Labels for those plants wanting labels were applied to rocks using fingernail polish. This is the name , Alberic Barbier, of the rose we call Killer that was growing on this arbor at the front of the house. It has been moved to the back clothesline pole and awaits a new arbor that can withstand its magnificence. North Carolina rock.
This is the type of stone that is embedded in the land here. Beautiful, yes, but not in the quantity to use for construction. They make nice accents when a larger one pops up. This is a larger one.
Moss and lichen find a good home on some old concrete block unearthed during garden digging. The blocks may have been part of a patio area as there were several of these found underground together.
My knot garden is edged in these old handmade bricks. The moss loves them so much it flowers. Some of these bricks are starting to crumble to dust and need to be replaced. Any ideas?
The steps we made to climb the slope face north and make a good home for ajuga along with the moss.
This is the block of the big wall behind the main house that holds up the slope. Sometimes potted plants are placed on top of this wall and must have some moss spores underneath. When the pot was moved, the moss was a pleasant surprise.
This stone face sits in one of the birdbaths. It must be made of some reinforced concrete to hold up to the frost and thaw of the water filled container in which it sits. The container must have some bonding agent in it also.
I collect ‘Green Men’. Few of these can endure the elements outside without protection. This one has weathered nicely, showing no flaking or chipping. It sits above a leaf sculpture I made that holds bird seed. The birds are accelerating the moss formation with their droppings. All a chemical process, I suppose. The moss formation I mean.
In wintertime these details are so much more noticeable than during the growing season. It is the growing season for moss. That is a plant that needs more research by the gardener. A good pursuit for this winter.