Thursday, June 11, 2009

What a Pear!

I have always been fascinated with plants and consequently I have sort of a green thumb {remember how I can recall a plant's name on command?}

I was reading {and drooling} Decor8 months ago about this beautiful pear terrarium she snagged in Germany years ago. She gave a link to the terrariums that were sold here in the states from Viva Terra. Yeah, not going to fork out $80.00 for this, but how cute is this?

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I don't know about you, but when I see things I like I make a mental snapshot to put in my mental "I'd Like to Have This Someday" list. So imagine with me, you are walking through the Tuesday Morning Close-Out Store, picking through all of the stuff in the bins. You move to let someone pass in the narrow isle, when you spot.....

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YES!!!! I did a double take. It was a moment where I swear a light was shining down from heaven on these lovely pear terrariums. I almost knocked a woman over trying to get to them. And to my delight they WERE SO CHEAP!

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They are not identical but I sort of love them even more than the ones at Viva Terra.

So, let's make some terrariums!

I washed mine out with soap and water before I started.

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Put some rocks in the bottom for drainage. You don't want any weird, stinky water standing around.

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I bought some baby succulents from Home Depot for a few dollars. I am seriously addicted to these little guys. Every time I go I get at least one. They are super easy to care for too, and because they like to stay on the dryer side, the rock drainage will help.

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I put a little bit of soil in to see how much space I had to work with. You can always add more after you stick the plants in. Break up the roots a bit and plant them in their new pear shaped house!!

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Viola!! How great are these?! Since planting, I've moved the little baby pear into my kitchen where he resides by the fruit bowl.

P.S. Haha! Did you see the title? I'm laughing at myself as I'm typing this. OK OK, sorry.

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5 comments:

Lavender Lily said...

too cute! i don't have any plants in my house, but i think i would like a few in my kitchen...do you just buy a plant that says "succulent" or is there more to it? i'm kind of an idiot when it comes to plants, i definitely did not inherit my grandmothers' green thumbs.

Liz said...

LOVE!! I remember this from Decor8, too, and I also lusted after those cute little terrariums. I'm so jealous that you found such (ridiculously) cheap ones!! No fair. :) They look great, btw. :)

~ Liz
www.itsgreattobehome.net

Kristina with a K said...

Lily--These guys are super easy to spot. Think of a Aloe Vera plant. You know how the leave are fat? That's a succulent.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Succulent_plant

http://www.florico.com/images/3inSUCCULENTS.JPG

You've seen them a hundred times before you just never knew it ;) They don't need a lot of water but like bright light. So keep that in mind when you are picking them out for your kitchen.

You have questions, you know where to find me ;)

Thanks Liz!!! How is that house coming?

Averill said...

Great score! I've been monitoring Viva Terra ever since I saw those on decor8, too, just in case they went on sale. So jealous....(they look great on your window sill, btw.)

Catherine Hansen Peart said...

That is so hilarious, I blogged about those pear ones (I saw them on Apartment Therapy) just a week or so ago! I am sooooo impressed you found some cheaper versions!!! They look just as fantastic as I keep imagining them too...