Thursday, May 9, 2013

Lil' Garden......

.......I have been working hard in the garden and have many, many pictures to show.  But, as with the last post, I have only small things on my mind today......
 Since miniature gardens became popular, I have wanted one. As if I don't have enough work to do with my big garden!! So, this week I got busy and using several things I already had and a few new ones, I started my miniature garden.

Isn't it cute!!!  What I didn't have was something to build my little garden in. While in Home Goods, last week-end, I was so tempted by a nice big wooden, rectangular shaped salad bowl. But, it was more than I felt good about spending and was not quite big enough. Later, in Publix, my grocery, I saw this litter pan for $5 and it seemed like a good size and shape. Later, at home, I started looking for something to place the litter pan in. I tried this basket and it was perfect. You would think they were made to go together. The lip of the pan fits perfectly on the basket.
So the wheels in my head started turning and I gathered up (from around my house)  everything that I thought might work for accessories. They are probably not necessary but, I put drain holes in the pan. Then filled it with potting soil and made a trip to a couple of stores to see what I might find. At a local nursery, I saw a few things I loved but they were too expensive (boy, those tiny things are priced high!) but I did get the metal fence.

On to Michaels where I found perfect stones to make a path with.  They are real stones and are the only ones, among many they had, that I liked and guess what? Those and one other kind were reduced in priced! So, here you see a garden angel and a duck with an egg - things I had. The "grass" came from the Dollar Tree, the first reindeer moss I have ever seen there. It works perfect to cover up some of the potting soil. It will probably turn brown over time but, I have another $1 bag that has not been opened. I have looked for, but not found yet, the plant called baby's tears to plant for grass.

The goose with its big egg came out of my printers tray collection, along with most of the other tiny things I used.  They won't be missed there as the printers tray is so fully packed.
I already owned the little chair, chickens and small pebbles.

The cat came from Mexico, purchased on one of my trips there years ago.  And, look, I had the perfect size mug with my name on it! I did buy the three "trees" that are planted across the back at $1 each and I pinched off little starts from other plants I have growing and planted them in tiny pots and some others directly in the soil. Some of them will also be fairly temporary, I would imagine, but there are plenty more where they came from.

I have always wanted some chickens in my garden! And, I won't have to worry about the hawks getting these as this garden will stay on my screen porch. If I were to put it outside, one hard rain would destroy the whole thing. Oh, I forgot to say, I made a trip to Home Depot this morning to buy sand so I could lay a nice walk with the stones. I was going there to get sand anyhow for my real, outside, stepping stone walk to replace what washed away with all the rain.

I did splurge last week and paid the price for this martin house which is what spurred me on to get started on the miniature garden. I wonder if any martins will show up to live here.

The plants in the left corner are creeping thyme, swedish ivy and and can't think of the lighter one.  The walk looks too wide in this picture but it doesn't when you see it for real. The whole thing looks smaller here than it is. It measures 18 x 13 1/2. I am thinking of getting another piece of fence to bring it up both sides. This will probably be an on-going project, just like big gardens are.
Of course nothing is to scale, but it is reasonable enough to look o.k. What do you think?  My lil' garden needs a name. Have any suggestions?
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  1. That turned out beautiful! I was going to ask where you got the path! The fence is so pretty. Different then the ones I have seen. I think it should be called Peace And Tranquility Garden. It looks so restful. Or Restful Acreas.

  2. How cute is that, especially the tiled path!! And the fence. And the birdhouse. Oh, I just think all of it is adorable! Now I really can't wait to get my terrarium done. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Thank you. A few of the right little things grouped together can be a big statement. I am looking forward to seeing your terrarium - something I have also thought about having.

  3. Betty, this is so charming! I love all the detail and the care and creativity you put into creating your miniature garden. Love it!

    Thanks so much for joining in this week.


  4. Thank you, Claudia and thanks for providing the opportunity to link up! Betty

  5. This is just so cute! I've been collecting items to make a small mini garden or fairy garden. It looks like so much fun!

  6. Hi! I found you through Claudia's A Favorite Thing post. This is a lovely garden! Dollhouses and miniatures are one of my favorite hobbies and it's great fun to see what other people do with them!


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