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I am in the process of developing my own custom made miniature mountainous landscapes (lava rock) with mosses and bonsai trees. Each individual "mountain" has it’s own well established "wind swept" styled Japanese Juniper bonsai growing from the rock’s cliff along with a wide variety of hardy alpine-like mosses (the highly desirable tightly compacted bonsai type moss).

My main objective is to replicate a small mountainside or isolated hill-top that stands alone or "juts up and out" of the ocean with real living miniature growth. Each miniature paradise is scaled down to reflect the exact image of an isolated mountain from a birds eye point of view. Typically, I will have either one or two established Japanese Junipers growing on each mountainside (rock) - each tree boasting with it’s extreme windswept style as if to show off it’s battle scars, desire and durability to survive extreme storms and weather conditons.

I have a passion for outdoor hardy bonsai trees that go dormant in the winter (winter hardy) as well as native mosses and lichens in my area up here in the northeast zone 5b.

Having bonsia plants has truely tought me patience, and more apreciation for all living things on this planet.

One of my favorite trees is the EASTERN RED CEDAR which is actually a JUNIPER. They don’t respond well to bonsai at all, but are super hardy, they tolerate severe cold & drought, do well in poor soil, have flat scale like adult foliage, and provides excellent shelter against snow in the winter months for wildlife. Wildlife also benefit from the berries. The Eastern Red Cedar prefers to grow in poor & well drained soil (especially on the sides of roads). I recently collected quite a few of Eastern Red cedars from the wild (with permission of course). They seam to grow mostly on the sides of the highway. Transplanting must be done in the early spring months, and all of the roots and soil must be transplanted (can be difficult as the roots tend to sometimes really spread out). I’VE experimenTED with some collected eastern red cedars that I transplanted to containers on my outdoor balcony, and they have ALL survived temps as low as 5 degrees F (NOT CELCIUS or how ever you spell "C" in that silly metric sytem).

I have collected MANY varieties of mosses and am growing them on a large piece of rock slabs. I was trying to keep my moss from drying out in the summer heat - was a challenge - always misting the moss with a hand pump pressure sprayer to provide a mist of micro droplets of water....but I learned 1 thing....and that is that MOSS HAS A DORMANT PERIOD just like trees.

I’ve posted a LOT of pictures on the Moss, Ferns & Cryptogams Forum. Here is a link to a bunch of pictures I recently posted


God bless. Psalms 119:9

I live in: United States

My zone is: zone 5b northE.

My favorite forum 1 is Moss, Ferns & Cryptogams.

My favorite forum 2 is Bonsai.

First registered on July 17, 2004 .