I assume you're talking about ground foam (rubber) here. The stuff is
available at any decent hobby store (or used to be). You can also make
it yourself by grinding foam rubber (in a meat grinder--no fooling) and
dyeing it with Rit dyes. Makes great ground cover, trees, any kind of
Believe Woodland Scenics has it in a wide range of colors.
We may be talking about two separate things, but sea foam (artemisia
versicolor) is a small plant which might be suitable for model
foliage. In some perfunctory googling, I came upon Plants Select which
provides sources for this and other types of ground cover. HTH.
Agreed. What I meant to say was that Mr. Boggs' letter might be
referring to something of vegetable origin rather than ground rubber.
(Oh dear, ground rubber is of vegetable origin, too.) Still, I will
try to be more clear in the future. For the present permit me to
simply state that I do not advocate plowing the plaster or styrofoam
to sow any kind of crop. Buy the plant, dry the plant, use the plant.
A little more diggind and I came across a site which says that when the
plant is dried, it makes an excellent basis for winter boquets. This tells
me that it may very well have some potential for trees. I'd like to see
some though as most descriptions suggest that it grows to over 18" in
height. That would make for some "tall cotton" on my HO scale layout. : )
At the Toledo train show, there was a guy there with some pretty good
looking trees that he had made himself. He wasn't really charging all that
much for them either. He claimed that he made them from "a plant in his
back yard," but was pretty tight-lipped about just what that plant was. My
only problem with them was that they did look a little short... Maybe only
about 3" tall maximum.
Try naturally dried Goldenrod trimmed to shape with a scissors and then
sprayed lightly with a couple of shades of green (or yellow or red for
fall - carefully strip off the "fuzz seeds" for winter). Can't beat the
price! Size varies as you wish. Make forests if you want.
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