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getting fresh – marimo balls

My latest obsession, well as far as green and growing things go, is Marimo balls. As you may know, I love moss – its unrelenting green and diminutive nature. In fact, it was my love of moss which first introduced me to the concept of Shibusa. Thank you, moss.

Of a similar ilk – marimo balls. What are marimo balls you ask? Algae.

Marimo balls are naturally occurring spheres of algae which are native to freshwater lakes in Japan and Iceland. They vary in size and can grow up to 4 to 6 inches in diameter. In Japan they are considered to be both a treasure and a token of good luck. It is believed that if you take good care of your marimo that all of your wishes will come true. And for this reason I want you to have some.

I am holding the first-ever FINDING SHIBUSA Giveaway for a jar of marimo balls from Terrain, pictured below.

Take your pick of three marimo, 1 1/2 – 2 inches in diameter, or one marimo, 3 – 4 inches in diameter. To enter, you just need to click the button below to enter on Facebook. Simply “like” FINDING SHIBUSA and you are automatically entered! The drawing will be on Saturday, July 14th. Good luck!

What do I do with them if I win, you ask? Well, put them in a great glass vase, by themselves or with stones, or maybe a few twigs. Or in a water garden – the are said to move up and down in the water. Whatever you do, take good care of them and all of your wishes will come true. The oldest marimo is said to have lived to 100… think of all those wishes…




tiny winter wonderland

Tiny gardens have always fascinated me, ever since I was a little girl. I used to sit in the forest looking into the mosses and imagine other worlds existing in miniature, especially under the mosses that look like little trees. Perhaps that’s why terrariums are so intriguing to me, they cultivate not only that which I put inside, but my own wonder and imagination – something which I have clung to fiercely over the years… especially at this time of the year.

Thus, I was so excited to see that Terrain is offering products for holiday terrariums this season – from the coolest containers and accessories to the sweetest little decorations. You can make your own tiny winter wonderland.


For a more traditionally terrariumed approach, from left to right: the Hanging Paned Terrarium, the Tall Hanging Atrium Terrarium, and the Conservatory Terrarium.

For a more modern look, from left to right: the Bottle Neck Terrarium (love it) and the Hand Blown Terrarium – hand blown in Poland.

And for the accoutrements, from left to right: Okubo Shears from Japan, Terrain’s Woodland Terrarium Kit which has sold out since I started writing this post (but even better I found this place that will send live moss and lichen assortments from the forest floor in Idaho), and the Plant Mister.

Next come the rocks, from left to right: Jade River Stones, Tan River Stones, and Ocean Stones… And if you like rocks you should look here, here, and here.

And lastly, heh, we have the Bottlebrush and Bristle Brush decorations, from left to right: the Snowy Bottlebrush Trees (with red berries), the Bristle Brush Fox Ornament (love him), the Bristle Brush Robin Ornament, the Perched Owl Ornament, the Bristle Brush Cardinal Ornament, and the Bottlebrush Evergreens.

So if you have not yet had a go at terrariums I suggest you give it a try and create your own little world. Here are some instructions that will help you get started.

Image courtesy of pinterest.

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