Miniature Gardening with Air Plants
Well, Timber Press has done it again. I’m not sure how many of their books I have to put down because I get too inspired, and have to go make or plant something. When I curled up with the new Air Plants book, I read to page 101 before I couldn’t stand it any longer, and went looking for my air plants to play with. Lol!
The new book, Air Plants: The Curious World of Tillandsias, by Zenaida Sengo, released late last year, is yet another gem to add to your miniature garden library. Beautifully photographed by Caitlin Atkinson, the detailed images focus on the wide variety of tillandsias, from a simple plant on a tray placed on the coffee table to a bushel of “sun-kissed clumps” that can help fill in the bare base of a houseplant.
From a miniature gardener’s point of view, I really enjoyed the primer chapter that defines the different types of air plants to get a better understanding of what they need. The maintenance and care sections were a great refresher course for keeping the air plants looking their best. Zenaida sorts out the watering for us too – yes, air plants need water – and she gives several different ways, and a handy chart, to help you keep the tillandsias hydrated. Propagating, bloom and growth cycles, light problems, fertilizing, and much more are included and all the segments are carefully photographed so you can see what to look for too.
If you only have one book on air plants, make it this one. Beyond the care and maintenance chapters are a wealth of more ideas on how to display and use your air plants in your interior décor and around your home where you would least expect something living and green to grow. A few very fun projects at the end are just more icing on the cake, in case you weren’t inspired enough already.