Posts Categorised: Garden

How to Make a Colourful Terrarium

TerraniumAs it has been half term this week just gone, we spent a bit of time making things. Now the girls are that bit older – things like play doh and colouring in don’t really cut the mustard  much so we learnt how to make a colourful terrarium.

I thought it was about time, as they are always admiring the succulent collection in our home, that they made their own. We have some glass sweetie bowls left over from the wedding a few years ago so these are perfect   – just needed the contents for the inside.

I’ve written a little tutorial because it was really fun and thought it might be useful if anyone is thinking of making one for themselves. It’s really easy and at the end of it you have something colourful and easy to look after. Honestly, if I can keep these plants alive – anyone can !

Adding Stones

You will need:

A glass terrarium or something that resembles one. Even a large used jam jar will do the trick.

Some medium sized stones from the garden or wherever you can find them. Depends on the size of the glass container – if it’s small then smaller stones.

We have also used 1 bag of colourful ( of course ! ) aquarium gravel  – you can use this or plain if preferred.

1 bag of suitable terrarium soil – we used one with added charcoal to keep it fresh  – I found some online.

1 bag of terrarium moss.

Several plants ( that will depend on how many you need ) They will need to be suitable for your type of terrarium. Check on this before buying.

Fun bits to decorate the plants. Whatever you fancy !  ( Optional ).

Tongs if you have a slim glass terrarium – to add your decoration at the end.

Some succulent scissors to keep the plants looking fabulous for the future.

All of this should make you at least two terrariums, dependant on the sizes.

 

Adding Stones Terranium Stones

First – add the bigger stones to the base of the terrarium. Then add in the gravel and mix it up together. As these are coloured I wanted that to be a feature so we added quite a lot but less is fine if preferred.

The ratio can either be same stones as soil or 1/3 stones and 2/3 soil.

Then put in the soil and make holes for the plants that you will put in next.

Potting the Succulent Plant in

Make sure you make enough room to plant them and then pop them in to the soil. Ensure  you look after the roots while removing them from their plastic pots and don’t pull them away from the plant by mistake.

Adding Moss to Terrarium

Once they are in – pat the soil all around so it is firmly in place and then grab some moss and pull it apart before applying it all around the plants. Pat it in. so that it is below them.

Lego Friends!Succulents

Add your decoration. We chose some of lego friends and some kitsch birds to complete them.

Birds in a Terranium

They only need watering about once a week, so very low maintenance. A sprite of water a few times a week will keep them looking lovely and healthy too.

If you would like to add any tips to this DIY or want to just say hi – do leave me a comment under this post or tweet @lucylovesyablog – I would love to hear from you.

As I was saying at the beginning of the post – It has been these last few days  – we popped to Manchester to see our   Daddio hard at work and watch Coldplay at Etihad Stadium. You can see the colour inspired pics from the set pics over on my Instagram page.

Have a good day.

Lucy x

Japanese Garden Inspiration

Bridge

Taking the botanical theme to the extreme this week with a post today about Japanese Garden Inspiration.

Must have plants on the brain anyway, because the flower shows season is kicking in soon. Here’s my third and final post – about The Japanese Garden in St Mawgan Village, near Newquay.

Flowers Japanese

I can’t recommend visiting here enough if you are in this area of Cornwall. It’s tucked away and felt like a bit of a secret. I am sure it has hoards of visitors so we were very lucky indeed to be there when it was just our family. We walked around for ages finding new areas and plants.

PlantsFlowers

I’ve always been attracted to this style of garden. I love the peacefulness  and areas for for reflection. I think it’s important not only for adults but definitely for kids too. We all need some time out of our busy lives and having water, rocks and plants close by – all natural -is  so very balancing and calming.

Japanese Garden

Having spoken to my knowledgable friend, Pim, about creating your own Japanese inspired garden, he told me that it is all about scale and representing a reduced landscape. For example – large rocks become distant mountains and raked gravel in a waterless garden represents the sea / river etc. A ground cover conifer would be a distant woodland.

Tea Garden Path

A Tea Garden has classic elements, such as stepping stones, lanterns or a basin is to create a peaceful frame mind before a tea ceremony.

Green Bridge

It’s a great idea for more compact gardens, I think – adding character with the different elements. In a more spacious outdoor area – wouldn’t it be dreamy to have a bridge ? Not so great if you have kiddies though but many ways to create your own personalised version.

Buddha

Don’t you love the idea of a garden that really encourages you to relax and feel at peace ? A wonderful way to switch off and do some meditation even.

Visiting this place has solidified my desire for some similar plants and maybe even a water feature of some kind. According to Pim, most of these plants grow okay in the UK so that’s a good start.

It’s in the plans for 2016 so no doubt I will be blogging some pictures soon as we work won the garden. Of course, there has to be colourful elements added too. Would you expect anything else ? ;)

I already have some DIY ideas, Can’t wait to share !

Succulents

Hope you enjoyed our little visit to the Japanese Garden ?  There’s also a Bonsai Nursery that sells these fab succulents in a glass container ( yes, I know it’s my second mention of them this week ! ) fabulous trees, Buddhas, wind chimes and kits for kids.

Have a good one. Hope you’ve enjoyed all 3 of my posts this week.

Lucy x

Mediterranean Biome at The Eden Project

Palm Trees

So here is part two of the three posts this week. As I said, too many photos for just the one and they are themed differently. This is the Mediterranean Biome area at The Eden Project – in the right dome.

It was a lot cooler in here but again, full of interesting information and plants

FlowersColour ExplosionThe sea of different shaded poppies were awe inspiring in Californian grassland.

TulipsThe Spring tulips were standing proudly too. All so well looked after. I wish I could achieve this look in the garden. It’s certainly inspiration for the future.

Huge Plants!

I think my favourite thing were the massive, sprouting Mediterranean aloe vera plants. Aloe vera is excellent for when you have a little burn – cutting a bit off the plant and rubbing the juice on the wound really relieves  it.

Med Garden

Jar FLowersThere was storytelling going on in there and they were also preparing for a wedding that afternoon. What a great place to get married ?

Cactus

If you follow me on instagram, you will know that I am a little partial to a cactus or two. My collection appears to be growing by the week. These were really impressive  – felt like we were back in Ibiza again. Happy days …

Shapes

It felt like a sensory wander that we didn’t want to end. Colour galore, giant spiky leaves, delicate flowers and mediterranean fruits.

If you’ve ever been tempted to visit – you must go. It’s a fabulous experience.

There is also The Core Building to have a look around. It is based on the structure of a sunflower. Of course, loads of areas to check out outside too.

Succulents

Then you can pop in to the shop on the way out. flower seeds, gardening tools and local foods. Oh … and some succulents. Yey !

Hopefully we can go back again soon as we have a pass that lasts a year – a good excuse to get there again in a different season and see what has changed.

Hope you have enjoyed this post ? Please do leave me a comment or tweet @lucylovesyablog.

The third one this week, was our trip to a hidden away Japanese garden. It was beautiful and has started us putting some ideas together for our own Asian inspired garden.

Don’t forget also, I update my instagram every day with new pics.

Thanks for reading.

Lucy x

 

The Eden Project, Cornwall – Rainforest Biome

Eden Project

As I mentioned in the last post, I conquered two ‘ fears ‘ when I was in Cornwall. One was surfing in the sea – the other is right here in this post about the Eden Project Rainforest Biome.

Eden Project Flowers

I have actually made three different posts for this week all about the outdoor inspiration from our Cornwall trip. Because it was impossible to make it just one. Not only did we visit the Eden Project but also a very beautiful Japanese Garden so you will see a bit of them all.

The Eden Project is somewhere that has been on our ‘ to do ‘ list for ages.  – I was going to work there  for Live 8 back in 2005 but couldn’t as I was pregnant with my lovely Mae. So, it has taken all this time to actually visit but I am so glad that we have now and as a family. It was a superb afternoon and really educational.I think we all need reminding how fragile our planet is and how important our rainforests are.

Having said that – don’t expect me to reel off the names of all the amazing plants in these photos. I was too busy feeling overwhelmed with love for the colours and shapes … and the heat.

Eden ProjectThis is where I conquered the second ‘ fear ‘ of  the week … heights !

I climbed what felt like a  very long way up ( 50m to be precise ) on some ‘ swingy ‘ steps with Mae to look down over all the plants. Not particularly okay with looking down, I did ‘ brave face ‘ and it was quite something to see the entire dome in its glory … and look at all the teeny weeny people, but I was very glad to get back down again and my legs wobbled for sometime afterwards. As you climb higher, the more humid it gets. Totally worth it though.

Looking Down

Being the largest indoor rainforest in the world it incorporates Tropical Islands, Southeast Asia, West Africa, Tropical South America it feels and smells like you are there. There are even some exotic birds in the trees, although you do spot the odd sparrow that has crept in too ( can you blame them ? ).

Water Grass

Sugar VanThere is a Malaysian Hut, rubber plants, rice plants growing in water ( the scent is quite strong ) a sugar truck and lots of educational stops for kids .. and adults !

FruitEverywhere we looked, there was something interesting to study. I believe these are Cacao trees from West Africa  – once crushed they become the basis for chocolate. You could also see bananas growing and pineapples amongst other fruit.

Rain Forest

Hanging PlantsThere are lots of warm, passionate colours as you’d expect. I believe this is for some to attract birds to pollenate. They all have their purpose. Isn’t nature an amazing thing ?

Green Leaves

StripesI loved the detail in the plants too. They almost looked hand painted and stitched ?

Leaves

These tropical leaves remind me of all the stationary and clothing prints around at the moment. I wonder if they realise they’re bang on trend in the fashion world ? :)

Red Plant

Rain Forest PlantsColourful PlantsAs you can see – lots and lots of inspiration for an exotic garden. Of course, these all thrive with warm climates but there are lots of plants to be found that would add the tropical, feeling indoors or out.

Waterfall

I will leave you with this huge waterfall which cooled us down for a bit while we drank some smoothies.

Next will be a post about the Mediterranean Biome, in Cornwall. Which, I hope you will love !

In the meantime, do leave me a comment if you recognise these plants and know the names or feel inspired for your garden ? I’d love to hear from you.

Thanks for reading …

Lucy

Sweet and Serene September Palette Shades

 

september palette shadesIt’s September. Say what ? Can’t quite believe it, but it’s true. I have some Sweet and Serene September Palette shades for you.

I’ve picked a few of my recent instagram images and have drawn out their colours for some interior inspiration. I know Marsala is supposed to still be in this year – I’m afraid it’s not for me, but these ones are. They are a bit more subdued than my last collection. Maybe you are thinking of doing a bit of DIY ? I am – more on that next week.

These roses in the garden are starting to finish up but still smelling divine. If I keep my fingers crossed, we might just have a few more. The mix here of pastels and brights, reminds me of the 70s – quite old skool and playful. The warmer orange is the colour that the leaves will be turning in a month or so. I could see this palette in a girl’s room and also as a retro wedding palette – what do you think ?

succulent inspiration

I took this picture in Bristol last week – it’s definitely more Autumnal and earthy. I think it would be nice for a guest or teenagers bedroom – all quite relaxing and spiritual colours. Makes me feel calm, just looking at them.  I’m not actually sure what this plant is called – maybe you know ? Isn’t nature grand ?

colour palette shades

This fallen Japanese Anemone is so delicate. I placed it on an old garden table to photograph it because I liked the contrast. This could make a great colour scheme for a study or dining room ? The yellow being stimulating and the grey and blue tones to bring you back down to earth ! The furniture could be in the cooler shade ?

I would love to know what colours you like to put together and which of these are your favourite ?

Please do leave me a comment under this post – or tweet me @lucylovesyablog.

While I have you in my grasp still …  are you on Instagram ? I have started a hashtag -#InspirationIsColour and I regram some of my favourites. Play along if you’d like – I look forward to seeing your colourful pics !

Lucy x

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