Captured Shore

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Being bored with this never-ending damp cold weather I decided to bring a little summer cheer into the house.

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At Christmas I had muted that I would quite like a terrarium and my son in his own unique way decided that as a small additional gift he would create what must be the smallest terrarium ever.  He took an old light bulb, removed the filament and turned a small wooden plug for the lid.  he then turned a small stand for it to stand on. At first I thought I would plant it with an air plant but research implied that it would be hard to find an air-plant small enough so I decided to go for a non-living beach effect using a few of the hundred of shells I have collected over the years.

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First of all I dried out some sand, leaving it in a dish on the boiler for a week.  I added some to the bulb using a paper funnel and it turned out that this was the easiest bit of the operation. Having selected some interesting tiny shells I then tried to place them artistically in the bulb.  It quickly turned out that my tweezers were not long enough to manoeuvre the shells so I ended up using chopsticks.  Luckily having spent just under 3 weeks in Japan last year I’m not too bad with chop sticks but even they felt clumsy in moving tiny shells around.

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Anyway, I don’t think it is too bad an effort for my first attempt.  We are now pondering where we could obtain larger used bulbs from which might be a better size for air-plants and small ferns.

Author: Helen Johnstone

I live in Malvern, Worcestershire and am a very keen gardener. I started the Patient Gardener Blog in January 2008 as a way of recording what was happening in my garden and connecting with other like-minded people. I started a second blog PatientGardener 365 January 2013 in order to try and post a photo a day to capture what is growing in my garden or places I have visited

10 thoughts on “Captured Shore”

  1. I just adore that ‘bright’ idea. Would love to try that. How nice that your son collaborated with you.

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