Yes, it’s happened. Yesterday I was having a look at the lawn and to my horror there, hidden away, was a moss. It’s the first time I have seen a moss in any of the trial lawns since my research started. It is only a patch, a tiny patch the size of a two pound coin but its there.
I took a magnifying glass to the rest of the lawn and spent 20 minutes trying to find more. I didn’t find any. It’s just that one tiny patch. I had a much closer look at the patch and there may be an explanation. Firstly, it has been very, very wet indeed. We have had rain, rain, rain for nearly two months, and although unlike the bare soil around it the lawn is not showing any signs of being waterlogged, it has been very moist and unusually mild on site. So much so that there is moss growing on the windows of my car!
Anyway, I think that is just a contributing factor. What I did discover on closer inspection is a little Ranunculus ficaria (Lesser celandine) poking through at the same spot. It jogged my memory. Last autumn I had a half a dozen pots of Lesser celandine that I hadn’t used that were left over from the Chelsea display. The pots were in a shady spot and covered in moss, and since Lesser celandine is herbaceous they were just mossy pots with labels. I have an aversion to throwing plants away, so I decided to do a spot of lawn gardening and randomly add the contents of the pots to the lawn.
I think I may have transplanted more than just the celandine!
Here’s the little lawn horror I’m talking about:
It’s entirely my own fault it seems. I just hope drier weather arrives soon.