“Manly, yes, but I like it too.” So went the 1980s Irish Spring soap commercial. Thankfully, miniature gardens can be created for anyone and by anyone – including Dad.
Father’s Day in the Miniature Garden
Miniature gardening is becoming an increasingly valuable skill to have especially during those times when you can’t figure out what kind of gift to give to that hard-to-shop-for person in your life. It was always a challenge to figure out what to get my Dad for any occasion. It usually fell back on the basics: a box of Turtles chocolates, or maybe a box of Laura Secord chocolates or, when I was older, a bottle of Grand Marnier – and/or a box of chocolates. And I was number three of five kids. I’m surprised he didn’t keel over with all that sugar. ;o)
Tompa Dwarf Spruce tree on the right with ajuga and white thyme. Made around 2004-ish. This one we kept – and it’s still in the same pot today. The spruce is doing very well, the ajuga eventually squeezed out the white thyme over the years. The miniature bricks are wonderful and still intact.
This miniature garden was created for the indoors. Variegated boxwoods, dwarf mondo grass, corsican mint (we use baby tears now – it’s more reliable) and a couple of airplants, or Tillsandias, in the miniature urns. When Mom and daughter came to pick it up, the little girl added some squirrels and a bunny. She was sooooo excited to give it to her Dad, it was too cute.
Give your Dad his very own private vacation. The upright Compressa Juniper, with the ever-faithful-and-so-easy-to-grow Mother Lode Juniper combined with small-leafed sedums create a perfect mini get-away for a full-sun spot.
What about my Dad, you ask? He’s the man behind my love of books, my work ethic, my eye for quality, my love of [almost] anything antique, my affinity for old houses and, most importantly, my love of gardening. Thanks, Dad! Happy Father’s Day!
And as they say in Trinidad, “Goat don’t make sheep.” My Dad is into spreading the joy of hobbies too. His publishing company’s website is here. ;o)
This garden is part of our Year in the Miniature Garden Series where we are keeping the same garden, and dressing it up for different occasions where we can. Happy Father’s Day!
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