Hello there friends! I don’t know about you, but I am chomping at the bit to get out and work in the dirt. I am a wee bit behind in my outdoor gardening tasks. Between weekend trips back and forth to college for our daughter’s spring break, taking my son to visit colleges on his spring break and 2 robot competitions, all in the past month, our normal spring garden schedule has been thrown asunder. Sadly, the rest of April is not going to slow down, but Terry and I have committed to spend a couple of days next week trying to catch up. One of my favorite things to do this time of year is to plant my container gardens. I like browsing through several of our local garden stores and putting together groups of plants to see what combinations blow my skirt. I haven’t had the time to really consider how all my containers are going to work together this year yet, but I was able to put together a mini version with an indoor container garden after a quick 5-minute pop-in to a great plant store in my area.
I found this great planter recently which I used for my grass and tulip gardenThe tulips have long hit the road but the planter remained on my counter, showcasing a bunch of dead grass.? It was an easy refresh to add these new plants to re-spring my kitchen.
I chose a Reiger Begonia, a pot Club Moss and 2 ‘fairy’ spider plants. My plant store has a whole section of plants in wee, 2″ diameter pots for those looking to make fairy gardens. I love the combination of the spiky with the mossy, topped with the red/orange begonias. All of these plants grow will with bright, but indirect light. My kitchen is always bright but doesn’t get direct sun on the counter.
At the suggestion of my helpful garden sales associate, I left the spider plants in their wee pots to keep them from growing too big. Keeping their roots bound will constrain their growth.
I think it was love at first site with this club moss and I’m going to look for more ways to use it.
I scraped some moss off of my outdoor steps to fill the area to the left of the elf (as you’re looking at the image). This elf is a special little guy who sat on my Grandma’s bureau forever. I’m honored that I am now his caretaker. He moves around our home throughout the year, making his landing in some auspicious area. I can’t blame him for wanting to spend his days under this begonia…and next to the club moss of course.
This indoor container garden is a great example of the “Thriller, Filler and Spiller” method of container gardening. The begonia is the thriller, the club moss is a filler and the spider plants will be both spillers and fillers.
So, if your weather is not quite right for working outside, then bring the outside in with an indoor container garden. Since the begonia is a cool-weather annual (which also means it needs longer nights), I figure I’ll be switching it out in a month or two. But I do think the spider plants and club moss will grow year-round, establishing themselves in this pot for quite some time. And as for the elf? Well, who knows where he’ll land next. But I do think he’s pretty happy for a while.
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