I often find myself admiring the simple beauty that slowly evolves when trees meet their end, and the forest welcomes the trees back into the good earth.
Moss on fallen trees is always so pretty to view and feels lovely when we gently run our hands across.
I have some mossy patches here and there in my yard, but sometimes the heat of the summer sun makes it dormant and dries it till it's crispy. I also have an old stump that is slowly rotting away without any real purpose. I decided to combine the two. I took the stump and hacked away at the top with a heavy axe only because I couldn't find our small hatchet. I'm sure my neighbour (sitting on his deck) was impressed with my prowess.
I then dug up a shovelful of moss from the north side of the shed. Did you know if you ever lose yourself in the deep woods that moss grows on the north side of the trees ... a bit of a naturalist compass. Right. Back to my shovelful of moss.
I soaked the moss well with water just as it sat on the shovel there.
I packed some black earth onto the top of the stump and then lay the moss on top of that.
I placed the stump in the shade garden amongst the woodsy ferns and scented astible, and of course all that's left to do is wait. A gardener's essential tool being patience. I'll mist the moss each morning because when I watered it with even a gentle spray, the dirt started washing away. I hope it turns into a nice spongy mossy top on the stump through the summer :)
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