Happy Monday! I hope you’re enjoying the last days of summer and staying cool! It’s the third Monday of the month which means I’m joining my blogging friends to share some floral inspiration and Monday Morning Blooms.
You’ll find the links to my flower-loving friends’ blooms at the bottom of this post.
Our theme for this week’s edition of MMB was “travel.” I’m inviting you to escape the heat today and join me for a getaway to the Blue Ridge Mountains.
The High Country of North Carolina is a short two hour drive, making it a frequent getaway, where at a cool 4,000 foot elevation, the temperature drops a delightful 15 – 20 degrees, providing some welcome relief from our 90+ degree August weather.
Our visits and walks along the many trails provided the inspiration for a woodland centerpiece and table fun for this week’s Monday Morning Blooms!
To create a centerpiece, I used the same method as with my DIY Indoor Dish Garden. I started with a wood bowl and an assortment of indoor plants from Lowe’s. . .
🌿 Rex Begonia
🌿 Florida Ivy
🌿 Rabbit’s Foot Fern
🌿 Moon Valley Friendship Plant
For best results, when creating a dish garden, choose plants that have similar light and water requirements.
I started by watering my plants thoroughly before beginning and lining my bowl with a layer of plastic to protect it. Place your plants inside your container arranging them as desired.
As I had two pots of ivy and two pots of fern, I placed like plants on opposite sides across from one another, so the edges would spill over and soften the container. The begonias were added in the middle for height and friendship plant tucked in along the side.
I like to remove my plants from their plastic pots and place them in plastic bags, which allows room for more plants to fit in my container. Placing each plant in its own plastic bag also makes for quick and easy removal if you need to replace a plant later.
After you have your plants arranged, the fun begins! I used an assortment of moss~ sheet moss, reindeer moss, mood moss and lichen, to add different textures. Tuck the moss in around your plants, filling in the gaps and to add the finishing touch to your dish/container garden. I found my moss at Hobby Lobby. Download their mobile app to your smart phone so you have access to their weekly 40% coupon when you shop.
Our River Birch tree sheds bark so I collected pieces for an additional ‘woodland’ note, along with some pine cones for added texture.
I took my cue from mushrooms that can be found, sprouting along the mountain trails and forest floor. . .
And foraged for Gold Mushroom Planter Figurines from Smith & Hawken, found at Target. They’re tucked in among the lichen to add a little whimsy to the woodland dish garden.
The mushrooms were top heavy, so I cut a wine cork into thirds, placing the end through the lichen to conceal the cork, and then through the cork to support the weight and hold them upright. The mushrooms were then tucked in the top of the dish garden among the other moss.
Place your dish garden where it receives indirect light. Mist the foliage occasionally with a spray bottle of water to keep it fresh, adding additional water as needed. You can water directly through the moss, or remove to water the plants underneath. Moss is very forgiving so it’s easy to move it and piece it back together if needed.
Take care not to over water and remove any browning foliage, replacing individual plants as needed.
A mossy runner is layered over a beige linen-textured tablecloth to create a little woodland landscape for the table.
I cut some Kimberly Queen Fern fronds growing in the olive bucket on the porch of the Potting Shed. . .
They’re joining Japanese Maple leaves and are layered between a white and clear glass plate.
Tree slice chargers and twig flatware adding additional woodland details to the table.
A pair of cloches on opposite ends of the table provide a little woodland display. . .
Filled with a piece of River Birch bark, mosses, fern fronds and pine cones.
Woodland Table Details:
Tree Slice Chargers / Bed, Bath & Beyond, several years ago
Twig Flatware / Pier 1
Wood Bowl / Target, several years ago
Gold Mushroom Planter Figurines, Smith & Hawken / Target
Napkins & napkin rings / Pottery Barn, several years ago
Goblets / Mikasa French Countryside
Moss Runner (18 x 48) / Hobby Lobby, used here
Cloches / retail days
White plates / Mikasa Tate
Glass Plates / Anchor Hocking
Visit my talented blogging friends to see their blooming inspiration this week:
Pam at Everyday Living
Lidy at FrenchGardenHouse
Our friend Shirley at Housepitality Designs is taking a little blog break.
We look forward to her joining us next time. ♥