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I’m so glad that you came back! It’s time for a trip to barrel number two. Let me take you on a tour. If you have any questions along the way, let me know. The pictures will enlarge if you click on them so that you can see the details more clearly.
This fairy garden reminds me of a small resort town where I grew up every summer in Wisconsin. I remember a general store and a lot of trails, boat rentals, bait and tackle shops, etc. It brings back fond memories.
Barrels one and two are connected by a covered bridge. That was one of my husband’s ideas. He is really helping a bunch with these gardens. I think he secretly thinks they are pretty neat. I went online and viola! Found a covered bridge. It fits perfectly over the two barrel edges. Now the fairies can walk to town.
In town there is a general store. I had to put a pickle barrel outside the store. I remember one being at the store in my resort town.
Behind the general store is a nature trail to enjoy. I had two Baby’s Breath plants that I couldn’t seem to find a place for in my big gardens so I planted them in the barrel. I kept having second thoughts because they were quite big. I finally just took a shears and trimmed them way down. Today I noticed that they are starting to flower. They are perfect! I am glad I left them there.
This fairy just went for a walk on the trail behind her. There is a sign right in front of her that points to the trail.
A bait and tackle shop and a boat rental are also behind the store near the next barrel. You will see why I needed those. My husband added the fishing poles. One has a big fish on it! I think that is wishful thinking on his part!
I also made a peace pole for the garden. I just learned about peace poles. I think they are fabulous…but they are very expensive if you buy them already made. My next big project is making a real peace pole for my big garden. I have the pole and the paint. I am anxious to get started. I will cover that in a later post.
In front of the store is a sign with arrows, as you can see in the picture above. One arrow says nature trails, one says lake, and one says campground. Oh no! I need more barrels! Golly!!!!! My husband, Glenn, groaned and shook his head. The way I see it is that if there is a sign pointing somewhere saying there is something there, it needs to really be there…right?????? I have provided the nature trail in this barrel. So far…so good…I’m doing great.
Next to the store is a white sign that is for human visitors to read. I get silly sometimes, but thought it would be cute. I went online and researched fairy lore and found that elderberry wine helps humans to see fairies when the humans drink it. That is fun! I also found that if humans sprinkle fairy dust on themselves, it will enable them to fly like the fairies. I don’t know if this is all true folklore, but thought I’d believe it. I made the sign and then found some tiny bottles in my jewelry supplies. I filled some with different colored glitters to represent fairy dust. I found some bottles that looked kind of like wine bottles and filled them with resin colored with a wine-colored paint. It worked! I glued the corks on each bottle…humans can still open them, but hopefully the raccoons and squirrels can’t.
Now for the prize addition to the garden…I made the mosaic road that surrounds the general store and takes you through the town. It was a labor of love. Since mine is outside, I had to make some changes. I would be happy to share those changes if you would like…just ask. I think it is fabulous. What fun! It took several days of tedious work, but I was so excited to see it actually in the garden with plants all around it. It worked!
The rock in the picture below is a special one. It came from an Amethyst mine in Colorado. Glenn and I go rockhounding and had been invited to the mine for a dig. It was awesome! There isn’t much value in this rock, but it is fun to have and look at.
So there you have it…the tour of my second barrel. Hope you enjoyed the tour! What do you suppose will be next???? Be sure to check back and see.
Thank you for visiting!
I grew up in a suburb north of Milwaukee during the Winter and Green Lake during the Summer in central Wisconsin. I am in Colorado now.
Thank you! I couldn’t have done it without your wonderful instructions. Since this is outdoors, I used cement board instead of wood for the base. That way I don’t have to worry about the weather. That road is truly a work of love…all those little clay pebbles! I had fun with it though. I want to do another one since now I know how to do it. I am hopeless! I love doing projects.
Oh, and where in Wisconsin are you from? I am from a tiny town called Phillips in the northern part of the state, but I live out west now :)
Your entire garden is Gorgeous!!! I love the lore about drinking elderberry wine to see the fairies, I would be willing to try it! And your garden path turned out amazing, I love how long you made it. Thanks for sharing it with us! :)