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My daughter and I are planning a container garden this year that will be a miniature garden. We have a container that is less deep than wide, giving us plenty of flat space to work with. My husband is building a miniature pergola with tiny seats and we will make a fence from wood and rusted wire, as well as a footpath of tiny crushed stone. We have a little basket and trowel, etc. to add along with little flower pots, birdhouses, etc.
Now the question: We've planned on moss as well as a tiny "tree" that we will keep trimmed. I wanted something creeping, similar to thyme, but in a tiny shorter scale. My daughter wants it be be a blooming creeper. Any ideas?
I definitely want a thyme, which we will keep trimmed, for the fragrance. Ellie (BassetDaughter) wanted some of the ground-covering weeds we have all over so I figured what the heck and added some. Planted the little tree today and hubby is started to figure out the arbor. I will post some pics as we go...
bassetmom, i started small and last year i made it bigger. this year i am going bigger. yes, there's a bench, wagon, scooter, archway, and lot more. i bought the fence. the greenhouse where i get my plants has a big selection for mini gardens. another great place to find things is a flea market. another great place to look for mini things is jo ann fabrics and micheals.
Oh, minis I've got. Before losing my fine motor skills to MS, my lifelong hobby (born from my father and continued with my husband) has been making and selling dollhouses and all the little things that go in them. They were the furniture men and I'm the accessory gal. Have TONS of stuff as I did an entire line of garden stuff... plants, accessories, planters, birdfeeders, furniture... so that's no problem. Have a small plastic container to set in for the pond and my daugher wants me to add clay fish that will "float." Even made a book "Tink ~ A Bio" to rest on one of the benches.
We are now deciding between an old wheelbarrow or an old red radio flyer wagon. The final container will stand in the middle of a minature rose garden (very appropriate, I thought) which as a fence to keep out the dogs. I can see this growing to something my husband will have to build, like the raised beds he's already planning on making me... I'm spending as much time on this as I am on the full-size gardens!
daylily970. really great miniature garden, Is it out in the open ,looks like maybe on your deck. I did something like that several years ago, now you and Bassetmom have inspired me. However I don't have much in the way of small furniture, etc type of things and the nearest possiblility is 130 miles distant, so may take me awhile to get much going. DonnaS
It is nice, isn't it? Given the nighttime temps here, I've hesitated to put it together. Haven't even put in the mini roses that will surround the wheelbarrow yet. My daughter is so anxious to get it together and post pics here!
So far we've only decided on baby's tears, moss and some thyme, along with the little tree. We haven't put it together because I need a fence around the area and my wonderful husband has been busy with other projects. She wants something "viney" for the pergola and some tiny flowers but we are all rather picky about it being in scale (from our dollhouse days). Still looking for the perfect fine and some very, very tiny flowering plants besides the bt and thyme.
We decided on the wheelbarrow because it has a lot more space to work with than the wagon. And, its easier for me because its higher...
Anyway, we began planting today. Added a gravel path by soaking newspaper strips to form the "bed" and added a mix of black and gray gravel. This pic shows the pergola in place (benches are moveable so the BassetDaughter can play a bit).
Hi, I just posted a thread in Garden Art about wanting to make a miniature garden, and someone suggested that I 'search" because he remembered a discussion about it somewhere a few months ago. I'm wondering if this is the only thread, or if there are more? The search brought up over 11,000 threads relating to that subject! How is your mini garden coming, Basset Mom?
It's patiently waiting my return... I have some elfin thyme coming in a trade, just for this. And, I'll be adding some other thymes and some moss as well. I have seeds started for a tiny-flowered vine for the pergola as well... Now I just need some of that other "time" and some breaks from the heat...
I got some small evergreens this year from Musser Forest, and planted them in the nursery part of my garden, to wait until they grew up, but everytime I go by them, it says miniature garden to me!!! If you are interested I will go out and look at the tags and tell you what they are. I want to actually plant it in the ground, so I can leave it outside all year long. And put miniature tree lights on for christmas!!!
There was a pic of an interesting miniature landscape posted by Lil-Pipsqueak - are you acquainted with her? It looks like a great way to indulge my passion for garden design without spending all the bucks for lifesized gardens...I will try to find the thread if anyone is interested.
Meanwhile, the BassetHusband saw the thread about gnome doors on DG and is currently designing fairy doors for all the trees in the yard. My daughter has a picture that was given to my mother when she was five years old (70+ years ago...) of a little girl discovering a fairy door in the base of an old tree. He is going to surprise the BassetDaughter with them one morning...
Bassetmom, What kind of seeds for a tiny climber did you find? I always wanted to do dollhouses and minis - I think this mini garden idea is fascinating...I'm going to keep my eyes open for perfect little rocks for paths and a garden wall to start with. I wonder if the alpine plants forum would have good ideas for tiny flowering plants...
I forgot all about this thread till I got the message that my posts had been moved to a new forum - thank you, thank you Ms Moderator!
Haven't done any work with mini gardens lately, but I have ideas/dreams for larger gardens that I may make small "models" for.
Has anyone heard of Margot Knox's mosaic Garden in Au? I am doing a lot of work with mosaics lately, and would love to make a garden area with a mosaic wall, etc. etc. similar to her garden. I found the picture of her garden in a mosaic book and haven't been able to find it online.