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mud balls

a bit of Spring experimentation going on…   …these days with several new projects keeping me busy…I wish I could say out of trouble as well, but I have turned into a bit of a stealthy little Moss Bandit, decimating friend Laura’s backyard as I steal borrow a teeny bit of the gorgeous green velvet that grows behind her camelias.  But all in a good cause as I had fun making little mud balls of joy. Kokedama is the Japanese word for moss ball and this “poor man’s bonsai” as it is often called is nothing more than an ingenious way to grow plants, no pot needed. They are happy sitting on a plate of rocks or suspended from the ceiling on fishing line or macrame – all the better to enjoy the plants distinctive shape. In Japan everything from herbs to trees are fair game.  I was lucky enough to learn the craft from our area’s best creative design team, Sarah and Shinki at Mimoza Design, who were kind enough to lend me a cup …

Contain yourself

Well, now, really – who am I to ask YOU to contain YOURself. I’m the one a bit too coo-coo for Cocoa Puffs and containers these days. Although I do have a good excuse. Spring has just burst into summer. Plants need homes. Porches and store fronts need make overs and garden patios need party clothes. Truly it’s a fine time to go a bit nuts. Which is so easy to do, now that I have my plant guru Emily and her Montiego Bay Greenhouse as my de facto art supply closet, with her extensive palette of colors and textures and her petunias the size of young octopi. I did almost buckle in one riding shot gun with me to a garden party. And then there’s the Happy Hunting Grounds of Community Forklift, which provides no end of inventive containers, columns, ornate iron work and crystal door knobs. These terra cotta chimneys will soon over flow with cherry tomato, asian eggplant and petunias.  Perfect for small gardens and inhospitable growing conditions. A graduation party/family reunion was the perfect excuse for my …