Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Ter-rar-i-um: A glass container, chiefly or wholly enclosed, for growing and displaying plants. (Courtesy of dictionary.com)
Tea-rar-i-um: A glass teapot used for the same purpose. (Courtesy of my husband!)
A recent magazine article on terrariums reminded me I'd seen these made using glass teapots, so creating a teapot terrarium (or tea-rarium) has been on my "to do" list for a while. Yesterday evening the weather was so pretty that I went outside and gathered some materials to see what I could come up with.
First, I started with a layer of rocks, because I had read that is what you're supposed to do.
Then, a few pieces of moss. I loooooove moss! Have you ever really looked at moss? If you haven't, you might make it a point to do so, and soon. This moss, for instance, looks like it's made up of dozens of tiny green stars. I have no idea what variety it is, so I just think of it as Starry Moss.
Sedum may not be the prettiest plant I've ever seen, but it's like Glenn Close in "Fatal Attraction" and simply will not die, so I figured it was a good, reliable choice for my latest gardening experiment.
Ferns! Don't you love ferns? The Victorians were crazy about them, and I can see why. I like to press fern leaves between book pages, too. (One of these days I'll actually do something with those pressed ferns!)
Clover. Three-leaf, not four, but the petals look like pretty butterfly wings, so I included it in my little teapot plant kingdom.
And if I did this terrarium thing all wrong, please don't tell me because I sure had fun doing it. Now I just have to get a spray bottle so I can keep it misted and, hopefully, alive!