Monthly Archives: May 2017

Wheelbarrow Fairy Garden

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Wheelbarrow Fairy Garden

My daughter and I share an obsession with fairy gardens. Actually she is obsessed with faries, and I’m obsessed with gardens.

We did some serious Pinterest gazing for ideas before embarking on our first garden, which was in a shallow pot.

I then saw some wheelbarrow fairy gardens, and realise I had one knocking around that had a wheel that I couldn’t fix.  So here is the new and improved fairy garden.

The fairy is a solar light and lights up at night.


The plants are mostly succulents with a few pansies for colour. There is also Corsican mint, which will spread and give ground cover.

We’re not done yet.  We’re going to make a fairy house out of a bird box, and Holly wants to make a swing. We also need more stones to make more of a path.

Updates soon…

Pot luck – round three

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Pot luck – round three

I was pretty happy with my pots last year (see post ‘Pot Luck – round 2).  But I’m trying to cut down the work the garden requires, so this year I’m trying more perennials in pots.

I couldn’t resist some of my favourite annual plug plants, but I’m gradually introducing perennials.

I potted up a lot at the beginning of May, so they are the first photos,  and I am gradually adding in second photos to show what they look like when they are in full bloom.


Lollipop verbena (perennial) under planted with verbena Aztec magic silver (annual).


Wine crate planted with summer jasmine and honeysuckle (to climb the fence) with lavender and aubretia (all perennials).


Cherry tree and fairy rose, both under planted with aubretia (perennial) lobelia (annual). I’m hoping the aubretia will tumble down the sides of the pots over time. But for now I’ve added lobelia that will do it in one season!


Osteopermum (3d violet ice), verbena Aztec magic (silver), surfinia (rose vein). All annuals. First photo early May, second is end of June. I think they look amazing together.


Petunia (phantom), bidens (golden eye), calibrachoa (can can coral reef) (all annuals). First photo early May, second end of  June. Looks particularly good because the petunia in the pot next to it is a very similar colour.

Euphorbia x martini (perennial) , underplanted with helichrysum (golden) (annual).


Petunia (tumbelina Susanna), verbena Aztec magic (white), verbena Aztec (coral). All annuals.


Petunia (cascadia Indian summer), Calibrachoa (can can double dark yellow), verbena Aztec (coral). All annuals.


Scabiosa (blue jean). Perennial. Except it’s not. It’s achillea summer berries!

Coreopsis (golden joy). Perennial.



Osteopermum (serenity blue eyed beauty), Diascia (little dancer), verbena Aztec magic (plum). All annuals.

Perennial wallflower (planted last year), under planted with 3 annuals –  Scaevola (blue print), verbena Aztec (violet wink), calibrachoa (cabaret deep blue).

Tanacetum coccineum (Robinsons red). Perennial.

Sweet pea Cupid pink (annual).


Salvia superba (snow hills). Perennial.

Gaillardia snappy. Perennial.

Gazania daybreak tiger stripe mixed. I think this is a perennial but people grow it as an annual.

Potentilla nepalensis (Mcbeath). Perennial.
That’s not actually all of them. But they are all new for this year.

Look out for an update in June/July!