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Monday, May 2, 2011

Spanish Moss -- Bloomin' Tuesday

Tillandsia usneoides, Spanish Moss, Florida Moss, Long Moss, Graybeard is not related to either mosses or lichens. It is of the Bromeliad Family and yes it does flower as seen below.Epiphtic plants grow on another plant, they do not rely on the host plant for nutrients, epiphytes make their own food. It was harvested for years as stuffing for automobile seats, furniture and mattresses. Some songbirds use the plant as building materials. Warblers and Bats are fond of it.
It's time for Bloomin' Tuesday over at http://msgreenthumbjean.blogspot.com
I borrowed some myself :)


Happy May!

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Today I am Thankful for a sense of humor.

45 comments:

tina said...

Absolutely awesome!! You are SO creative! I had no idea the Spanish moss flowered. Very cool.

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Hi Darla! I love spanish moss. There is some mystery in it...
Your 'gardener'is great!

Val said...

This is so cute. When we went to St. Augustine on a tour they shared how it was itchy and had ticks. Is that true? I remember as a little girl always bringing some back from Florida. Thank you for your sweet comment about my "sweet teen"!

FlowerLady said...

I love Spanish moss and have some myself. I agree with Tatyana, there is something mysterious about it.

I love your Moss Man, he is really neat. That was very creative and fun.

FlowerLady

Susan said...

I love, love, love your mossy gardener. She is adorable! I've never heard Spanish moss referred to as greybeard...but it's very appropriate. Spanish moss is one of my favorites.

Cass @ That Old House said...

Well I am glad I had already had my morning coffee when I read this post, because otherwise I'd have had coffee all over the monitor -- I burst out laughing at the last picture. It's brilliant!

PS Tell Mrs Doris that I want to LIVE in her garden!

And I'm envious you saw the Royal Wedding. I was away, no TV, and my husband forgot to DVR it!
MEN!
Cass

Darla said...

Val, I don't know about ticks, I do know for SURE that redbugs live in the moss. Some reptiles also like to burrow in it...yikes!

Dorothy said...

What a cute way to use the Spanish Moss!

Chandramouli S said...

Love your garden man! You're so so so... creative!!!

Lona said...

LOL! I just love him Darla. I guess it is a him because he has his work boots on. Does your hubby know you took his boots? LOL!

NanaK said...

What a great way to use Spanish moss. I have a ton of the stuff around here and am picking it up day after day. I'm glad to see it put to good use:)

Betsy from Tennessee said...

HI Darla, I'm on vacation and am not commenting much this week but I am reading blogs --as I have time. (We are at the beach in Ocean Isle, NC.)

Anyhow--Your creativity is amazing... Totally AWESOME... I'm SO impressed.
Hugs,
Betsy

Lois said...

Oh Darla--that is adorable!

Patsy said...

That lead in to the moss man was so cute. Love it!

Karen said...

lol--that is so cute!! :)

Grace Peterson said...

She's adorable! Have you named her yet? You could call her Summer Day or June Bugg or...

HolleyGarden said...

I had no idea Spanish moss flowered! Very useful, and I love to decorate with it. However, I never thought about bugs in it until reading the comments!

Deb said...

that is adorable....

Lola said...

Darla, love you moss person. Do you mind if I use your idea. I didn't know it bloomed. Will have to watch for the bloom.
Thanks.

perennialgardener said...

I didn't realize that Spanish Moss bloomed either, so interesting. I love your garden fellow, so clever. ;)

Dar said...

Well now, if he isn't just the coolest fella all dolled up with ivy locks. Lovit! You are such a talent in the garden...where do you come up with this stuff. Thanks for stopping.
BlessYourHeart

Zoey said...

That is awesome! I love it! What a cool and unusual plant.

Twisted Fencepost said...

Love it!!!

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Calling by from Bloomin Tuesday as another participant, not sure if this is the right post, but enjoyed having a browse around. I love this plant sculpture.

Karen said...

The things I learn from other bloggers. I've never seen Spanish moss up close and personal before and would never have known it blooms. Love your Moss Person and her little saying. My thoughts exactly!

NellJean said...

Spanish moss has so many decorative uses. Your garden person is fantastic.

I think a live oak tree draped in Spanish moss best represents the Coastal South, such a romantic look.

Skeeter said...

I did not know that moss bloomed! Love the nature man...

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Darla girl you have such a great imagination ! I love your "Moss-Man" maybe he can come over here for Halloween ?
I saw pictures from number one son's trip to visit his wife down south,(Fripp Island) with it in trees .. it is amazing !
Fun post girl .. you made me smile big time : )because it is sort of Halloweeny !!
Joy

Jean said...

Love your use of the Spanish moss! Adorable! I had no idea that it flowered. I remember pulling it out of trees at my Grandma's, washing it and bringing it home. Jean

Jake said...

You always have great, creative ideas!

Jake

Teresa said...

OMG! That is hilarious! You are so creative. I would have never thought to do that. Love it! Darla, Darla, Darla... You are the rockin'est gardener!

Julie said...

I love Spanish Moss! Your mossy person is fantastic!!!

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