I can’t seem to help myself from bringing home plant bits from here and there whether its on a trip, out on a walk, or from my own gardens. I am in awe of the architectural shapes and designs found in nature and I want to have their beauty around me at all times of the year. It is the same with rocks, shells, and sticks. The world is full of beautiful and incredible things and I am constantly amazed by it all.
I bought this homemade display cabinet rather impulsively for $15 at the flea market a few months back. It’s meant to sit flat on a table rather than propped up as I have it now. Davin could not see its potential and wasn’t particularly excited about carrying it all the way to the car, but I persuaded him to give it a chance. I could see his point as the plexiglass front is scratched and worn from its original use as a flea market stall display (it sat flat on a table rather than upright), and the thing is awfully large and heavy. Still, I think he was eating his words once I got it set up and filled with random seedpods, leaves, and dried flowers we have collected over the years.
I’ve always loved specimen displays. There was one in my grade school library filled with rocks and a large geode that I would visit on library days. The learning room in the lodge of the winter camp I attended had one too, although this one was filled with colourful insects stuck up with thin pins. I was happy to act as the meal gopher for my table throughout the week I was there as it allowed me the chance to slip into the room unattended between fetching cartons of milk and juice from the food service area.
This is how it sits normally, with the lid closed and a smattering of houseplants set in front. The table it sits on is located at the front entrance of our home and I think of the whole thing as a seasonal display of sorts for some of my favourite plants. This month it’s a large night blooming Cereus, mangave, several different agaves, and a species Pelargonium. The room is unheated and will be cold soon so I’ll be switching it up with tougher plants next month.