A while back, I briefly mentioned my current plant crush: The air plant called Tillandsia usneoides (or live Spanish moss). I’d been admiring these plants for some time, and recently I broke down and bought a few.
They are very versatile. I even used one as the outer ring for my elevated tulips arrangement.
Spanish moss is the mystical-looking stuff that hangs from live oak in the South.
At my house, it just hangs from a tall vase and resembles a beautiful sorceress.
Caring for My Spanish Moss
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Every couple of weeks, I soak the plants in water for six to eight hours.
Sometimes I toss a couple of small drops of plant fertilizer into the water.
After their long bath, I hang them to dry.
Alternatively, I could mist the plants every 3 or 4 days.
This plant loves filtered sunlight and good air circulation. In my climate, it yearns for the outdoors in spring and summer.
So recently, I decided to give the sorceress what she wanted. I would release her into the wild.
Releasing My Air Plants Into the Wild
Of course it’s safety first for my beloved Spanish moss. So the sorceress went only as far as my front porch, but at least she’s outdoors.
She hangs from a potted corkscrew willow branch where soft breezes and morning sun can caress her. My thought is that this closely resembles what she would be doing in her natural habitat. And here, I can make sure she gets enough mist to (hopefully) stay happy and healthy.
Kidding aside, I’m hoping to see this plant grow and multiply this summer. With more of it, the decor possibilities are endless.
Will the birds try to use the Spanish moss for nesting material? We will find out. I’m whisking the sorceress indoors at the first sign of trouble.
But right now I think the lion likes her.
A Spring Garden Tour
These photos might have you thinking that I have some tiny modicum of control over the garden, but don’t be fooled. As always, chaos is winning.
So I have decided to just go with it. If something wants to form drifts and take over, maybe that actually means less work for me? I can kid myself anyway.
After all, it’s hard to get mad at the adorable sweet woodruff that has taken over my patio garden.
Or the poppies that are everywhere.
This time of year, everything is so fresh and green.
It’s amazing what a difference a couple of months can make. Here is our front birdbath now.
And this is what it looked like during “The Big Snow” in February.
And now in the shade garden, where the snow had flattened the undergrowth, the tiki is being taken over by hardy geranium.
Over on the fence line, the bees are crazy about the blooming hebe.
I am a pushover for topiaries because they can help bring a little structure and order to the chaos. Recently I pruned this succulent (which spent the winter in the greenhouse) into an orderly shape.
The peonies I planted last year are still scrawny, but I did get a beautiful blossom from one of them.
This time of year, there is always plenty to do in the garden. You could probably tell that I still have a lot of work left. Gardening (or “taming the beast,” as I think of it) is the main reason that my blog posts are so few and far between in spring.
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