Terrariums Around the House
February 24, 2013
We had the most wonderfully quiet weekend that seemed to go by far too quickly, one of those weekends where I tune out the noise of the world and focus on simple tasks like pruning the hedges and sorting paperwork. The weekend flew by in what felt like a few short hours, but I managed to do a little planting of the indoor variety.
Last year I made a miniature terrarium in a glass vessel and it still survives on very little maintenance. I was encouraged by that small miracle to create a few more succulent gardens in glass vessels around the house since I prefer the real over the faux when it comes to indoor plants.
Courtney wrote up a great article on secrets of a successful terrarium and I was inspired by the tips by those experts to create miniature shows of greenery to display around the house.
I had one apothecary jar (above) that I planned on using for this purpose without the lid, but I grabbed a few succulents at the local nursery and two more glass vessels at Michaels – they had a great selection this weekend.
Succulents in soil can thrive indoors in containers that don’t drain as long as they receive some light during the day and as long as you’re careful not to overwater them – a few drops of water once a week is really all they need and some liquid fertilizer twice a year. A little moss helps keep the soil moist and is a decorative element too.
I experimented with some white sand poured around the succulents in soil in their containers to create a coastal version, adding a piece of driftwood and some shells.
It sits in the living room, inspired by the seascape painting I bought in a local antique store last year.
I placed the bigger terrarium in the entryway where I pass it several times a day so I’ll have a better chance at remembering to water it. :)
I wrote about my first little terrarium I made last year over at my BH&G blog, it’s still alive and sits on the mantel right now. Here are the other most recent articles too.
How was your weekend, anyone do any indoor organizing or gardening? Did you watch the Oscars? This was the first year I didn’t watch the show but I saw the gowns online, so many pretty ones this year!