Thursday, June 25, 2015

Playing in the Fairy Garden

My goodness how time flies,  here it is nearly the end of June and the Fairy Garden is finally about ready for the Summer.  The twin fairies are happily seated beneath the China Doll tree an a pretty pink bench.  The fairies take turns sitting on this bench.  It seems to be their favorite spot in the garden (I think they feel secluded and safe there).  There is another bench in the fairy park but the fairy babies have claimed it as their own,  they like to watch the cerulean blue water as it bubbles down the creek and the babies just adore the frog pond in the park too!  The China Doll plant (that looks like a tree) was dug up late last fall and brought in for the winter.  It did very well in the Eastern facing  window in the dining room .  At the end of February I pruned all of the new growth back and took cuttings for a half a dozen new trees.  At the first of April  I started lightly fertilizing to encourage new bushy growth.  I pinched off the tiny new branches that started to grow around the base of the plant.

Fairy Garden 2015, China Doll Tree

When I designing the Fairy garden last summer I played with the placement of the castle and the plants until I was happy with the layout.
The fences and the rest of the plants were added after the major components were in place. Last but not least I added the fairies.  I spent days playing with them until I was happy with the overall effect.
Fairy Garden 2014
2014 Fairy Garden
Several baskets of flowers were placed on the table that the fairy garden was on and onto the table behind the fairy garden. This year I created several new fairy garden settings from old planters from last Summer (I reused the soil too). You probably have a bunch of old planters laying around too.
                                                                    From this,
Ready to up-cycle to a new fairy garden planter box.

To this.
Fairy Garden 2015 made from thrift store finds.

An old bird house,  a fairy,  some creeping Jenny,  mini herb pants, one pop-up viola, and a mini bird bath.  Plus a welcome gnome in the back.
Fairy Garden 2015 made from thrift store finds.









The best part of this post was getting to play with the fairies so I could take "just the right" pictures.










Fairy Garden 2015 made from thrift store finds.




Isn't this little thrift store fairy just the cutest little thing?












This fairy garden planter is to the left of the main Fairy Garden.
Fairy Garden 2015 made from thrift store finds.
The second planter was used to create a park setting complete with a frog pond and a creek for the fairies. As I mentioned before, the baby fairies took over the park bench.
Fairy Garden 2015 made from thrift store finds.
Fairy Garden 2015 made from thrift store finds.







The Frog Pond.

Fairy Garden 2015 made from thrift store finds.






The green fairy looks bored with babysitting the infant fairy.







Fairy Garden 2015 made from thrift store finds.

Fairy Garden 2015 made from thrift store finds.
The main Fairy Garden planter has black fish tank gravel added this year,  but other than that,  it is pretty much the same.  The babies have a parrot in their bird cage this year.  See the mini thyme plants peaking out from under and behind the table.... they have the cutest little pink flowers.
Fairy Garden 2015 made from thrift store finds.
Yes,  the fairies have traded places again. The blue winter fairy is enjoying popping her toes up in the sunshine.  Not to long ago she was out getting frostbite on those little toes.
Fairy Garden 2015 made from thrift store finds.
Brrr.... it was a very long cold winter.  It has only been a few weeks since our last frost here in the North Coast of Ohio.
Just the fences, the castle, and a couple of faux pine trees were left outside to winter over.
The back of the Fairy Garden.
Fairy Garden 2015 made from thrift store finds.


The purple fairy looks elegant in her garden setting.
Fairy Garden 2015 made from thrift store finds.

A pretty little pale yellow fairy dances in a flower basket behind the castle.
Fairy Garden 2015 made from thrift store finds.

The two little garden fairies in the basket below have been out picking flowers for their dinner table tonight.
Fairy Garden 2015 made from thrift store finds.

There are two other Fairy planters that are sitting on another iron table next to the patio door.  Both were created from thrift store buys.
Fairy Garden 2015 made from thrift store finds.

Fairy Garden 2015 made from thrift store finds.

and
Fairy Garden 2015 made from thrift store finds.
I am working on two more Fairy Garden Planters,  with a little luck it may stop raining within the next day or two so I can get back to working on my fairy garden.

The Korean Lilac bush in the front yard bloomed profusely this year.  Last year and the year before that late frosts blackened most of the buds.  This year we were home to cover them for the last frost,  a couple of days later it was in full bloom.

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I hope to be posting my first Summer tablescape for this year within the next week or so.  Until then,  remember to thrift on ladies, thrift on. 

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11 comments:

  1. I am so jealous! Everything is just beautiful. I did not get my fairy garden planted this year and I don't know if I will now, or not. You did a WONDERFUL job!!!! xo Diana

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  2. OH such sweetness - you have so many darling fairies. I love the two collecting flowers for their table. All the flowers look so pretty in with the fairies - and I do love all the fairies - this is so wonderful. I want to have a fairy garden but we don't have a cover on the deck and it gets up to about 100 degrees on the deck on sunny days - nothing much would last long out there in a fairy garden - maybe I can figure out a way to have one indoors. I only have two or three fairies - and so I will enjoy yours over and over. You really put a lot of work into these wonderful creations.

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  3. Everything about this post is enchanting! I wish I could shrink down and join the pretty fairies in their homes. I love them all and even have a couple like yours. I have glued some seashells around some of mine. I like to think they are fairies from the sea. You have a wonderful blog! Sweet hugs, Diane

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  4. oh my goodness Candy, it's simply incredible! How much fun you have playing in your fairy garden is evident in all the charming and whimsical details! My favorite part is the frog pond, I just love that blue glass babbling brook!
    Jenna

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  5. Oh Candy, it is just magical. Every time I see your fairy garden, I think I'm going to create one too. Your plantings surrounding it look gorgeous and add so much to the scene. Every detail is perfect. I love every bit of it.

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  6. Hi Candy!
    Thanks so much for coming by and taking the time to leave a comment. I appreciate every one of them . . . and you made my day!
    Your Fairy Garden is amazing! I just showed it to my girls, and they want to know if they can have one now, lol. It's beautiful! Thanks for sharing with us!
    Have a fantastic week,
    Suzanne

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  7. The whole world should see your delightful fairy gardens. Each fairy is like a gift. I like the blow by blow description of what each fairy is doing. If I was a little girl I'd be in fairy garden heaven and never leave.

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  8. WOW! Your fairy garden is gorgeous!! I love the up-cycled version, especially! I have a very tiny fairy garden and have use a birdhouse, as well in the past. My latest up-cycled version is a beach scene...you can check it out about mid-way down in this post - http://cairncottage.blogspot.com/2015/07/livelovelakeand-july-4th.html
    I love your lilac tree, also!!
    Ann @ Cairn Cottage

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  10. I love the fairy gardens, they look so adorable! Every time I see one (especially this one) I think it reduces my stress level because of the whimsy it evokes. Great job!

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    1. Thank you Christine, I always feel like I am playing when I am tending to the plants in the fairy garden. It is very restful to play at arranging the fairies and their houses.

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