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Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Jan 25, 2013 9:39 AM CST
I had the pleasure of visiting a store with some great fairy garden plants, and a nice big display garden and was instantly completely addicted. I've heard of this before, and even seen a few in person, but something clicked when I walked in there. I can't wait to put something together this spring with the tiny plants I've collected randomly over the past few years.

Is mini gardening something you eased into, or did you have "a moment?"

Here's the garden that so inspired me, and a few new plants I got there.
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Pilea
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Kalanchoe - blossfeldiana?
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Peperomia
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Name: Greg Colucci
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gg5
Jan 25, 2013 11:54 AM CST
Purple those are really cute! I have always loved mini plants but thus far haven't put any mini garden together, photos on this forum are inspiring though! So this may be the year for it! Also had to have the "gnome" badge Thumbs up
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Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Jan 25, 2013 9:06 PM CST
The garden above looks to have a large variety of plants , some house plants and some garden . Was it in a greenhouse or conservatory?
It is a nice lay out.
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I eased into the mini garden thing
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Keep believing ,hoping,and loving
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Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Jan 25, 2013 10:26 PM CST
Cinda that's cute!! Nice photos! Hurray!
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Name: Tiffany
Opp, AL (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Jan 26, 2013 11:05 AM CST
Yes, very cute!

The garden above is in a semi-outdoors location. I was so busy looking at the plants, I realized later I felt like I was outside the whole time, but not all the way. When I get back there, I'll have to pay more attention to those details. The lines between house/garden plant start to become blurred as you get this far south.

Didn't have a real camera, so that pic is sadly not very clear. I didn't know what many of the plants were, and there were at least 30 different kinds in that display. Some I can name...
Haworthia
Sansevieria
Hypoestes
Peperomia
Pilea
Crassula
Sedum

I will take a real camera when I go back, this place is amazing!
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Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Jan 26, 2013 12:58 PM CST
Thanks Purple!
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Name: Tiffany
Opp, AL (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Jan 29, 2013 8:20 AM CST
I went back to Dothan Nurseries yesterday with more money and a real camera! Can you believe I forgot to look UP again? I'm so ashamed, but that means I have to go back and finish the job, right? (And to get a Tillandsia that I mustered the willpower to leave at the store - for now anyway...)

More detailed pics of the giant mini garden above:
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These pots are about as big as a dime and have real extra-tiny plants in them. What kind? IDK...
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The whole thing:
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A garden in a bird bath:
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A closeup of the path in the birdbath garden:
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Garden in a red pot:
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Another red pot garden:
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Not sure what all of the plants I got are...
Little plant with buds and fuzzy, thick jade plant-like leaves:
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Some kind of Sedum or Crassula with 2 rooted leaves at the soil surface:
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Lonicera fragrantissima:
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Bonus pot with 3 plants, not even sure which plant is the "primary" one. Portulacaria, Selaginella, and hopefully the tiny brighter green sprout is Cymbalaria, but I'm not sure. The Portulacaria has a TON of branches that can be propagated and the Sel. has aerial roots on the parts dangling past the pot rim:
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Cymbalaria?
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Hope the pics convey a modicum of the inspiration from seeing these in person! Been looking through the house to gather tiny things that might be cute in a mini garden and realized that because I've always loved tiny things, I've collected quite a few little tchotchkes over the years. When I set everything on a table to look at it, there's 2 different sizes/scales really, so obviously I will have to make at least 2 gardens. I also realized that Barbie and Legos had some great items to contribute, so y'all might want to check those toys the kids aren't playing with anymore for cute little mini garden baubles.
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Name: Greg Colucci
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gg5
Jan 29, 2013 12:31 PM CST
Wow purple how cute!! I love the variety of mini plants!! Hurray!
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GordonHawk
Jan 31, 2013 5:59 PM CST
verry cute Purple.. Yes minatures are addicitive for sure... something about fabricating a bench in 40 secods.. although looking for the right bit might take hours... it's deceptive... your scenes are grand....
Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Feb 1, 2013 10:11 AM CST
Thanks, GG. I LOVE the plant next to your name! So pretty.

Glad you liked the pics, Gordon. The already completed gardens are only mine in the form of a picture, I haven't made one yet. Those were at the awesome store that gave me such ideas! When I get started, I'll put more pics. Can't wait!
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Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Feb 1, 2013 10:50 AM CST
Nice photos , what a beautiful place to visit in the winter .
Thanks for making me feel a bit warmer
3 degrees this AM with a windchill of -20 ( Blinking Having a bit of zone envy here)
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coconut
Feb 7, 2013 1:44 PM CST
Zoysia grass would work in a tiny garden, but it would have to be clipped rather often...
Name: Tiffany
Opp, AL (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Feb 12, 2013 4:57 PM CST
Got a ton of cute tiny plants in trade yesterday. It was fun putting them in the tiny pots I also got yesterday.

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And had to hit that store again, for Iresine:

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More Iresine:

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An Alternanthera:

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Peperomia prostrata:



Also got some florist wire. I made the chair, DH made the table:

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Hope to get started putting something together by the end of the month. Appreciate all of the input so far, very helpful!
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Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Feb 12, 2013 6:43 PM CST
Sweet plants, and how cute you 2 sit in front of the fire and shape wire! Sticking tongue out Hilarious!
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Name: Tiffany
Opp, AL (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Feb 13, 2013 9:34 AM CST
LOL! That rhymes. Wish we had a fire some nights! Last night DH made me a fairy door to put at the base of the pecan tree in the back yard, and I made a section of hurricane fence for a tiny beach scene.

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These little trade plants are anxious to get outside for some sun. And I couldn't help "planting" a little pack of plastic flowers temporarily in the tray of Semps.

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goldfinch4
Feb 19, 2013 5:59 AM CST
That nursery sure does have a lot of inspiration from their fairy gardens. I love how lush and thick the plantings are.

Cinda, I love your little birdbath with the bird, how the green makes it look so real! Lovey dubby

Purple, cute creations with the wire!
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Name: Tiffany
Opp, AL (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Feb 19, 2013 11:45 AM CST
Thanks, Goldfinch! I've made a lot more little chairs, more sturdy ones that look more like wrought iron with upholstered seats. (Years after I stopped working at a furniture store, I'm still trying to use all of the fabric samples I saved from being dumpster'ed. This is a GREAT way to use some - tiny furniture! So, BTW, ask your local mom'n'pop furniture stores that do special-order upholstery for fabric discards if interested. Most companies discontinue several styles once or twice per year and they usually get thrown away unless there's a crafty person working there.)

Also made some tiny wind chimes with beads and fishing line, and some lengths of "chain" out of wire to hang them. DH hollowed out some wine corks that now look like tiny pots.

I will take my camera next visit to that store. After looking at their website, I realize they've just started with the whole mini thing this year. When I went last Monday, the lady who owns the store was potting tiny Alternantheras and Iresines (like those above) into tiny rectangle purses. And they had moved the "mini section" to a more prominent location, there were more mini gardens constructed, and a much wider selection of tiny plants from the previous week. Apparently other people are quite interested also. The previous plants were mostly gone. Holy cow, I've only seen the tip of the iceberg, and I'm going to have to visit often so I don't miss anything good, and do my part to patronize such an awesome store and people going way beyond just selling plants. The whole place is beautifully landscaped with fountains and paths, mulched beds with intriguing plantings, statuary, the stuff inside is displayed, not just on shelves or in bins, and there are other house plants, including giant gramma plants that are decades old, don't even have prices on them. Like a park where you can buy the stuff. Oh I'm babbling... too much fun.

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goldfinch4
Feb 19, 2013 12:24 PM CST
That sounds like a wonderful place to spend an afternoon! Miniature gardening is really taking off everywhere. It's a fun hobby for people of any age, from little kids to us older kids! Whistling
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Name: Tiffany
Opp, AL (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Mar 28, 2013 10:52 AM CST
Still working on the containers for these mini gardens, gathering plants, and hoping Jack Frost will stop visiting sometime SOON!

Here are pics I took of mini gardens at the garden center yesterday. Hope they are inspiring to you as well, get those creative juices flowing.

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The frustrating thing is that they don't sell a lot of the cool plants that show up in these mini gardens. For some cool reason, a nearby WM has had a vast selection of tiny succulents lately. I got about 30 of them between Monday and last Monday. A store near you might have some now, or when it gets a bit warmer. I go by this one about once a week, so I know they just arrived within the past 2 weeks. Here are some of the tiny plants awaiting placement in tiny landscapes.

What's funny is that they're all from cactuscollection.com where you can buy them - for $1 more than at WM.

Only typing the names that aren't clear in the pics...

Aloe zanzibarica


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Haworthia retusa:
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Sedum clavatum
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Haworthia
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Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Mar 28, 2013 12:08 PM CST
Love all the photos purple!
Plants bring me peace and calm, more of what we all need Smiling

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