What’s growing in the July garden on a WordlessWednesday

The unusual Rose of Jericho, aka Resurrection plant, (or even) Zombie plant?!

ressurection-plants-at-wall-flower-studioSharing an unusual North American native plant today, (not from my neck of the woods!), but from Arizona and Texas.  The Selaginella lepidophylla, otherwise known as a rose of Jericho, or resurrection plant, is about as drought tolerant a plant as you can get. It is actually classed as a tumbleweed and this seemingly innocuous species is simply amazing! Let me explain why..

Doesn’t look like much, does it?! A dead root ball, perhaps.. However, mist it with some water, stand back and watch the magic begin as it comes back to life.

Back from the dead, as its name suggests! From a dead ball of brown to a thriving green plant with cedar like ferny foliage, and all in about an hour’s time! Considering the time of year with Halloween approaching, perhaps ‘zombie plant’ wouldn’t be far off, after all. 😉

resurrection-plant-opening-wfs-2016-011I’ve taken a series of photos to show the progress from the above photo to green and alive! It turns green pretty quickly.

This was about 10 minutes after watering.

 

 

 

It starts to unfurl… 15 minutes in.

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more unfurling.. 20 minutes in.

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The green colour is much more apparent at this point. Deepening to a cedar green colour… 45 minutes in.

 

 

 

 

 

Almost all the way open! 55 minutes in.

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Filling out nicely and the green is soft and lush. 65 minutes in.

 

 

 

 

resurrection-plant-opening-wfs-2016-021Fully open! Looks kind of like a big ferny, mossy chrysanthemum blossom!

Smells like a forest after the rain.

The best part is, you can let it dry right out again. It will return to its natural dried state,  furled up like an animal in a deep winter hibernation, waiting for spring to arrive once again.

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Sharing a miniature Fairy garden DIY – Terrariums and furniture for the ‘wee folk’!

Fairy Terrarium with blue chair - Wall Flower Studio Karen SloanOne of my lovely customers ordered a Fairy garden in a terrarium. They requested that it be kept simple. For a container, I used a large apothecary jar. These offer ample room for soil, plants, charcoal, rocks, pebbles and moss that make up the wee garden.

The finished creation includes a small Peperomia caperata and a False aralia (Dizygotheca elegantissima). Sheet moss and lichens from our yard were added, along with some wooden ‘stepping stones’ to offer the illusion of a  pathway through the enclosed garden. Last but not least, the wee blue chair.

Fairy terrarium blue chair from above

After our last workshop here at the shop, there were a lot of twig and branch scraps on hand. That worked out well because I cut up all of the long twigs into smaller, more usable pieces. I also had some of the oak disks, (branches cut on their side, like a loaf of bread!), which work well for seats and tabletops.

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Here are the first 3 chairs created at the kitchen counter. With glue gun in hand, I rifled through the twigs, and came up with 2 wee chairs and a table. It’s fun to try different styles, so one is a somewhat traditional style chair, and the other, a funky recliner!

I dislike seeing the strands of glue that you just can’t get away from when using a glue gun. I refer to them as ‘spider webs’. Hold your creation up to the light and pull those off. And, to hide any glue bumps, add a bit of moss to cover it up. Moss and lichens are great for disguising any of those unsightly mechanics.

finished fairy garden furniture Karen Sloan benchThey say the ‘devil is in the details’, but that’s the fun part! I had a couple of tiny little cuttings from a couple of twigs that ended up on the table as drinking cups. Being a floral designer, a small table arrangement was a must! Putka pods and dried Pee gee hydrangea seed heads worked well to create a tabletop bouquet.

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After my bench and chair grouping was finished, it was on to bedroom furniture. First a night table, chair and bed! Again, more moss, which gives it a very natural ‘gardeny’ feel, along with paper birch that was lying on the ground in our yard. Birch bark makes terrific pillows and duvets! Just a note, I never rip the bark from the tree.

Fairy night table, bed and chair. Wall Flower StudioSuch fun!

Well, it’s back to the glue gun for me! I’m having too good of a time to stop now, but wanted to share.

I hope you’ll enjoy making your own miniature creations! If you’re located in Ontario, Canada and you’re interested in one of our upcoming workshops, please visit HERE for more information. Thanks!

Wishing everyone a very happy week. ~ Karen