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Name: David Paul
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DavidofDeLand
Sep 18, 2013 12:30 PM CST
Where have you all been hiding! You've come so far to stop sharing now! ((-:}

I hope to help get a ball rolling again here in this cool forum with tons of potential;...that seems a little neglected, and am hoping others are still interested here.

I need some inspiration too!
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Hello Miniature Gardeners,

I'm David, and yes men can love Miniature Gardening too!
Some of my works are odd, fun and unusual. You will see a Fairie or Gnome popping into mine on occasion too, as I have every belief in them, and that they are real! HaHaHaHaHa! Hilarious! ...............

"Whats that all about David?....(I say to myself) There is nothing to laugh about when its the truth! Smiling

Actually, I simply love sharing creativity, whatever our styles are. Thats how we learn and grow!

Thank you,

David
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Its all good fun!
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Name: David Paul
(Zone 9b)
Cat Lover Hibiscus Seed Starter Native Plants and Wildflowers Vegetable Grower Region: Florida
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DavidofDeLand
Sep 19, 2013 5:09 AM CST
Hope to hear from some of you soon here and see what you're up to. Here are just a few more pictures of some things I've been up to. I currently working on a cool project for the Fall and redoing a few things...

Anyway, I understand life is busy, and too many forums can be difficult to keep up with, so if any one likes looking at mini-gardens and there isn't much activity over here, I'll continue to share some fun ideas on the containers forum, in my "Whats going on in David's containers" thread. Please feel free to jump in over there too, and show us your creative fun!

Happy Gardening! Smiling I tip my hat to you.
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...sort of a Stonehenge thing going on ot of hypertufa. needs moss and a few more small plants...

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reflecting pool...
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Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Cinta
Sep 21, 2013 12:14 PM CST
Thanks David for trying to get the mini garden going. I have to hit the Dollar store and thrift stores and pick up some decor. I am a snowbird so I am thinking of doing my morning room all in little mini gardens.

Please continue you are giving me some ideas and I will post some as I get the supplies to create. Most of the plants you have used I have but in separate pots by themselves it would make use of my space combining them.

Do you have any shoe gardens? I have 3 wooden dutch shoes I am looking at that I have in my stash. Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Oct 16, 2013 1:50 AM CST
Although not as detailed as yours David, I did do one fairy garden container this year. I've hesitated to post the pictures because the pictures aren't the best and the background is pretty cluttered. But here they are anyway.

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Name: David Paul
(Zone 9b)
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DavidofDeLand
Oct 16, 2013 7:24 AM CST
Now thats a lot of fun in a bowl! I tip my hat to you.

What a great plant selection too, and really well placed! What is that incredible succulent that looks like a silver Faerie forest?

Great job and Love it! Smiling
Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Sages Forum moderator Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Database Moderator
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goldfinch4
Oct 16, 2013 8:44 AM CST
Thank you!

If you mean the spiky one on the right side, it's Orostachys malacophylla var. iwarenge. Here's a picture of a larger one.
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Name: David Paul
(Zone 9b)
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DavidofDeLand
Oct 16, 2013 6:03 PM CST
Thank you for the info. Chris! I'll be looking for that one for sure, and great picture!
Name: Denice
Kwajalein, Marshall Islands
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valleysdaughter
Nov 10, 2013 12:59 PM CST
Thanks David! Just put in a sempervivum bed and think it needs some gnomes. I started a gnome home but haven't finished. Will post when it gets done. Love your pics they give me inspiration and new ideas!!
Name: Tiffany
Opp, AL (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Nov 23, 2013 4:17 PM CST
Here's some of what's going on here...
'Ghosty'

Lithops with flower


The whole thing is completely disorganized... Other people's pics are inspiring!
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Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Nov 25, 2013 11:49 AM CST
Your plants sure are looking nice and healthy. Nice skull!
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Name: David Paul
(Zone 9b)
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DavidofDeLand
Nov 25, 2013 12:08 PM CST
I agree

Thats a really nice box planter and a I admire anyone talented with getting Lithops to Live; let alone bloom! Thumbs up I tip my hat to you.
Name: Tiffany
Opp, AL (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Nov 26, 2013 10:06 AM CST
TYVM! The Lithops, I just don't ever water near those. If the roots want moisture, they can find it in there generally. If not, they should be safe that way, I guess. It's my first crack at these. I hope it's dry enough, I haven't watered that planter for a few weeks & have a sheet over it today to make sure the rain doesn't get on it. A few cold nights coming up! Wish I could run electricity out there for an aquarium heater or Christmas lights. There's a tub of water under it but if the sun doesn't come out, it can't get warmed up. I'll probably add a lobster pot of boiling water to it tomorrow evening, 23 is lower than any temp all winter last year. Sheesh!

Instead of trying to do 'a scene' that's beyond my comprehension of how to create it, with all of the tiny accessories/decorations, I think I'm going to stick a few in planters & start enjoying them that way. Other people's pics are inspiring & helpful, but who else feels lost meshing tiny stuff with tiny plants? Maybe less is more, where I'm trying to do too much from the jump start?
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Name: Tiffany
Opp, AL (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Nov 26, 2013 5:20 PM CST
Is this live decoration taking it too far?
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J/K - I just discovered him there! So cute! That's not a mini even if the plants are small but he looks like a decoration, huh?


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Name: David Paul
(Zone 9b)
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DavidofDeLand
Nov 26, 2013 5:29 PM CST
HaHaHAAAAAAAAA! Smiling

Great find the critter photo! Love it! I tip my hat to you.
Name: Tiffany
Opp, AL (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Dec 8, 2013 12:58 PM CST
I have finally painted the tiny bricks I made months ago, and the tiny food.
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The big thing outside I showed above is just too exposed to wind, direct sun to put a bunch of delicate decorations I worked a long time to make. Talked to DH about this so he has made another mini garden box that can go right in front of an east window all year. Hope I don't lose my gumption again, but I'm getting started on that as a venue for most of these cool, tiny accessories. It will have several little scenes within the whole thing. One of which will be a cook-out, BBQ. A vignette of a garden and potting area.

Oh, and I made a stained-glass window from shrinky dinks to go in a little building DH made that we thought looked like a church when he finished. Not that I started out in that direction at all, but I think it might look cool if it looked abandoned but still intact, with maybe a little overgrown graveyard near it. Don't think I've seen that done before and if I try to copy just stuff I've seen, I won't like mine as much. I can make little headstones from clay easily too.

I got the idea to shrink writing from searching shrinky dinks, and it seems like that could be applied to mini gardening somehow. Maybe the top of a patio table, sign, picture on a wall. What ideas does this give YOU reading this?

Call me crazy, but I think a tiny train running through the whole thing would be great fun!
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Name: David Paul
(Zone 9b)
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DavidofDeLand
Dec 8, 2013 3:49 PM CST
The pictures show a lot of cool stuff thats gonna be fun to work with! Thumbs up

Send more pictures when you can of the other cool stuff you're talking about,... and perfection is never the point!

This picture proves it! Just have fun!
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Blinking Hilarious! I tip my hat to you.

Name: Tiffany
Opp, AL (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Dec 8, 2013 6:23 PM CST
OMG that's brilliant! TY!!
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Name: AnjL/Annmarie Bailey
Twain Harte, CA (Zone 7a)
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1AnjL
Dec 14, 2013 3:27 AM CST
Wow! Great ideas!!

I haven't checked in on ATP in over a year. Hard to believe a year has gone by!
I currently do not have any miniature gardens growing. I haven't found my round-tuit since I moved up to the mountains. However, I came in here checking because I am planning out a new miniature garden for the spring, as soon as the snow melts.

I had a miniature poodle that I had to put down just before thanksgiving. I figure the best way to memorialize him, is in a miniature garden Smiling He loved gardening with me and became a Master Waterer over the past 11 years. So I decided to mix his ashes in with cement, make a memorial stepping stone with it all, and then set it in the garden with a miniature scene. Anyone have any ideas to share....I'm all eyes and ears!!
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Name: Tiffany
Opp, AL (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Dec 14, 2013 9:22 AM CST
Annmarie, sorry about your loss! I think that's a great idea.

It's a strange twist of fate that I just made some headstones for a cemetery scene.
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Here's a little sidewalk or road (not sure yet) with the tiny bricks.
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Name: David Paul
(Zone 9b)
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DavidofDeLand
Dec 15, 2013 6:46 AM CST
Thanks Tiffany!

Your new stuff is a lot of fun and its going to be great to see how you put it all together. Smiling

Do you still have his watering bowl Annmarie? Keep it on or near it and filled with water for any birds or tiny critters!

I've just been making some new hypertufa monoliths and Stone Age looking mini's. Come to think of it,...They look kind of like grave stones too! Hilarious!

I wonder if other miniature gardeners are thinking about those shapes too! Ha!
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