Thursday, November 3, 2011

Making of a Dish Garden

It was nearly dusk when we arrived at our destination, where setting was by far more rural than ours. With the cool breeze and serene ambiance, simple living is a way of life; uncomplicated, undisturbed and close to nature. On the contrary, our trip in quest for a container for dish garden was not quite that simple. We almost lost our way along hectares of tall sugarcane plantation but I did enjoy the agricultural scenery especially the sunset moment.
sundown

We were accompanied by some ordinary folks and led us to "darapilan" as it is called or local crushers where juices from sugarcanes are extracted. Sugarcane juice is then cooked in these huge containers to produce molasses and made into candy bars, or mixed with native rice cakes. Interestingly, it is not very common to have this kind of large vat nowadays so locals command a high price for it. There it was, almost 4 feet in diameter, 40 kg of cast iron for my container garden. Excited and awed by just looking at it, I was already wondering on how and where to begin with the landscape considering I only had a hand on fish bowls  for my terrariums.

"darapilan"


before


after

dish garden
Utilizing the available resources, I used white and seven-color pebbles, white stones, some garden decors for the landscape, planted some ferns, combined with sansevieria, prayer plants (maranta), variegated ornamental grass (versicolor), juniper and some little succulents. I had fun in making a dish garden.

11 comments:

Lily said...

You did a great job creating your dish garden. Where in Pangasinan did you find that vintage 'kawali'?

hardinars said...

@Lily Thank you. A friend of my husband introduced us to some folks who have "darapilan" in their home in the "barrio" in Pangasinan. And yes, it's a vintage "kawa." I guess I was just lucky to buy out one.

gardenwalkgardentalk.com said...

I really like that container. A kawali is a really nicely shaped vessel. Your arrangement is both pretty and clever.

The Sage Butterfly said...

That is a beautiful dish garden! It feels as if I could enter it and take a stroll down paths by lush plants. You did a great job!

Erin said...

I LOVE your dish garden. It looks like a little fountain with a quartz spinning ball? Is that right?

TheGardeningBlog said...

Oh this is simply gorgeous! I love what you've done.

TheGardeningBlog said...

I simply love what you've done! Very creative and the end result is beautiful!

Indie said...

Oh I love it! So cute, and such a story behind the container!

hardinars said...

@ gardenwalkgardentalk thank you! I did several revisions and it was always fun experimenting with a miniature garden.

@ Sage Butterfly thank you. My little daughter thought it was a dollhouse and insisted she put her doll inside it. :-)

@ Erin, yes it is! Never thought you'd notice the spinning quartz in the fountain. It changes its color, too. Thanks, Erin!

@ Gardeningblog thank you. I really enjoyed the whole process and I hope I could make one again!

@ Indie thank you so much. I always learn something out of gardening and glad you enjoyed the story as well.

Autumn Belle said...

This dish garden is really a good idea. I'm sure it is now the star of your garden.

hardinars said...

@ autumnbelle yes, it is. I also placed the dish in partial shade since most of the plants in it don't require full sunlight.

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