Now that Easter is over I really couldn’t wait to put away the egg-themed pastel things I experimented with and update our spring decor. It’s okay for awhile – I just don’t want too much of it, you know? I enjoy pastels when they come in the form of flowers, otherwise I’m pretty much a green and neutral girl – with an occasional coral, purple or yellow accent.
And this floral centerpiece is pretty much my happy place: fresh flowers/plants in a thrifted basket with dollar store paper filler that I put together in five minutes. Really, you can’t help but smile when you walk by – even if it’s pouring rain outside…sigh.
After removing the Easter-y items and the upholstery-webbing banner from the early spring mantel, I realized what I had left carried a green and white garden theme, so I went with that, moving things around and adding another plant and urn with moss. It’ll be easy to pop in some spring flowers as I pick them from the yard and any color I bring in will go with this neutral background.
I wanted to bring in more green, living plants and inspired by my friend, Amy of Mom Advice, I spent 10 minutes creating this simple terrarium in a thrifted apothecary jar with basic supplies you can find at home and garden stores. I used the biggest apothecary jar I had, though it wasn’t big enough (more on that below), added some river rock from our yard to the bottom for drainage, plus some light potting soil (update: a reader suggested adding a layer of activated charcoal between the pebbles and the soil to prevent rot, though I haven’t had problems it’s probably a good idea to take that precaution). After settling the plant in and topping with bit more soil, I watered it in well and then replaced the lid.
One problem I’ve always found with the basic home and garden store plants is that they are too big for most lidded containers, yet I have a hard time finding tiny plants that don’t carry a big price tag (for what you’re getting…). As you can see, this was the case here, too. So I divided the plant – and got an even better deal by ending up with 3 planted containers for the price of one! Dont’ be afraid to pull the roots apart – they might actually benefit from a little ‘root pruning’ like this plant, which was a bit root-bound in the original pot.
What kind of plant did I use, you might be wondering? Good question! I wish I had an answer – maybe some of you recognize this plant and can let us know? All the tag said (that I faithfully kept so I could share with you!) is ‘Tropical Plants’ with some generic growing instructions (no direct sun, don’t let get too wet). Sorry!
Whatever it is, it’s been doing wonderful in our decidedly not bright entryway. I actually put this together awhile ago which allows me to show you what it looked like on day one versus 6 weeks later – pretty nice, huh? It actually looks more healthy and settled. What’s even better? I have not needed to add any water in that time, nor have I even removed the lid. This thing is e.a.s.y.!
So, if you think you have a ‘black thumb’ this may just be the way you can add some green living things to your home. Though you don’t have to make a terrarium – one of the pieces I removed from the original plant was potted up regularly and has lived happily in our living room in the same amount of time, though it has needed a couple of waterings (though I did cover the top with moss to keep the soil from drying out too quickly).
Have you made terrariums, too? Have any tips for us?
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