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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Miniature Garden - My Pandora's Box


Pictured above is my new miniature garden. It is still under construction, but I’ve got the plants all planted. I still need to add a border all around it to set it off from the patio and add some small crushed stone for the path to the centerpiece. (The nursery owner where I bought the plants said she would give me a bag of crushed oyster shells to use for this.) And, I need to change the centerpiece to something better than the clay saucer with rocks that I have there now. I am more or less using it to mark where “something better” will be added later. The strip without mulch is where the path will be. I also added a few miniature garden ornaments I had purchased a long time ago, but probably won't keep those there for long, as I'm not sure I like the looks of them, and I think there are too many of them for this small space.

The rocks on the right are supposed to be marking off a corner of the garden that I raised up a little to give it a some more interest. I made this rock “wall” using various rocks I had run across while digging around in the garden. As I dug the rocks up over the years, I tossed them in a pile by my compost bin figuring I’d find a good use for them eventually, and I did.

The garden measures 5 feet across and 3 feet deep.

Because the owners of the nursery were so helpful in finding me the best pots of little hostas they had, I was able to divide up the 5 hostas I purchased into 14 plants. I planted:
- Hosta ‘Pandora’s Box’
- Hosta ‘Baby Bunting’
- Hosta ‘Bitsy Gold’
- Hosta ‘Moonstruck’
- Hosta gracillima

I also included 3 Heuchera ‘Petite Pearl Fancy’ (Coral Bells) and 1 Thalictrum kiusianum (Kyusbu Meadow Rue).

Remember, the idea for this came from a quick visit to a daylily and hosta nursery on Saturday. I guess it just isn’t safe for me (or most gardeners) to go to a nursery or garden center, “just to look”. There is no "just looking"! With every trip to anyplace where plants are sold, there is a chance of opening up your own Pandora's Box!

I am now looking for some ideas of what to use for a miniature border, and what to do with the centepiece.

Overall, I'm very happy with how this is turning out so far and how much fun it is to plant!

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

It doesn't matter what the hobby is, whether it is gardening or, for me, quilting, it is never safe to just "go look" at a store. The miniature garden looks very nice. Want to put one in my yard?
Kathy

Dawn Hill said...

This is a very interesting project. Please keep us updated. What size is the area you are working with?

Sister with the homestead said...

I have the perfect place for a miniature garden -- the box between the pond and the deck where we used to let the turtle run! Remind me of this next spring, OK?

Jennifer said...

*Squeee!*

I LOVE this. Last year, I bought a Hosta 'Cat's Eye' and the small meadow rue from a local grower.
I am trying to figure out how to showcase these. I think I am going to make some sort of tufa mountain planter for them.

I will have to look up your coral bells, and see if I can find them.

Kathy said...

Wait a minute . . . that pile of rocks from the compost pile represents all the rocks you have dug up over the years? I dug up more than that planting one hydrangea last year!