Friday, October 01, 2010

Friday Afternoon Garden Club10.01.2010

lichens growing on a walnut tree in northeastern Nebraska

It’s FAC time in The Art Garden!  Grab your favorite beverage and pull up a chair.  You didn’t really want to work this afternoon anyway, did you?  Leave a comment to join the garden party.
Today’s topic:
Do you like lichen? Lichens are organisms that tend to be overlooked, but they can add beautiful color and texture to the landscape.  This site offers a great introduction to the world of lichens. In my garden I have a few boulders with small amounts of flat, silvery-gray lichen, but nothing as showy as the growths above.  Do you have lichens in your garden? What surfaces are they growing on? What do they look like?


Garden Chick said...

I love lichen's color and texture. Maybe strange to some but when I am hiking, in the woods, anyplace outside, I am attracted immediately to lichen. As often as a wildflower or animal will catch my eye, lichen does as often.

Jocelyn H. Chilvers said...

Me too! I like finding it on unusual surfaces; there's an ugly old concrete retaining wall in my neighborhood that has beautiful, multi-colored lichens on it. Win!

ScottHokunson said...

Love the idea of your Friday Afternoon Garden Club! Unfortunately, I am usually catching up with it on Saturday morning.

Lichens are amazing, both texturally and in color. I treasure stone or plants covered with lichen to use in the landscape. Here in New England it is a great way to establish "genius loci".

I with you Jocelyn, lichens - yes!

Jocelyn H. Chilvers said...

Scott, glad you stopped by---come early or come late, anytime is good!
Mosses are few and far between here, so lichens are the organisms that add that something extra---like a patina---to our landscapes.