We here at ladders online have a pet hate that a lot of you can relate to. We here at the Cardiff office have a problem with Seagulls. Not so much them doing their dirty business all over our cars (and heads on a particularly unlucky day) but the fact that all day long it seems the only thing these seagulls can find to do is to throw moss off the roof and onto the ground. And while we do appreciate them taking the time to do this it does mean that while we are complaining about the 50% they have thrown down at us, the other 50% going into the Guttering pipe going around the building!
But it seems that this is quite a common probably with almost ALL UK birds. And it also seems that a very common use of our garden ladders is to clear the drains/gutter pipes out from all the moss. Oh which we presume that most of which is placed there by those said birds in question! So is this a UK problem? Maybe, maybe not. But it seems that all that moss may not be such a bad thing after all. And maybe before we get out those garden ladders and clear all that moss away we should consider this top 5 list. Because today we are looking at…
The top 5 things that moss makes beautiful.
5) It’s pure gold baby!(www.mandarintaiwan.com)
During the Japanese occupation of Taiwan a gold rush occurred in the Northern Rueifang District near the coast. There was an explosion of factories and refineries, along with small towns to support the workers and supervisors of these refineries. When the gold sources were exhausted, the villages were all but virtually abandoned and a rich piece of Taiwanese history was left behind to be rediscovered by future generations. And now the JinGuaShi Historic Gold Mine is that the point you see before you. Covered head to toe in moss, but looking beautiful.
4) The writing on the wall (www.instructables.com/id/Moss-Graffiti)
Horticulturist’s of the past came up with a brilliant recipe to encourage the growth of moss to age and add interest to their garden designs, this recipe can be used as an environmentally friendly alternative to spray paint. The success of the recipe itself can be very hit and miss and is very much dependent upon choosing exactly the right location and weather conditions; moss thrives in the damp and can most often be found growing near to a leaky drain pipe or rain-soaked wall. If you have difficulty finding the right climate in which to grow your moss, grow it indoors (where it can be frequently spray-misted with water) and transplant it outdoors as soon as it has begun to grow. Just check out the link above to learn how to grow your own! Simply amazing.
3)A rolling work platform gathers no moss
This famous garden of Saihō-ji is situated in the eastern temple grounds. Located in a grove, the garden is arranged as a circular promenade centred around a Pond. The pond it’s self is shaped like the Chinese character for “heart” or “mind” and contains three small islands: Asahi Island, Yūhi Island, and Kiri Island. The area around the pond is said to be covered with more than 120 varieties of moss, believed to have started growing after the flooding of the temple grounds in the Edo Period. And to add to this we also did an entire blog article on it entitled “” A rolling work platform gathers no moss”"
2) I like to ride my mosscycle?!?(calamitykim.typepad.com)
In a place called Tampa, USA is a shopping mall called Hyde Park. And in that said shopping mall is a shop called Anthropology, And it is renowned for its fabulous window displays. And one of those displays featured this truly amazing bicycle covered in moss! Not only does it look amazing but it would also be an amazing idea to place one just like it in a garden or patio. We are sure that no matter where it was placed it would be a highly valued talking point for sure.
1) Oh Herbie what have they done to you?!? (carwallbase.blogspot.co.uk)
Rosie Newman was so inspired when she came across a pile of dumped items in the woods, only identifiable by their shape due to being covered in moss, that she made Wild Thing – a moss-covered VW Beetle for Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival this summer. Bringing the old car back to life the artist has transformed both the inside and outside with many different species of moss there is also a woodland soundtrack you can hear through an open window.
Presented by IOTA in the Old Town Rose Street Car Park the moss car is back in an urban setting but the sounds, smells and feel of nature are counter to the objects original identity; the moss making it look cosy and yet freaky. Whilst making this piece Rosie learnt a lot about moss and got permission from The Forestry Commission to gather the moss from local forestry plantations following the Scottish Moss Collection Code. Scotland is a biodiversity hotspot for mosses, it has 87% of the UK’s moss species, so why not come along and see how many you can spot! But these days quite a few images of that original car have surfaced and it seems that Herbie is far from alone in those woods. In fact there is several cars in the same state! And do you know what? Each and every single one of those dilapidated cars may well be covered in moss and no good to anyone anymore. But they look simply stunning! But that doesn’t mean you can leave all that moss to grow in the gutter pipe! So get that garden ladder out and get up there! Because at the end of the day those seagulls are not going to chuck it all down for you.
And this is the last one of our top 5 for a while now. Next week are going back to our in depth articles again. But don’t worry. The top 5′s will be back one day soon.
Pictures by various artists
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