May 30th, 2015

garden journal

Kokedama

Watching Gardeners’ World yesterday evening, I was intrigued to see Joe Swift learning how to make Kokedama, or hanging plants encased in moss. I see this is a trend which has swept the globe but passed me by. Behind the times as usual. I liked what I saw on Gardeners’ World: a shed with hanging plants dangling along the front. I’m less keen on the idea of having these indoors and also put off by the high maintenance. Watering my pots and baskets is one thing, soaking a root ball every day quite another. So is it genius or a daft idea which I suspect exposes plants to too much potential root drying? Opinion seems widely divided between, ‘Gosh, what fun!’ and ‘Pah! What a messy waste of time!’ Anyone had a go?

There are tutorials on YouTube and lots of examples on Pinterest.

kokedama

Photo from here.

Possibly these works of art are more suited to a city garden than to one in the country. And we're kidding ourselves if we think we can make our gardens look Japanese. You just have to be Japanese to understand how their gardens work. Or so I think.