Episode 12- Terrariums: Life under Glass

Host J Schwanke shows you how to bring more fun, whimsy, and wonder into your life with terrariums, and terrarium-inspired recipes, crafts and entertaining arrangments.

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Terrariums - and how to make them and enjoy them are highlighted on J Schwanke's Life in Bloom!

Terrariums – and how to make them and enjoy them are highlighted on J Schwanke’s Life in Bloom!

Terrariums are on the menu for “J Schwanke’s Life in Bloom”. These miniature eco-systems are perfect for those that want a low maintenance flower or plant experience. I love a terrarium and I have several throughout the house- and it seems like I’m always adding more. I love the fact that when done right- you really don’t have do much more than look at them and enjoy!

This succulent terrarium reside in my bedroom- where it needs little attention and drinks up the sunshine!

This succulent terrarium reside in my bedroom- where it needs little attention and drinks up the sunshine!

I have several that I’ve had for years- and did you know that there is a terrarium- that has been alive and sealed since 1960- and only watered once in 1972… Check it out here… it’s become a historical treasure! World’s Oldest Terrarium!

My Sister Cindy joins me for a terrarium making session in the Greenhouse in Fremont Nebraska

My Sister Cindy joins me for a terrarium making session in the Greenhouse in Fremont Nebraska

I’m excited about this show- because it gave me an opportunity to travel back to my home town- Fremont Nebraska- and film with my Sister Cindy Gilfry McKown- (she’s my big sister… I was the little brother)….and film her “MAD Terrarium Skills” – for this show. My sister has been building Magical Terrariums for decades- and she’s a master artist at Terrariums. We would offer Terrariums in our store- and my sister would create them- and then I would get to place the bone china animals in them… that was one of my favorite things… and I would pretend I was a little human- crawling around inside them! If only that were true- I would have escaped long ago- and took up residence in one of my sister’s masterpieces.

I share some tips for landscaping and caring for your terrarium- A turkey baster is ideal for spot watering

I share some tips for landscaping and caring for your terrarium- A turkey baster is ideal for spot watering

I feature my sister and her terrariums in my Book- Fun with Flowers- that’s available on my Website- www.uBloom.com/Books 
We also filmed a Fun with Flowers and J episode with my Sister- and her terrariums- you can check it out here!  It’s the WHOLE video- that we created- the highlights are in this episode of J Schwanke’s Life in Bloom!

A bit of detail of the miniature landscaping inside the G3 Containers from Garcia Group!

A bit of detail of the miniature landscaping inside the G3 Containers from Garcia Group!

Cindy shares her secret tips and tricks for landscaping- creating retaining walls, stair cases, beaches and more in this episode. I love watching her hands in action- when it comes to making terrariums- there’s something peaceful and kind in the way her hands move- and transfer dirt and place the plants gently into the glass bowls… Check it out for yourself-

Tillandsias are a perfect resident for hanging terrariums- and are super easy care!

Tillandsias are a perfect resident for hanging terrariums- and are super easy care!

The Terrariums my sister plants are G3 Terrariums- with Lids- they are created by the Pete Garcia Company in Atlanta GA. They are unique because they are created from 100% Post Consumer recycled glass- they have incredible shapes- and clarity- I love them… and I have several in the house- not only filled with Terrariums but also with Champagne Corks or coins. I have an episode on uBloom.com about G3 Glass and terrariums that I create in the studio- you can check out that show here…

Different types of containers can become terrariums- with a simple addition of plant!

Different types of containers can become terrariums- with a simple addition of plant!

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Macrame Expert April Frost visits J and helps with a refresher course on Macrame making!

Macrame Expert April Frost visits J and helps with a refresher course on Macrame making!

Plants are HUGE Trend- and I love how there’s a 70′s Vibe going on with Macrame’ – There’s something VERY FLOWER POWER- like with a Terrarium in a Macrame’ Hanger- and I invited my friend April Frost- a local Macrame’ Artist to visit the studio and help me make a macrame hanger for one of my terrariums. I did a bit of Macrame’ in High School Art Class- but we had two girls at the Flower Shop that made all the macrame’s when I was a kid- Jane Dirkschneider and Cindy Gates- I remember them measuring out twine- and adding beads- it was all the rage. April creates a Macrame’ hanger fast and easy- for my terrarium -and it’s a good refresher for how relaxing this craft can be.

The Terra Nostra Recipe is a fun drink that looks great in a brandy snifter- for a Terrarium Inspired Flower Cocktail Hour!

The Terra Nostra Recipe is a fun drink that looks great in a brandy snifter- for a Terrarium Inspired Flower Cocktail Hour!

I introduce the Terra Nostra- a Flower Cocktail Hour Favorite at my house- it was originally passed on to my by my friend Sue Harvey Brown and we call it the “Sue Harvey Brown” around the house- but I thought “Terra Nostra” was a great name for this Delicious Drink- that is just as pretty as it is tasty with a layer of Bitters on top of the mixture. You can check out the recipe here – www.uBloom.com/TerraNostra

A Cloche can turn a small arrangement into a Terrarium inspired centerpiece!

A Cloche can turn a small arrangement into a Terrarium inspired centerpiece!

I like using a small brandy snifter- (think mini terrarium) for this Flower Cocktail Hour Specialty! Different types of cocktail glassware can double as terrarium inspired accents- and I included a flower arranging segment- that shows how easily you can use just one Flower Blossom to create a place setting accent for a terrarium inspired luncheon or dinner party! Inverting different types of glasses and encasing a flower inside is very terrarium like- or using a small piece of foam- and putting the tiny arrangement under a cloche’ is terrifically terrarium-esque.

Glassware can create simple Terrarium inspired Flower Accents with a single flower!

Glassware can create simple Terrarium inspired Flower Accents with a single flower!

I also share some tips for creating your own terrariums- or finding different items around the house that can be used as terrariums or provide humidity for ferns, palms or other types of flowers. My Favorite is the geometrically inspired “house” for a couple of Tillandsias- I’ve featured these Simple Care plants on uBloom before- you can check out my full show about Tillandsia on uBloom here !

This Terrarium inspired dessert features Lavender, Mint and fresh Blueberries.

This Terrarium inspired dessert features Lavender, Mint and fresh Blueberries.

When it comes to dessert- I learned long ago from my Mom- to fix it first- in our house- we always had dessert- we may not of had a salad or side dishes- but dessert was a priority! I love that this Trifle dessert has a Terrarium-like effect- of being able to see the treats through the sides of the glass… and Let’s just say- that ANYTHING With Homemade Whipped Cream -can’t be bad… I like the opportunity to use the Lavender Flower Elixir as the Sugar/Flavoring for the whipped cream- check out all the different flavors of Flower Elixirs from my Friend Nora- here!

Here’s the Recipe for the Lavender Blueberry Trifle- and don’t forget to garnish with MINT or Rosemary- as a decoration… I Love that!

This tiny Tillandsia  Terrarium is super easy to care for- and can go anywhere!

This tiny Tillandsia Terrarium is super easy to care for- and can go anywhere!

Terrariums are a wonderful way to experience “Life under Glass” and I hope you enjoy the fun things we have to offer on this episode of “J Schwanke’s Life in Bloom”… I’m thinking of all sorts of ways to keep the flowers coming!