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Miniature Table Top Garden with Stepables {My Fairy Garden}

Miniature Table Top Garden with Stepables {My Fairy Garden}

I had a few of you ask about my miniature tabletop garden on my front porch, so I thought I’d show you what it is and tell you a little bit more about it! It is finally summer around here (we’ve been having great weather for the most part the past couple of weeks or so) and I’m still really enjoying my outdoor projects! I’m going to be back inside soon enough, might as well enjoy the sun while we have it!

I was at a cute little garden center near my house earlier this summer and came across the most adorable little fairy gardens in wood boxes and pots.

Miniature Table Top Garden with Stepables {My Fairy Garden}

I got so excited about how cute they were I decided on the spot I had to make one of my own. I sent a text message to my girls telling them I wanted to make a fairy garden and they ignored me. They totally thought I was kidding. I think they were worried I was turning into a crazy grandma who puts little ceramic animals in her potted plants.

Yes. Maybe I am a crazy old lady now.

Miniature Table Top Garden with Stepables {My Fairy Garden}

I actually didn’t get any fairies or animals for my garden (YET, anyway, HA!), but I did get a couple of little miniature garden accessories and plants. Mostly I was super excited about the plants. I have always loved “step-ables” which is a brand name (I think) for adorable little creeping plants that if you planted them between stepping stones, you could step on them and not kill them. You can see them here (Stepables is not a sponsor, I just like them!).

Miniature Table Top Garden with Stepables {My Fairy Garden}

My old garden (many years ago)

When I designed my patio and put in my little garden about 10 years ago in Portland (Eastmoreland), I planted tons of creeping plants and mosses around stepping stones. You can see them in the photo, above. I really miss that patio, and all my creeping little plants. I cannot describe how happy those plants made me.  I’m a dork I guess, it doesn’t take much to make me happy. Just to clarify, I’m definitely NOT a skilled gardener at all. This was the first and only real patio/garden I ever designed or planted in. I was completely in love with it.

Anyway, every time I have been to a garden center since living in my current house, I’ve wanted to add those little creeping plants to my landscape, but just didn’t have my yard ready to use them. So far at this house, I’ve only done container gardening.

Miniature Table Top Garden with Stepables {My Fairy Garden}

I don’t know why it didn’t occur to me before, but once I saw those miniature fairy gardens, I realized I CAN use creeping plants — in planters and crates!! So, this miniature garden was my first attempt. It probably took about 5 minutes to make. I need more practice but I’m excited about all the ways I can use these adorable little plants. And, I can’t wait to watch and see how the plants fill in.

I think I’m now addicted to table top miniature gardens. I love having this little garden in a crate because I can set it on the nesting table on my porch as a conversation piece. If I want to use the table for something else, I just pick up the crate and set it aside! Easy and portable!

Have you ever used creeping plants and mosses in your pots or gardens?


Miniature Table Top Garden with Stepables {My Fairy Garden}

Come see Five 5 minute miniature gardensPlus, an update to my Fairy Garden!

 

The Lived In Look

The Lived In Look

Let me tell you a little something about myself.

For some reason, I have eyes that want to see everything in fairy-tale vision.

I imagine that my house should be tidy and beautiful all the time. It should be super cute and styled just right for that imaginary magazine cover in my mind. I have a disease I mention from time to time called magazine cover-itis. But in spite of that terrible sickness, my life rarely looks like the cover of a decorating magazine. Corners of it might appear that way sometimes, until you turn around and see what was behind the camera.

Most of the time, my home is a happy collision of chaos.

Read the rest of the article and share your lived in look over at (in)courage

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