Had an idea but im stuck!

Hi guys
Im hoping to get some advice from you guys as ive had an idea and im not very greenfingered and havent a clue whether this is viable.
I saw a picture in a magazine of quirky teacups with plants in them. Im thinking they would be lovely to give to the ladies at my wedding on 30th April next year. I cant spend much on plants and was thinking of getting some immature plugs in bulk. I dont mind if they dont have flowers but would be nice if they did. I also would like them to be perrenials as I think this is a nicer idea symbolistic of wedding life (if you see what I mean?).
Im hoping someone can advise me further on how to do this, when I should order the plants to plant up and if possible a price and maybe somewhere you can recommend I can buy them from?!
A big ask I know, I am grateful to anyone who posts in response!
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On Thu, 18 Jun 2009 09:43:48 +0100, fillyfod

Plants might look pretty in a teacup, but most will grow better in a terra cotta pot with a drain hole. Most perrenials need some months in the ground before they bloom, but you might talk to your local greenhouse to find out what (perrenial) plants are in bloom at that time. Not knowing where you live makes it difficult to make suggestions.
I'm now growing sedums (iceplant) which are very easy and fast to propagate. I made 100 1" pots from newspaper strips, filled them with potting soil, and they doubled in size in 2 months. Nice groundcover for a sunny location, blooms, and survives cold winters. Personally, I'd feel uncomfortable about ordering plants, the shock often sets them back.
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Plants called "Hen and Chicks" might look cool in teacups. Guest could take them home. Try going to several nurseries to see what you need. Only you can decide what is affordable and nice looking.
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fillyfod wrote:

Watering will be rather tricky with no drainage.
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Look for plants that are suitable for terrariums. Terrariums have no drainage holes. The plants often does well in glass containers with no drainage holes and sometimes in low light, including dishes and teacups.
http://www.thegardenhelper.com/terrarium~plants.html
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"Dan L." wrote:

or air. Many years ago as a young teen I dabbled in closed aquariums. I also had a great uncle whose hobby was miniature landscape gardening, he grew detailed gardens in baby food jars, even in containers so small as in toothpaste caps, with tiny farm buildings and ponds and streams made of bits of mirror, so small you'd need a 10X jewelers loupe to see it. He grew plants from ordinary fruit seeds from fruit one buys at the produce market, and from bits of moss and tiny plants he found growing out of city sidewalk cracks. In fact one year the NY Daily Mirror featured him with his hobby, a three page spread in their Sunday magazine section. I remember he lived alone in a small Brownsville, Brooklyn apartment, he only had a few windows for his plants but I remember there were so many I could hardly see out. That was almost 60 years ago, I wish I had saved it... I'm sure my parents did, my father saved everything, but they are long gone too.
http://www.terrariums.com /
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Hmmmm ...
Nephews and Nieces are impressionable. As for my life, I am a kid in a candy store, I sample everything. Youngest nephew got a job as caddy, borrowed my golf clubs, never seen the clubs again. Oldest niece took my guitar for music lessons, never saw the guitar again. I am glad they took them, the items was taking up closet space.
So your uncle was your garden inspiration? In a small way :)
I do hope my youngest nephew brings back my very nice digital camera that was borrowed two years ago :)
I am an old single uncle who loves to garden. They can have my garden hoe when they can pry it from my cold dead fingers :)
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