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Hang­ing Kokedama by Co­raleigh Parker, pub­lished by Jac­qui Small, $45.

The word ‘kokedama’ de­scribes both the thing and the art of mak­ing the thing: pot­less plants grow­ing in a spe­cial soil mix­ture bound by moss and string. This new book (with pho­tog­ra­phy by

home­style con­trib­u­tor Larnie Ni­col­son) tells in im­pres­sive de­tail how to achieve the in­ten­tion­ally im­per­fect yet un­de­ni­ably beau­ti­ful re­sults, in a process that turns out to be fun and also re­lax­ing, as the wrap­ping part is very med­i­ta­tive. We’re taught how to give all kinds of plants – suc­cu­lents, ferns, herbs and even trees – the kokedama treat­ment. Pick the ap­pro­pri­ate types for use in­side (try mak­ing a wall hang­ing with sev­eral tiny cacti) or out (pic­ture a mas­sive Mon­stera

de­li­ciosa dan­gling from the roof of your porch), and go to town with this man­ual as your faith­ful guide.

ABOVE Trop­i­cal plants make spec­tac­u­lar kokedama. Keep them in tip-top shape with reg­u­lar mist­ing and soak­ing. TOP RIGHT A pair of flow­er­ing Odon­to­cid­ium or­chids makes a strik­ing state­ment in a bed­room.

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