As soon as I saw the Fairy Gardens popping up on Pinterest I knew that we had to have one of our own. An oak half barrel on the deck that usually houses cosmos was the perfect venue. I love cosmos, but they get so darn high that they block my view from the kitchen window to the backyard and shade garden. Nine year old Macy was only too happy to help with the work and the ideas. And the ideas keep on coming.
We started with a Michael's brownstone birdhouse, regular $16.99 on for $6.99 CDN. Macy painted the trim a custom turquoise... the secret recipe: one blob oyster white, one blob bahama blue.
I love stone houses so I knew we'd be havin' one of those. Mr. CF, the CF hound and I went on a pebble hunt (under the cleverly thought up premise of a fishing trip) out west in search of the perfect fairy house stones. No dice. Wouldn't you know he found the perfect fairy pebbles a half mile out of town? I couldn't have been happier if he brought home five dozen roses.
We used Lepages No More Nails Ultra as I couldn't find Liquid Nails which I had read somewhere would do the trick. This stuff is good for indoor/outdoor and is low odor -- the only thing I wasn't big on is that it is white. We did small sections at a time, bumping fingers and technique. We were both excited to see our house come to life. Five coats of spray sealer were added but I think I'll still bring the house in when there is a torrential rain. I'd hate to have the basement rot out from under the fairies!
We planted a dwarf delphinium, sea thrift, moss phlox, irish moss and transplanted a chunk of creeping thyme and hens & chicks from the bird bath bed. Miss M made her paths from pennies.
My potting bench backs up to the deck. It is due for a makeover this summer but it has been the handiest piece of outdoor furniture ever. It has held snacks, beverages and birthday party goodies and is an awesome work bench. Our apple and crab apple blossoms are losing their petals; the cedar waxwings will soon fly in to gobble them up.
Yesterday we added the birdcage and bunting. I just used wee diamond shaped scraps of fabric. Miss M was proud of her gazing ball: a marble on a golf tee. We have more ideas for this fairy garden and for the second one that Macy started after having so much fun with this one.
We'll keep you updated and let you know when the fairies move in. Thank you for visiting!
Update: Click here to see how our fairy garden is doing in July.
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