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Miniature Rose Garden With Repurposed Glass Bottle Arbor

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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!

 

 

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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

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Miniature roses in 4 or 5"-inch container
 
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Sweet Alyssum in multi pack size
 
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Urn or container 5-gallon size is ideal
 
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Fill your container up to 1-inch shy of the rim with well draining potting soil
 
 
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 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)
2-wine corks
 
1-Covered wire stem (to make top of arbor)
Sharp scissors
 
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1-heart-shaped cookie cutter
 
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1-package of red "sparkle glass"
Package of small white pebbles
pantyhose discards

 

Instructions

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
 
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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.
 
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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
 
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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
 
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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.
 
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Miniature rose garden floor covered with white pebbles
 
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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
 
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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.
 
 
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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
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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.

Enjoy!

 

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"

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"Make a Mini Garden With Sun Parasol Garden Crimson Mandevilla"

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Staghorn Fern Mount Displays From Repurposed Materials

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I have  some creative ideas for displaying mounted Staghorn ferns using repurposed materials and no nails!

This tutorial was presented on the Home & Family show on the Hallmark channel where I appear as the garden lifestyle and design expert.

Fans of home and garden TV will love this unique talk show!

 

Enjoy this rainforest wonder plant indoors and learn how to care for it.
 

ABOUT STAGHORN FERNS (Platycerium bifurcatum)

Staghorn ferns grow into a huge plant under ideal conditions which are warm, temperate and humid conditions.

  • The Staghorn fern is an exotic epiphyte plant that grows directly on trees and stone and draws nutrients from falling leaves that are caught by the ferns "antlers."
  • Native to Australia and tropical, South East Asia, the Staghorn fern has two distinct leaf forms with its own function.
  • The smaller leaves cover the roots and help take up water and nutrients and are sterile, (they don't bear spores).
  • The larger fronds resemble a stag's horn and bear spores on its underside which help propagate the plant.
  • The large fronds can grow up to 3 feet long, depending on variety.

 

SHIRLEY'S STAGHORN FERN MOUNTED PLANTS

Browse some of my designs and if you are interested in replicating them, read the instructions below on "Preparing Your Staghorn Fern for Mounting."

 

Staghorn Fern Mounted to Acacia Wood Cutting Board

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Staghorn fern mounted to an acacia wood cutting board with burlap 

 

After preparing the Staghorn fern for mounting, I wrapped it in burlap and hung it from the cutting board handle.

This is a unique and affordable way to display your Staghorn fern.

 

HomeGoods offered this acacia wood cutting board for approximately 10 dollars.

In a few years, the Staghorn fern will outgrow the cutting board and become very heavy.

At that point, the basal fronds will attach themselves to the board and not rely on the burlap for support!

 

Staghorn Fern Mounted to A Driftwood Photo Frame

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Small Staghorn fern mounted to a driftwood photo frame.

 

My head started spinning with ideas when I came across this rustic driftwood photo frame from HomeGoods.

The opening for the photo measures 5" x 4"-inches, perfect for my small Staghorn fern plant.

The back of the frame is open so it will be easy to water it by taking the frame down and dipping the back of the plant into a bucket of water!

As the plant grows it will basically "swallow" the frame, enveloping it completly.

I suggest that as it outgrows the space, move it and replace it with another small Staghorn fern.

 

Staghorn Fern Mounted to a Black Metal Fruit Bowl

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Staghorn fern mounted to a black metal fruit bowl.

A black metal fruit bowl from HomeGoods, (again!) is repurposed as a planter!

I was  looking for a contemporary style product to reinterpret as a planter- what do you  think?

Mounting the fern to the open grid was easy to do with metal wire and will be easy to take down for a good soak of water!

If I allow the plant to grow in the metal planter indefinitely, two things may happen:

  • The metal may rust after a few years
  • The plant will swallow the metal basket

I can't think that far in advance, so I'm not sure what I'll do!

 

Staghorn Fern Planted in Large Driftwood Stump

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Staghorn fern planted in crevice of large driftwood stump.

 

There's a special story behind the stump of driftwood that I used as a "living sculpture planter" for the Staghorn fern.

A homeless man who I befriended entrusted the beautiful driftwood stump to me to be it's "guardian" as he had no place to keep it.

This man found the stump when he was out and about with his daughters when he still had a home and they were very young.

The memory of him being with his girls is connected to this momento so it's a precious possession for him.

He is estranged from his daughters now, making this unassuming stump even more important.

The Staghorn fern is planted in a large crevice along the top.

 

Now that I've served up some inspiration of repurposed Staghorn fern mounts, are you ready to make some of your own?

 

PREPARING STAGHORN FERN FOR MOUNTING

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Materials

  • Small Staghorn fern
  • old pantyhose
  • sphagnum moss
  • fishing wire (25-50lb capacity) 
Directions:
 
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Remove any soil surrounding the roots of a small Staghorn fern and cover with wet sphagnum moss.

 

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 Place inside a piece of pantyhose. Secure with wire.

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Cover the exposed pantyhose with decorative sheet moss or coconut fiber, WRAP with wire.

You are now ready to attach the prepared Staghorn fern to your selected mounting material!

 

WATERING AND MAINTAINING INDOOR STAGHORN FERN

  • Staghorn ferns thrive  outdoors in humid climates (50-90 degrees) or indoors in high humidity rooms such as a bathroom or greenhouse.
  • Indoors, watering should be light but often, approximately every other day in the summer and twice a week during the winter as moss dries up.
  • Apply water to  the root area which is blanketed in sphagnum moss when it feels dry.
  • During spring through summer, fertilize your Staghorn with a balanced, (1:1:1 ratio) half diluted plant food added to the water once per month.
  • Mist-spray your Staghorn regularly to maintain high humidity. 

 

LOCATION NEEDS FOR INDOOR STAGHORN FERN

Bright light but not direct sunlight or it will scorch your plant.

 

OUTDOOR LOCATION FOR STAGHORN FERN

If you live in a tropical and humid area, you can grow Staghorn ferns outdoors!

Ideal temperatures are between 50 and 90 degrees.

Older, established plants may fare well in slightly colder and warmer temperatures, but this is the comfort zone.

Place your Staghorn in light to partial shade and bring indoors to humid room when temperatures dip below 55 degrees.

 
 

STAGHORN FERN FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Why should Staghorn ferns be hung?

In nature, Staghorns are epiphytes and grow attached to tree trunks and stone and make ideal vertical plants.

The beauty of the shape of the Staghorn fronds are more visible when the plant is hung on its side.

 

How do you water an indoor Staghorn fern? How often?

Indoor Staghorns are dependent on you for their humidity needs and should be watered when the moss area is dry to the touch and misted regularly.

During the summer, this can be as often as every day or every couple of days, depending on how hot and dry you keep your house.

In wintertimes, you may only need to water once per week.

 

Apply water directly to the moss root area. 

You may need to take down your wall mount and dip the roots in a bucket of water, so plan for this when creating your display mount.

Don't drench the roots with water, water lightly as Staghorn roots and basal fronds may rot.

The rule of thumb is frequent, light watering over drenching your plant each time you water it.

 

How big do Staghorn ferns get?

Outdoors, under ideal temperatures and high humidity, Staghorns and their pups, (plantlets) can span 6 feet wide or more!

Staghorns can become very heavy, reaching hundreds of pounds.

 

What other plants can you combine with Staghorns for a pretty display?

Combine your small indoor Staghorn fern display with other epiphyte plants such as bromeliads, orchids and tsillandsias for a pretty combination.

Be aware that with time, the secondary plants will be overtaken by the larger Staghorn fern.

Succulents also combine well with Staghorns as their roots can also be wrapped in moss and watered as needed.

 

How long do  Staghorn ferns live?

Well maintained Staghorns can be passed down from generation to generation as "legacy plants" and live hundreds of years through their progeny.

 

Should the small fronds be removed as they turn brown and old?

Don't remove the small, infertile fronds that attach themselves to surfaces when they turn brown.

Your Staghorn will grow many layers of these round fronds which help capture nutrients from air and water for your plant.

The natural breakdown of these fronds provide hummus for the plant.

 

How do you propagate a Staghorn fern?

Staghorn ferns have spores that can be used for propagation but it's an involved process that takes patience and experience.

An easier way to cultivate more plants is by dividing small plantlets that emerge at the base of the plant.

 

Do you have any questions about mounting Staghorn ferns?

Please leave a comment below!

 

 

 
 
 
 

Creative Succulent Displays!

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I’m always looking for new ways to display plants in the landscape or in container gardens.

When your “day job” is as a garden designer, it’s par for the course.

Here are two my my latest unconventional succulent plant displays that I hope will inspire you to think outside of the box in your garden!

These also make great gift ideas from the garden.

succulents planted in mini Coke glasses and gravel

Mosaic glass bottle and “mini Coca Cola glass” succulent planters make an interesting vignette.

 

The mosaic glass bottle has an interesting story behind it.

I bought it at a store for $50 dollars where it was sold to raise funds for the homeless artist who created it!

How could I go wrong with a proposition like this?

It was “win/win” my friends.

I ended up with a  beautiful ornament for my garden and a talented  homeless mosaic artist,  (who hopefully won’t be homeless for long) made some money!

 

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The Coke glasses are filled with gravel, a little washed sand, moss and succulent cuttings. The Dollar Store and Me!

 

One of my favorite “garden centers” is the Dollar Store!

Okay, it’s not really a garden center but they sell lots of items for under a dollar that I can convert into planters.

My latest find was a collection of miniature Coca Cola glasses that were priced  “two for a dollar!”

Trust me, the idea of drinking from these iconic glasses never occurred to me.

I had a vision of my sculptural succulent cuttings crowning the top of these puppies the moment I laid eyes on them!

 

My only concern was drainage.

I solved that issue by filling the glasses with gravel and topped them with a “nest” of moss that I filled with washed sand.

 

The succulent cuttings were taken from a variety of plants in my garden and were already calloused and ready to plant into the pre-moistened moss and sand combination.

I water once-a- week.

The succulents were free.

I had sand, moss and gravel in my shed.

I paid only for the glasses!

 

My total investment (minus the mosaic ornament) was $2 for, four, creative succulent planters!

Just about anyone can afford a couple of dollars right?

 

Repurposed Muffin Pan

Shirley Bovshow holds a muffin pan turned garden planter

I teased my audience on my show, the “Garden World Report” …”Wait till you see what I do with this muffin pan! ”

If you haven’t watched my show, you should!

 

The succulent cuttings look better in this muffin pan than the calories from the muffins would look on my thighs if I had used the pan to  actually bake sweet delights!

 

A repurposed muffin pan displays a variety of succulent cuttings!

 

Another one of my “mad ideas” is the “muffin pan as container” for shallow rooted plants.

I already had the pan in my kitchen and I just drilled a small hole in each pocket for drainage.

I was more concerned with moisture pooling against the metal than against the glass because metal corrodes.

 

As I did with the Coke glasses, the muffin holders were filled with pre-moistened moss and sand and succulent cuttings inserted.

Obviously, I won’t keep the succulent cuttings in the pan for a LONG time because they will outgrow their allotted space.

 

For now, I’m happy with it.

If you don’t want to repurpose your muffin pan as a planter, you can always use it as a creative way to share your cuttings with friends.

Make your garden cuttings look like a gift!

Presentation means a lot and your friends will appreciate the thought you put into it.

 

Don’t have a muffin pan?

They cost a dollar at the Dollar Store!

 

Watch this video of “succulent diva” Debra Lee Baldwin on my Garden World Report Show as we tour a “succulent pavillion” at the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show.


 

Do something different in your garden this week and share your photos on my Facebook page with me!