Now my bromeliads hang in the bathroom window where it's bright but diffused and often steamy so that when I forget to spray them they can keep on keeping on. Anyway, I stopped in at Wagners and ended up with two bromeliads, a small one and a big one that doesn't fit into any of my hanging terrariums but being an air plant, is perfectly happy sitting on a shelf.
I also bought a planted bowl terrarium. I've long wanted a proper terrarium but I haven't had the room. Well, we finally bought some shelves to display the minerals and fossils that were crowding my plants and the sales woman at Wagners is going to hook me up with some esthetically pleasing plant lights which means all of my succulents can get moved in with the others and, well, I think I finally just snapped, I've wanted a multi plant terrarium for so long.
I'll see how this goes but I may fill in the other side with some moss I've had my eye on, in the Spring of course as it's currently sitting under a couple of feet of snow. I also want to put a top on it so it maintains it's own little ecosystem but there's some household debate about whether or not the plants would get enough oxygen.
I've had a long love of terrariums and I think it's because my Grandma Rose had an amazing one she kept on her stair landing at the farm. Unfortunately it was destroyed when my cousins and I were playing upstairs and, this is all very foggy, we somehow managed to not only crush it (it was plastic) but we also sent it flipping down the staircase spraying dirt, plant bits and miniature deer sprinkled with gnome shards everywhere.
I have a very clear memory of getting kicked out of the house en masse immediately following the incident. All five of us standing forlornly in the front yard quietly arguing about fault while sneaking furtive looks at the house to see if my grandma was watching.
The Biome Smart Terrarium, designed by Samuel Wilkinson, contains sensors that monitor its needs, such as water, light or nutrients via an iPad or iPhone. It was created for the very awesome exhibition titled Slow Tech – Designs for Digital Downtime
This Biome Smart Terrarium pictured and linked above is very similar in size and shape to the terrarium my cousins and I destroyed however my grandmothers had it's own base so that the dome was about 2-3 feet off of the floor.
Sometimes just figuring out the right keywords does the trick, I found the terrarium my grandmother had shortly after finishing this post!
It was an original Tiara Casa Terrarium, thanks to the ModFruGal blog I not only learned where the original came from but also a source to one that is identical at retroterrariums.com. $150 is steep though and I have nowhere to put it so for now I'll just be happy knowing they're available in a seemingly endless supply.