Mother’s Day in the Miniature Garden

Mother's Day in the Miniature Garden

In keeping with our holiday series this year, here is a special garden to help celebrate your Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day in the Miniature Garden

This is the fifth installment of our A Year in the Miniature Garden and today we celebrate Mother’s Day – which, should be everyday – if it wasn’t for her, you wouldn’t be here, reading this blog about her. Wait. Did that come out right? ;o)

If you are just catching up to this series, we are having a blast decorating throughout the holidays this year. Keeping the miniature garden the same, and swapping out the decorations and accessories each month for fun. Here are the previous ones:

Valentine’s Day in the Miniature Garden

St. Patrick’s Day in the Miniature Garden

Spring / Easter in the Miniature Garden

Earth Day in the Miniature Garden

Mother's Day in the Miniature Garden

A treat, refreshments and flowers, the perfect set-up for Mom!

I was looking for a way to simplify the decorations – and not to spend very much on them either. Then I remembered The Cutest How-To in the Whole Wide-World – miniature flower arranging!! Moms love flowers! So, I walked around the garden and picked any tiny flower I could, then walked around my neighbors garden (with permission, of course ;o) and picked up some small-leafed greenery too – conjuring my inner florist. Here’s what happened:

Mother's Day in the Miniature Garden

The tiny flowers with the white petals and pink centers are Variegated London Pride (Robertsoniana Saxifrage.) The ivory bell-flowers are Lily of the Valley (Convallaria magalis.) The variegated leafy branches are Little Heath Andromeda (Pieris japonica ‘Little Heath.’)

See the “vase?” It’s an old ceramic electrical insulator I had in my stash. I used a piece of duct tape to seal the bottom so it could hold water. The water stayed in for a couple of hours – long enough to enjoy!

Mother's Day in the Miniature Garden

The blue flowers are Grace Ward Lithodora (Lithodora diffusa ‘Grace Ward.’) White petal flowers are Dwarf London Pride (Saxifraga umbrosa ‘Primuloides.’)  The miniature yellow roses were donated by our friend Greg and we are trying to figure out the name.

As we covered in the previous blog on miniature flower arranging, the easiest way to arrange them is in your fingers. Once you have the wee flowers arranged in a bouquet, trim the stems and put them in in the vase. Your arrangement might fall out of place a bit, use a pair of round tweezers to face the flowers or to prop the stems up in the other foliage.

Mother's Day in the Miniature Garden

The “big” Johnny-Jump-Up Violet is the perfect focal point for this tiny arrangement. The Tricolor Violet is known by many different names and can get really invasive in some areas – but it is common wildflower and the butterflies love it apparently. The violet is accompanied by white Dwarf London Pride flowers (Saxifrage umbrosa ‘Primuloides,’) tips from the Tricolor Sedum (Sedum spurium ‘Tricolor’) and the green leafed filler is Boxleaf Euonymous (Euonymous japonicus ‘Microphyllus.’)

To all the Mom’s and Grandma’s out there:

Happy Mother’s Day!

Mother's Day in the Miniature Garden

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The plants in the main garden, counterclockwise from the bottom, front:
– Hens and Chicks or Houseleeks (the red rosettes)
– Wooly Thyme
– Silver Mist Lily Turf (behind the flower vase)
– Blue Moon Sawara Cypress
– Miniature Juniper – the ‘Compressa’ Juniper’ (behind the sign)
– Cape Blanco Sedum (at the base of the sign)

Find the plants listed above here.  Note that all plants are not available at all times.

Find the miniature garden decks here.  Made of cedar, they come in “L” shaped too. Made in the USA.

Find the garden bench here. Available in tan and ivory colors too.

Find the cute birdhouse. The one shown as been painted. Made in the USA.

Our How-To PDF instant download is here. It’s helpful to get you going!

Need a kit to help get you started?  Find them here.

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10 Comments »

  1. […] Mother's Day in the Miniature Garden This is the fifth installment of our A Year in the Miniature Garden and today we celebrate Mother's Day – which, should be everyday – if it wasn't for her, you …  […]

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  2. Irene Foss said

    Thank you for the beautiful Mothers Day wish in miniature.
    Happy Mothers Day to you, Janit.

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  3. ADORABLE! My daughter just bought me a darling big cup & saucer planter for Mother’s Day, so I think I’ll make it into a fairy garden.

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  4. Shawn J said

    How wonderful, love anything mini. Happy Mothers day to all of you also!!
    smjohns63 at yahoo dot com

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    Love that you give the plant names! Very helpful, thanks! This is lovely!

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