Fairy Gardens anyone?
Well, the March Equinox anyway. https://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/mar... Daylight are supposed to be the same and many use it to signify the first day of Spring, but for us gardeners, take it with a pound of compost. (compost is a good thing to add for most gardeners)
Why the caveat? 'Cause Nature can throw curve balls quickly so if you get too antsy to plant warm weather plants, BE READY TO PROTECT! I know, because I used to push the envelope every year and without a doubt, we always have to add protection. Sometimes for cold hardy plants as well.
Even Fairies have to abide by this so if you have outdoor Fairy gardens, take heed.
Steve, what are you talking about, a Fairy garden? Funny you should ask. Someone did, didn't they?
Fairy Gardens are not new, and in fact probably date back to just after we started growing things for ornamental reasons in addition to food. They may not have been called that but they are an adaptation of miniature gardens we grew just for the pleasure of it. The Weed'em and Reap group had a lively discussion on that topic this past Friday. I guess we should have known, being St. Patrick's day and all.
My mind was stuck on vegetables when Mark spoke up about the hot trend in miniature gardens. Mary's eyes lit up and away we went. I was still lagging behind but Judy helped get me in the right "frame of mind" by reminding me of "dish gardens". Shoot yeah, when I was living in apartments and small duplexes I did not have access to real dirt so I used to do a lot of terrariums, TV consoles re-purposed to hold African Violets with florescent lights.
Just as we sometimes add garden ornaments to outside gardens, (an old clothes washer, bed headboards, toilets, galvanized tubs, etc) folks are now doing the same for miniature gardens and the hottest theme is to add the whimsical, lovely Fairy to the theme.
Once you get the creative juices sized down, there are very few limits on what can be done. For a person of my "youth" it sounds like a great direction to go. Last Summer was brutal for me and had melted just about all my green out of the thumb. Between the heat, lack or overabundance of rain, bugs, etc., I was just about gone. Now, my mind is running again and on a scale that I think I can handle.
Anyone a skilled Fairy Garden creator? I would love to do a story with pictures. Steve@caringforpaws.com