Monday, January 13, 2020

Butchart Gardens Visit - Canada

Capturing some beautiful flowers during my visit to Butchart Gardens in  Canada while we were in Victoria.  

The Butchart Gardens is a group of floral display gardens in Brentwood Bay, British Columbia, Canada, located near Victoria on Vancouver Island. The gardens receive over a million visitors each year. The gardens have been designated a National Historic Site of Canada.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Jellyfish - Vancouver Aquarium, Canada

Visited Vancouver Canada and decided to go into their aquarium.  I had not been in an aquarium before.  This one was amazing!  I fell in love with all the jellyfish they had!  If you are in Vancouver I would highly recommend it if you are interested in jellyfish.  Enjoy the video.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

2020 Dollar Tree Fairy Garden Set

This is the 2020 Dollar Tree fairy garden set.  This years set is pretty different from past years.  I do find that this set is very small so it does better in garden pots or a small area.

The set has 19 units (31 pieces total), ranging in size from .85-in. to 4.15-in. tall. The set includes: 4 fairy garden houses, 3 fairy doors, 6 different accessories ("Fairy Crossing"sign, stacked crates, bird house, see-saw with gnomes, romantic bench, and water pump), and 15 whimsical figurines (3-ct. pack of fairies, 3-ct. pack of gnomes, 3-ct. pack of animals, 3-ct. pack of signs, and a 3-ct. pack of leaf table and chairs).  

The set does not include the square "Fairy Garden Yards" in the picture but they do have them as an item for purchase.  Love those and plan on maybe getting a few.  

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Tour of My Flower Garden - First Year - Fall of 2019

This year we created a new flower bed and added many new plants in other beds.  I wanted to document the first year of my garden.  I didn't think of this until mid September, but better late than never.  The bed in the thumbnail is in full sun.  I added plants that attract pollinators and butterflies - might even consider making it a Monarch waystation one day. I also planted some daffodils in this bed for an early spring show.  I tried planting some seeds (cosmos, zinnias, and rose campion) but I planted them when it was too hot out (late July).  Shockingly I got a few cosmos.  In late fall I got one zinnia and much later some rose campion actually showed up. 

I hope to continue to document the changes in my garden over the coming seasons including revamping another bed (not shown in the video) to attract hummingbirds.  

Thursday, September 12, 2019

2019 Fairy Garden Tour

Touring the second year of my fairy garden.  This year due to construction at my home, I had a small strip to work with and couldn't plant any flowers until mid-summer.  I used several fairy houses that I bought from dollar tree and didn't make any fairy houses myself and only used one of the houses I made from last year.

Things got busy and couldn't keep up with maintaining it and everything got overgrown.  Next year I plan on moving the fairy garden village back to the area where I created it in the first year.  I hope this video helps you get inspiration and ideas to create your own fairy garden.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Dollar Tree Fairy Garden Set available

When I started creating my fairy garden last spring/summer, I had missed out on some cute fairy garden items at the Dollar Tree store.  This year, I was keeping my eye out for these items.  Although I think I am too late for items in the store (they are already putting out summer items), their online site has the 25 piece set available again this year.  I placed my order and I am looking forward to adding these to my collection!

Sunday, January 6, 2019

2018 Fairy Garden Village Tour

I know I'm quite late on posting this, but better late than never.  I finally made my little fairy garden village in my backyard last summer.  It is made from a combination some painted birdhouses, a DIY house from a seltzer bottle covered with tree bark and pine cone, as well as some dollar tree and Michael's items.  I was very pleased with it.  All the birdhouses, fairies, and Michaels items held up very well to the weather.  I had sprayed them with some clear acrylic to protect them. The house I made from a seltzer bottle fell apart because I had used hot glue so it didn't stand up well to the heat and rain.  Might make a new one next year using waterproof Gorilla Glue or liquid nails per some recommendations.