But his big surprise came when quite unexpectedly a seedling fern and a sprout of grass bloomed inside the bottle. He was very surprised by this because he had been unsuccessfully trying to grow these very things in his garden. He had surmised that pollution from local factories had been hostile to the plants and was killing them. This made him believe that the plants were doing well in his little bottle because they were sealed off from outside influences and protected from contaminants. He placed this bottle outside the window of his study and the plants inside continued to thrive for four years with no watering or outside intervention at all! From this he devised further experiments and thus his pursuit, and the science of the terrariums, was born. For a very long time these small glass enclosures were named Wardian Cases after him and even though the term is still in use today it is generally not well known and we just call them terrariums.
It is a cheap process that even wildflowers from along side the road can be used. I got all my tips from the website http://www.container-gardening-for-you.com/terrarium.html. First I needed the container, I didn't want a small one because I wanted my guests to enjoy the view of the terrarium as much as I would. (I know its hard to view when people just drive by and wave from the highway when they pass Florida but just in case they do come!) I know it will be placed in the front room where there is a lot of indirect sunlight. I am not that good at keeping plants alive aka a purple thumb instead of green one. I usually kill them off slowly by not watering them enough or over watering them after I've forgotten about them for a while. I do try, really. The terrarium however requires little maintenance, so I set out to do it.
|Another White Elephant!|
Imagine having everything you need inside a bubble. Not like a bubble boy from Seinfeld but like an island all your own or living in the country with your own garden and canning. Reminds you of the earlier generations that came before us doesn't it? I dare say that with a waterfall, I'd be fine. No wonder people buy islands for themselves when they have enough money. There is a saying that people outgrow old friendships. I imagine the only way to keep them all intact is to keep them self-contained with a lid on them...like a terrarium dependent on each other for a balanced ecosystem. One of the people we met on the plane to SLC was a forest ranger and her e-mail has a quote...Don't tinker with the ecosystem unless your ready to pick up the pieces.
|Put a layer of bisquine or screen or moss|
|1.5-2" layers of charcoal or rocks, I used both|
|My first terrarium, the wood is from the Bryce Canyon!|
|The rock from the Slot Canyons|
|A view from all sides, a path in the woods.|
|Smaller Terrarium, not as good as I'd like, the plant is too big for the container|
|Showing the levels of charcoal, rock and soil|
|Closeup of the Driftwood|
|A small graft from the Mother-in-laws or Snake Plant|