing going with Martha Stewart. But if you’re interested in food, crafts, interior design, or just about anything else, the woman is impossible to avoid. Especially if you’ve got Martha’s blog feed on your homepage.
And I do occasionally buy Martha Stewart Living. Mostly when I know I’ll be stuck on a plane for many hours, or when I’m on a particularly slow line at the supermarket and I’m forced to stare at the cover for so long that I can’t resist it. That’s how I ended up with the August issue, and it has an interesting article in it about bringing the woodlands inside in the form of beautiful moss arrangements from the lush understory of the woods around her home in Maine.
She and her minions comb the surrounding woods for mosses, lichen, ferns and miniature saplings that then get arranged into living tableaux throughout her house. Of course even the containers are gorgeous: she uses vintage faux-bois (fake wood) vases, antique birdbaths, and baskets.
She explains that since mosses have no roots, you can just gently dig or pick them right up and replace them on top of soil in a pot. She puts a layer of pebbles at the bottom of the container for drainage, then fills the rest with potting soil. She says it all gets returned to the outdoors when the season is over.
I really like the look of these mossy planters, so I created one for myself. I wasn’t sure where I was going to find the moss, but as soon as I started looking I spotted plenty of it. I found it growing along the side of the road, and under bushes on the shady side of our house. I soon realized there were many different varieties depending on where I looked.
Just as Martha said, these little emerald green balls of moss came right up off the ground, no roots at all.
I got a pretty green pot with a crackled glaze from the thrift store, and dug some dirt for the base. Then I just arranged my moss and mini ferns around it, tucking them in.
I’m really happy with it, I think I’m going to look for other interesting shallow but wide mouth containers and make more.
How about you, love or hate?