For Christmas Megan received some toadstools and a fairy door and after a bit of weeding it had become quite apparent that with all the decorative items we had well and truly grown out of the tray housing her fairy garden. I decided to donate my flower border which was in need of some TLC to the girls as their new fairy kingdom.
Megan's tray Fairy Garden circa 2013
The girls started by clearing out all the dead flowers, leaves and gave the soil a good turn over.
Charlie choose a lovely nobbly piece of wood from Nanny C's wood store, she recently had a log burner fitted so wood is a plenty! Megan decided where to put it and we propped the fairy door up against it. We had quite a few packets of wild flower and snapdragon seeds which were sown and a few pansies from Messy Church which the girls planted. I think a couple of mini trees would look great too!
We kept one pansy over to plant in this awesome Fairy Flowerpot from Interplay. I love the door on the outside which reveals a little fairy!! The pot did come with mustard seeds but we decided to plant the pansy instead. Olive layered the bottom with small stones to help with drainage and then filled it with soil after loosening off some of the roots (so it's not a matted lump) she placed it in a small hole she had dug. At £9.99 it's a reasonable price and great addition to your garden or can be used for indoor use too, although it didn't come with a tray so you will need something to rest it on.
The girls then arranged all their gnomes, toadstools and coloured glass stones, plus a couple of mirrors as water ponds, they also dug a hole placing two tin buckets in. These look great and fill with water and bugs, which of course the girls love!
I've vanished the bird boxes the children decorated during the half term holiday at Wyevale Garden Centre so I'll put one of these on the fence low enough to still be in Fairyland!
The best thing about fairy gardens are that they develop over time. You can always add new plants, special rocks from the beach or a bit of sparkly magic! It's also a fantastic resource for learning about plants, how to grow and look after them and the fairies add an element of role play too!
Interplay have a large range of Fairy Garden products which can be bought from Interplay and Amazon.
Megan is also currently waiting with baited breath for a Green Blue Peter badge, she sent them a poster on how to design a tray fairy garden. She isn't very patient so hopefully it won't be too much longer! Exciting!