It was raining and cool when I woke up this morning. It had rained through the night, giving our plants and flowers a deep soaking. The entire property is glistening, lush and green.
When it rains the most remarkable carpet of moss comes alive on the trunk of our Japanese maple tree. The tree, which was original to the house when we bought it in 2003, has a lovely twisty trunk. It curves, forming deep grooves in which spiders attach their disk-shaped egg sacs, ladybird beetles deposit their neat rows of bright yellow eggs and millipedes retire in thick clusters during the day.
Oh, but the moss! Mosses are luxurious indeed. The moss that grows on our maple is thick and beautiful and speckled with tiny yellow capsules which, when mature, open to disperse spores. And, interspersed among the moss is pale blue-green lichen that is equally pretty. This corner of our backyard is sometimes as vibrant and lovely as any woodland nook in these Pennsylvania woods.