A Garden in a Jar

I spent the last two Januaries in Southern California, which regularly sees sunny skies and temperatures of 70, 80, and sometimes even higher this time of year. Although this week hasn’t been quite as warm as January days I’ve seen in the past, it has gotten sunnier. Perfect timing, since Mom and I spent a considerable amount of time constructing terrariums from Weck jars, what used to be a fish “bowl,” and a sophisticated but not particularly functional glass teapot.

Our miniature gardening projects just go to show that if you’re lucky, all you have to do is start something and the world will cooperate (if you’re hoping to trick the weather into giving you your own peek of sunshine, instructions for terrariums are at the end of this post). With colder weather ahead in the forecast, I’m prolonging my appreciation of nice weather as much as possible, and some flower art seems like an ideal reminder of a season that’s still not quite within reach.

1. Mason Jar Flowers Letterpress Print by Old School Stationers
2. Iris Tree Print by Ana Victoria Calderon Illustration
3, 4, & 5. Flowers at the SF Ferry Building Farmers’ Market

Flowers Art Print by Eight Hour Day

1. Orchids at the SF Ferry Building Farmers’ Market
2. Rose Petal Vintage Bridal Headpiece from Konigin
3. Welcome Spring by Kate Lewis (sold)

Terrarium Details
You’ll need pebbles or gravel for drainage (I used decorative rocks, but if you can track down a few handfuls of sea glass that would be amazing), charcoal (to keep the soil fresh), potting soil, small bonsai-type plants, moss, and a glass container deep enough to hold a layer each of pebbles, charcoal, and dirt. Some terrariums also include a layer of sand between the dirt and charcoal, but I skipped that step. Simply layer each of the components as depicted–rocks, charcoal, soil–and add plants. Make sure to completely cover your plants’ roots with soil. You will likely need to wipe down the sides of your terrarium to remove any dirt that stuck to the edges while you were placing your garden elements. Water using a quick spritz with a spray bottle and enjoy! If you have trouble, I recommend checking the tutorial I linked to in my previous terrarium post.

4 Responses to “A Garden in a Jar”
  1. Mike Schultz Paintings says:

    I love this!

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