Sea House Warming Hut: Living Roof

Wanting to ensure even plant color distribution with a random appearance, I changed up how I’ve been “planting” the living roof. I’m going through vast quantities of moss because I prefer the fine rounded tops more than the stemmy lower growth, and colors are not consistent bag to bag. This way is more fun, too.

Poppy propagation continues, with a new flavor. This punch is about 1/4-inch (6mm) — compare it to the 3/16-inch (5mm) round — and reminiscent of a pompom variation red field poppy.

Sort of. I like the way they look, and think they’ll complement the CA poppies :)

10 thoughts on “Sea House Warming Hut: Living Roof

  1. Kat says:

    The poppies look great! And the moss is amazing. I don’t envy all the roof work, but even unfinished it’s looking great

    • Nancy Enge says:

      Thanks, Kat! I do the roof work in short intervals, and poppy production in small batches. I stopped counting individual flowers made somewhere around the 80-something mark :)

  2. Barbara W. says:

    The poppies are wonderful.
    I really like how the roof is taking shape. My mother once created a flower mosaic for a festival that involved such intricate patterns – 10,000 blooms!

    • Nancy Enge says:

      Thank you, B! Your mother’s flower mosaic sounds amazing. In Capitola there’s a Begonia Festival of flower-decorated floats that parade down a creek that flows into Monterey Bay. A lovely tradition!
      And, wouldn’t that be a great miniature build?

  3. Pepper says:

    The flowers look great and do compliment each other. It’s lovely to see all of the greenery with a splash of strong colour here and there. Beautiful =0)

    • Nancy Enge says:

      Pepper, thanks. I visit the living roof at the Cal Academy and study it with blurred eyes to get an overall sense of it. Plus this is much more how I plant a garden in full-scale life :)

  4. Keli says:

    The roof looks wonderful. Tedious, but wonderful. What a fun way to evenly distribute the moss; I’d have drawn grids (how boring!).

    The punch for the red poppies is great, I love the asymmetrical shape, it’s more organic.

    • Nancy Enge says:

      Haha, Christina. They look odd together, especially as cut flowers, since neither really is. I’m hoping that as planted clusters they’ll be believable.

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