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It’s a Mini Spring Round-Up in the Miniature Garden!

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It’s a Mini Spring Round-Up in the Miniature Garden!

Happy, happy Spring! You just can’t beat the first smell of spring in the air, can you? Here in Seattle, one day it’s sunny and warm, the next day is cold and rainy. Needless to say, it’s that time of year when I schedule my work around the weather. Hey, if you can’t beat Ma Nature, join her! Here are some more tips on how to get started with Spring, and without.

On the Spring To-Do List

We’re patiently waiting for it to stop raining so the soil can dry out so we can get busy. If you work the soil when it is wet you’ll damage the microcosms and ruin your good soil so hang-tight if you’re having the same weather that we are here in Seattle. Here’s a quick list of the 8 Spring To-Dos in the Miniature Garden.

 

Still Waiting for Spring?

Here is a blog post to get you started despite the weather. Miniature Gardeners don’t need a reason or a season to start gardening! Waiting for Spring in the Miniature Garden.

Celebrating Easter?

And here is an Easter garden that was part of our “Year in the Miniature Garden” Series a couple of years ago. See it here.

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Miniature Moss Gardening

Miniature Moss Gardening from The Miniature Garden Society

Myown State Park, Version 2. Made with different kinds of living moss. 1/44th scale <- it’s the dollhouse for the dollhouse scale.

Miniature Moss Gardening

I missed the deadline for registering my exhibit for the Seattle Dollhouse Miniature Show that is going this weekend. I was supposed to register “before March 1st, 2017 – no exceptions!” While it was tempting to email the owner Pat Bennet to ask for an exception, I refrained. Between the two of us, I think the only person who would find that funny is me. Lol! (If you know Pat, you’ll know what I mean.)

So, I made it anyway.

I’ve been collecting different mosses from around our property for a moss-study for the Miniature Garden Society and I couldn’t resist creating this second version of Myown State Park in 1/144th scale. I made the first version for my first display for the Northwest Flower and Garden Show in 2004, you can see it here at the top of the page.

I’ve also written about the use of that “new” fairy garden moss that they are selling in the garden centers and big-box stores that is totally fake and makes a moldy-mess in the living miniature gardens, Miniature Gardening: What They Won’t But I Will

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Miniature Moss Gardening from The Miniature Garden Society

It’s a miniature garden for the miniature garden in 144th scale. That little picnic bench I picked up from the Seattle Miniature Show.

 

Miniature Moss Gardening from The Miniature Garden Society

There are many kinds of moss if you look closely. This clump has some lichen growing in along with it.

 

Miniature Moss Gardening from The Miniature Garden Society

This is how the moss flowers – it will scatter it’s spores in the wind once the flower goes to seed.

 

Miniature Moss Gardening from The Miniature Garden Society

Bird’s eye view. The pot is about 8″ long.

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Miniature Moss Gardening from The Miniature Garden Society

Tiny gravel marks the paths. It was a challenge to find “logs” small enough. I had to use a perennial stem.

 

Miniature Moss Gardening from The Miniature Garden Society

The new Primo Dwarf Arborvitae started this idea. It looks like a tiny version of those huge trees you see in our national forests.

 

Miniature Moss Gardening from The Miniature Garden Society

Very fun. I used tiny sedum-seedlings and tucked them into the hillside here and there. I mixed up the moss types too, to make it look like small shrubs growing in patches on the “grass.”

 

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I’m Taking You With Me – Your Miniature Garden Cub Reporter

I’m Taking You With Me – Your Miniature Garden Cub Reporter

Well, well, well!! It’s about time, isn’t it? We’ve been so busy building the new MiniatureGardenSociety.org website for the last two years that it feels really, really good to finally be doing the things I wanted to do with YOU!

Because I’m taking you with me! Yay!

Join me on a winter tour of our favorite wholesale wholesale nursery today. It’s this type of insight that I’m bringing to my new Miniature Garden Society so you can learn about, see more of and experience your miniature garden hobby in ways that you never thought of before: through the eyes of the person who brought it to the marketplace AND wrote the bestselling & most informative on it. (Whew! :o)

Our members can look forward to coming with me on a tour of the second largest garden show in the nation next month, a mecca of miniatures in April – the largest in the States AND you’re coming with me to the huge Epcot Garden Festival at Disney World where I’m presenting my new book, The Gardening in Miniature Prop Shop: Handmade Accessories for Your Tiny Living World by Timber Press (An affiliate Amazon link.)

SO JOIN US!! It’s all happening inside the MiniatureGardenSociety.org!

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Here’s the script to the video:

I’m brought you with me today! I’m Janit Calvo, founder of the Miniature Garden Society and your new cub reporter for everything miniature garden. This is the type of insight and info-tainment that I’ll be bringing you this year through the Miniature Garden Society. Yep – I’m bringing you with me wherever I go!

Today, we are here at our favorite wholesale nursery just outside of Seattle, Washington. It’s a frigid January day in the Pacific Northwest and our gardens have been frozen for the last 2 weeks. Luckily, we specialize in cold hardy plants for the miniature garden and our plants are definitely hardier than I am!

So this wholesale nursery specializes in all types of perennials and this is where we get our miniature garden bedding plants – okay they are ground covers but isn’t it more fun to call them miniature garden bedding plants?

http://www.TwoGreenThumbs.comI’ll bring you back here in the summer because you can’t see just how pretty all the plants look right now – they cover the rows up every winter to give the plants some protection from the often-unpredictable pacific northwest weather.

Some days the sun will warm the plant material up only to dip down to freezing at night. By covering up the plants, it evens-out the temperature and the plants don’t get subjected to that extreme difference each day. It’s just an extra step that this nursery takes to make sure their plant material is high quality all the time.

Another reason they cover them up  plants (or keep them in a heated greenhouse) is to speed up the growing process so they can sell plants faster but they do make sure they harden-off the plant and actually put the plant through two stages to make sure it hardy enough for the outdoor weather.

You can see all the greenhouses that line the fields – there are about 97 of them here. All but a few of them are unheated. But look at the rows and rows of plants. It’s a dangerous place to be if you are a plant-aholic! We’re back here in the corner sourcing some lavender for a customer so this is the view looking back from where we came. In the summer all those fields are full of flowering perennials and it’s just lovely.

Join us at the MiniatureGardenSociety.org for more insight and fun with your miniature garden hobby. This spring I’ll be taking you to the second biggest garden show in the country, I’m taking you to the miniature mecca that happens in the United States each year AND – we’re all going to Disney! Yes, I’m taking you to the Epcot Garden Festival where I’m doing a presentation on my latest book, The Gardening in Miniature Prop Shop: Handmade Accessories for your Tiny Living World!

So join us – you’ve got your hobby, now here is your club: MiniatureGardenSociety.org!

 

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VIDEO: Miniature Garden Ideas for Christmas & Winter Holidays

VIDEO: Miniature Garden Ideas for Christmas & Winter Holidays

Ah! The Big Day is almost upon us! I can feel my tension mounting as my “Oh, I want to do that too!” list keeps growing and growing. If you’re like me, sometimes it takes a while to get my momentum up to bake & decorate and then all of a sudden I become Santa’s right-hand woman. Hear me Ho-Ho-Ho. Lol!

So, here is a video packed with a bunch of miniature garden ideas to help you through the last week because you KNOW how much fun it is to decorate your miniature garden or fairy garden as well as your full-sized world. I set the video to some very pretty piano music to remind you of the magic of Christmas. The video is only a minute and a half long but it’s FULL of ideas. Please like and share it!

More Miniature Garden Gift Ideas

Custom Miniature Garden Kits – You pick, we send!

Our Miniature Garden Calendar – One garden, 12 occasions. Whoa.

A Subscription for the Miniature Garden Society! – A fun place to connect, craft and create!

More Miniature Garden Decorating Ideas

DIY Christmas Decor in Miniature! – How fun is this?

Miniaturizing Martha! – Emulating the Queen of Decorating, Martha Stewart.

More Decorating Ideas – Less the fuss!

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How to Give the Gift of the Imagination with Miniature Gardening

How to Give the Gift of the Imagination with Miniature Gardening

Whew! Now that big-box store’s giant sales-weekend is over for another year, it’s time to let the smaller kids play. Yeah, if you know me at all, I don’t follow any leader very well – you can ask my parents about that too. I tend to make up my own rules as a I go along, not unlike our new president-elect. (A presidential dig but I am hopeful.)

Here’s how I would like to rearrange this last weekend in the Land of Janit:

  • Black Friday should be Green Friday that only honors businesses that are socially and environmentally conscious, and demonstrate that they care about their customers.
  • Small Business Saturday should be called “Really-Small Business Saturday.” It’s a bit of a joke, really. Did you know that businesses with less than 500 employees and $7 million in sales IS a small business? How can you compare that with us and many of the other “Really-Small Businesses” out there?  We are, in fact, a micro-business with the two of us, the hubby works part-time, I work full time at TwoGreenThumbs.com – which is really 1.5 employees. Lol!
  • Cyber Monday is dominated by the big corps who can pay for big advertising and get lots of people to shout loud, tweet and post so they get your money online too. I think it should be called “Silent Monday” to let us recover from the one of the busiest weekends of the year. Think it will fly?

No, really, I love the holidays and look forward to diving into the occasion with my baking and decorating. I hope you “vote with your wallet” this holiday season and support tiny businesses who you can connect with personally, know you, actually speak with you and work with you.

That said, here are some fantastic gifts for the miniature gardener on your list – or gifts for YOUR miniature gardens. After all, this hobby gives us so much throughout the year: creativity, learning, solace, grounding, playtime, bragging rights, easy gift ideas, stress-relief and the plants to nurture and grow – that it really deserves a little gift in return – IMHO. ;o)

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Give LIVING Plants for Christmas With NO Hassle, NO Maintenance and NO Worries!

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The “Ship Plants Later” Add-on: 1.) We ship you (or the recipient) a gift-wrapped box for under the tree that includes one of our own greeting cards.

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2.) They open it and send us the self-addressed-stamped postcard when they are ready for their plants. They’ll get a list of what’s coming.

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3.) Then they receive the plants! The plants will be fresh, healthy, stress-free and high-quality, sent straight from our nursery!

You can now give plants without having to take care of them during the busy holiday season! For just a $5 add-on to your plant order, you (or the recipient) will get a gift-wrapped box and greeting card to put under the tree. In that box is a self-addressed-stamped postcard to mail to us when you (or the recipient) are ready for your plants. Then we ship the plants straight from our nursery. Easy-peasy.

All you have to do is add it onto your order, fill out the shipping address for the recipient – or we can send it to you – and the rest we’ll take care of! This is available for both our online stores. See it here.

Unique & Different Miniature Garden Gifts in our Etsy Store!

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It’s a miniature garden Christmas party! See this set up in our Etsy store here.

Our Etsy store is where we put all our unique and wonderful miniature garden items, sets and kits – plus a few of our other bestsellers. Our potting bench sets are great fun because nothing is glued-down – you can play with it! We have natural supplies for your fairy-makings as well as wide variety of true-to-scale dollhouse miniatures that we’ve adapted for our miniature gardening. Visit our Etsy store here.

Customized & Personalized Miniature Garden Kits!

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Create your own Miniature Garden Kit! Customize it just how you like. Personalize it to make it a very special gift that will keep on giving!

Create your own version of our Miniature Garden Kits! You pick out the plants, accessories and patio material. If you need help selecting the “right plants for the right place” we are here for you. Take advantage of this opportunity to make a very personalized, fun gift that will keep on giving for years after the holidays. It includes shipping by Priority Mail, our “Ship Plants Later” Add-on (optional) and our bestselling Gardening in Miniature book. To order, or to see more of the details, click here to go to the online store.

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Give the most creative gift of all! An endless stream of new ideas, new project, new insights and a community of like-minded people!

Whoa, Nelly! The Miniature Garden Society is chock-a-block FULL of miniature garden EVERYTHING! It’s perfect for both the established miniature gardener or fairy gardener, OR the newbie that is just starting out. This new members-only website is not even a year old and there are new ideas, information and insights added each month to keep it fresh and new. See more of what you get with the membership, click here.

Gift Certificates

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Get a gift certificate through our online store! Let them have the fun shopping for what they want at their leisure. We use Paypal Gift Certificates, and they are on the front page of our website here.

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Get your autographed copy of Gardening in Miniature: Create Your Own Tiny Living World from our online store!

A book that will capture their imagination and stay with them for a looong time! Gardening in Miniature: Create Your Own Tiny Living World is like no other. It’s written by Yours Truly, who brought this new hobby to the marketplace, made it accessible for anyone to enjoy AND who is a miniature gardener. It’s published by the world’s top garden publisher, Timber Press – and after doing two books with these guys (new book is due June, 2017) – they are very particular about every aspect of their books. Excellent photos, the right information, well-edited with a terrific layout and includes 7 different DIY projects too. You can’t go wrong giving any gardener this gift! See more here.

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Easy, Quick & Fun: A Miniature Garden Pumpkin House

Halloween Miniature Garden

Once the pumpkin house was carved, it was easy fun setting up this shot in the miniature garden.

Easy, Quick & Fun: A REAL Miniature Garden Pumpkin House PLUS Halloween Tips

After years of creating and growing with this new-again hobby of miniature gardening, it’s a wonder that you can come up with anything new, huh? But, alas, it’s the variables that rope you in and keep the ideas dancing in your head in the wee hours of the morning. So many plants, pots, accessories, sizes, themes and designs to keep you creative! Oh my!

You mean I can plant a garden now? – ‘Tis the season and you can start with Halloween, carry on through Thanksgiving and into the holidays with the same garden – or make a new one each month. Miniature gardening is season-less and can be done anytime, anywhere, so don’t wait for the seasons to have a reason to gardening in miniature!

Make a REAL Miniature Pumpkin House! – Alright, there are now two ways to go about getting a miniature pumpkin house in your miniature garden. This pumpkin-house blog was first published 3 years ago and, since then, a few different kinds of resin pumpkin fairy houses have been made in China and brought back here to attempt to tempt you with… if you can be temped by future landfill. (Sorry, I’m a tree-hugger and very pro-Earth.) BUT you’ll never get the satisfaction out of a resin house that you will from carving your own house design from a real pumpkin. So, release your inner architect, grab a knife and pumpkin and have some fun. I sure your fairies will enjoy a real pumpkin house too!

Halloween Miniature Garden

We tried shooting with some extra light off to the side, but found them a bit distracting from the pumpkin house. We found the light-up ghost for $1.99 at Rite Aid.

Tips for Shooting Photos in the Dark:

  • Set up your shot in the daylight and start shooting when it’s dusk. If it gets too dark, the camera can’t see the plants with the natural light and you can’t see the surroundings. Photoshopping it afterwards doesn’t look natural.
  • Use a tripod or something sturdy to hold the camera in place. The camera’s shutter will need to stay open for a few seconds, by keeping the camera steady, it will stay focused.
  • Try a couple of different settings on your camera. If you have automatic “scene” settings, try the food and/or museum settings first. Turn the flash off if the camera sets it off automatically. If you are tinkering with manual settings, try adjusting the exposure compensation to a brighter setting.

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  • Load your photos to your computer from your camera before you take the scene apart. Seeing the images on a bigger screen gives you another perspective and you can see what needs tweaking, fix it and reshoot it right away.
  • Be prepared to work fast, as soon as that sun sets you have a limited amount of time to use that dwindling light. If you can, do it again the following night. If you’re an early bird, try this at dawn but set up the shot the day before when you can see, have the candles ready to light and have a piece of cardboard or plastic to sit, kneel or lay down on.
  • Have something else that lights up in the shot. That little light-up ghost helped to illuminate some more details outside the pumpkin house. If you have string lights, see how they look just laid behind the house, or in front of the house and the edge of the shot.
Halloween Miniature Garden

I cut the squares for windows, then sliced up the cast-off pieces to make the “window panes” and just wedged them in place. The pieces will dry out and shrink so either keep some extra pieces cold and damp to replace the strips when needed. If they dry out too much, get the hot glue gun to tack them in place from the inside. (Assuming the inside flesh of the pumpkin has dried out as well. Remember that it’s only temporary.)

Miniature Garden Clean-Up Tip: For your Halloween set-up, leave the fallen leaves scattered around the miniature garden. It will look more natural. Don’t worry about detailing the garden if your photographing in the dark, the focus will be whatever is lit up. In this example, the eye will go to the pumpkin house first, the ghost second, and then take in the rest of the scene.

Miniature Halloween pumpkin house

The impromptu patio was taken out of a miniature garden and reused here. It’s made from our Mini Patio Mix Kit, a special recipe just for miniature gardens. You can customize to fit any garden and won’t wash away in the rain.

Have a happy and safe Halloween! 

In case you missed it:

How to Carve a Miniature Pumpkin

Halloween in the Miniature Garden

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Our online store, The Miniature Garden Center

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In Search of The Perfect Miniature Garden Tree

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In Search of The Perfect Miniature Garden Tree

The store was a bit quiet the other day and Steve was looking for something to do. So, I told him to see what was up in the big world of miniature garden trees, fairy trees, railroad garden trees or bonsai starts by just Googling them to see what comes up. Whoa Nellie! Here’s what we found out.

From the Two Green Thumbs' archives.

Group shot taken in 2009. We still have some of these miniature gardens today that are still in miniature gardens now that I revisit the photo. I can see only one tree (that we don’t carry anymore) that ended up to big for us: the bushy cypress in the orange pot in the middle. I’ll remember the variety name at around 2 am tomorrow morning. Lol!

Miniature Garden Trees – Fairy Approved!

Where did everybody go? Lol! We’ve never shut down for the winter because miniature gardening has always been a season-less hobby for us here in Seattle, but you can do it anywhere. We’ve mentioned before how we can easily keep gardening and because you can plant a container at any time of year. You can plant in-ground anytime the ground is not frozen too. So keep gardening until you can’t, I say!

I so need the garden therapy after a hard week at work and I’m sure you can always use some peace and tranquility too. Checkout the wide variety of hardy trees and shrubs for your miniature garden adventures this season here, where they are sorted by USDA zones. Let us know if you have any questions in the comments below!

Miniature and dwarf trees for railroad gardening

You can see how using high-quality, well-behaved trees is a worthy investment for any railroad gardener. The cone-shaped trees are dwarf spruces. The variegated shrub, bottom-left, I think is a euonymus and I’m pretty sure the blue shrub, bottom-right, is a Blue Star Juniper. That’s Steve in the back.

 

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Railroad Garden Trees

Miniature and dwarf trees for any garden railroad must behave as expected. This may be why most railroad gardeners shy away from the plant-side of the hobby and tend to focus more on layin’ the tracks and runnin’ the trains – at least in my experience they have.

If a tree doesn’t grow in as promised, and grows super-fast without the engineer-gardener expecting it, it can cause a major renovation and upset for the railroad that was built around that now-overgrown tree. The beauty with railroad gardens is the same as miniature gardening, the age of the garden really brings the charm and magic. So to upset a grown-in, planted scene merely two or three years after planting, will bring the age of the scene back to “0.” Fun if you planned for it but if you didn’t, not-so-much!

All our true miniature and dwarf trees and shrubs are of the highest quality in the country, are very well-behaved and do as the tag says in shape, growth rate and care. Our trees are always well-packed by (quite possibly) the best packer in the country (Steve, for real,) and they are sent the fastest way to avoid any stress, by USPS Priority Mail. We have plants for all sizes of miniature gardens.

Bonsai starts or pre-bonsai, this is the popular Elf Dwarf Spruce.

Elf Dwarf Spruce or Picea glauca ‘Elf.’ This tree is about 8 to 10 years old. Transplanted in 2012 from a 4″ pot.

 

Bonsai Starts

In our research, we have found a great many trees that we carry in our online store are used for bonsai as well. I’ve always bragged about how our trees naturally grow-in to look like a bonsai in a couple/few year’s time and while it feels like cheating, we’re just letting nature take its course. It appears as bonsai starts go, ours are pretty inexpensive if you have some time to grow them in for awhile.

Plant your Two Green Thumbs’ tree in a pot at least 8″ deep and let the baby tree grow a thicker trunk and wider branches for a couple/few years. Then bonsai the roots to fit them into the bonsai tray – you’ll be glad you did because you’ll be that much further ahead in the growth of the tree. If you bonsai a young tree right away, it will take much longer for the trunk to develop and the branches to reach out and thicken.

Don’t want to wait? Check out our one-gallon pre-bonsai trees up in the plant section of our Etsy store here. We do get smaller “pre-bonsai” tress in from time to time too, if you would like to join our email list to get first dibs. (Average cost is $20 or less!)

Happy Miniature Gardening!

 

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