This is a favourite spot of mine in the Boggy Brae garden. It’s the moss mound that makes it so; along with the young red-flowering rhododendron that has never flowered yet because deer keep eating the shoots in spring (one year some of it will be tall enough to be out of their reach); along with the young oak at the fence just to the right of the lemon-scented fern that’s blowing in the wind; and along with the young Chilean Lantern tree that’s growing up through the fern.
Tortula muralis (Wall Screw-moss) on an outside windowsill
Went on a wee wander to see what’s in flower for #wildflowerhour on Twitter (Sundays between 8 and 9 pm, BST). I found some other things too: a mushroom, a tiny insect, golden new moss capsules, wood sorrel leaves (no flowers on that yet). If you mouse over the pics you should be able to see the captions saying what things are.
This day last year I thought I had identified this wee moss as Trichostomum brachydontium (Variable Crisp Moss). This day this year I’m not so sure that’s a correct ID. Story of my life where mosses are concerned!
So, I’m calling it That tiny bright moss on the coniferous log, topped with soily gravelly detritus, that’s propping up the eudalyptus trunk seat. Succinct as ever, huh? Maybe I’ll abbreviate it to Tiny bright moss under euc, or Tinbrue for short.
One of the things that make me doubt my ID attempt is that my moss books say that capsules are rare, even very rare. On this sample they clearly are not rare at all.
The photo below was taken exactly one year ago, so obviously Tinbrue moss is thriving on the Boggy Brae. Hairslide is for scale.
Sporophytes of Pellia epiphylla (Overleaf Pellia)
It was very windy so I had to bring some in to get a less fuzzy shot of the opened sporophyte but I do rather like the colour combination of the following shot whose reddish background is an old clay tile:
Zooming out to show the habitat: under one of the old wooden steps of a ship’s companionway that lead up to our back garden from two or three metres outside the back door. Boat-builders used to live here.
I need to clear out some of those old fern fronds.