Sunday, September 23, 2007

Winter Fairy Gardens

miniature gardens Winter is officially just around the corner! I caught a glimpse of the first tarantula of the season creeping across our driveway, a sure precursor of the fall and winter seasons. While the tarantula sighting may be a bizarre local idiom, one glance at the calendar confirms the truth that summer has somehow managed to fly by in the blink of an eye.

It's the perfect time to get your outdoor miniature fairy garden ready for the winter months.

Location, location!

While we design our miniature garden cottages and fairy houses for outdoor use, it's always a good idea to shelter your miniature fairy gardens for the outdoor elements. Take advantage of any natural elements: trees, stumps, hills, natural valleys, rocks and trees, for an easy way to incorporate protective elements into your miniature fairy garden. Your delicate miniature garden plants, decorative fairies and miniatures may need protection from the harsh snow and rain if you live in colder climates. Take any delicate miniature plants inside or group your miniature plant containers together to help protect your miniature plants from the impending winter onslaught.

Fairy Gardening MiniaturesFall Planting:

Now that you've harvested all of your late summer fruits and veggies, you may think planting is over for winter. It's actually the perfect time to plan ahead and plant spring bulbs in your miniature fairy garden. Take care in planting your bulbs in the late fall months and you can look forward to a magnificent display of spring blossoms that will entice your miniature fairies out of hibernation when spring rolls around next year. Depending upon your location, it could also be the perfect time to plant trees or large shrubs that will provide further protection for your miniature gardens and miniature fairy gardens as they continue to grow and flourish.

Pre-winter maintenance:

As your late summer blooms begin to fade away and the surrounding fall trees drop their stunning foliage, it's important to remove the debris from your miniature fairy gardens. You don't want your tiny miniatures lost under the fallen foliage or to provide an environment for mold and insects to thrive. Of course you'll have to resist the fairy's whispering in your ear to jump in your carefully raked pile of fall leaves!

Miniature Enchanted StagMiniature Garden Visitors:

We have this miniature stag situated in our miniature enchanted forest and I couldn't believe my eyes when I glimpsed his life size counterpart standing serenely in our miniature fairy garden. We have a family of visiting deers with an unquenchable penchant for devouring our miniature rose bushes. Even the traditional deer repellents can't keep our new miniature garden visitors away for long.

We've long succumbed to the fact that our garden rabbits are here to stay, now they're part of our miniature fairy garden family. At least the rabbit photographed at the top of the page is respecting the boundaries of our miniature garden fences even though he dwarfs the tiny fence in comparison. We'd love to hear how you keep your miniature garden visitors away from your delicate miniature plants.

Star Fairy FigurineWinter Fairies:

Your summer fairies may have flown away to warmer climates for the winter, but many of the fairies in your miniature fairy garden are hunkered away in their fairy houses preparing for the winter months. You can catch sight of your miniature garden fairies soaring through your gardens in the early morning and soaking up the fading fall sun's rays.

Fairies love the pure joy of the first snow and will be the first ones to play in the snow in your miniature fairy gardens this winter.

Winter Miniature Gardens:

Don't forget it's also a great time to start planning your winter vegetable gardens. Let the fairies watch over your cabbage and winter greens to ensure a fruitful harvest. Winter is the perfect time to start creating miniature fairy container gardens. We're dedicating our upcoming fairy garden blog post to our favorite Christmas and winter miniature container gardens so be sure to stay tuned!

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