Fall in the Fairy Garden

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Alright.  These are not fairies.

But they are delightful.  And they are some of my favorite people.

And looking oh so adorably Fall-ish.

 

Anyway… 

I have a good reason for talking about Fall, even though it is hardly Fall in the Smokies.  It still feels like Summer.  I found this great DIY from Espoma for a Fall Fairy Garden and it talks about a product I’ve never heard of, but I am definitely going to be using.  ShapeCrete – “Plays like clay, works like concrete..”  Intrigued?  Read on!

“Fairy gardens do better when in an area protected from the elements. When thinking about where to create or place your fairy garden, think about the environmental factors like wind and rain that can ruin the garden. When Laura is done creating her fairy garden, she will place it on her covered porch where it will be protected!

Before we begin, there are a few things to note:

  • There is no drainage in this miniature garden, so water lightly and only when the plants need it. Laura suggests using a syringe to get the right amount of water exactly where it’s needed.
  • If using shapecrete, it may still be soft after 30 minutes of curing, so don’t put too much weight on it. It will continue to cure for 24 hours.
  • This is a seasonal project, so before winter comes find a new home for the plants, either in a greenhouse or indoors, in order to preserve them.

Watch Laura dive into this fun autumn fairy garden! Here is a list of supplies she uses.

Materials Used:
Old Suitcase
Heavy Black Plastic
Espoma’s Organic Potting Mix
Small Plants
Tree Figurines with LED lights
Shapecrete
Native soil
Putka Pods (Look like Miniature Pumpkins)
Autumn Themed Fairy Figurines and Décor
Mulch
Embellishments

Plants Laura Used:
Tiny Tim Euphorbia
Irish Moss
Straw Flower
Creeping Jenny
Sempervivums

How to Create an Autumn Fairy Garden:

  1. Line an old suitcase with heavy plastic in order to preserve it and keep the soil in one place.
  2. Fill with Espoma’s Organic Potting Mix and trim the excess plastic from the container to make it look clean and precise.
  3. Add plants. Remember to work from back to front adding height and texture to the miniature landscape. Use plants that will stay small, so they don’t outgrow your garden.
  4. Add tree figurines. If they light up, keep them near the sides so the cords don’t get wet.
  5. Create a road or pathway for your fairies. Cut photo paper to make a guide where you want the road to go. Mix water with shapecrete and pour between the photo paper. Let dry 30 minutes before removing the paper. It’ll continue to cure for 24 hours.
  6. Now is the time to set the autumn scene and add in your fairy garden figurines. Laura used putka pods, miniature straw bales, apples in a barrel, a Farmer’s Market stand, a worker and a truck full of pumpkins! Feel free to add some mulch and native soil to give it an authentic field feel.
  7. Decorate the lid of your suitcase with fall themed embellishments. Laura added a bunting banner in fall colors.

Enjoy your new fairy garden!

Use Espoma’s organic potting mix in your fairy garden.”

Pink is My Signature Color

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And it’s kind of a given that Fairies prefer pink…

So naturally I found the following article most interesting.  It was written for Mothers Day, so I’m a day late and a dollar short, as usual.  Still, it’s good info for those who like pink, and succulents, and fairies, and MOTHERS!

Pink Succulents Mom Will Love

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With Mother’s Day right around the corner, you’re probably getting ready to shower your mom with love! But, deciding what to get mom gets harder each year. Instead of pink or red roses, try something new – pink succulents! While succulents typically are seen in various shades of green or blue, pretty pinks and ruby reds are perfect for Mother’s Day.

Succulents are trending in the décor world right now and look great in any home. They’re also very low maintenance and easy to care for, perfect for a busy mom on the go.

Here are five succulents to buy for mom this Mother’s Day:

Perle von Nurnberg

The overlapping leaves of this echeveria species are beautiful in color. A greyish brown base with light pink and purple highlights creates contrast between the leaves.  In the summer, the flowers can become coral to red with a yellow interior. As with all succulents, be sure to keep soil dry to avoid root rot and growth damage.

Afterglow

This echeveria truly lives up to its name. With beautiful pastel pink and purple leaves, these succulents look like something from a fairytale, a flower any mom is sure to love. Afterglow is perfect for indoor or outdoor containers. When growing succulents in containers, be sure to use Espoma’s Cactus Mix for best results.

Aurora 

This sedum variety is definitely a fan favorite. Its bead-shaped, pink leaves earned Aurora the adorable nickname “Pink Jelly Beans” – and what mom wouldn’t love that? Yellow and white summer blooming flowers pair perfectly with the existing pink foliage.

Paddle Plant

Also known as Flapjack Plant or Desert Cabbage, this succulent gets its name from its flat, wide leaves. Paddle plant is typically found in green, but becomes accented with red when it receives enough sunlight. Like most of the succulents on this list, the pink and red color only becomes more prominent with more sun.

Graptopetalum pachyphyllum 

Bonus points for mom if she can pronounce the name! This species has beautiful rosettes of pinkish leaves, topped by tiny, yellow flowers with pointed petals. When given a lot of sunlight, the gray foliage can show a reddish tint.

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Better Garden Photos

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You might be wanting to capture images of your beautiful garden or hoping to improve your photography skills.  Perhaps you simply want to prove that fairies really ARE real.  No matter your reason, we’ve picked up a few tips here and there that we can share with you that can change your garden photos into something special!

LIGHT

Light is everything.  But don’t be fooled into thinking that a bright sunny day is the best for taking pictures in your garden.  That beautiful sunshine causes harsh shadows and washes out colors.

A cloudy day can give you plenty of light and no shadows!  Some of the most amazing effects are achieved in lower light or even in a misty rain.  Just remember your tripod!

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TIME

Dawn is a lovely time of day for capturing your garden, and also at dusk.  While your favorite camera is important, your tripod is essential.  It allows you to shoot at low light and you don’t have to be concerned about camera movement and blurry pictures.

PAUSE

Before you click that shutter button, take a couple of seconds to check for unwanted elements in your photo.  A faded blossom or discolored leaves are easy enough to remove with editing software, but a moment spent now will save time later.  Plus, you will learn composition.

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Spring may actually be here at last, friends.  I hope we have given you some inspiration to get out into your gardens and enjoy them.  Just watch your step while you’re behind that viewfinder… good gardens bring fairies!