Succulent Arrangement Update

So earlier in the summer I did a succulent arrangement and I thought it would be fun to share an update. 

Before

I loved this arrangement when I originally created it but now it is so full. It is beautiful and green.

Now

It has really grown and I know it will grow more. Hopefully it will grow more before I have to put it in the greenhouse. 

Mailbox Fairy Garden

About a year ago I was given an old mailbox, I knew I wanted to use it in my garden but I was not sure how I wanted it to look. Over the summer I really got into fairy gardens and I decided I needed to make it a fairy house. I had ordered some of the Tinkerbell character earlier in the year and have been using them in my garden all summer long. I had everything I needed to make another fairy garden and was getting really excited to make a mailbox fairy garden.

Inside the mailbox has a little house with some rocks and moss along with a fairy. On the door I cover it with moss and made some decorations out of bead that I already had around the house. (I am hoping to change the decor for each season and holiday.) Right now it is decorated for Halloween but I also made some decorations to keep in the garden all year long. 

In the flower pot I did arrangement of several different types of plants. I wanted it to mix well with my Halloween theme fairy garden but still have color. I used lots of purple and added some Halloween decorations. 

This fairy garden will change with the seasons and I hope it will stay the highlight of this flowerbed for years to come. I am hoping to share this little fairy house as it evolves over time.

Succulents in my Fairy Garden

I love the look of the succulents in a fairy garden. The rosette succulent give a look of flowers in the fairies yard. The taller succulents and cacti give an appearance of trees. It just makes me smile to see how something I imagine will turn out and get to enjoy these beautiful plants for years to come.

For this project I use succulents that I purchased and succulents that I grew from cuttings. I also used 2 cacti. 

The little house I got at a craft store for a $1 and let my kids paint it. I truly love including my kids are project all over our house and in our yard.

I love art and to create new things. I feel as though the working in the garden is another for of art. I have an idea that I want to bring to reality. There maybe painting involved, there maybe some building, and there is a lot of placing the plant in just a way to give a certain look. I have hopes to construct some other items for future fairy gardens and I hope you all get inspired to create something new.

A few flowers

I love working in the garden and I am always adding new things to it. Earlier in the spring I posted about a few of the flowers growing. Now that we are in summer I thought I would share some of the new flowers that are blooming.

I have several different sunflowers growing and next year I hope to have a flower bed just for the sunflowers. I aloha very a red sunflower that is not blooming right now. When I get a flower I will post a picture of it. 

I also have a lot of roses in our yard but I did get a new purple rose that looks amazing. 

The last flower I am going share is a marigold. I always grow marigold during the summer but this year I just dumped the seeds in the ground and I got huge bushes. I will be doing it this way from now on. 

These are just a few of the flowers that are growing and I can’t wait to add more to our yard.

My Favorite Fairy Garden

I have been playing with succulents and cacti all summer long and I just love them. I now have about 10 succulent arrangements inside my house and I have a few outside as well. My mom got me a flower pot that was a large tea cup and told me she wanted me to do a succulent arrangement to add to my collection.  

I had some beautiful aloe cuttings and some cacti that I had ordered I felt would be perfect in this pot. I also had a fairy (that my kids broke the wings off of) to use. 

I ended up with my favorite fairy garden and such a cute center piece for our kitchen table. I did get some blue rock to use as water and green rock to act as grass. 

I have about 5 other fairies that need a garden for a home so I have more fairy gardens in my future.  

My First Fairy Garden

1 fairy gardenIn my garden I have so many different types of plants but I felt I needed something else to enhance the look of my flower bed. There is a lot of greenery but I felt I needed something else that was not a plant. I wanted something with that would add year round color in my flower bed, as well as something that did not need1 fairy garden 3 any additional water. I decided to make a fairy garden. I really like Tinkerbell and all her fairy friends so I ordered them.

I had some flowers that I planted in a large pot and I 1 fairy garden 4had just enough room for a small fairy garden within it. I started with Rosetta a garden fairy. I made her house out of a water bottle. I cut the top to look like a flower and added a popsicle stick door. I also made a bench and a pergola out of popsicle sticks and toothpicks. One thing that was nice about adding Rosetta’s garden to this flower pot is I didn’t have to add more flowers.

1 fairy garden 2This project was simple and fun. I started in the flower pot but I will be doing about five others in the future. I have one more flower pot just like this one and I will be adding some fairies to my flower bed.  I already have the fairies. I am in the process of designing each ones area and need to start building their houses. I can’t wait to see how the others turn out.
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New Growth in my Garden

I have so many plants growing in my garden and it is so exciting when the plants are thriving. I love to see the different flowers that are produced and I especially loving seeing the flowers on the veggie plants. I have many different types of plants growing but right now I have two types of vegetable plants that are blooming right now. One is my zucchini and the other is my green beans both of which have beautiful flowers on them.

 


I grew both the zucchini and the green bean from seeds and it is so rewarding to

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Zucchini

see them growing strong. The zucchini has the light orange colored flower and as I have a total of six zucchini plants. Two of the plants are flowering and more will be blooming soon. I am hoping to have zucchini to have a lot of zucchini grow, and I am excited to have my kids harvest whatever grows in my garden. My kids love to watch the plants grow and are always excited to help make dinner with what they have picked. They seem to be more likely to eat their veggies when they picked the veggie and prepared it.

 

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Green Bean

The green bean has the white with a little purple flower. It is so pretty and looks so delicate. Right now I have about seven green bean plants growing and several have flowers on them. I am a little nervous about these because in the past I have trouble with deer. The deer have eaten my green bean down to nothing in pervious years but this year I have found a deer repellent that seems to be working. So I am hoping to get some green beans this year. I would like to grow enough that I can freeze some for during the winter.

 

I love working in the garden. It calms me when I am stressed and it makes my smile when the plants grow beautifully. I try to spend as much time as I can in my garden I hope to expand my garden in years to come. Soon I will be sharing pictures of my snap peas, pumpkins, watermelons, and more. I hope you enjoy seeing what I have growing in my garden and I can’t wait to share in the future.

Blue Heron

There are so many adventures to be had in the yard and so many things to see. I love our yard and we go looking for different creatures all the time. Most of the time we find bugs, and lots of different types of birds. Most of the time we see the same thing but this morning we had a great surprise. We had a blue heron in our backyard. My kids were so excited to see it. I think this bird is so pretty and it was a great way to start our morning. It was nice to see an amazing creature enjoying my yard as much as I do.Blue Side view

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This was so exciting to see in our yard and I can’t wait to see what we will see next. My family and I love to see animals in the wild. It is so interesting to thing of our backyard as being part of the wild. Animals are not care about property lines or fences.

Blooming

I love spring, everything is blooming and growing. My yard is full of color and I wanted to share a picture of my roses that are blooming beautifully.

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I love the brightness of this rose and the plant is so green. I will share more pictures of my plants next week.

Happy Mothers day

Today has been a wonderful day. I truly enjoy spending a me with my family and we spent a little time at one of my favorite places today…the hardware store. The boys got me some rock my garden and some plants.

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I love it when I bring home something to use in the yard. I have been slowly finishing up the front yard. I tend to purchase the plants or rock as it goes on sale. It was so awesome to be able to get a bunch of rock all at once.

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Once we got home the boys helped me put the rock down and plant a few of the plants. It is so fun for me to decorate our yard with my kids. We have a few more plants to plant this next week and I got some brick for some painting projects with them.

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This here is gift I made for my mom. Most of these plants are cuttings from my garden. I can’t wait to give it to her. 
I hope you all have a great day and happy mothers day. We will be watching the Lorax and have a nice Mother’s day dinner.