I’ve always been a bit secretly intrigued by anything fairy like. I’ve never actually seen a fairy but my late nan claimed to have seen some in woods near to where she lived. Whenever we drive past those woods I always like to think that maybe there are fairies dancing there (though it’s now turned into Tree top adventures!). So when we went to Coombe Mill over New Years and got to have a brief look in their lovely fairy garden (it rained a lot) it put the thought into my head of how we could have a little one in our garden at home.
Our garden is a bit of a hill but at the top far corner is a bit of a messy area that could do with something to brighten it up. So, with the agreement of my husband (as I will definitely need his help to tidy it up!) this is where our fairy garden will be. Come the drier, brighter weather I want to get the area dug up, cleared of weeds, fences mended and logs cut up for little seats. As my husband needs to buy a new chainsaw he will be quite happy to cut up the wood.
I’m hoping it will be a great place for the children to be able to play safely using their imagination out in the air. I’m also hoping that we can spend some time doing some crafty things inside to put in the fairy garden.
As a start to our fairy garden though I wanted to make a container with the children at the weekend. I’d bought a few bits and pieces over the last few weeks that I thought might work in our fairy garden. One fab item was a ceramic mushroom from a pound shop that I was really pleased to find!
We set to in the garden late on Sunday afternoon with the children keen to help with tipping the compost into the container. Quite a bit ended up on the patio surprisingly.
We planted some blue bells and daffodils in it along with some little animals that we’d found at the garden centre, so it’s like a little miniature wood area.
The children helped put the animals and mushroom in place and seemed quite happy with end result. Unfortunately as the light was fading there wasn’t any time to actually play with it. Hopefully they will be able to play with it soon when we get some more opportunities to get out in the garden. Once we’ve got our fairy garden ready the tub will go in it, ready for playing with.
The tub is looking pretty full already so we may have to make another soon!
We’ve got a long way to go to get our fairy garden looking anywhere near as lovely as the one at Coombe Mill but I’m hoping that it’s something we can keep adding to over the next few years!