This is what sphagnum moss looks like when it is growing. It's one of the reasons the swamp works so well in holding back rain and snow melt from the creek. These plants dry out when there isn't much water but readily soak it up when there is an excess. They also change the soil conditions because I can find other plants growing near them that I can't find anywhere else. I was drinking coffee this morning and noticed that the peony plants next to the deck are finally peeking through the ground. Think Indy and I will travel down to check out the sphagnum moss swamp today and see if there is anything new poking out there too.