Mosses are found chiefly in areas of dampness and low light. Mosses are common in wooded areas and at the edges of streams.
by Joni Mitchell
Born with the moon in Cancer
Choose her a name she will answer to
Call her green and the winters cannot fade her
Call her green for the children who’ve made her
Little green, be a gypsy dancer
Just a little green
Like the color when the spring is born
There’ll be crocuses to bring to school tomorrow
Just a little green
Like the nights when the Northern lights perform
There’ll be icicles and birthday clothes
And sometimes there’ll be sorrow
For the entire lyrics to this song and all things Joni go to Joni Mitchell.com. To hear her songbird voice sing “Little Green” click here. Moss is thought to add a sense of calm, age, and stillness to a garden scene. Rules of cultivation are not widely established. Moss collections are quite often begun using samples transplanted from existing patches. Materials which are porous and moisture retentive, such as brick, wood, and certain coarse concrete mixtures are hospitable to moss. Surfaces can also be prepared with acidic substances, including buttermilk, yogurt, urine, and gently puréed mixtures of moss samples and water.Moss people (also known as wood people, the females known as moss maidens) come from Southern Germanic folklore and are a type of tree elf, tree spirit or fairy. By classification, they were a race of elves, similar to dwarves, the same size as children, “grey and old-looking, hairy, and clad in moss.”
They were often but not always the object of the Wild Hunt. According to folklore, in order to escape the hunt they enter the trees that woodsmen have marked with a cross that will be chopped down.
The moss people are similar to a Hamadryad. Their lives are “attached to the trees; if any one causes by friction the inner bark to loosen a Wood-woman dies.”
They are thought to be small, with hair and clothes made of moss. In some sources they are said to look old, in other descriptions they are pretty and have butterfly wings.
 Classification as race of elves and description, Thistelton-Dyer, 1889.
 Wild Hunt information, Thistelton-Dyer, 1889.
 Thistelton-Dyer, 1889, quoting Thomas Keightley’s “Fairy Mythology” 1850:231.There is magic in the garden in winter. The magic can be identified by its velvet vivacity. It is green and rich with the wealth of nature. Just ask Sedum ‘Matrona’ as she emerges from her nap amidst the moss verdure.
All references to moss except the final passage are from Wikipedia.
We are awash in moss here in the Fairegarden with the protection from the drying sun our north facing slope offers. Of course if we lived in the southern hemisphere it would not be so. We also do not know the names of the moss, or care to, nor would we buy moss although there are nurseries that specialize in the sale of moss that can be found online.