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Tuesday, 01 May 2018

If your little girls are anything like ours then at some stage you'll be asked (begged!) to host a fairy garden party for them and all their friends. As girls get older however, you'll need to think beyond fairy wings and magical wands. With this in mind, Becky from Family Garden Life has put together an enchanting and budget friendly fairy party which focuses on fun activities in the garden.

On the blog she will show you how to create gorgeous flower crowns, elegant decorations, simple healthy treats and a DIY fairy gardening activity featuring our Flower Fairies and Gypsy Garden accessories.

          

"The experience was amazing, the atmosphere magical and the smiles were bright."

Read the full article over on the Family Garden Life blog or watch the Fairy Garden Party video on our Garden Gallery page.

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Tuesday, 24 April 2018

It was yet another huge year for My Little Fairy Garden at the Perth Garden Festival! The festival saw 34,000 people through the gates over four days and we really loved chatting to all who visited us.

Market Garden in a wheelbarrow

We had two themes for this year's display. The first was our 'Market Garden' in a wheelbarrow. This was designed and created just for the kids. We wanted to inspire little green thumbs and take them on a journey from garden to table. All the plants featurend in the wheelbarrow are edible, from the tomatos and chives in the vegie patch to bordering Alyssum, Violas and Lemon Verbena. 

        

This garden is home to the Merriment Fairies. Eva is tending tirelessly to the crops in the patch with her scarecrow friend - although he is just too sweet to scare away any of those pesky birds! 

    

Jewel has a big heart and loves caring for the bunnies, bees and chickens, while Lily watches over the garden as she picks flowers along the path.        

     

Travel along the Market Garden path and you'll find a ladder leading up to a shady tree. This is where you'll meet dreamer Mikayla lost in her books and Charlotte preparing for winter, knitting the most delightful rainbow scarf. Head down another hanging ladder to a flower garden and you'll find Ann Estelle, Queen of the Merriment Fairies. She scolds cheeky Scotty dog as he chases a butterfly onto the table while awaiting a delicious blueberry pie delivery from the Homegrown stand.

    

In our main display you'll find the Flower Fairies living where the moss meets the gum trees... a lush and green fairy village. Some of the fairies live and dance in the trees, others reside in toadstools or flower topped houses.

Here Mr Gnome sits quietly reading and fishing by the pond while nearby Iris Fairy is waiting to greet the family of ducks who often come to waddle along the stream bank. 

    

Marigold enjoys sitting outside her log stump home while chatting to her good friend and neighbour Elderberry, who renovated an old clodhopper into a rather splendid abode. She likes to sit here and watch all the children who visit the playground, hoping sometimes they ask her to join them at the seesaw! 

    

Above the village we included some other enchanting scenes. This is where Bluebell, King of the Forrest, stands tall next to his woodland throne, and together with his woodland friends, watch over all who pass by.

As always, it was great fun putting our display together and seeing the joy on the faces of children and adults alike! We hope they inspire you on your own fairytale garden adventures!

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Wednesday, 02 August 2017

It’s all good and well to have a gorgeous fairy garden that you and your family can enjoy, but too often plants can become straggly or have stunted growth which means you aren’t able to enjoy this long term. Here’s a quick checklist on how you can get the best out of your fairy garden.

Strong foundations

If you are planting your own fairy garden, whether it be in a pot or in the ground, giving it a good foundation will really set you off on the right foot.

For either set up, you need to make sure the soil is free draining but has the capacity to hold some water rather than wash right through, and that your soil is going to feed your plants right from the get go.

  1. Use a good quality potting mix – most will already contain some slow release fertiliser and some organic matter. Don’t cheap out – you’ll end up spending more down the track or have to replace it sooner.
  2. Add a bit of a good slow release fertiliser. My favourite is horse manure, you can use any kind of well rotted manure, worm castings, compost or even a commercial, coated slow release fertiliser – there is plenty of choices depending on the types of plants you choose.
  3. Moisten the soil before you work, checking to ensure the soil is not water repellent.  Water repellency is when the water beads on the surface instead of soaking in.

I use my wheel barrow as a mixing bowl to repot all of my pot plants at once.

If you are planting in the ground, you can look at getting a delivery of good gardening soil in bulk to save you some money. You can dig in some kaolin clay to help sandier soils hold water better – if you can get your hands on some, throw some in the potting mix if potting your garden too!

Selecting your plants

Don’t be afraid to think outside the box – fairy’s reside all over the globe, any plants will do. Here are some quick combinations that I would love to see.

Herbs: Thyme, sage and oregano. Providing gorgeous perfume year round and flowering too, these are excellent to have at your fingertips for flavour. Sage may struggle a little with the heat, give it a good haircut when it starts to look daggy. With some fairy care takers, these should look better than ever.

Oregano is hardy and low growing with a gorgeous rich green colour.

Cottage Flowers: Salvia, pansies and babies tears. These will need to be watered regularly but will provide a cool place for your fairies to reside and a splash of colour to your veranda. In summer you might need to swap out your pansy with a petunia.

Babies Tears will provide a cool place for fairies to reside.

Natives: Native violets, Dichondra silver falls and Dianella tiny titan. Keep the soil damp but not wet for these. While Dianella loves the sunshine the violets prefer the shade, so find somewhere that will catch some morning sun but keep away from the heat of the day.

Maintaining your garden

Every so often you will need to repot your garden, or if in the ground add some organic matter to the soil and mulch in order to protect the soil and keep you plants healthy. Mulching will also help you keep the weeds down – saving you oodles of time in the long run.

Be sure to cut off unhappy or dead foliage when you see it to let your plants thrive. If anything looks too sickly for too long, don’t be afraid to pull it out and replace it, this will prevent the spread of disease and save you money trying to treat the problem with all sorts of sprays and powders.

Give your garden a tonic every few weeks, I love to use seaweed or kelp based fertilisers, but often alternate with liquid food from my worm farm. This will keep your soil alive and happy, as well as feeding your plants.

Worm farms often have a little tap at the bottom to syphon out the good stuff!

A few simple steps along the way will have your garden flourishing and everyone will remember your little fairy palace for all the right reasons. 


About the Author: 

Katie - A Place to Sow

Katie grew up in an agrecultural comminity in the south west of WA but is now living in the southern suburbs of Perth. Adapting to gardening on sandy costal soil and town water supplies are certainly learning curves, but she takes the chanllenge with two hands. Kate loves to share and empower everyone from all walks of life to get in to the garden and give it a go.

 

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