Pteridologist rave! House moss-ic all night long! ~AR
Bryological humor is humorous.
I’d been wondering what this design conceit was called. Kokedama, or Japanese “moss balls,” combine bonsai soil, moss, and a plant of choice to create hanging, container-free planters that will conveniently rain mud onto my keyboard should I hazard to make them myself.
You, on the other hand, might fare a shade better. Seems like a good project for those who want to green up spaces that don’t see a ton of direct sunlight. —MN
Consider me rebuked, albeit kindly. Last Tuesday’s reblog of Anna Garforth’s moss graffiti saw me lamenting the lack of moss in a spraycan. But Sarah, our Coordinator of Teen Programs, was quick to point out that there’s something similar on the market—it’s available at our Shop in the Garden. You can’t spray it, but the Moss Milkshake will stick to just about anything once you’ve got it mixed up.
And that’s the best part. Not only does the dry mix take water, but if you’re feeling particularly decadent (or drunk), you can hydrate it with beer to create perfect conditions for the moss to flourish. Anyone willing to report back to us on the benefits (if any) of using high-end microbrews over a few tallboys of PBR?
Disclaimer: I’m not responsible for the cost associated with pouring away those sweet, sweet stouts and IPAs. Squander deliciousness at your own risk. —MN
Moss growing under the #orchidshow. (Taken with Instagram at New York Botanical Garden)
When I think “graffiti,” I think clandestine night excursions to highway overpasses and rooftop water tanks, tagging architecture with borderline-unintelligible street handles. Of course, there’s the other side of the coin—5 Pointz in Queens, for example, which is about as close to literal as the phrase “art house” comes (still can’t believe they’re demolishing it in 2013).
And then there’s Anna Garforth’s work.
Her environmentally friendly moss wall art has drawn praise as it pops up across the globe. Now all she needs to do is figure out how to streamline the process by inventing living moss in a spray can. —MN
Seems scientists at the University of Cambridge have happened upon a novel idea that may just change the face of renewable energy. But it starts small.
Using what they call “biophotovoltaic” fuel cells, the scientists have put moss to work in devices that harvest the energy produced by photosynthesis. Though the device actually relies on the symbiotic bacteria in the soil of each futuristic pot to produce energy. As the moss engages in photosynthesis, some of the compounds it creates in the process are shed into the soil, feeding the bacteria. The bacteria then break down these compounds, releasing electrons in the process.
For the moment, the resulting energy is just enough to power a digital clock, but according to Carlos Peralta of the Cambridge Institute of Manufacturing, this is an exercise in potential:
“The moss table provides us with a vision of the future. It suggests a world in which self-sustaining organic-synthetic hybrid objects surround us, and supply us with our daily needs in a clean and environmentally friendly manner.”
The designers envision a future full of green devices collecting energy on building rooftops, and enormous, seaborne lily-pads gathering sunlight to power nearby communities. If it sounds like science fiction, click through to read more. Everyone loves sci-fi, right? —MN
This installation was actually part of “Moistscape,” architectural curator Henry Urbach’s gallery showing in New York circa 2004. The recycled rubber underfoot was intended to mimic the spongy texture of the living moss. Very neat. —MN
hanging moss garden
Funny how microphotography can lend fairytale color and translucence to such everyday things. I love moss. (I really love moss.) —MN
A 60x view of a moss I found growing in a potted plant in the nursery where I work. I went to a talk yesterday about landscaping with mosses. I think this one is Rhodobryum roseum, but I’m not sure.
Not your average bathroom mat.
Interesting use of design and biology together, a moss carpet for your bathroom. Real moss.
Bring the garden inside with this innovative idea from Urban Gardens! Moss Tiles, small square tiles which are made up of naturally preserved lichen moss, are low-maintenance and serve as a creative way to decorate the home.