I had a hard time deciding on the title of this post and I am not sure I will stick with this one but for now it suits my purpose. I have had some comments and questions about the mosses and lichen I showed growing in the post about my new " nature feels" series of covered stones. The pictures were views from the double decker terrarium I started in the fall and have had living on my kitchen table all winter. It has prospered into an amazing little ecosystem and I don't think I can even count the number of plant species contained in this small boundary. The key to my success with this project is what I like to call intelligent neglect. Nature is quite good at looking after itself most of the time and if we leave it alone it will often thrive and thrill us with its diversity and beauty. It is so hard for some people to just let this happen. Maybe it is a inherent desire for control or the need to manipulate ones environment or maybe it is just a lack of knowledge about how ecosystems work . What I can tell you is that since I put together this terrarium with mosses and lichens that I collected from my walks in the forest in October I have never watered it or fed it in any way. The other thing I would like to clarify is that my stowaway snail "fern" doesn't live there. He is a garden snail , not a forest snail and I know for a fact he doesn't really like moss all that much.