Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Desert Scape Terrarium
I've been positively itching to make a cool looking terrarium. I had this old fish bowl/vase and thought it would be perfect for an open succulent desert scape.
First a layer of gravel for good drainage. Next a layer of activated charcoal. Finally, an inch or two of cactus soil followed by a top layer of sand.
Finally three succulents that seemed to work together. Odd numbers are always best. Then a little whimsy with a rock I had collected at the beach, a dry pebble stream bed and a butterfly that I raided from my seven year old daughter's room (she'll never miss it!).
Then because I really wanted to use this great $2 jar I found at the thrift store I made a closed terrarium with this great little olive tree bonsai. I put a few pebbles in it and a little frog. In truth, I don't love the frog and realized that somewhere in one of children's room I have a little pebble with the word "peace" on it that would be perfect. I dug around and couldn't find it, so I almost didn't include this picture but thought that since this is my first post I would take a stand for imperfection rather than perfection. Seems like a better way to go. Also, in the corner you can see the wonderful book by Tovah Martin, The New Terrarium that helped inspire and guide me.