Monthly Archives: December 2011

Garden Pizzazz at Etsy!

Winter is most definitely here in northern Minnesota.  When the gardens are dormant I turn to gardening magazines, books, and online garden sites to give me inspiration for next summer’s garden.

Today I went in search of garden art and accessories at Etsy.  Below are some items I found that would be a fun addition to any garden.

Mason Jar Creations by treasureagain

Mason Jar Lantern imageI enjoy the soft glow of white lights and candle lanterns in the garden.  These mason jar lanterns would be perfect hanging in some branches out by the fire pit.

Janit Calvo & Two Green Thumbs Miniature Garden Studio

Mini garden patio kit imageMiniature gardens have become popular again this past year.  There are plenty of accessories available for creating your mini garden or terrarium.  I like these mini brick patio kits. Continue reading

Trendy Terrariums

Terrariums are making a comeback.  I remember making terrariums years ago using old jars and glass vases.  You didn’t hear much about them for a couple of decades, but now they are back in a big way.

Terrariums are an easy way for people who live in apartments, or who just don’t really like gardening, to bring a bit of nature into their homes.  And – they are really simple to care for.

Watch this quick video on how to make a terrarium.

Terrariums are nothing new.  According to the University of Missouri Extension Service, the use of transparent containers for growing plants dates back at least 2,500 years in Greece.  Back then the process guaranteed a stable environment for growing food.

Today, terrariums are more likely to satisfy our artistic desire to bring some nature into our homes.  Terrariums are easy to make and can be made using a variety of containers.

I enjoy spending my weekends “antiquing” and “junking”, so I usually can pick up some inexpensive items that add some charm to my terrariums. Continue reading

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