The wheel turns as we head into winter with Samhain just days away (5th of May at 11.34am EST Southern Hemisphere) and yet my garden is showing signs of life not dormancy as expected…got to love nature!
Every spring for 4 weeks the Tesselaar Tulip Festival happens in Silvan (country Victoria, Australia).
This year I went during the Dutch Weekend (I mean they are known for their tulips no). They had transformed the tulip farm into a mini-Holland with food, costumes, folk dancing, barrel organ music, market stalls, windmills, games and historical displays. There was also sculptures among the tulips from artists around the country. The festival runs for two more weeks and for more information see here: http://www.tulipfestival.com.au
These were my favourite tulips which I remember the name of:
Any clear glass container: fish bowl, vase, jar (note: containers used with a glass cover need less watering)
Gravel or Pebbles (using coloured stones gives a great visual)
Sphagnum or Sheet Moss (omit if you can’t source)
Potting Mix (I prefer indoor potting mix)
Plants (I prefer cacti or succulents due to their hardy nature)
Ensure you thoroughly wash and dry the glass container (and cover if used) you will be using for your terrarium.
Place a layer of the gravel/pebbles on the bottom of the container which is done to ensure adequate draining occurs when the plants are watered.
Place a layer of sphagnum or sheet moss to stop potting mix from trickling through to the bottom of the glass container.
Place a layer of potting mix which is damp on top of the moss.
Arrange the plants within the potting mix in a visually pleasing manner.
Arrange a thin layer of gravel/pebbles on the top to ensure the plants and potting mix is stable.
Place any accessories you like such as rocks, shells, small statues as decorations on the top.
Place terrarium in the home/office/business within indirect sunlight. Turning the terrarium every so often ensures the plants grow evenly. Prune periodically ensuring all the dead leaves are removed and the height and width of plants remain at optimum level so they don’t overcrowd the container.
Water weekly. I suggest a spray bottle used over the plants to ensure they aren’t over watered. If you are using a lid on your container ensure the plants are completely dry after you have watered them before replacing the lid. Fertilise with a small amount of water soluble fertiliser once a year (spring is the best).
Simple Use for Terrariums
Is a great home warming gift or can be placed in the office as a detoxing plant.