A rolling stone

I’ve wanted to make my first terrarium for a long time now. I have a terrible curse on my head that kills any plant that enters my care. For example, I recently bought a tiny hydrangea plant, and it’s barely hanging on. So this morning I was in a rather productive mood, and decided to gather the necessary materials to try my hand at moss. It’s very simple : all you need is a clean jar {preferably with a lid}, some pebbles, and some moss.
There are many types and variations of moss. Moss is a non-vascular plant and lack roots, leaves and stems and because of this, moss does not contribute to hay-fever or allergies. It has been used for centuries by the Japanese in gardens as it is believed moss brings a calm and contemplative state of mind {something we could all do with}.
There are a lot of good websites to give you tips on keeping moss {here’s one}. You can easily scoop up a tuft of moss within walking distance from your home. Place the moss {plus attached soil} in a jar. You will need to make sure the moss is packed and not too loose in your container, to ensure it takes on it’s new surroundings. Mist your moss when necessary, and since moss is quite hearty, it can be revived should it take a turn {fingers crossed}.
I took these pictures in my bathroom, since there’s very good light in it. But I’m beginning to think my terrarium looks really good on my cistern. And I think a cluster of terrariums would look even better …

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  1. February 23, 2011 / 01:06

    Hello! Cute blog you have here! My sister made a terrarium like this, but the moss she bought had flies in it! So she had to toss the whole thing out! Hope you have better luck with yours, it's super cute 🙂