Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Great Balls Of Moss


We had a beautiful spring day yesterday.  It was warm, windy, and sunny, perfect for drying clothes on the line and for doing a little potting project.  Or un-potting maybe.  I had just seen this project on Design Sponge and knew I had to try it.  Balls of moss?  What's not to love? 


I've had a layer of moss on a table outside that I had gathered last fall and I have an assortment of "volunteer" plants in my houseplants.  This guy, and I don't know what he is exactly, drops a leaf and re-plants himself everywhere so I figured he wouldn't be too picky about his new home.



His roots are wrapped in dried moss, potting soil, and finally the gathered moss, and wrapped in twine.  I'm thinking I will make several of these, perhaps with different plants, or just moss, and hang them all from one of the trees out front sort of like those beaded dangly door covers from the 70s. (remember those?)

The best part?  Sporophytes.


How cool is that?  I can't wait to make more.

What spring projects have you been undertaking?

Oh, and I am so flattered to have been interviewed on Elizabeth Abernathy's very lovely blog yesterday.  I'd love it if you would stop by and have a look.

Elizabeth Abernathy - interview with Lisa of lil fish studios

14 comments:

Greetje Penning said...

wowie... spring!!! great mossy-things ;o)

made some oil and tonic (is that proper English? don't know)... made a Gypsy's Wheel... just look at my Tales!

enjoy your spring!

Greetje Penning said...

oh, and: made some nettle soup, some chickweed salad... ain't that springy?

RedTwigBrownTwig said...

These are great! Your plant is Tradescantia, very tough so will be interesting to see how big they get in their mossy homes. I'm trying hard to weave baskets everyday but thinking about gardening...

silver.work said...

I always called that plant a Wandering Jew. I'll have to look up tradescantia - I'm intrigued! Love the moss balls, girl.

Lisa at lil fish studios said...

Greetje - nettle soup! Can I come over?

Shari and Lynn - you're right, it is a Tradescantia/Wandering Jew. I just read that they're shade tolerant too which will be perfect for what I have in mind. I guess I got lucky with my choice of plants, huh?

Tumus said...

We've been working on raised garden beds and nesting balls. We've been trying to help a Red-bellied woodpecker nest but the Starlings have already bullied him out (I hate those birds).

Greetje Penning said...

Yes, anytime! ;o)

This is My Life said...

What a great idea.

Vilt à la Kim said...

what a great idea!! And you know what is super about the moss? It can hold about 5 times it´s weigth in water. So whenever the soil get´s too dry (when you hang them inside the house again) you can just sook them into a bucket of water, leave it there for half an hours or so and take it out and you'll not have to worry watering it for a while... Tradescantia will not survive frost....

Scrapiana said...

As luck would have it, I just raked four bags of moss out of my lawn. This will make the perfect re-use project for it. Thank you!

Dosfishes at Sparkle Days Studios said...

These moss balls are spectacular. I love your free flowing take on them. They should look really fantastic as the plants fill in. xox Corrine

jamjar said...

lovely, I have a couple of small ferns 'potted' like this, they stand in shallow dishes of water to keep them moist, but I love the idea of them hanging like yours.

Margie Oomen said...

i am definitely going to make some of these hanging gardens

julochka said...

i suppose it's not politically correct to call it that anymore, but we had a plant like that when i was a kid and it was called a wandering jew. they're very prolific (not to make the political incorrectness worse)...these are wonderful. my lawn is full of moss, so it's interesting to think i could actually make something beautiful of it! i'm thinking strawberries...

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