I hadn’t ever made a fairy garden before, in fact it wasn’t even on my radar until I became a frequent visitor and friend at Gardening Nirvana. Alys revamp’s her very own Fairy Garden for every special occasion and is brilliant at recycling everyday objects into her charming creations. With that in mind, I used my faded Christmas wreath as the filler inside the glass urn.
I had to have something with a lid, as the kitties are relentless about plants in the house. They absolutely must investigate anything new. Here’s the
sharks kitties circling the container before planting. Since I was re-cycling the pine and cones from my old wreath and additional cedars from the Winter Pots, I decided my garden would reflect a boreal forest. I splurged ($10) on a miniature tree grown especially for a miniature garden.
I started by making a nest inside the urn with layers of recycled cedar bits and Reindeer Moss (Michael’s $5.00). I added a little garden soil inside the nest to lay my sheet moss on. This will give the moss something healthy to grow on. If you buy dry sheet moss (Michael’s $5.00), do let it drink water in a shallow dish for a couple of days before. I wanted a little hill so I added the pine cones I salvaged from my Christmas wreath, put a little dirt on top and covered them with another piece of sheet moss.
The fun part is adding your treasures. If you are a frequent visitor at Boomdeeadda, you know I love all things vintage. Naturally the Fairy Garden had to reflect that. Romeo, the squirrel, Gnome and his garden house are inexpensive vintage finds from the Antique Mall. The glass stepping-stones are from Corinthia Flowers, but you can find these at most Dollar stores.
If we’re very quiet, we can catch a close up view of the garden layers in the urn from behind. Can you see the pinecones tucked in there? I’ve hardly had to water it at all since the moss was very moist when I made the garden. A quick spritz with a spray bottle does the trick.
As of today, I’m still thinking of a name for my little red capped friend. I got these fab suggestions:
Laurie at Pride In Photo’s, suggested ‘Thinker the Stinker’
Julia at Defeat Despair thought ‘Ferdinand or Ludwig
Leilani at Clyde Woman offered ‘Gnomey the Homey”
Thanks Valerie at Nikitaland for ‘Herbie’
My Fairy Garden Mother Alys, tickled us with word play via ‘Gnome de Plume’
The Pyjama Gardener thought an old name would suit his adorable vintage vibe and
the lovely Marlene at In Search Of It All told me all about Tomte-gnomas….maybe Tommy?
Stay tuned and thank you one and all!
I just can’t help saying hello every time I walk by, I’m having so much fun. I hope you’ve gotten some ideas for a Gnome home of your own.