Wednesday, August 26, 2015

New design Terrariums

I seem to make lots of terrariums during winter. It's not too odd though, as mosses can be found everywhere with the cool temperature and copious amounts of rain we get in the season; I get lots of inspiration from just that. I had some left over mosses in my fridge, along with a few new clumps of harvested moss from when I went on a short hike. I am also very happy to be planting my own grown clumps of moss which have gotten large enough to divide!

I decided to experiment with different designs this year. Most of the terrariums were made with op shop finds, but some were sourced after painstakingly measuring various crockery/serveware/ash tray, new and old alike to get the right sizes. This is a photo-heavy post, enjoy!

Upside down salad bowl filled with beautiful forest moss

Upside down TRYGG bowl from IKEA with a lid from a ceramic pot as the base

Tasmanian oak timber base to stop the glass from slipping

Mosses on a slope! Inspired by terrariums by Jose Agatep from The Slug and The Squirrel

Op shop finds: Lid was a perfect fit!

Mossy jar with sea shells from St Kilda beach

Arid landscape globe terrarium with Haworthia sp.

Teeny pups emerging under the succulent in the bottom left!

Terrarium made from a giant glass vase from a friend

 The right sized white base took a while to find!

 Beautiful salvaged rose knob screwed on top after drilling the vase with a diamond bit

The arrangement looks equally stunning without the glass: Hare's foot fern with mosses

 More op shop finds: crystal ash tray with brass knob forms the perfect lid

Mosses and lichen fill this petite terrarium

An oldie: Filled with Baby's tears, moss, and spider plants growing for almost a year

Comes with a glass plate and a succulent bird planter perched on top

Should continue to grow well for years to come!

Simple apocathery jar terrarium

Problem bug: It's been fighting mould for 2 weeks now

White, web-like growth around the pebbles and moss; needs to be monitored!

Blast from the past 1: Hare's foot fern and moss terrarium still going strong after 1.5 years!

Blast from the past 2: Moss and lichen terrarium after more than 2 years

The sphagnum moss has taken a life of its own

Some moss sp. are doing better than the others and have claimed more territory

I'm gonna leave the post with this last terrarium, which is an experiment to see which moss sp. will win out. The mosses were taken from an older, overcrowded terrarium in which they were growing down the sides of the glass and getting squished. I pulled them out, gave them a good clean, and placed them on clean soil in a small jar. The clump has grown by about 30% of its initial size since planting 3 months ago. Let's see what this one gives me!

Experimental terrarium: Mosses from a much older terrarium that wasn't doing well

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