Sharon Johnson of Columbia, S.C., is a passionate gardener, a point that is made obvious by the fact that she lives on a small lot, full of concrete pads, yet she has found a way to have a beautiful garden full of flowers, fruits, vegetable and herbs. Some are in containers, some are not. Her blog will document the adventures of gardening in pots, fending off deer and small animals and the trials of organic gardening.
 

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Miniature Gardens
by Sharon Johnson - posted 08/04/12

I'm back.  I’ve been away a long, long time.  I apologize for that.  Life happens sometimes, this time it was two weddings and a huge national convention I attended which required numerous handmade gifts.  I also decided to exhibit my favorite miniatures there: my dream garden.  I wanted to share this garden with you.  It may be a fantasy but it brightens my day.  The scale is one inch equals one foot and I made a large number of the items inside.  You may recognize the astilbe blooms on the right hand side...I dried them and then dry brushed them with green acrylic paint to give the illusion of trees!

 

 

The dogwood tree flowers were made one at a time, 4 hearts punched, edged with brown and glued together, then no-hole seed beads were added for the center...talk about a labor of love! The fountain in back contains goldfish and water lillies and on a table there sits a 1/144" to the foot landscaped scene in a basket.  If you like, I can post additional pictures.

I so enjoyed this garden and creating the flowers and plants within that I decided to try it in real life, so here’s my take on a real-life “mini garden”. 

For my garden container, I choose a window box planter.  It’s really too shallow for much gardening in our heat, but it’s perfect for sedums.  I tend to “overcare” for sedums, so a container that allows them to dry out between watering.  It seems to be a success, maybe its overly successful as the plants are already tumbling away from the container.

I started with an unnamed sedum I bought at a garden show.  Then I added Neon and Picolette Stonecrop and an unnamed plant from a friend (the tall spiky one). 

Try this with a young gardener and send the container home with him/her.  It’s always nice to pass on our joyful hobbies to the next generation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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