Frances at Fairegarden, one of the most popular garden bloggers out there, recently did one of a series of posts on moss. And when, in a comment, I mentioned that I might do a post on my moss, she responded "Glad to hear that moss will grow for you as well. It is not something I remember from our time living in southern CA. Your conditions must be vastly different up north."
So, let it be known to all: During the rainy season we have moss. And it might stick around in moist places elsewhere. The picture above is from the edge of the birdbath, which is just a little mossy year round.
But there's also moss along the walls in the shade.
And those rocks look like this from closer by.
And here's another rock, with Oxalis oregoneum in the background.
Other rocks have a mix of moss and lichen.
And even the concrete buddha-face has now been around long enough to start gathering a little moss.
The fountain is surrounded by moss year round.
Though the cracks between concrete pavers collect moss only during the rains.
I know that some gardeners are not so happy to find moss in their gardens. I myself am just delighted to see it cover the walls in winter.
I love the combination of different greens, above a moss wall with a monkey-flower and some Aquilegia in the background. And here up close.
That said, I actually know fairly little about moss. I'm just glad to see it thrive, a happy reminder that the rains have not failed us and the thirsty flowers can drink their fill.