I must have been 5 years old. This memory very vivid I’m surprised I recall this much. I was playing dress-up (or dress-down depending on how you want to look at it) in my mom’s silky, Chinese adorned, bathrobe—slippers included. Precariously pressing my slender fingers up to the glass, the giant bubble accumulating fog, blocking my view as I smooshed my face up against the encased eco-system.
Day dreaming about what it would be like to live inside the earthy atmosphere of a huge terrarium that possessed an entire space under two window panes of our apartment. I used to talk to the little creatures that I thought lived there. . . maybe I was talking to the ferns that occupied the space. Either way, mom told me that talking to the plants made them healthier and there I stood on a stool trying to get a better view from the opening above.
This terrarium started it all. I wanted to build my own and my fascination of a small world within the bubble has never ceased, even to this day. Apparently they have made a comeback and are making more of a presence than ever before!
About a week ago, my mom sent me an article she found in the NY Times and mailed it to me. The title? You guessed it. Terrariums Make a Comeback Wooot! Now, I’m not a member of the paper so I don’t have the link to the article, however, I did look up the stores that were mentioned.
I did a little digging—spent quite a while enthralled—and once again, found myself staring at these little bubbles of dirt and succulents.
Needless to say, I happened upon this super cute idea that Susie, a floral designer, at Flora Grubb Gardens made for a couple at their wedding. They are called cube terrariums and come in various sizes starting at 2.5 x 2.5.
Happy plann(t)ing! And in the meantime, I’ll post an image of my own terrarium I have at my place. . .