HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?



This year, to celebrate my daughter’s birthday, we hosted a small late summer garden party.

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Perfect timing for me to fancy up my beach cruiser with balloons and flowers to leave out front to greet guests.

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The girls had a grand time running around the yard and drawing pictures in the little tepee that I had outfitted with colored pencils and sketch paper.

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After spending some time catching up, they settled into the task at hand…

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Making their very own terrariums.  Each girl found a glass container…

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and a plant marker.

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They filled their containers with porous rocks (great for drainage)…

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and then added a layer of potting soil.

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Next the girls selected interesting combinations of flowering plants,

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grasses…

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and succulents.

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Finally, they raided the assortment of colorful rocks and mosses clustered around “Spike,” the lovable porcupine — which they used to personalize their creations.

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Voilà!  Terrariums!  I loved seeing all of the different finished products:

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After admiring each other’s handiwork, trading figurines and doing a little hand washing, the girls enjoyed a bite to eat.

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I had set up a snack for the little ladies at a long, gingham topped table…

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With cross back chairs and celadon cushions,

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Sweet place settings…

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and gorgeous late season flowers.

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I gave Greenwich Orchids a bunch of my mismatched containers…

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and asked that they fill them with roses, hydrangeas and dahlias.  These “Dinnerplate Dahlias” are my favorite and they looked particularly lovely in simple mason jars.

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Finally, we enjoyed some birthday brownies…

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and sent the girls on their way with colorful bags tied up with personalized favor tags,

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and filled with whimsical goodies including a girl power journal, sparkly flamingo sunglasses…

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and the perfect sentiment!

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xo,

Cath

Photos: Laura Ricciardi

SOURCES: Terrarium accessories – Terrain, Plant markers – Juliska, Favor bags and journals – Ban.do, Flowers – Greenwich Orchids.

Please scroll down to enjoy a few more pictures taken by my super talented photographer friend, Laura Ricciardi!

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