Friday, October 31, 2014

Who remembers terrariums?


Well, actually... even though I first heard of them eons ago (back in the hippie days).... I don't think they ever really lost popularity ... either that, or they have made a big comeback.

I've had this one for .... oh, man....I can't remember how long.  It dried out, the plants died and the dirt was rock hard...the thing was sooooo dusty...... but, I loved it then and carted it around with me for years.  Every move; it survived ... glass top and all.  I wish I had a photo of it in its "throw out" state.  Mr. BV tried to toss it more than once... and, who could blame him.

But, I salvaged it from near the garbage can and have been saying for the past 3 years that I was going to clean it up and re-plant it.  Never got around to it.

This summer I saw it yet again....sitting there all dusty in the garden shed.  That did it.

I needed a new date palm anyway seeing as my BIG guy of many years had shrivelled and died.  I blame in on the big renovation... because we had to move it in and out of the house; to the garage etc...it got pretty wind blown and roughed up and neglected.  No wonder it died.

Anyway... long story a bit shorter .... at the shop where I found palms on sale...there were so many tiny plants for a dollar.... I couldn't leave them to die there ....or be tossed out...they looked in a bad way....

I came home, got the terrarium out of the shed... washed and buffed it... put in some lovely new soil, a few little plants, some special rocks.. put in a bit of water and closed the lid.

Et voilà !!



6 comments:

Chris Rohrer said...

I do I do!!!! So glad you kept it and are trying it again:) Those were one of my favorite things to put together as a kid. Yours is very cool.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I have often admired them and never had one. The light here is abysmal so I doubt one would survive, but it would sure be fun to try it. Yours is definitely cool!

Gwen Buchanan said...

Beautiful collection of plants... nice to see green every day inside when it will soon be white or brown outside.. Green is good. .. I recognize some of them.. as I had some too. but I never ever had a terrarium.

Lin said...

They are making a comeback...I bought one for myself in the Spring. But now I remembered why I didn't have one anymore....the plants are out-growing the container and it's now a jungle in there! I don't really want to re-do the darn thing. I wonder if I can clip it back??

Twiglet said...

They are lovely V. I used to make little bottle gardens with a large sweetie jar for the children in my class - that way we could observe the water cycle indoors!!! Hope you are feeling better.x Jo

karen said...

this looks great, Terrariums have a unique appeal, they are tiny treasures