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Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Miniature Gardens from Sorticulture

Sorticulture in Everett is my favorite garden festival of the year (so far)  It's outside in a beautiful park full of wonderful old trees , there's live entertainment,  plant vendors with outstanding offerings and garden-related art  galore.   I took way too many pictures for a single post and got home from work and errands fairly late so today we'll take a gander at a few miniature gardens.
Let your imagination grow while your garden shrinks? ­čść 


For me, a big part of the gardening experience is being outside in the space moving around and enjoying the plants as I work among them so I've never really wanted to create my own miniature garden.  However, it's a joy to see those made by others, especially when whey're as well put together as these.


All decked out for the Fourth of July.

What a fun way to interest children in gardening.

I suppose someday, sooner than I'd like to think about, when they wheel me off to the home for ancient gardners, a garden of this size might be all I'll be capable of tending.  But for now, for the moment, it's enough to enjoy the itty-bitty creations of others. 
Spring will be officially over in just one more day and yet there's still so much left to do in my garden.  Yikes!  How are you feeling about your level of completion of seasonal garden chores?  Wishing sometimes that your garden were the size of one of these? 

9 comments:

  1. Yes! Like you, I'm starting to think that soon this is all I'll be capable of. I'm already looking forward to autumn and the return of rain. I spent all day yesterday hauling hoses and sprinklers around, and that was just the back garden.

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  2. Like you, I enjoy working among the plants so I like the beautiful small plants all those gardens use. I am currently growing three mini hosts in my yin/yang bed and am getting rather fond of them. Much more than I imagined when I first purchased them.

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  3. I would love to see what you would create at a "home for ancient gardeners". :D

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  4. Always the way I feel first thing in spring when there is so much to do. Then the heat and humidity puts a stop to all that. I sit back and enjoy it as much as possible. I like little gardens. I have a couple of them myself. They need to be revamped they are so old.Seeing these almost gives me the shove I need to do so.

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  5. I share your lover for the Sorticultur festival; I can't even remember where I first heard of it, but it's just the coolest experience. Until recently, Two Green Thumbs had a display at the NW Flower and Garden show that I looked forward. I suspect that among your readers I may be the most enthusiastic fan of miniature gardens: I absolutely adore them, and I am not waiting for old(er) age, I'm incorporating them in my current garden wherever possible, trying to avoid the wrath of the home owner by keeping it 'tasteful'...

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  6. I've always enjoyed looking at these miniature gardens but have never seriously considered putting one together, despite having been gifted with tiny garden ornaments at periodic intervals. All those tiny elements are in a drawer in the garage somewhere but yes, perhaps they'll find a use when I reach my dotage.

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  7. Oh, that is quite fun, isn't it? I love to see what little items people place in their fairy gardens and mini-gardens. Some folks are so creative!

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  8. These are charming, Peter - my thoughts paralleled yours...great for the very young and elderly. And yes, perhaps us someday - although I'd like to push that thought off to some far distant point in the future! ;)

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  9. You are much more appreciative of these miniature gardens than I was. I snapped a few photos and moved on. I guess I am used to thinking big. Our half acre is looking great, blooming away and mostly well groomed. But then we are permanently out of school.

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