For the past year I have had a lot of fun creating these gardens. They make a great gift. I have made them in Fowlers Vacola Preserving bottles as a gift for the guests at my sons wedding, old cups and saucers, fish bowls, vases and antique bowls. Friends and family can be a good source of containers and happy to give them away as I recently found with the preserving jars needed for my son's wedding. The hardest thing to find are ornaments to enhance your garden. They are not essential but add interest or a quirky touch.
They are a simple to make and require very little in the way of materials. The succulents are grown from cuttings, jars and bowls are relatively inexpensive and the sand, cacti/succulent mix and gravel are easily obtained from garden supply shops such as Bunnings or Mitre 10. A bag of succulent mix will make lots of gardens.
|sand, potting mix and pebbles|
|a glass bowl or jar that is deep enough to |
house your garden
|a selection of succulents,|
they are very hardy and kept down the side of my house
|Add the gravel.|
|Then add the potting mix. Start to add the succulents, play around with the placement until you are happy with your arrangement.|
I have a fatalistic attitude to these gardens. Sometimes your garden outgrows the container or your plants look a little sad. I do not expect them to last forever and am happy to re pot. You will know when to take action.
A selection of finished terrariums
|terrariums with cats |
a sunny window display in the dining area of the family room
viewed from the top
|found and rusted objects |
|succulents in an antique casserole|
|bottle gardens for wedding guests to take home|
bottles donated by my knitting group friends Barbara and Anne. Thanks Twisted Sisters.
|cat and mouse |
the china cat and mouse were a gift from a friend who remembered my passion for felines. Thanks Ange.