Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Sticks and Moss

A big windy rain storm with thunder and lightning moved through last night and made a lot of noise especially with all the branches and stuff blowing against the house.

I thought a photo of some of the sticks might make a good photo for the blog. I saw the sticks, but what I really noticed was how large the moss on the trees has grown.

All these mossy trees remind me of the moss covered trees I have seen on trips through Washington state.

Washington has a much wetter climate that lends itself to lots of greenery. In fact one of the few temperate rain forest in the U.S.

Well, I was surprised by the exuberant green mossy growth up and down the trees, on the roof and pretty much where ever the moss has found a spot it likes.

I think moss is beautiful and when I ever get my garden going I would love to have moss growing all around in the garden. Of course I would need to find shady places where it could thrive.

I found this recipe for growing moss, how to grow moss for your garden, on eHow. I think it would add so much to the garden to have moss established to make the garden look like it had been there for a long time.

Chicken update: The hen is doing ok? No egg today. That's good. I would rather she healed herself up than produce eggs.

(March 30, 2009)
I need another trip to the quilt store.

[6 eggs today]
I have been searching around for different ways to discourage predators. I am not looking forward to visits from bears or any other hungry critters. The black bears are hungry in Spring after their winter sleep and may come looking for chicken dinners.

It's snowing!



~Kim~ said...

I love moss too, and there is not a lot of it where I live, it's much too sunny, so I enjoy seeing it when I can.

I really like your links--They're really interesting and information--My personal solution to keeping predators away is having too many dogs!! :-) But then I don't have a helpless flock to protect!

Enjoy your Wednesday!

Vicki Lane said...

Beautiful moss! It's especially nice seen close up!

Jennifer said...

I ♥ the moss too... so pretty and green! I hope the black bears stay away from your chickens!!!

Toni aka irishlas said...

The moss is beautiful! We don't have much of it growing around here - just little bits on rocks.

I thought we had tempermental weather here, but, I think you have us beat. Actually, we're looking for it to be in the 80's this weekend.

Glad the hen is still doing okay. It may take longer to heal, but, it sounds like she's no to worse for the wear.

Bloody Frida said...

Hey Callie - there was a wonderful episode on Gardener's Diary about a moss garden http://www.gardenhelp.org/gardening/gardening-successfully-with-moss/

I'm at work, and don't have access to YouTube so I didn't check to see if there was a video of it.

Margaret said...

I'm so glad to hear your hen is on the mend. I don't have problems with foxes but do have problems with racoons, bears and cougars so I know how difficult it can be to keep the chickens safe. I love moss and we have plenty of it in our grass but it's green, it's alive and I like it. I would like to have moss grown on some of my terra cot pots...one day.
Cheers Margaret

Nancy K. said...


OMG! I'd be scared to death to have any animals outside if I thought bears might come looking for them! I'm thinking BIG dogs would be the only reliable protection. And then I'd worry about the dogs!


Good luck!

DayPhoto said...

I love moss also. Moss doesn't grow here.


Cris said...

Sounds like it is very humid there with all that moss. And they are so beautiful in the second picture! Thanks for visiting Country Patch blog this week. Happy Easter!

Chicken Boys said...

Mike leaves a radio playing at night. Don't know how well it works, but our only predators have been an owl (pre-radio) and a domestic dog that had escaped his owner (owner offered to pay for injury and apologized). The moss is quite pretty.

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

The moss is so beautiful.. Snow oh we will be right over...

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

lisa said...

Good job on the second picture of the moss! Good luck on keeping the predators away!

Becky's Barnyard said...

Love the moss pictures. Snow, wow! I love it (since I don't really get very much) but I am glad it is getting sping. We were up to about eighty today.

Missy AKA Little Messy Missy said...

I am so glad there are no bears around here as I often sit outside alone late in the evening or early morning. It is snowing here to and has been all day.