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 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!
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.
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.
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!
We’ve been spending a lot of time in the evening and on weekends creating mini garden accessories for our shoppe. This is fun and relaxing for us, and we would much rather be crafting than all the other things we should be doing.
My mini mushrooms are made of clay, and they start out looking like this. They have to dry for 24 hours.
The next evening, we paint. Red is the most popular, but I love turquoise and I feature turquoise in many of my fairy gardens.
They aren’t spotted… that’s just my kitchen lights 🙂 This coat of paint dries for 24 hours and then comes the next step.
Polka-dots! These little guys are so much fun to make. We sell them in packages of three. Super cute!
I keep saying “we” and I should give some credit to my trusty assistant, who thinks I keep some strange hours.
Thank goodness for Friday. What a week! I stumbled on this yesterday while looking for something else. She’s just lovely and perfect for today. Have a wonderful weekend!
… And How To Avoid Them
Right Plant – Right Place
This is key. Remember “Right Plant – Right Place” if nothing else! Plants are free spirits. They like different soils and temperatures and varied amounts of light and water. So first you have to consider where you are going to plant or place your mini garden when choosing your plants. Then you need to make sure that the plants you choose will play nicely together. Similar requirements for light and water are essential, especially in a container.
You Can’t Fool Mother Nature
Your local garden center is going to display sweet baby plants and herbs in adorable tiny pots and call them “Fairy Garden Plants.” You can use them, but keep this in mind:
- They are usually not true “dwarf” plants and will grow like crazy, taking over your miniature garden. You can keep them cut back or repot later.
- Many need full sun. Watch for this if you are planting an indoor container garden.
- Slower growing dwarf and true miniature plants work best.
If your garden will be outside, choose dwarf and miniature plants based on the amount of light your garden or porch gets and appropriate for your planting zone. For indoors, plants that require shade or low light are best. These are some of my favorites for indoor mini gardens:
Variegated English Boxwood
Dwarf Mondo Grass
Variegated Fairy Vine
The Dirt on Dirt
Dirt is a four-letter word at Just Gardens Supplies. Dirt is dead. Organic Potting Soil or Planting Mix is what you want for your Miniature Garden containers. It has everything your plants need. When choosing soil, notice that there are different mixes for indoor and outdoor containers. Many mixes will have a mild, time released fertilizer added so be aware of this. You do not want to over fertilize your plants or encourage rampant growth in your tiny garden. A moisture retaining polymer may be added as well. This can be beneficial for an outdoor container.
Tips on Watering
- All. Pots. Need. Drainage.
- Before you water, check the soil with your finger at least an inch deep. If it feels wet, wait a day or two. If it is barely damp, you can water.
- If you travel often or tend to forget your plants occasionally… consider succulents.
Have No Fear
Plants die sometimes. They just do. But it’s no reason to give up on mini gardening, and it’s certainly no reason to be afraid to try! Get another plant to replace it and try again. I can’t keep Irish Moss healthy all Summer to save my life. But I know when I see it for sale this Spring I’ll get some more and give it my best. I just love it!
Adapted from an article by Janit Calvo, best-selling author of Gardening in Miniature: Create Your Own Tiny Living World.
The entrance to our new building.
Our New Shoppe
We told you way last summer that we were going to be moving. SO MUCH has happened between then and now! It’s just the two of us running this business, so when things get crazy, we really have to scramble. But, the remodeling and moving is done, and we’re pretty well settled in. We have some projects to do outside when Spring arrives, such as a beautiful outdoor patio area and something to make our entrance warm and inviting. We’re looking forward to those improvements.
Amidst all of the chaos, Len and I each welcomed a new grandbaby. For Len an absolutely beautiful little girl, and for me an upside down, unexpectedly early little boy, who is also positively perfect.
The Heart of It
What you see above is part of our new, expanded mini garden department. So exciting! It’s so much fun because it will always be an ever-changing work in progress. We plan to add a year-round Christmas section, many more locally handcrafted items, and as always, we do our best to find quality Fairy Garden accessories you won’t see in the chain stores.
Our beautiful new retail space naturally features our primary product lines, professional quality outdoor lighting and water feature components, as well as home and garden decor. Like these guys. They’re my favorite. Don’t they just make you smile?
Leaps of Faith
And last, but certainly not least, is some really big news. We’re nearly ready to open our online store! This has been a huge undertaking… I had NO IDEA! It’s not there yet, but we’re well on our way. You’ll be the first to know when we launch!
And, you can now follow us on Instagram!