Wednesday, December 18, 2013

In the Snow..........


The most frequently asked question is, "How do they hold up in the water?" After shoppers find that paper is one of the ingredients in the recipe of our product I find that it is a fair question. The paper is just a fiber source that is encased by portland cement and along with the filler perlite make up the product we call papercrete. I cannot say how long the product will hold up but we have had some of the pots in ground contact for several years without any deterioration. What we build each year once dry gets placed outside on pallets to suffer whatever Mother Nature throws at them. Containers built in the Fall are built for sale the following year so they are subjected to rain, snow, sleet, hail, and ice throughout the Winter. How do they hold up? About the same as the sidewalk in front of the house!!

Monday, December 2, 2013

A Fresh Batch.........


A fresh batch of containers with ready made patios just out of the studio. What began as an experiment was in short supply as soon as we offered them to gardeners. Made in our signature papercrete pots they are the perfect start to a fairy garden or miniature landscape. With the addition of a feature plant, a ground cover, and a couple of accessories even a beginner can create a professional looking arrangement. 

We like to infect as many as possible with the 'mini garden virus' and this is a great avenue to get someone started. Whether they are beginners or well versed in the art we advise our customers to create multiple containers, group them together, and connect them all with small bridges, sets of steps, or ladders. If you catch us at an event I will tell you how to build the patios.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Small Succulent Gardens...........


Winter time is a hard time for us when we need gardens for shows. Most of our plant material has gone dormant so we resort to using small succulents for the green in our gardens. While these small gardens are not among our favorites we seldom bring one home from a show. 

I vote for enjoying the holidays then telling Mother Nature to bring on Spring and warmer weather!