A few years ago I saw an article in Garden Design magazine on a nursery I would love to visit, only it’s on the west coast and I live on the east coast. The article showcased a living vertical garden using air plants and succulents in a frame hanging on a wall. The nursery is owned by Flora Grubb and the website opened up a new world of plants to me – namely, tillandsias or epiphytes – “air plants” that do not need soil – just air and a little moisture, to live. Plus, some air plants will flower.
Last year I ordered a glass terrarium that came with epiphytes and other assorted nature inside. I wasn’t sure if the airplants would survive in my kitchen, but I saw I could always order replacements if they didn’t.
Here’s an example of my terrarium complete with lichen-encrusted branches, some moss at the bottom and a few air plants.
Without a colorful flower, my terrarium is pretty much all earth tones. I feel like I will be waiting indefinitely for my remaining green air plant to bloom but at least it is still alive and looks like an octopus wrapped around a branch. The other one looks like a bunch of nice tall dried stalks.
Here’s the hole in the top of the glass where water is sprayed in every week or two (basically when I remember.)
Don’t hold your breath waiting for a post about my blooming tillandsia. I think it is wondering how it ended up in Massachusetts.