Our fairy garden

If you’ve read some of my previous blogposts you’ll already know that this summer’s project has been our garden. It’s been a long, but rewarding task. We had a general plan in mind when starting, but as with many projects some things have evolved along the way. When relaying our patio we had planned to have the path curve and lay grass right up to our existing driveway. However, much as hubby tried with the cutter he had, he could not cut through the slabs straight, let alone on a curve. We had to re think the plan.

We put forward various solutions and asked family, that visited in the interim, what they thought. We agreed ending with a straight edge would look neater. That left us with a small, awkward triangle on a bit of a hill. The whole point of renovating the garden was to take out the trip hazards so we decided we’d turn it into a flower bed so the girls would need to walk around.

Here we were with this extra flower bed to fill and I’m no gardener, there’s not even a tinge of green in my fingers. However, I am pretty creative and I have seen so many gorgeous little fairy and sensory gardens on my late night Pinterest trawls. Plus Squidge loves all things small and she is role playing more and more.

First off we needed a trip to the garden centre. I wanted to choose plants that offered variety from a sensory point of view. I’d tell you the names of the plants I chose if I knew them all, but I’m afraid I don’t. I did warn you I’m not a gardener. The first in the series of photos is a rockery plant and a ground spreader. If it manages to flower they will be a gorgeous shade of blue. I chose this one as I think it has the best chance of living in a shallow bed plus the leaves have quite a rubbery texture. The next one is my ‘show stopper’ huge yellow blooms against dark green leaves- it attracted Boo instantly. She keeps attempting to pull all the petals off and you can see her below imitating Mummy ‘Noooo’. Perhaps I need to retire the pointy finger?!

There’s lavender and rosemary, both there to add scent. We may use some of the rosemary to cook with and I’m almost certain you can add either of these to play dough for extra sensory fun. The little conifer has spiky leaves and is meant to smell like lemon, though I’m yet to be convinced. I love that this is a miniature version of a larger tree. I will be tracking down tiny baubles at Christmas.

With all the plants in pots I did what I have seen real gardeners do (my parents included) and I placed them around the flower bed, I moved them a few times – trying to get a balance of colours and heights. When I was happy with the layout I planted them all, making sure to split up the roots so they could bed in well. I gave them a good watering when I’d finished too.

Whole levelling the garden we cand across an assortment of pebbles and I kept them to one side. I chose the largest, best shaped ones to use as little fairy houses. I painted them using poster paints. It took a few coats particularly for some of the lighter colours and for adding the details. Onice they were dry I coated them with a PVA/Water mix as a varnish. I’m not sure they will last in our delightful English weather, but it won’t be terribly upsetting if it washes off. We can try again with acrylics and I should probably let Squidge have a go!

I placed the houses and remaining pebbles around the garden. This looked ok, but there was definitely something missing. We had some left over pebbles from filling in the side of the patio, I decided these would make a perfect little path between the houses. I also raided one of my vases for the glass beads in the bottom, knowing they would male a perfect fairy pool.

Boo was straight in! She loves the glass beads and has been transporting them all over the garden ever since they went in. She also likes to remove all the pebbles around the edge. I don’t mind as the whole idea of this little patch is that the girls are allowed to play with it. Nothing in it is irreplaceable.

As the days have passed we’ve added a couple of other bits, mini solar lights, which I have placed along the paths. A little wooden flower windmill which also fascinates Boo, the spinner and the little beads underneath. I certainly think we’ll keep adding to our fairy garden, whether it’s bits we buy or things we make – I’ve already started hoarding lolly sticks with grand plans of mini fences and benches.

I’m really pleased with the result and the girls have definitely been making the most of it, both in their individual ways. Boo mostly moving pieces and touching and feeling the plants. Squidge with little role play sessions using small world characters and the spare pebbles. She has also been helping to water the flowers and noticed that one of them has flowered.

Please do me know what you think, or feel free to send me a picture or links to your own fairy gardens!

Lots of love Cat, Squidge and Boo xxx



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  • Mallory L Welch (July 5, 2016)

    This is so fun! What a great way to make use of the space! I love how you’re letting the girls play in it instead of trying to keep it perfect, I’m sure it’s great for developing their imaginations. I bet my son would get a kick out of something like this too (he also loves to pull the tops off of flowers). #TwinklyTuesday

    • Cat (July 5, 2016)

      Thank you 🙂
      Having their own little space has diverted their attention from the rest of the plants (in the most part!) and it’s definitely adding to the small world imaginative fun! Xxx

  • Bridie By The Sea (July 6, 2016)

    Oh this is gorgeous and makes me really want a little garden! So cute that your little one can get involved too and such a lovely thing to do together x #BloggerClubUK

    • Cat (July 6, 2016)

      Thank you. To be honest I think I had the most fun making it! They’ve both already played in there lots though xx

  • Mess and Merlot (July 6, 2016)

    Ooh this is very cute! I have on old Belfast sink I keep planning to turn into a fairy garden but Flump will be off to uni by the time I actually get round to it!! 🙂 x #TwinklyTuesday

    • Cat (July 6, 2016)

      We kept a clay sink that was in the garage when we knocked it down, I did plan to make a fairy garden in there… not sure what I’ll do with it now. If you have all the bits you need, or don’t mind taking your time to add bits, it’s quite a quick job really. Love the name Flump! 🙂 xxx

  • Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love) (July 6, 2016)

    What a gorgeous little fairy garden and I love the way you chose the plants for giving a sensory experience with the garden. We have a little garden in a pot for the girls and I’d like to add fairy houses and paths but haven’t got around to it yet. Boo and Squidge certainly seem to be having fun with their fairy garden 🙂

    • Cat (July 7, 2016)

      Thank you! There’s lots of places you can buy them from, but I quite like to make things. Depending how old your girls are, you could always set them the challenge. Xx

  • Lisa (mummascribbles) (July 8, 2016)

    I love fairy gardens! This is so so cute. Thanks for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

    • Cat (July 9, 2016)

      Thank you Lisa! 🙂 x

  • Fiona - Coombe Mill (July 8, 2016)

    Oh my this is so adorable. I love the whole story of how it came to be here and it is certainly a great idea for a small patch that was too hard to pave. We have a fairy garden on a large scale but it has many of the same trinkets and ornaments inside as yours has. If you have a look though my Trash 2 Treasure category I have some great ideas for homemade things for fairy gardens too that I’m sure Boo would enjoy helping you make. Those plants you chose all look delightful, I do hope they all survive but watch the rosemary doesn’t take over, I’ve just had to give mine a good prune.

    Thank you for sharing such a delightful project with me on #CountryKids

    • Cat (July 9, 2016)

      Thank you. It means extra coming from someone with actual green fingers! So far, so good with the plants. They’re all flowering which makes it look even cuter. I shall definitely take a look at the Trash 2 Treasure posts. We love a bit of junk play and upcycling. xx

  • Cheryl | TimeToCraft (July 8, 2016)

    It does look lovely. I like that they can change it, which I’m sure they will over the weeks. I’m sure they will add more items, that you’ve never thought about using. Wonderful way to grow their love of gardening and nature. If they are anything like my children, they will be adding seeds to next year’s seed list. Plants they would like to grow. #CountryKids

    • Cat (July 9, 2016)

      Thank you. Next summer I’d quite like to make them a space at the end of the large flower bed so they could plant and grow some things. I need to plan ahead though – everything needs planting at different times!

  • Emma T (July 8, 2016)

    That looks lovely. Always great to get the children involved with creating it too

    • Cat (July 9, 2016)

      They’re much more likely to look after it if they help build it, I hope! x

  • Karen (@karenjwhitlock) (July 9, 2016)

    How gorgeous! I love the idea of having lavender and rosemary for their scent. I’m sure it will give so much pleasure…

  • Baby Isabella (July 9, 2016)

    What a wonderful fairy garden! It looks so colourful! We have a little patch of earth for me to play with but its ended up like a mud bath…Opps! Maybe we can adopt this idea xx popping over from #CountryKids #TwinklyTuesday #BloggerClubUK xx

    • Cat (July 9, 2016)

      It does save it getting trampled, but there’s a lot to be said for a good stomp in the mud. I see so many lovely mud kitchen ideas, you could try that too. I don’t have one, having mud always available just makes me think of the amount of cleaning I’d have to do every time they’d been in – I think I’d do this as more of a temporary thing! xx

  • karen (July 9, 2016)

    I want to have a little fairy garden in our new house..when we finally get it which hopefully won’t be too long. Just lovely x #countrykids

    • Cat (July 9, 2016)

      I wish you all the luck with the new place. I was so excited to move from our tiny house. Good luck with the fairy garden too, let me have a peep when you finish it 🙂 x

  • Emma (July 9, 2016)

    Oh what a great idea and fantastic for encouraging the children to garden with you. Really lovely 🙂 I bet all the different scents smell amazing too! #countrykids

    • Cat (July 9, 2016)

      Thank you. The girls love being out in the garden, especially now we have grass to run around on! xx

  • karen (July 9, 2016)

    Thats brilliant. Concrete slabs are so difficult to cut curved! Great solution, one the girls will be super proud of as they get to add to it year on year. well done #countrykids

    • Cat (July 10, 2016)

      Thank you! A cheat turned out alright in the end 🙂 xx

  • Heidi (July 9, 2016)

    What a beautiful fairy garden. I love one in my garden but my daughter is too old and my sons are not interested. Maybe I’ll have to build one for myself!


    • Cat (July 10, 2016)

      Maybe you could do a more boy-ish version? Add some toy soldiers or maybe some toy bugs or dinosaurs? Dino land! Xx

  • Emma (July 9, 2016)

    I think this is such a great use of a small space in the garden and it looks so pretty. I would have loved this when I was little and could have spent hours playing in it. Clearly, your girls loved it too! I’m going to steal the border idea for my own garden. #countrykids

    • Cat (July 10, 2016)

      Thank you! Pinch away 😉 xxx

  • BloggerMummyLauren (July 9, 2016)

    What a great use of such a small space. It looks lovely, and the kids look like they are really enjoying it! #TwinklyTuesday

    • Cat (July 10, 2016)

      Thank you! They are, we’ve added a stone painted hungry caterpillar and a slightly garish rainbow windmill since xx

  • Sara | mumturnedmom (July 9, 2016)

    This is brilliant! I’m currently trying to tame a small part of our garden, and it’s the area that the kids use. My little girl would love this… a brilliant way to get them involved! #countrykids

    • Cat (July 10, 2016)

      Please send me some pictures of what you do! Nothing better than pinching others ideas as inspiration – you might add something I want! Xx

  • Keitha (July 10, 2016)

    It is a beautiful little garden and so much fun that your littles can play with it. #countrykids

    • Cat (July 10, 2016)

      Thank you 🙂 xx

  • Sarah | Boo Roo and Tigger Too (July 10, 2016)

    Such a, lovely way to utilise a small area in the garden. My MIL always has a, fairy garden for the grandchildren in her garden. I’ll have to see if I can find the perfect spot to add one in our new garden.

    • Cat (July 10, 2016)

      Definitely! I love ours, just glad I have the girls as an excuse to have one! 🙂 xxx

  • Mommy's Little Princesses (July 10, 2016)

    This is absolutely fabulous! Your little ones must get hours of entertainment out of their beautiful fairy garden. Xx #CountryKids

  • Merlinda Little (Glimmer of Hope) (July 10, 2016)

    I would love love ot have a garden because we dont! This is such a lovely area. I think that you made the area definitely look better by making it a fairt garden area. I am planning on making a potted version but I just cant get hold of the things I need but if ever I finish that one I will share it with you =)


    • Cat (July 10, 2016)

      Oh, I know what it’s like not to have your own outdoor space. Our tiny garden at the last house wasn’t enough even after we fenced it and grassed it all. Plus it was to the side do you were shut off from the house, not ideal with small people in tow. A potted version sounds lovely, I’ve seen a few on Pinterest. Definitely send my your finished pics xxx

  • My Two Mums (July 10, 2016)

    What a lovely little garden. I have promised M a small garden patch in our new home. I can’t wait to see what fun we get up to with it. #countrykids

    • Cat (July 10, 2016)

      There are so many cute ideas out there! Xx

  • Samantha Free (July 11, 2016)

    Love love love this! And yes lavender play dough is brilliant, I highly recommend! #CountryKids

    • Cat (July 11, 2016)

      Thank you! I’ll definitely give it a go 🙂 xx

  • Let kids be kids (July 11, 2016)

    Oh how cute. It looks fab and a lovely idea for the children to be able to play with and add to it. #CountryKids

    • Cat (July 11, 2016)

      Thank you 🙂 xx

  • Melody (July 14, 2016)

    Oh my. I love this. It’s so pretty as well. I wish, I can be as creative though. I am terrible in gardening. hehehe

    • Cat (July 14, 2016)

      Thank you, but I’m no gardener, honestly! It has all survived though, maybe there really new fairies looking after it… 🙂 xx


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