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Creative Ways to Enjoy Tiny Gardens

Creative Ways to Enjoy Tiny Gardens

 

While I admitted my plant challenges with the tale of my Fiddle Leaf Fig troubles, I still adore creative gardening in small spaces. It doesn’t matter whether the small garden is in a tea cup on my window sill, an old box on my porch, a pot on the deck, a pallet or even a little courtyard or small patio in my backyard. I just love being creative with plants in small spaces! I am not a plant or garden expert at all, it is just something I find therapeutic and fun! I look forward to creating more little spaces for plants every year. Eeek, I’m excited for spring!

Creative Ways to Enjoy Tiny Gardens

This front garden near where I used to live in Lake Oswego used to always intrigue me. Such a small space, but so charming with all the plants! It was gazing and dreaming about gardens like this that inspired me to find creative ways to have my own tiny gardens inside and out!

Creative Ways to Enjoy Tiny Gardens

This was one of my own small backyards, where we lived about 12 years ago in the Eastmoreland neighborhood of Portland. I designed the patio and planted the gardens myself and it is still one of my most favorite memories.

Creative Ways to Enjoy Tiny Gardens

Last summer we created our own pea gravel patio and it is just begging me for a tiny garden with pots and plants! WOO HOO! I can’t wait! I’m going to have so much fun with this.

Whether you have space for a small backyard garden or only enough room for a tabletop variety, I’m rounding up some of my own little garden creations for you today!

Creative Ways to Enjoy Tiny Gardens

I love using this old cement table for potted plants and herbs! I even grew some tomatoes! You really don’t need much space.

Creative Ways to Enjoy Tiny Gardens

You might remember my pallet garden, it is fun to find new creative ways to showcase plants and flowers and gain a little privacy too!

Creative Ways to Enjoy Tiny Gardens

Last year I used my teak teacart to show off herbs and plants. It provided plenty of room for plants but also brought lots of personality to the deck.

Creative Ways to Enjoy Tiny Gardens

I loved how cute the succulents were peeking out the bottom of the cart!

Creative Ways to Enjoy Tiny Gardens

Just one sweet potted plant in a unique container  is like a small flower garden!

Creative Ways to Enjoy Tiny Gardens

Of course, I am always a sucker for a little fairy garden! FAIRY GARDENERS, UNITE!

Creative Ways to Enjoy Tiny Gardens

Creative Ways to Enjoy Tiny Gardens

I loved putting together these sweet little boxed gardens in a crate, too. The crate had six sections so I just stuck some plants and random things in each section.

Creative Ways to Enjoy Tiny Gardens

A terrarium is also a fun way to have a little tabletop garden and they are so easy to make!

Creative Ways to Enjoy Tiny Gardens

You might remember we started planting a very small secret garden in my backyard last summer! Soon this will be my very own space to hide away.

Well, I guess I’ll actually be sharing it with Jack & Lily if they get any say in the matter! They can’t resist a small garden either.
I cannot wait to do more planting here!

Creative Ways to Enjoy Tiny Gardens

A front porch is a perfect place to create a small garden — a few plants make such a welcoming place to come home to.

Creative Ways to Enjoy Tiny Gardens

A dresser or table top is a fun place for tiny gardens, too! We set  an old dresser outside and it’s a unique statement for plants on our porch.

Creative Ways to Enjoy Tiny Gardens

Look for unexpected containers for your plants, you can put plants in just about anything! We used our fireplace log holder for mums this fall.

Creative Ways to Enjoy Tiny Gardens

And, who can resist a funny little owl with purple hair? No one.
Happy Gardening!

Do you love tiny gardens?

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Creative Ways to Enjoy Tiny Gardens

The Tale of Fiddle Leaf Fig Fail {CONFESSION}

The Tale of Fiddle Leaf Fig Fail {CONFESSION}

You might remember when I got my Fiddle Leaf Fig last year. It was really full and green and other than some brown spots or edges here and there, it looked pretty good. It filled up the corner of my family room quite nicely and made me look like I was not only really trendy and designery, but like I had a green thumb.

But within a few weeks, as I do every plant I’ve ever owned, I killed it.

Or tried to.

The Tale of Fiddle Leaf Fig Fail {CONFESSION}

Caring readers tried to help save it and gave me such good ideas and tips.

Concerned plant people were asking their friends and spouses for advice and emailing me its diagnosis.

But it continued the downward spiral until it basically had no leaves left.

It was just a stick in the pot.

There.

I said it.

The Tale of Fiddle Leaf Fig Fail {CONFESSION}

Readers starting noticing the blank lonely corner in my family room where it used to be. I got lots of emails from people were wondering where the Fig went.

So of course I was honest and told everyone I just set it outside to die enjoy the warm summer sun.

But once it was outside, I actually forgot about it.

I never watered it.

I never talked to it.

It was around the corner from view so I didn’t even see it most of the summer.

I left it for dead.

I assumed it was gone.

I didn’t mention it again. I just started a search for a new Fiddle Leaf Fig.  I had flashbacks to when my little sister and I were kids and we had pet goldfish. Mine was named Seymour. My sister’s fish was named Jill.  A few times my mom and I found Jill floating in the fishbowl. There was a quick moment of panic,  but I would spring into action distracting my sister while my mom would run out to get a brand new Jill. Yes, sometimes Jill looked a little different. Sometimes Jill was on vacation for days. One time she returned a different color, like with a suntan. But the important thing in my sister’s world was that JILL NEVER DIED.

The Tale of Fiddle Leaf Fig Fail {CONFESSION}

So back to the Fig, while I was out of town in the Fall something miraculous happened. My husband texted me a picture of how our gravel patio area was coming along. That actually wasn’t the miraculous part, that was just how I discovered it. While I was really excited about all the progress and help in the backyard while I was out frolicking on the beach in Tybee out of town slaving away working, I noticed something way way in the back corner of the yard.

A tiny little something that wasn’t there before.

Do you see it?

It was the Fig! ALIVE AND WELL! (It was the SAME one, I promise.)

My husband had moved the Fiddle Leaf Fig from where I had left it to the back corner of the yard when our helpers started digging out the patio.

And there it was in the photo, alive! With leaves!

I could hardly believe my eyes.

The Tale of Fiddle Leaf Fig Fail {CONFESSION}

I was stunned, but of course I said all the right things when I saw it. “I’m glad to see it’s doing so well. I meant to do that. It just needed some sun. It was outside to recover.” BLAH BLAH BLAH. I left it there until mid-fall. It was still looking pretty good but I decided it should probably come in where I could care for it through the winter {RED FLAG!}. I brought it in to the brightest sunny area of the house to spend the winter, which isn’t really SUNNY because we live in Washington, but it was the best sun I could offer it.

You may have spotted it way back in the corner of our living room the other day. It is alive, but you may have noticed it’s a little scrawny looking. A shadow of its former self. Bless its heart, though, it’s trying to stay alive.

The Tale of Fiddle Leaf Fig Fail {CONFESSION}

Upon close inspection, you can see some of the leaves look like this. Brown, scaled and crispy. And they sometimes fall off.

All I can think of is for its own good it might be begging me to put it back outside when the sun comes out. No plant wants to risk being in my care.

So now you know the whole story of what happened to the Fiddle Leaf Fig. I wish I could say it was thriving fluffy beautiful green plant, but this is all I’ve got. Failure.

I just may need to start over with a new plant.  Or perhaps be plantless. I just love house plants so I wish I could keep them alive!

Has anyone had a thriving Fiddle Leaf Fig in their house longer than one year?

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