Spooky Halloween Mini Garden 🏚🕷

Halloween decorations are so much fun! This year, I put together a spooky mini garden – with a mist maker!

Haworthia ‘Attenuata
Pebbles from my garden turned into grave stones with the help of a black marker. Spanish moss adds to the spooky look. ⚰️🏴‍☠️
Little house on the hill, Jade plant (Crassula argentea), Haworthia, sheep moss and spiders 🏚🕷🌳

What I used

Container – I picked up a metal bowl for 2 dollars at the second hand store. It didn’t have drainage so I drilled 4 wholes in the bottom with a regular drill.

Decoration
– Miniature house
– Plastic spiders
– Miniature sign
– Branches form Corkscrew Hazel – you can use any branches that look a bit spooky
– Green sheep moss
– Spanish moss
– Pebbles (gravestones)

Plants
– Jade plant (Crassula argentea)
Haworthia ‘Attenuata

Mist maker – To top it all off I got a mist maker that I placed insed a plastic cup full of water. It might seem a bit over the top but I figured I’ll use it out in the garden later on.

Dried Hydrangeas Fail and Another Fall Wreath (out of Hydrangeas)

A few weeks back I dried the blooms from my Hydrangea Limelight. To my surprise, they all died. They lost color and shape and I had to toss them. So what went wrong? Well, I cut them too early. They hadn’t begun to dry on the shrub yet so they still needed a lot of moisture.

In order to retain color and shape, you will need to let flowers partially dry on the shrub first. Cut them when the color begins to fade but while they still hold their shape.

My second attempt turned out better. The blooms dried beautifully since I waited until later in the season before I cut them. I followed the steps that I describe in my previous post on how to dry hydrangea blooms.

A blend of Hydrangea ‘Limelight’ and Hydrangea ‘Annabelle’ turned into this simple, yet gorgeous fall wreath.

Easy to Dry Flowers and Grasses

Sedum ‘Herbstfreude’ , Hydrangea ‘Annabelle’ & Feather Reed Grass ”Karl Foerster”

Here are three flowers and grasses that are really easy to dry.

#1 Sedum ‘Herbstfreude’

Dead easy to dry – just cut and place in a container, no water needed. It stays pretty for a long time!

Sedum ‘Herbstfreude’

#2 Hydrangea ‘Annabelle’

Have a look at my post about how to dry Hydrangeas. When it comes to this type of Hydrangea, ‘Annabelle’, make sure the blooms have turned from cream white to lime green before drying. Otherwise they might loose their form.

Hydrangea ‘Annabelle’

#3 Feather Reed Grass ”Karl Foerster”

This grass turns into the most beautiful feather-light form when dried. Just cut and put in a container, no water needed. It might last as long as the first two but in my opinion it’s still worth bringing inside and enjoying for a few weeks.

Feather Reed Grass ”Karl Foerster”

Dried flowers are perfect for the darkest corners of the home. They bring a feeling of nature in spots where house plants won’t grow.

How to Dry Hydrangea Blooms

Hydrangea blooms are quick and easy to dry and can last for many years. I use mine in places around the houses where regular plants don’t do well, like dark corners. They bring a lovely feeling to the house.

Here’s how you dry hydrangea blooms in 3 easy steps.

Step 1 – Cut blooms and stems of the hydrangea

Make sure to cut above a leaf node – the place where one or many leafs meet the stem. It doesn’t matter how much of the stem you cut. I usually take quite a bit to make sure i can put it in a vase.

Step 2 – Remove all the leaves

You want to remove all the leaves, they don’t do well dried.

Step 3 – Make a fresh cut and put in water

Make sure to cut between two nodes – between the places where the leaves used to bet. Place in fresh water right away.

That’s it! All you have to do is wait for a couple of weeks for your hydrangea blooms to try. Don’t change the water and don’t mess with them too much during that time.

I’m planning to make a hydrangea wreath out of mine. Check in, in a couple of weeks to see how I did!

Dried Hydrangea Limelight
I accidentally torn off a few branches when removing the leaves. They worked out just fine anyway.