A paludarium is a cross between an aquarium and a terrarium, encasing a miniaturized world of unusual landscapes and plants in a tropical environment. Children often find that paludariums offer the ideal terrain to place such toys as plastic dinosaurs and alligators.
Martha is always looking for unusual containers for flower arrangements. Recently, she fashioned a natural-looking vase from a coffee can and twigs gathered during a walk in the woods. Tied with a length of raffia, it makes a charming holder for garden flowers or a rustic desk organizer.