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Friday, December 15, 2017

My Fairy Folks - Let It Snow

Hello again to Redlands, California! One of My Fairy Folks sent me some photos of their lovely Christmas tree and festive home decor! This beautiful, frosty tree is decorated with silver, gold and red and it looks lovely. I've never seen a Christmas tree decorated with Magnolia flowers before (which I believe is the type of flower shown here), but I like it!

One pillow is all it takes to turn the family couch into a festive couch!

The print on this chair is beautiful (and I'd love one in my home) and a white pillow with the  simple word "joy" will put guests in the right mood.

Thank you again, My Fairy Folks, for continuing to send in your festive photos.

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Parkview Nursery

Parkview Nursery
3841 Jackson Street Riverside, CA 92503
(951) 351-6900
Store Hours: Open 7 Days
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

It's been a while since I've done a business review here on the blog, but my recent inaugural trip to Parkview Nursery in Riverside, California is a good reason to bring this segment back. 
The multi-colored pots in the rear are the reason I stopped.

I had driven by this business a few times, eyeing the lovely pots that line their lot, but had never stopped until this day. These beautiful, purple pots are the reason I stepped foot in this nursery and I'm so glad I did. I was pleasantly surprised to find that, among other items, they had a good variety of fairy items. The staff was pleasant and extremely accommodating, even to the point of pulling out a tape measurer to help me find a very specific sized pot (12", in case you were wondering) for an upcoming contest. I learned that they are always getting new and unique items so I will be visiting often from here on out. 
This fairy garden container is
all ready to go home with someone.

Among fairy items and pots, they also had perennials, annuals, bonsai, trees, succulents and so many decorative pieces. In regards to fairy products, they range from single pieces to an entire set up (for anyone interested in fairy gardens but lack the time to create your own, piece by piece)! This nursery is not very large but they sure do have an abundance of product, especially colorful pots that you won't find at the big corporate stores. 

I made a few purchases during this trip and can't wait to show My Fairy Folks in the future. One highlight I'd like to share is the fact that this nursery actually had multiple male fairies which are very hard to find (you may know if you've ever tried to find a male fairy). If you're in the area, I highly recommend you take a peek inside Parkview Nursery.

They have a beautiful array of succulents that can be purchased individually or potted in a nice arrangement.

The selection of pots here is amazing, ranging in size, shape and color.

These pots were finished with a special treatment that makes them very unique.

Yard accessories range from metal flowers to animals.

Unique birdhouses are also available for purchase. I've never seen a birdhouse with such a curvy roof!

I love this display, showing off their product and acting as inspiration. They also sell fairy garden kits.

Here is one of the male fairies, sitting atop a mushroom. Grandma loves her mushrooms.

This container garden titled "Blue Creek" is competitively priced and ready to go home with the right person.

A selection of bonsai trees are for sale, as well as some unique ceramic mushrooms.

Here are some more bonsai trees.

This pot was painted by the owner's son. Before you ask, he will not paint one for you - I've already asked.

If you own a small business related to miniature gardening or know of one that would like a review in the Inland Empire, please feel free to get in touch with me.

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My Fairy Folks: Buddy in Redlands

This week I'd like to share some pictures from one of My Fairy Folks from Redlands, CA, and introduce you to someone special.

This is Buddy the Elf, putting the finishing touches on this Christmas tree. He's very excited for this time of year because it means he gets to go sledding - his most favorite thing in the world! He has his sleigh in his hand, ready to take off.

What a beautiful tree you've decorated, Buddy!

This tree is decorated with ornaments of all shapes and sizes - some even bigger than Buddy's head! Thank you so much My Fairy Folks for sending in your elf and holiday pictures. I'm still accepting submissions to share here on the blog so feel free to use my contact information below.


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Surprise Visit for the Holidays

Twinkle the Elf has brought a present for his friend and a cheerful personality to share with the rest of the residents of Grandma's Enchanted Fairy Garden.

This morning my dog, Mr. Peanut, began barking for apparently no reason. I finally got him to quiet down when I realized what had caused this reaction. I heard a light tapping on my window - tap, tap, tap. "What is that?" I asked as Mr. Peanut began to bark again. I pulled back my curtains to find a small elf with a large smile, waving at me through the window pane. I went outside to greet the elf who introduced himself as Twinkle; the name rang a bell. He explained that he had traveled from the North Pole and planned to see his friend, Pierre (pictured to the right), but admitted that he was a little early since it was a surprise visit. "Oh, you're Pierre's friend from the North Pole. I remember him talking about you last year," I said. I told Twinkle that I would get in contact with Pierre who visits King Edward and Queen Marlissa in Mountain Lakes every year around this time.

Twinkle has a bright personality that matches his eyes, a smile as warm as a hug and a nose that reminds me of Bob Hope.

My favorite thing about Twinkle are his dimples - I can't help but smile every time I look at that joyful face.

If any of My Fairy Folks have photos of their festive fairy garden, please send them to me via email with a paragraph description so I can share it on my blog.


Winter Scene in a Basket

This basket was gifted to me last year and has housed a few seasonal container gardens. This rendition is a fun winter scene with a fairy who wants to swing, no matter the weather.
Another gifted basket that has lived through a few scenes, I replaced the plants and added some winter decor, including this snowman centerpiece.


Fairy Garden Class - Frosty Winter

Anastasia looks beautiful in her full gown that blends in with this winter scene.

There is a chill in the air, reminding us that a new season has arrived, and with it is a new opportunity for decorative container gardens. This is the first Winter garden of the season that begins with the usual container with drainage holes, gravel and potting soil. This time around I bought my plants at Lowes and settled on four plants; I picked up alyssum, dianthus and dwarf snapdragons as well as dusty miller plants.

I placed the plants along the outside of the container, leaving space in the middle for room to get creative.

Once I was happy with the placement of my plants, I began to add elements to build my theme. The plastic snowflakes, nutcrackers and silver frills are all leftover items from last Christmas. I used fine white gravel to imitate snow and punched it up with some glitter.

By leaving empty space in the middle of this container garden, I've allowed room for many possibilities. Anastacia thinks it is a lovely place and is an example of how to add one simple centerpiece.

Another option is to add more than one center piece and create a scene. Here I've added a small house, some frosted trees and a quaint swing where Gloria has taken residence.

If you have some festive winter gardens you'd like to share, please send me your pictures and a small paragraph of some information on your creation.


Friday, December 1, 2017

My Fairy Folks: Mina and Willow

I recently got an email from one of My Fairy Folks that introduced me to some new friends and new traditions. This is Mina who's mother, Willow, graciously decided to share this moment with me, which I will now share with all of you (with her permission, of course).

Willow from Los Angeles, CA writes: "This is a tradition my mother began with me as a child for St. Patrick's Day. Now I am doing it with my child who has asked to include every major holiday dinner." So, this Thanksgiving, they filled a small plate with small portions of all the food they served to offer it to the fairies. 

And here is where they left their food this year; in front of this statue that keeps an eye the offering.

Thank you, Mina and Willow, for sharing your fairy-related tradition! If any other Fairy Folks have traditions they'd like to share that involve fairies, gnomes, or any other mystical beings, please feel free to share them with me so I can share them here on the blog. My contact information is below.


Thanksgiving with the Hoos

Hootie Hoo
Thanksgiving here at Grandma's Enchanted Fairy Garden was a new take on old traditions. Hootie Hoo was unable to be home for the holidays since he is currently traveling with his friends Hazel and Grover. Mr. and Mrs. Hoo were sad to hear this news since Thanksgiving is their favorite holiday, but decided to turn this situation into a perfect opportunity for a new tradition. This year, a few fairies were dinner guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Hoo and enjoyed so much food and friendly conversations with a lot of laughter.

Mr. and Mrs. Hoo enjoy the company of a few fairies from the community. Each guest arrived with an offering. On the table are some cheesy broccoli, apple turnovers and Elderberry wine.

Susie Q (rear left) arrived with some ears of corn and Sharie with a bale of fresh cut wheat. The girls are enjoying one another's company before the main course is served.

Nadya looks after Luca who can hardly keep his eyes open, perhaps due to drinking too much Elderberry wine. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Caspian (bottom left), Blossom and Tink are sharing their thoughts on what they are thankful for this year.


Friday, November 10, 2017

Preparing the Feast

They say a picture can say a thousand words - it's a shame I can't trade some of those words for a smell because this picture here smells delicious! We're prepping for the Fall Festival here in the garden.

The scarecrows are keeping a look out, making sure no critters come and mess with the food before it's ready. They are also great whistlers!

These cuties begged to help with the food prep and it's their first year. They're so excited!

Pumpkin - the fairy -  sits between some of the harvest, examining a small pumpkin, trying to decide what recipe would best suit it.

What a lovely Fall day!


Fall Has Arrived

Hazel the witch has made an appearance in the garden right on time and has brought some friends. Last year she helped pass out candy to the young fairies that celebrated Halloween.

This decorative witch heel is an example of how to change any container garden into a themed garden to add a little festive flair to your space.

This is Grover the Hedgehog, one of Hazel's friends. He's dressed as a Wizard.

Hazel is happy that her friends can join her in celebrating Fall this year in Grandma's Enchanted Fairy Garden. It won't be long now until the preparations begin.

This is another visiting friend, Hootie the owl. He's most excited for the Fall Festival food that Hazel has told him about.

These two scarecrows can't help but smile.