Sunday, January 27, 2013

Springing Up

I'm not sure what it is about January, but historically speaking if you go back through my archives you will see a pattern. In January I get all excited about Spring and buy new house plants. I'm going to be honest and tell you that of all those plants in previous years only one is still going strong. So wish these plants luck.

I have no idea why the feeling moves me in January to go out and victimize new plants. Maybe it's because I haven't had the joy of killing any of my yard plants in close to 5 months. Maybe it is the yearning for Spring to arrive. I'm going to tell myself it is the second reason. Whatever the reason, I do like to remind myself that even if I only get a solid month out of a house plant it is still cheaper than the week I get from cut roses or any other flowers. And if they live longer than a month it is all gravy to me!

This years first gardening adventure was brought to you by these big glass jars I found with wicker lids. I found them at goodwill a few weeks ago for $12 for the pair. I originally wanted them for future storage in Wren's bathroom reno. And they very well may end up there if these plants don't work out for me, but for now they struck me as really cool potential terrariums.

During a trip to Lowe's I picked out 7 little fern-like plants, and made a detour on the way home by a Michael's to get a couple bags of tumbled stones.

I threw the rocks in first (not literally, of course!) for drainage.

Then I just arranged some of the plants in on top of the rocks, tossed in a little extra potting soil and a couple sticks of drift wood for extra texture and interest. In the end I actually had 2 plants left over that I returns so it only took five plants in total to fill both my jars.

All done and lids back on! I really like these guys and hope they survive. I think the wicker lid is probably going to be my (or rather their) saving grace because it keeps the jars nice and toasty but does allow air to circulate.

Of all my past January plants I think this may be my all time favorite! 
Have you added a hint of Spring to your house lately with Plants?


Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

Love this idea. Gorgeous photos!

bec said...

what a lovely idea...terrariums were big in the 80's... you have brought them back with taste, they are great!!!!
I will try this one!
Bec x

Jeanette deBoer said...

I love them! You will have to let us know how they do in the jars. Hopefully they'll stay alive 'til spring.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful job, Holly, so lovely & lively! I bought a potted plant this weekend but it's still in the little plastic pot it came in :) Good luck to both of us!

Silver Lining Decor said...

Love these! I always start itching for spring right around January, too.

Shannon said...

Another tip to help your little plants survive with the lids on is to add a layer of activated charcoal (the stuff used in fish tank filters) to the jar. :) It helps circulate the air!

Here's more info if you're interested. :)


Freckles Chick said...

"Victimize new plants" lol! That made my morning, almost spit out my coffee. Love the new terarriums esp w/ the touch of wicker. You have such an eye for thrifty finds!

Andi of My Beautiful Adventures said...

These are so fabulous!!!

Chelsea said...

So fresh and beautiful! We definitely have some Spring in our home right now - Christmas morning we stepped outside and noticed some mysterious buds popping up in our garden. We dug them up, brought them in, and now have daffodils blooming in our LR! Here's the post:)

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