Winter is rearing its cold, snowy head today. But we gardeners have our ways to garden regardless of the weather.
terrariums and dish gardens. So I thought we could take a look at this type of garden. This muffin tin of baby's tears, a moss type creeper, is quite easy to grow if kept moist. Place on the kitchen counter under a florescent light and enjoy.
herbs on the windowsill is another small garden we can ease into the home. We can get our fresh herbs as well as our gardening 'fix'. Parsley, basil, thyme, rosemary all at our fingertips.
fairy garden sites on the web if you are searching for something a little different.
errariums are a garden in a glass container. These small plants can be inserted into potting soil with a base of charcoal and sand to filter the moisture and keep the plant material fresh. The houseplant section of the hardware store has a variety of plants that will do well in low light and a moist environment.
Cacti or succulents sitting in a sand base have a nice contemporary style. And with this one, keep the moisture to a minimum.
Fairy gardens can be incorporated in the outdoors too. Using miniature herbs miniature herbslike thyme, or even mini hostas can make the setting charming. Rocks offer an added dimension to replicate caves where the fairies would live in the forest. Dwarf conifers would also be appropriate in a mini-forest. This mini-hinoki is just one example.
Here the gardener has created paths and walkways with small gravel and pebbles. And, don't forget the door to enter the world of the fairy.
Succulents make a great dish garden. The arid terrain can be copied with sandy potting mix, gravel, and the dry environment will need little water. Succulents come in many colors, so you won't miss the blossoms - but wait! They do bloom - too cool!
Here is that muffin tin, again.
Conifers make a great small garden. Evergreens make this one a year round event. I would suggest picking plants that will sit out year round, to be hardy to one zone colder than your area. The above ground roots that are exposed to the winds will withstand the cold better.
Well, I hope you have time to create a mini-garden. Whether it is a fairy garden, a succulent garden, a terrarium, or a tiny corner of your landscape,..... we can always smile and say the 'size' does matter.