Today I’m reviewing a book that’s a bit out of my usual wheelhouse.
I’ve tried the whole ‘gardening thing’ without a lot of success. Evidently I do better with fur than leaves. And living in south Georgia comes with living through hot humid summers. And lots of bugs. And did I mention the snakes? Anyway, I do all of my gardening in containers, herbs, peppers onions and all.
Now, The Plant Recipe Book: 100 Living Arrangements for Any Home in Any Season by Baylor Chapmen, has encouraged me to try some small, living arrangements for inside my home (where it’s cool and bug free!).
She shares with us the secrets to creating a well thought out, yet still natural looking centerpiece, or accent decor. Each “recipe” includes a list of ingredients. The plants are listed alphabetically, using the common name (with the scientific name along side in parenthesis). She takes us step by step through the process of creating beautiful, long lasting miniature gardens. The ingredients include plant choices, soil needs, toppings and decor. She even offers watering requirements to keep your masterpiece looking it’s best.
Anxious to try one, I purchased an small Jade Plant, They’re easy to keep right? The book includes many inspiring photos of various arrangements, all in unusual pots and containers.
So rather than buy a garden variety pot, I looked around my house for a fun little container. As it happened I had bought a little dish at a dollar store a few weeks back, thinking I could use it to serve up some dip or something. It was perfect.
All I needed was the proper soil, drainage rocks and decorative stones and a small trowel. I also found a small bit of bark off one of the Pecan trees to serve as a log.
I had some glass stones in my mind originally, but after seeing them in the arrangement, I decided it looked better without them.
I’m pleased with the way it came out. I didn’t follow the recipe exactly. I seldom do that with anything! Rather I used the book as inspiration to create my own look.
It’s simple, and slightly Asian, which reminds me somehow of my childhood home on Maui.
I’ve come across another container too. I can’t wait to get started on this one. But right now I need to mow the lawn – it never ends in south Georgia. This one is going to be a leafy, mossy Fairy Forest ( I hope) when I get the chance to make it.
Don’t worry, I’ll post that one too! This book is going to be fun!