1. CLARA BOG (INTRODUCTION) Clara, County Offaly, Ireland The indications of drought were fertile. Aside from the media coverage of the situation, most widely in context to garden hose ban for household purposes, the land was an old, dry sponge. It was caked with sphagnum, which can be imagined as a light and dull green snowfall, if snowflakes were stiffand enlarged, piled as sticks rather than sticking together, clumping and melting. “Peat moss” is its familiar name for Americans, who use it as a garden additive, a fertilizer. But sphagnum is only the surface layer. home info full text landscape piece back play