MOSS: the FREE floral friend!

when you live in the Pacific Northwest, moss is free. and abundant. (read as : EVERYWHERE) so i made good use of it... and even here in Southern California, there's moss growing in a shady corner of the front yard!

a few tips for working with moss:
*i've found that using a flat metal kitchen spatula works best for removing moss from your yard (or a field... but NOT a neighbor's yard!) without it breaking into pieces.
*when harvesting 'fuzzy' moss, shake it out a bit to remove twigs, leaves, and bugs. (nothing worse than transporting pests into your home!)
*i fill pots with styro nuggets or wadded plastic bags, a bit of potting soil, and then place moss on top. makes them lighter in weight - and with moss, drainage is not an issue. they LIKE wet feet!
*mist moss every day, and keep out of bright sunlight.
a few photo stylist tips:
*the miniature glass 'domes' shown in my photos here are actually upside-down stemless wineglasses (like Reidel O series).
*those sprouting bulbs you see in the photos here? FAKE. this photo shoot was done in january, before any tulips or daffodil bulbs had begun to grow. i used onions that had sprouted in a basket in my kitchen. :)

come on over to my HOMEWARDfound blog and see the rest of the photos for more ideas!
moss fills various sizes of terra cotta pots used in this tablescape, and the addition of sprouting bulbs adds interest to miniature glass 'domes' (upside-down stemless wine glasses)
moss fills various sizes of terra cotta pots used in this tablescape, and the addition of sprouting bulbs adds interest to miniature glass 'domes' (upside-down stemless wine glasses)
'fuzzy' moss overflows an old terra cotta pot in a stand, and fills in a pot holding primroses.
flat moss was harvested from the yard in natural clumps, then placed into old terra cotta pots.
'fuzzy' moss creates a soft bed inside a handmade nest

Deb @ homewardFOUND decor
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