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I hate to admit that I adore these mystical marimo moss balls, but I do. They are equivalent to pet rock, essentially, but the story behind them makes them much more compelling (along with the fact that they roll around on their own like sentient creatures*).

I found this little guy in a vial, amongst many others, at the Palm Room in Ballard. I blame the apothecary-like setup for making the baby moss balls too cute not to buy. Egad. I picked up the chemistry glassware at Goodwill a few months ago–it’s the perfect home for baby marimo.

Fun facts: Marimo means “algae ball” in Japanese. They are a rare form of green algae native to lakes in Japan, Iceland, Scotland, and Estonia. The algal filaments can break apart and form new moss balls! Marimo regulates algal growth in fish tanks since they out-compete other algae species for nutrients. And my favorite: *marimo float, sink, and roll around as a result of photosynthetic processes (but I just pretend they are magical).

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This year’s wrap-up: bakers twine, washi tape, and label maker.

Happy holidays!

My newest terrarium baby. I don’t have a fruitful history with terrariums so we’ll see how long this one survives…

I found a patch of moss growing in an abandoned pot on my porch which worked nicely. Then I shaped it into ball-form.

Insert mini plant and position neatly on jar lid. I only had to use 1/3 of a tiny fern I bought from Ravenna Gardens so I foresee more terrariums in my future.

I would have used a recycled jar but I usually throw away the non-recyclable lids so, in my eager haste, I bought a cheap pickled item that I thought had a good jar shape.

Ta-da! It now has a nice home sitting atop my grandfather’s hydrometer.