Hello all [four readers]! You’re probably wondering what I was up to this weekend. Dying to know! I get it!
Before I get to the pretty below, it must be noted that the major time-suck this weekend was due to my abrupt realization that we absolutely need to power-wash our concrete patio slabs. Which we did. For a number of hours on Saturday. To not entirely satisfying effect.
Our concrete is the original and it’s looking rough these days. After a winter under a layer of algae, the concrete in the atrium is now pock-marked with black spots that refuse to be removed. Now that I have grossed you out, let’s move on!
I FINALLY got around to mounting my staghorn fern. It’s been growing like crazy, but sadly still in its original green plastic pot from the nursery. This meant I needed to built a mount for it. Fun times!
A week or so ago I picked up a scrap of plywood from the hardware store and decided to sacrifice one of our tomato stakes for this project. After some sawing and drilling, I had a simple mounting board assembled. Last weekend I picked up a fancy package of sphagnum moss at Paxton Gate (we happened to be in the city, and everything at Paxton Gate is so delightfully weird that I couldn’t resist.) I later found that a very similar sphagnum moss is available at our local Ace (which I love!) for about half the price.
To mount the fern onto the board, I followed Apartment Therapy’s how-to but was not entirely convinced about having fishing line and a few nails supporting the fern. After packing the moss and wrapping it with fishing line, I grabbed a square of burlap and stapled a skirt on this guy, to add more support. It even has a little fringe. Hey, maybe this fern likes skirts. And fringes. Don’t judge.