The Magical World of Moss Gardening
By Annie Martin
Published by Timber Press
No fairy garden is complete without a carpet of moss. If you have ever admired the serenity of moss, its undulating curves, or the soft, springy texture, which makes moss the absolute perfect outdoor pillow or cushion, then I am certain you’ll enjoy this book.
In her book, ‘The Magical World of Moss Gardening’, Annie Martin, provides her readers with the opportunity to find out more about moss. Annie encourages her readers to find a 10x close up loupe and appreciate the finer details of mosses and other bryophytes.
Annie Martin’s passionate love of moss and moss growing is evident throughout this book. ‘The Magical World of Moss Gardening’ is beautifully illustrated with photographs taken of different species of moss, growing in many different environments, and as a feature of many different styles of gardens, all over the world. The close up photographs of different moss species included in this book really are enchanting.
Whether you’re looking for a solution for an area of garden on a steep slope, in deep shade or in a boggy area, whether you have sandy soil, poor quality soil, gravel, whether your soil is acid or alkaline, moss gardening and choosing the most suitable moss species for your site could be a beautiful solution to your problems. In her book, ‘The Magical World of Moss Gardening’, Annie Martin advises on the many different ways of growing mosses, from green roofs planted with moss, to steep slopes of verdant green mosses, or a carpet of mosses under trees, the author recommends different varieties of mosses that will grow well in these differing, and often challenging, conditions.
The in depth guide to 25 mosses for gardeners, is as you would expect, useful and informative. The author recommends moss varieties that are suitable for emulating the effect of a lawn, or for growing on stone paths or patios, mosses to grow on hillsides, or for erosion control, in woodlands, or waterlogged areas, for water features, green roofs, living walls, the edges of ponds, or banks of streams, and bog gardens. Giving details of the conditions each moss requires to thrive, whether the species will cope with excessive heat, hot, dry, wet, or cool conditions, the soil requirements, together with any advice on any problems the gardener might encounter in cultivating each individual species of moss.
The chapter covering moss nomenclature will help those new to moss gardening be able to distinguish different moss species from one another. This book offers the reader the opportunity to learn about the reproductive processes of mosses.
Annie gives helpful tips and considerations for designing your own moss garden, this advice together with photographs of moss gardens will provide the reader with many ideas and much inspiration. There’s advice for introducing a number of different moss species to your garden and tips on how to successfully propagate moss.
If you’ve never visited a moss garden but have always wanted to, you’ll find information about some of the moss gardens in America, Japan and Canada in this book.
Annie gives realistic advice on maintaining your moss garden, stressing the importance of weeding and watering your moss garden to keep it looking verdant and serene.
The author of ‘The Magical World of Moss Gardening’, Annie Martin, is a moss artist, who believes that her purpose in life is to share the joy of mosses with others; in this book she achieves that very purpose.
NB. A personal note from Pumpkin Beth – please never collect moss from the wild.
More links and articles that may interest you……………………….
To find out more about ‘The Magical World of Moss Gardening’ by Annie Martin and published by Timber Press, please click here.
To visit Annie Martin’s website, Mountain Moss, please click here.
To read about terrariums and bottle gardens, please click here.
To read about carnivorous plants, please click here.
To read about Daffodils, please click here.
To read my review of Katie Scott and Kathy Willis’ book Botanicum, please click here.
For more book reviews, please click here.