Wednesday, May 25, 2016

My Garden Journal - Return of the Fairies

We have just had the most glorious long Victoria Day weekend of sun and warm temperatures. I've fluffed and repainted my garden art and can now say I'm ready for the garden tour on June 12. The local paper is sending someone around this week to take photographs and if he sees any weeds, he's welcome to pluck them out. I have actually bent down and pulled weeds while at someone else's garden and then looked rather sheepish because it's a natural habit for gardeners.
 Brunnera 'Jack Frost' with bleeding heart 'Valentine' in the background.
 I'm using osteospermum in a couple of pots this year.
 If I had to pick a favourite hosta it would be 'June' who never gets chewed by the slugs.
 A new mini hosta and this year I'm using a paint pen from Michael's' to mark my labels. I've read they won't fade or rub off with it.
Not a particularly appealing cement background but a nice pairing of allium with a white mullein in the south garden. I added a blue weave background texture.
The fairies have returned and they're ready for summer.



A (hopefully) squirrel proof box that hubby built me for my deck fairy garden. The little lights are battery operated.
I finally made a teacup fairy garden.
Happy Gardening, Take Time for Tea

28 comments:

  1. How funny all these little fairygardens! Hosta 'June' is a good one, very pretty and slug resistant. That will be exciting when they come to photograph the garden, I remember from already a long time ago when I had my garden open for the public and they made photos for magazines it was rather stressful. Now I have stopped all that business it is so relaxed. Wish you a lot of success and pleasure!

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  2. I would love to be able to come and tour your gardens Judith. I know you put a lot of work into them and have so many beautiful plants. Your fairy gardens are sweet and I really like the one on the deck with the lights. The teacup one is cute too. I hope your garden tour is a success! Have fun.

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  3. Hello, Judith! Good luck with the Garden Tour. Your fairy garden is just beautiful. I love your gorgeous flowers and plants, your place will be a big hit on the tour.
    Enjoy your day and week ahead!

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  4. Hoi, I love all the nice photos. Especially the second one. How nice are that flowers!
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  5. Happy to find your blog today! Your fairly garden looks gorgeous! Especially love the hosta, June :-) Thank you for sharing!

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  6. I like the fairy garden in the box with the lights!

    Your garden is looking very nice! That hosta has great leaves! What color are the flowers?

    Enjoy your garden tour!

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  7. Sweet fairy gardens, Judith! And I have never seen osteospermum before. What a beautiful flower! Hope you have a nice afternoon/evening. Thanks for the tour.

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  8. Judith...I loved this glimpse inside your gardens! Lovely and I particularly like your Fairies!!! Send me your address via email:
    queenpegsmiles@gmail.com and I will send you a Fairy Poem I wrote.
    Love and Hugs,
    Peggy

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  9. Best of luck with your Garden Tour.

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  10. It all looks beautiful, Judith!! Don't we just love to play with our fairy gardens? I'm smitten by all of yours and love the battery operated one that your hubby made. Of course,the teacup one stole my heart. The garden tour will have such fun viewing all your pretty things.

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  11. Judith, such pretty flowers for the fairies to live in! I recognize those larger green fairies. I have the very same ones in my garden. Though one's legs were broken off somehow so she stands knee deep in dirt. But she is still happy!

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  12. Beyond cute.

    Glad you are all set for your garden tour - good luck, Judith!

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  13. Hi Judith! Your gardens are so beautiful and the flowers are so lovely and unique!
    The teacup garden is adorable. May your sun be bright and your weeds be few as you prepare for your garden tour :)

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  14. So pretty! I'm loving your new teacup fairy garden and the garden in the squirrel-proof box. You're always welcome to come over and pull out the weeds in my garden. Hee!

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  15. It looks like your lovely gardens attracted quite a few fairies. But of course they'd want to live in such beautiful gardens , and you've plenty of little nooks and crannies amongst your flower beds and gardens for them to hide when they're frightened . :)

    Your gardens are beautiful. I very much like the "June" hosta. Slugs really don't like it ? If that's the case I am going to have to find some to buy for our gardens because the slugs seem to be feasting on hosta salad big time around here.

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  16. Breath taking. I think I will make a Tea Cup Fairy Garden. Love it. Your lovely garden will be a hit on the tour. I do wish I could join in. We will make one this year in Ft. Collins, June 25th. There are two on the same day and it is too much to go both towns. Wishing you lots of and lots of visitors. Oh, and I have decided that my mystery plant is a verbascum. (Spelled correctly?) I am sure that it is self seeded because I would not have planted it so close the brick edging. I am enjoying it. Jack looks great next to the bleeding heart.

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  17. Judith, I'd love to tour your garden! Of course, your beautiful photos are the next best thing. I would definitely choose the hosta that doesn't appeal to the slugs -- I hate those things!

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  18. Beautiful Judith! Loved all the garden but of course, it was the fairy garden that won my heart. Your garden is a magical setting!

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  19. Hi Judith, Great seeing the fairies have returned. :) Your fairy gazebo looks very much like a cake topper we had on our wedding cake nearly 40 years ago...I still have it. Somewhere.
    The brunnera and bleeding heart look pretty together. We also like 'June.' Enjoy your summer! Hugs, Beth

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  20. Your garden looks in great form and ready to be on display. I hope your garden tour goes well. I always love seeing your fairy garden.

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  21. Hello Judith, how I envy those people that can come to visit your beautiful garden! The fairy gardens are all lovely. The squirrel proof one is my favourite too. :)
    Osteospermums are great bloomers. Yours looks very interesting. Here I have seen for sale only those with "normal" petals.
    Happy (gardening) weekend! xx

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  22. I love your garden with all its beautiful flowers Judith, and wish I could join that garden tour. Your fairy garden is adorable!

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  23. I love your garden with all its beautiful flowers Judith, and wish I could join that garden tour. Your fairy garden is adorable!

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  24. I love the fairy garden that your husband made! So much fun. I'm glad to hear you had nice weather for Victoria Day weekend, and that your sweet fairies are back. Plenty of places for them to hide when the garden tour starts!

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  25. My dear Judith, I can't tell you what a joy it is to take a few quiet moments to pop in for a visit. How are you, dear one?

    Ah, what lovely pictures of the flowers! Seeing your glorious blossoms has put a smile on my face.

    And your sweet fairy garden is darling! Have a blessed Sunday. Hugs!

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  26. Oh Judith ... your garden is a joy and I am so pleased to see that "The fairies have returned and they're ready for summer."
    I love your fairy garden tea-cup too

    Have a lovely weekend

    All the best Jan

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  27. Such a beautiful garden, Judith. Love seeing the fairies. Each is so sweet and the tea-cup fairy is darling.

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  28. Your fairy gardens are charming and so whimsical, Judith! I hope to make some of the same with my granddaughters when they get older. I know your garden visitors on the garden tour will enjoy seeing all your beautiful flowers!

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