I flew back from Phoenix on Friday night and didn’t hop into my own bed until 2 a.m., but somehow I was not completely wiped on Saturday. I took my time getting settled and then Graham proposed a trip to our favorite garden shop to buy a flower pot for our second bonsai tree. It’s been in its plastic packaging since we bought it, and that’s just unacceptable.
I asked Graham if we were just looking for pots when we walked into Gethsemane Garden Center, but he told me he couldn’t make any promises. Soon enough he was browsing the bonsai collection in the greenhouse and eyeing a plumeria tree.
Meanwhile, I picked up the essentials to create my own vertical air plant garden at home. I wanted to make another so I could hang it beside the one I made at my recent Dabble class with LeeLee’s Gardens.
Here’s what I bought to make my air plant garden:
- Purple reindeer moss ($5.99)
- Green reindeer moss ($5.99)
- Cork bark ($12.99)
- Four air plants in various sizes ($2.99-7.99)
- Tilly Tacker air plant glue ($9.99) or E6000 craft glue
How I made my air plant gardens:
- Screw your hardware (screw eye hooks) onto the back of the cork bark. Space them equally and toward the outer top corners of the cork bark. You can use fishing line, twine or whatever other material you like to loop and tie through the hooks and use for hanging. You could also just screw the hardware on the top of the cork bark if you prefer to hang it that way. This is how my newest cork bark came.
- Pick your air plants based on what the cork bark looks like. It has nooks in various sizes and places, and those are natural spots to place air plants and moss. Design your layout of the plants first. I like having a large air plant, a medium size one and one to three small ones.
- Decide where you want to place moss and other decoration. You can stick the moss in with or without glue. (Tweezers or a pointy object can help stick the moss on.) In class I didn’t use glue, but this time I decided to put a tiny bit of glue down first before glueing the moss on.
- Place glue on the bottom of the air plant and place the air plant onto the cork bark/moss. Repeat with the rest of your air plants.
- Leave it resting on a flat surface and wait about 12 hours for it to dry.
- Hang and enjoy!
How we save money on plants at Lowe’s:
|All of these are from Lowe’s except the orange celosias, which were about $3.49 for a six-pack at Gethsemane.|