Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Got Moss? Moss Rocks! - Win One!


Bryum moss grows in between the brick pavers
on our walkways
Moss is cool. We have a fair amount of it growing all around here at Our Little Acre and it's fascinating. Think about it - it's one of those native plants that needs such little tending to, and it almost always looks perfect. It's a rich shade of green and ooooh, the textures! But it might just be one of the most unappreciated wonders of the natural world.

Scotch moss (Sagina subulata) fills in the spaces between flagstones
in a much more interesting way than grass or sand.


David Spain and Ken Gergle are moss mavens. They are the proprietors of Moss and Stone Gardens, located in the Piedmonts of North Carolina. Designing shade gardens, using stone, water, and moss as the main elements is their specialty.

David Spain (right) and Ken Gergle (left) show P. Allen Smith the new
Moss Rocks!™


This summer, I had the pleasure of meeting both David and Ken at the Independent Garden Center Show in Chicago. They were there to debut the hottest thing to hit the gardening world since...oh, Chia Pets. Now before someone gets all upset about me comparing their Moss Rocks!™ to Chia Pets, I mean this in the best way.

Let's take a look at them both:

  • They're living things
  • They're adorable
  • They come in a choice of "models"
  • They fit on a tabletop
  • They're easy to care for
  • They make great gifts
  • They're affordable
In the case of  Moss Rocks!™, we can add "They're classy" to the list. And if you don't think so, David was a guest on The Martha Stewart Show last month, showing and telling about moss. Guess what each of the audience members went home with that day?

Photo courtesy of Moss and Stone Gardens


Moss Rocks!™ are ceramic pottery with a shiny crackle finish that contain Dicranum moss. They come in three sizes - Pebble, Cobble, and Boulder - and four colors - Toadstool, Bark, Raindrop, and Lichen. They're virtually maintenance-free, except for watering once a week.

There is no soil, they don't need to be fertilized, and they're drought tolerant, which means if you happen to miss watering them by a few days, they'll forgive you. And because moss grows well in shade, the lower light levels typical of most homes will suit them just fine, although it's recommended they receive bright indirect light.

David sent a Moss Rock!™ to me and as it sits on the end table next to the sofa, I find myself running my fingers over the top of the moss. It's almost like having one of the cats nearby - I can't resist petting it.

Now how would you like to have a Moss Rock!™ of your very own? One lucky reader is going to win a Cobble Moss Rock!™ (that's the medium size) in the color of their choice. All you have to do to be entered into the giveaway is leave a comment to this blog post telling which is your favorite color of Moss Rock!™ AND enter your information on the Rafflecopter form. You must do both things to qualify for the drawing, and do them by midnight, Sunday, December 4th, 2011.

If you can't wait until you see if you've won, or you want to buy some for gifts this holiday season (or for a birthday, or anniversary, or just because they're cool and you really want one of each color and size), you can purchase them on the website. You might find them locally too, just like I did when I attended the Tapestry of Tables celebration in nearby Napoleon, Ohio, a couple of weeks ago.


Here's the Rafflecopter form to fill out and don't forget to leave a comment, telling your favorite color of Moss Rock!™  Good luck!





WINNER!! Random.org has chosen a winner, and it's Diane McCarthy! Congratulations, Diane! Enjoy your Moss Rock!™



44 comments:

Annie Haven | Authentic Haven Brand said...

OK, so this is two for two of things I'd love to have I want to have a Merry Christmoss so please, please let me WIN a little "Moss on the Rocks" so I can have a Jolly good time!

Tom said...

Aren't these just the coolest little additions to the gardening world? Hard to choose a favorite color, since they all look so good, but I guess I'd have to pick Lichen - I like the contrast in color, as well as the more natural look. Thanks for the chance at winning one of these, Kylee, and good luck to all who enter. ~ @SolakNC

Gail said...

Well, I was lost and may or may have connected to the form. wonderful idea, we have done this with drift wood and nautural bowl rocks.

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

I have moss in my garden, but these rocks are so cute! They are like small pets! What is that light blueish color? It's my favorite!

Gary K. said...

Wow!
A very cool desk top mini garden! I love the blue colored Moss Rock and since I always think of who I could bless with one of these give away gifts you offer, I think this one time I could be a little selfish and keep it for my desk at work and enjoy the blessing myself.
Pick me - I would love to rock with moss!

Lona said...

Now that is a cute idea. I like the Rain Drop color the best.

Jenny said...

What a fun idea. I'd love to win one.

Seven Crows said...

I love them all but would pick the turquois as my favorite.

Benjamin Vogt said...

Oh, the orangey one. So neat. Would look great in my new university office! I could school my college kids on plants.

KMG said...

I love thelight natural looking ones. I would put it near my aquarium!

wendyb said...

love the orange!

TREE Ministries said...

These are wonderful! I am ordering on for my cousin for Christmas... and maybe one for me! I like the Lichen one! Thanks for sharing these gems! Barbara

Diane said...

I think I'm likin' the lichen color :) Though they're all adorable!

Jessica B. said...

My favorite is the Lichen. But any would be welcome in my home :o)

Jessica B. said...

My favorite is the Lichen, but any of these cute rocks would be welcome in my home. :o)

Daricia said...

haha diane beat me to the "likin' lichen" comment...that's my very favorite color just in general. these are so clever and wonderfully zen. would love to win one.

Kathleen Sanchez said...

I would love to have my very own "raindrop" colored Moss Rock! I want to show it off to all my co-workers and place it on my desk at work :)

Michelle R. said...

All I could think when I saw this was, "My husband would love one of these!" A beautiful way to bring the outdoors inside, especially when it's cold & snowy. My favorite (although I love them all) is the lichen color, with turquoise as a close second. As always, I love your blog, Kylee!

Genevieve said...

Oooh! I love the Raindrop color. These are adorable!!

beachgrl said...

I love those. I have the large one in the raindrop color on my Christmas wish list already. Any color would be great but I do love the raindrop best.

NatraCourtney said...

I would LOVE the raindrop colored stone! They're so very cool!

Rainforest Gardener said...

I still haven't bought mine yet, so maybe I could win one and have two different colors! As you know, I am VERY into moss.

Meghan said...

I like the raindrop color. So pretty. rossmeghan10@gmail.com (Meghan)

Dottie said...

I love the lichen color. Way cool!!!

Brooke Fortson said...

I love the lichen color! Absolutely beautiful. :)

Nancy Wheat said...

I would absolutely love a Moss Rock for Christmas! What a great giveaway! All the colors are great, but my favorite is lichen.

Seasonal Wisdom said...

Hi there Kylee: This is a great giveaway, and of course Moss Rocks are great for the winter blues. Maybe today will be my lucky day. Thanks for the chance to enter. xo Teresa

bluegreen said...

I love this idea! I have so many shady parts of my house that these could sit in and brighten up!

Laura Hayden said...

Great article about these little mossy gems. They truly are perfect for greening up the office desk or a little space that needs a little life.

thewritegardener said...

I got one that I'll be blogging about so don't sign me up to win Ms. Kylee. I have mine in an area where it gets bright indirect light, but I'd sure love to have it in here where I do all my work. But I'm afraid it might not get enough bright light. There's only one window and it faces the setting sun, northwest.

Erin @ The Impatient Gardener said...

I just ordered three of them for Christmas gifts (OK, truth be told, one of them might just be a gift for me), but I'd love to win one. Share the Moss Rocks love ... they are awesome!

Kara Curtis said...

David Spain rocks :) His local lecture seeded my moss obsession, but I had no idea that there were these new and very cool moss rocks. I love the natural "toadstool" color. Such a neat idea and excellent way to bring moss indoors. Thank you so much for sharing this info!

karenleigh said...

These are so great! I love moss. I love all the colors, but I think lichen is my favorite.

SuzOH said...

I love these moss rocks. I like the lichen color. It's soft and natural looking - and would fit in nicely in my living room.

Nicky @dirtandmartinis said...

I think these Moss Rocks are so cute! Bark is my fav color Kylee <3

unsightly said...

These are awesome. Love the toadstool!

Anonymous said...

A Raindrop moss rock looks like jewelry to accessorize my home. A color to warm up the winter. Would enjoy it very much. Hoping to win, I am, WISHFUL THINKING!

Jan @TWOwomenANDaHOE said...

Bark for sure!

May all your gardens grow,
Jan

Katy said...

Wow! These are one of the coolest things I've seen in a looong time! I'm loving the lichen rocks.

Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!! :)

Msrobin said...

Oh, I love these! I'd love to win one, and if I did, I'd pick Toadstool!

Kelli Holtz said...

Well I know that I am obvious and boring BUT what a great combination GREEN and WHITE make!!! I would die to have the toadstool cobble rock adorn my space :) TYSM!

Kylee said...

WINNER!!! ~ Diane M. is the winner of a Moss Rock!™ of her very own! Please e-mail your shipping address to me at gardengeek57 at gmail dot com, so I can send it on to the wonderful folks over at Moss & Stone Gardens. They'll get your Moss Rock!™ out to you soon! CONGRATULATIONS!

Thank you to Moss & Stone Gardens for providing both me and our winner with a Moss Rock!™, and thank you to all who entered to win. Stay tuned for more great holiday season giveaways! Another one starts TODAY!

Diane said...

omg!!! Thank you so much, Kylee!! And thank you to Moss & Stone Gardens of course! I'm so excited that I'll have a fuzzy green friend on my desk to help me write about plants!

Rainforest Gardener said...

Congrats Diane!

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