So winter is officially upon us and though it’s not typically the time of year one thinks about gardening, there are still some nice options out there for adding a little greenery to these bleak winter months. I honestly don’t have much of a green thumb, but this little combo was super easy and somewhat inexpensive. The original scheme came about as Matthew and I were looking for simple & easy wedding arrangements. Cut flowers can be crazy expensive so we searched a bit for potted plants that we could work with… but again, it’s winter and our options were limited so we went with one of the mainstays of the season; paperwhites.
They are simple, tall, elegant & super easy to care for. Because we needed them bloomed and ready to go we purchased them potted and fully opened, but growing these little guys is pretty simple and can be done anytime of year; here’s a quick tutorial from Apartment therapy. From bulbs these are literally dirt cheap, I think we paid about $9.00 for a pot with 5-6 bulbs. For potting containers we went with Mercury Glass.
Found these pots at Mahoney’s in Winchester, MA for only $3.99
This stuff is everywhere right now and I was able to amass various sizes and shapes easily. We also wanted to include candles in the mix and there were plenty of options to do so. I think the silver & white theme is adaptable to most schemes as well as the more austere winter palette. Originally mercury glass was made by sealing a silver nitrate solution between a double walled glass vessel. Mercury was never used in tableware, but it was used to make mirrored surfaces. Today it’s mostly made by spraying a metallic paint on the inside of a glass object. Most containers said not to get them wet or use them as vases, but we ignored the warnings and most of them were fine. The only ones that didn’t survive were from Michael’s.
We started by adding a bit of soil to the bottom of each container.
Next, separate the bulbs. The ones we bought were pretty tangled and survived a good amount of tugging, we eventually turned to just cutting the gnarled roots… again, I’m not much of a gardener so don’t know if that’s the best way to go, but it worked for us and they survived!
Here are a few examples of the other containers we used…
West Elm $39.00
West Elm $34.00
Michaels $13.99-16.99 (I wouldn’t use these ones again for planting)
West Elm $4.00-5.00
And here are the final results!!
I think the key is to use a large variety of shapes and sizes. Oh and if you like those stars hanging in the background, check out Matthew’s post about them over at his blog, ” The Things I Think About”
The glassware looks great in the day, but I love it best when all the candles are lit and the whole table just glows.
Because of time constraints I didn’t have time to experiment, but have since read that making your own mercury glass is pretty easy. If I test it out I’ll be sure to update with the results!! Also, haven’t tested this theory but thought that maybe spraying a clear, waterproof sealer could help protect the inside of the vessels and make them a bit more durable?