Rock, moss, moss, moss

Last weekend when I visited the large grove of bamboo near my house, I was excited. Not only because I had found a "walk-through" grove of bamboo nearby, but I also found something else that I'm always interested in: big rocks.

Not only that, but the rocks had some nice moss growing on and around them, and I love moss too!


In the climate of St. Louis, where the summers can get quite hot and dry (also hot and wet and humid) late winter is the peak of moss time.

I know we're not technically in "late" winter yet, but the moss doesn't care -- it's loving the milder but still cool temps as much as any other plant around.

I haven't seen any starting to flower yet, but maybe soon. I'll have to check my old moss posts to see when the action starts.

I've made an effort to grow moss before, mainly in the cracks of the flagstone patios, both the main one and the one under the deck. That didn't work out for a couple of reasons, but one of the top issues was weeds.

It's good to see that the wild moss has the same problem with weeds that I did.

Moss just starting, or lichen? I think lichen -- almost as cool as moss!

I need to go on a moss hunt throughout the neighborhood soon, as I know that some people have quite impressive patches of it in their lawns -- intentionally or not.

I'll always stop to look at (and photograph) moss!


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Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)  – (January 27, 2012 at 9:46 AM)  

I love Moss too, mainly because it's very elusive here. There's even a small patch growing on a rock in our succulent bed! I should do another post on moss as well.

danger garden  – (January 27, 2012 at 10:38 AM)  

"I'll always stop to look at (and photograph) moss!"...if you ever visit Portland you'd better book an extra day or two for the time you'll spend looking at (and photographing) our moss. Right now the city is virtually carpeted with it!

Janet  – (January 27, 2012 at 3:19 PM)  

Moss, lichen and algae are worth photographing and it does soften the look of paving and walls. Needless to say moss thrives in our wet climate.

Christine @ The Gardening Blog  – (January 28, 2012 at 12:19 PM)  

I like moss too, but have only very little of it. Your photos are great!

Alan  – (January 28, 2012 at 1:57 PM)  

danger garden: Does the moss stay around all year, or is summer too hot and dry for it? I think a visit to Portland might be on the calendar for 2012 (not just for the moss).

danger garden  – (January 29, 2012 at 2:20 AM)  

It depends. Some stays but turns brown, other disappears. And some is green year round. Our summers are theoretically dry, and can be quite warm. Last year however was a very good year for the moss.

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