Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Moss Under Wraps

This is the time of year when the sun streams in at cruel angles. What will be deep shade by mid-summer gets the full force of the sun in March. The sun is not gentle down here.

My new moss garden is getting a lot of sun right now. The trees that will block the afternoon sun in a few weeks are still bare. The live oak my moss is planted under is going through its annual leaf-drop. The sun is still leaning towards the south.

Window screening is very handy this time of year (the plastic type). It allows water to enter, but it turns direct sunlight into dappled sunlight. It's lightweight, and when the leaves come in and the sun moves higher into the sky, I can fold it up and put it away.

It's also handy for dealing with all the leaves that are falling, as I can lift the material and remove all the leaves at once.


isadora said...

What a good idea to protect new most transplants from marauding squirrels, thieving birds, etc! I am definitely going to try this!

The Rainforest Gardener said...

I would love to have a moss garden someday! The cover is a really cool idea too.