There is just so much to the outdoors and beautiful plants are everywhere. Did you know that some of the gardens are more magical than others? Have you heard of Fairy Gardens? Fairy Gardens are actually a hobby in addition to something that will beautiful your patios, and yards. If you are into gardening, outdoors or spending any therapeutic time in creating beauty check out Fairy Gardening. There are many reasons to create a fairy garden, but mine was a simple twist of fate. Finding myself in a little out of the way town after a meeting with a little time to waste, I stopped in a little family owned nursery that was off the beaten path to pick up some herbs for the spring planting season…then I fell in love with my new “little hobby”, Fairy Gardening! Do you see a little theme here? Lavishly live the diy project of a Fairy Garden out loud and become a fairy gardener.
A Fairy Garden
Let’s talk about Fairies for a moment: Most of us imagine fairies as tiny winged female spirits that bring us good luck and happiness. Who wouldn’t want to lure them into our home and provide them a small sanctuary to ensure they stay for a long time? The idea is to create a nice safe place for fairies to relax and where they will feel at home and a miniature Fairy Garden is a great way to welcome them into your home. The upside, besides the good luck they bring, is that fairies are fairly low maintenance.
I didn’t buy anything to start a fairy garden that day, but I mulled the idea over in my head. So the whole family took a trip to the nursery the next day and $200 later, me and both of my sons ended up with all of the fixins for three container Fairy Gardens (plus some extra stuff to change it up for the little sprites). The kids are very inventive and creative, perhaps moreso than myself and this lends to the most imaginative, creative and beautiful Fairy Gardens.
Fairy Gardens are fairly simple to create and since fairies are very small they only need a small place to frolic. Any container will be a great start, from a nice 14 inch terra cotta bowl to a small china tea cup. The simple rules of gardening apply to the growing part, drainage, soil, water and sun. The fun part starts with selecting you plants or herbs for your garden and continues with furnishings and accessories. The nursery I went to had small plants for use in the fairy garden landscape. I chose Soapwort, Dianthus (tiny rubies), ‘Elfin’ Thymus, Blue Star Creeper and some really small Hens and Chicks. The Hens and Chicks are so small, they are in a small little pot that has a diameter the size of a quarter! Fairies love to tend their garden too!
There are many ways to accessorize your garden and you can choose them based on your personality. My garden has an ice cream table and chairs, a fire pit, a gazing ball and some stepping stones. To bring the illusion of water I used blue gravel and for the paths, just regular gravel. Since I love coffee, I would assume my fairy would too so I added a teeny coffee cup and my boys have bikes and cupcakes in their garden. There are hundreds of miniatures that can be purchased in craft stores as well as small things you have around your house like thimbles, empty spools and sticks from your yard that your fairy can use in her fire pit.
Fairies enjoy the hospitality and prefer to stay in places that they are invited and welcomed. To make them feel really welcome, give them their own special place filled with the things YOU would enjoy so you attract the fairies most like you. CAUTION: While fairies are known to bring good luck and happiness, they also enjoy singing, dancing, playing music and basically partying all night. Be a responsible fairy host and let them!! Lavishly live gardening out loud and create a wonderful Fairy Garden.