Indoor glasshouses: much love

in furniture, gardening  4 comments
May 17 2014
Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer), White Collar

Ever since spotting one superb specimen in White Collar, I’ve wanted my own indoor glasshouse, or terrarium (large) or wardian, as my research has informed me.

Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer), White Collar

Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer), White Collar

On White Collar, El and Peter Burke have one in their living room:

Peter Burke (Tim DeKay), White Collar

Peter Burke (Tim DeKay), White Collar

'Master Plan', White Collar

‘Master Plan’, White Collar

Peter Burke (Tim DeKay), White Collar

Peter Burke (Tim DeKay), White Collar

I thought that its first appearance was only in Season 4-5. But in going back at the Season 1-3 episodes, it’s been there almost from the Pilot episode! Reason I wasn’t captivated then was because you couldn’t really see it back then:

El Burke (Tiffani Thiesen), White Collar

El Burke (Tiffani Thiesen), White Collar

It was tucked away in the corner and that corner wasn’t lit or bright. Plus it had a thick woolen scarf draped across it all the time.

Peter Burke (Tim DeKay), White Collar

Peter Burke (Tim DeKay), White Collar

There were alot of plants near it too, very busy corner.

Mozzie (William Garson), White Collar

Mozzie (William Garson), White Collar

Anyhoo. About that indoor greenhouse.

When I get to watch White Collar episodes, I keep thinking, oh yeah, I want me one of those indoor greenhouses. But I never seem to stumble on one when I’m out…

We went to IKEA two nights ago and saw the IKEA Socker for AUD$19.99.

Rather sweet, but it didn’t have a stand (I really want a freestanding one), didn’t look and feel sturdy. So I passed on getting one.

But I did come home and went online to see if I could buy one… Wow they are NOT CHEAP!

Curved roof green house from Competitive Advantage

Curved roof green house from Competitive Advantage AUD$121

Eighty dollars more buys you one with a stand:

Glass house with stand, via Competitive Advantage

Glass house with stand, via Competitive Advantage, AUD$198

I’d *fill it with my miniature maidenhair ferns, dwarf fiddle figs, more ferns, button ferns, a pretty rose cyclamen…

1. Baby's tears, 2. African Violet, 3. Maidenhair fern, 4. Cyclamen, 5. Masdevallia Orchid, 6. Viola, 7. Muehlenbeckia Complexa.

1. Baby’s tears, 2. African Violet, 3. Maidenhair fern, 4. Cyclamen, 5. Masdevallia Orchid, 6. Viola, 7. Muehlenbeckia Complexa.

*HPotter provides a helpful list of suitable terrarium/wardian/glasshouse plants:

  • Rhizomatous begonias (miniature)
  • Rex begonias (miniature)
  • Cane begonias (miniature)
  • Selaginella mosses of all types
  • African violets
  • Streptocarpus
  • Sinningia pusilla
  • Episcia
  • Ivies (miniature)
  • Muehlenbeckia complexa
  • Peperomia
  • Miniature ferns
  • Miniature orchids
  • Paphiopedalum
  • Masdavallia
  • Bromeliads
  • Ficus pumila & baby’s tears
  • Tetranema (Mexican foxglove)
  • Carnivorous plants
  • Viola hederacea
  • Marantas
  • Neoregelia
  • Pilea
  • Artillery plants
  • Coleus
  • Fittonia (nerve plants)
  • Cyclamen
  • Violas
  • Mini hostas
  • Helxine (baby’s tears)

I discovered today a beautiful indoor houseplant called the “string of pearls”. It’s a succulent that enjoys a sunny spot in your home:

The succulent string of pearls, via Going Home to Roost

The succulent string of pearls, via Going Home to Roost

Glasshouses across the pond

Anyone here know where to score a beauty in Australia? Preferably on a stand and clear glassed.

Btw in the next few days, I will be doing a “White Collar: Let’s Look at El’s Burke’s home and kitchen” feature soon :)

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