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The idea of growing an entire miniature ecosystem under glass came about as an accident. In 1829, Dr. Nathanial Bagshaw Ward discovered some plants growing inside a bottle. Inspired by his discovery, he began collecting and growing plants in glass cases. These cases were the forerunners of modern terrariums.

 

Assembling a terrarium requires little more than a glass container, gravel, soil and plants.



Spread gravel, preferably a natural kind like pea gravel, an inch or two thick in a glass container. We recommends using a 10-gallon fish tank, which is inexpensive and has a large opening that makes it easier to work in, but smaller containers like fishbowls will also work as long as they are transparent.



Putting a layer of sphagnum moss or burlap over the gravel is optional, but it will keep the dirt that goes on top from seeping into the gravel. Next, spread about a quarter-inch layer of charcoal over the gravel to absorb odors. Then add at least two inches of potting soil, or more depending on the types and sizes of your plants.





Finally, place your plants inside the terrarium. Smaller containers will hold two or three, and some might hold only one. Mr. Rose suggests using very small, relatively hardy plants that do well in medium-moisture environments, like pathos, ferns, moss, ivy and bromeliads.





Water or mist the terrarium sparingly, but keep it moist. If you’re using a container with a cover, monitor the terrarium for a month or two to make sure it does not get too moist (condensation will form on the glass, and mold and fungus might appear on the plants and in the soil). Adjust the lid, or remove it, to temper the amount of moisture; eventually it should stabilize, and the terrarium won’t need as much care. Terrariums without lids require more water and care, as moisture is lost to evaporation.









Wild Floral Designs, Flowers for Special Occasions, Interior Floral Designs
Posted By: BcVogue Support - Posted On: Friday, April 11, 2014  Comments: (0)

In the language of flowers, sometimes the most obvious choice is also the most extraordinary.  Here, I have chosen to highlight the gorgeous garden rose, an even more fragrant and showy variety than your average rose. In the United States, most regular roses that you find at your local florist or grocery store have been shipped to us from South America (although different species of roses are cultivated all over the world). Garden roses may have a more pedestrian-sounding name (as if someone just threw down some seeds and they sprung up in the garden) and hail from much less exotic locales (primarily California and Texas), but they radiate a unique beauty.

As noted above, garden roses tend to have a more intense and complex fragrance, and they have bigger heads that include many more layers of downy petals. Although garden roses can be pricey ($6 to $8 per stem), they do last well as a cut flower and absolutely bring down the house in any arrangement. Invest in a small bouquet of them during July and August, when garden roses are at their peak. And if you are lucky enough to have your own patch of earth that gets plenty of direct sun and excellent soil drainage, please shut down your computer and run to the nearest nursery for a plant or two.
















 

Wild Floral Designs, Flowers for Special Occasions, Interior Floral Designs
Posted By: BcVogue Support - Posted On: Friday, April 11, 2014  Comments: (0)
Fun Featured Flower - Fresh Freesia!

Want a fun, fancy flower that smells as great as it looks? 

Freesia is the way to go!

Used for a variety of occasions, these elegant, sweet scented flowers add a garden-ish ambiance to any decor!

Freesia inflorescences comprise five to 10 trumpet-shaped florets and buds along the topside of a curved stem, sometimes referred to as a "comb." Freesias  are available in a wide range of "reds," 
pinks, oranges, rust/bronze, yellows, lavender, violet (purple), blue-violet, red-violet, white and cream—virtually every color except green and true blue.

If you're looking for that wonderful scent, stick with the yellow, white & cream colored flowers as they are normally the most aromatic.
Best part of Freesias? Fresh cut flowers are available year round! But they are an especially fun feature for Spring.

What do you like about Freesia?