I designed a miniature rose garden featuring repurposed glass bottles which I made into an arbor just in time for Valentines Day!
Don't ask me where I get my wild ideas, I just get them.
I have a collection of gorgeous liquor or "spirit" bottles that I picked up in an alley behind a bar in Sherman Oaks, California a couple of years ago.
It's been my intention to use these beautifully shaped bottles in my garden designs, and I finally used a couple of them.
If you watch my gardening segments on the Home & Family show on the Hallmark channel, you might be visiting my blog, EdenMakers, to read more information or to see more photos of the miniature rose garden I presented on the show.
You've come to the right place!
Take a look at my "Glass Bottle Arbor and Rose Mini Garden" from start to finish with a little video thrown in!
Video, "Shirley Bovshow's Mini Rose Garden on Home and Family Show"
MATERIALS FOR SHIRLEY'S GLASS ARBOR ROSE MINI GARDEN
Miniature roses in 4 or 5"-inch container
Sweet Alyssum in multi pack size
Urn or container 5-gallon size is ideal
Fill your container up to 1-inch shy of the rim with well draining potting soil
Remove all labels from bottle and wash inside and out before using in your container garden.
22-gauge florist wire to wrap around bottle
2- bottles (nicely shaped)
1-Covered wire stem (to make top of arbor)
1-heart-shaped cookie cutter
1-package of red "sparkle glass"
Package of small white pebbles
PREPARE THE BOTTLE ARBORS
1. Select two identical bottles, wash inside and out, remove labels.
2. Starting at the bottom of the bottle, wrap 22-gauge florist wire around the base and extend to neck of bottle.
Twist wire to other side of bottle neck and extend downward to bottom of bottle.
Cut wire and tighten ends together.
3. Wrap floral wire horizontally around the bottle to create a "trellis" grid for the roses to be attached to.
Wrap at least 3 horizontal wires.
4. Drill a small hole on top of wine corks with end of scissors or small nail.
(This will make inserting the wire for the "arbor top" easier).
5. Twist a couple of covered wire stems together and shape into a small arch.
INSTALL THE ARBOR
6. Insert the two bottles into the potting soil, burying approximately, 1/2 – 1"-inch of the bottom of the bottle.
Make sure the two are at the same level and directly across each other.
7. Insert the wine corks into the bottles and join the two bottles by inserting bent covered wire into each of the corks.
This is the top of your arbor.
PLANT ROSES AND ALYSSUM
8. Plant your roses on each side of the bottle and attach stems to the grid using small pieces of pre-bent wire.
9. Plant sweet alyssum along edges of your container.
PREPARE FOR DECORATIVE SOIL COVER
10.Cover the soil with old pantyhose or landscaping material so that the topping won't sink into the soil after watering.
Top with white pebbles.
Miniature rose garden floor covered with white pebbles
11. Insert the heart-shaped cookie cutter into the pebbles and top with red sparkle glass.
DETAIL YOUR MINI GARDEN
12. Cover the bare soil near the plants with sphagnum moss
13. Hang a small crystal pendant from arbor.
14. Place a small bench in your garden.
Water lightly and place indoors near sunny window or outside in covered patio in bright spot.
After roses fade, plant them in your yard in a sunny location that get six hours of full sun each day.
MAINTAINING YOUR MINIATURE ROSE GARDEN
1. Water your miniature rose garden when the soil feels dry to the touch.
2. Remove old flowers once they are spent to keep the garden looking fresh
3. As rose plants grows, you can re-pot each rose in it's own container or plant outdoors in the garden as weather permits.
MINIATURE ROSE INFORMATION
Contrary to popular practice, you don't have to throw away your supermarket miniature rose when it stops blooming.
These roses are just as strong as their full sized counterparts.
Many miniature roses will grow up to 2-3'-feet tall when planted in the ground and are ideal for small spaced gardens.
Plant your miniature rose outdoors in the spring after all threat of frost is over in a location that receives at least 6 hours of full sun.
Water, fertilize as often as you would your full size roses.
More Miniature and Fairy Gardens by Shirley Bovshow
I've created a number of miniature and fairy gardens throughout the years.
Here are some links to other blog posts as well as videos of my projects.
Fairy Gardening: Miniature Garden Ideas
Miniature Rose Garden: Container Idea
Butterdish Terrarium by Shirley Bovshow
Videos on Miniature and Fairy Gardening with Shirley Bovshow
"How to Make Your First Fairy Garden and Miniature Garden"
"Make a Mini Garden With Sun Parasol Garden Crimson Mandevilla"
Do you have any questions about miniature or fairy gardens that I can answer?
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