Winter signs of life

This is my 100th post!  Yipee!!!

A multitude of moss, woodpeckers pecking, and wild onions…

We are having a winter thaw!  The 8-10 inches of snow from last weekend is gone and in its place, lots of bright green moss.  I have so much moss in my yard I could just let it take over.  Wouldn’t it be cool to have a maintenance-free moss lawn?!

Want to know more than I know about moss?

Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses Living at the limits of our ordinary perception, mosses are a common but largely unnoticed element of the natural world. “Gathering Moss” is a beautifully written mix of science and personal reflection that invites readers to explore and learn from the elegantly simple lives of mosses.

In this series of linked personal essays, Robin Kimmerer leads general readers and scientists alike to an understanding of how mosses live and how their lives are intertwined with the lives of countless other beings. Kimmerer explains the biology of mosses clearly and artfully, while at the same time reflecting on what these fascinating organisms have to teach us.

Drawing on her experiences as a scientist, a mother, and a Native American, Kimmerer explains the stories of mosses in scientific terms as well as in the framework of indigenous ways of knowing. In her book, the natural history and cultural relationships of mosses become a powerful metaphor for ways of living in the world (Amazon description).

Or maybe you are into moss as a fashion statement and Cinderella stories?

Moss Gown by William H. Hooks and illustrated by Donald Carrick:  Candace finds herself cast out of her home by jealous older sisters, but with the help of a witch woman and a magical moss gown, she captures the heart of the young plantation owner (Amazon description).

I am so tempted to try the wild onions in my yard but also scared to!  Maybe this book could help.

A Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants: Eastern and central North America (Peterson Field Guide) More than 370 edible wild plants, plus 37 poisonous look-alikes, are described here, with 400 drawings and 78 color photographs showing precisely how to recognize each species. Also included are habitat descriptions, lists of plants by season, and preparation instructions for 22 different food uses (Amazon description).

And one for the woodpeckers (I really want to read this one!)…

The Story of the First Flute: Based on an Ancient Cherokee Legend written by Hawk Hurst and illustrated by Lindley Sharp: This is the tale of a boy who finds himself in trouble time after time. The forest creatures notice his plight and decide to help him by giving him a special gift.That gift enables the young boy to discover who he truly is and triumph over his self-doubt (Amazon description).

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    • Thanks! It WOULD be cool but I will probably stick with what I have which is a grass, weeds, AND moss because I really like variety!

  1. Congratulations, Ann! That’s wonderful, and all beautiful posts, too!

    There is a tiny clover-like ground cover here in S.F., I can’t remember what it is called, but it is so pretty, and I would love a low ground cover such as that, or one of these mosses. Ah, nature!

  2. Congrats!
    And I’ve always wanted a “moss lawn.” Is it possible? It’s so soft and sometimes greener than grass! I need to research that!

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