Granddaughter’s Faerie Garden
These two photos are after and before photos. One looks lush and well cared for; the other looks sort of desolate. Although this photo doesn’t show it, in order to add interest and realism there are a lot of “hills” in this little garden. Since it is mostly seen from the front, I made the back part rise higher to give the whole garden more depth. Adding a small castle on top of the hill gave it even more of a far away look. Putting a steam in a round garden was a bit problematic. So next year we will try to incorporate more “trees” and bushes; that should help to make it look more like a landscape. And with all of the plantings, hills and streams, a lot of care had to be taken to maintain the correct soil depth for the redbud tree. The second photo shows the garden, after the houses and debris were removed earlier in the year, and the castle with moat were added. It’s sad when a little garden has such a level of winter damage, but it is fun to rework it in the spring.
Final thought: The years go by so quickly. If you don’t think that, remember that next year you will be two years older than you were last year. It isn’t always possible to do the things that you want to do, especially if your family is scattered like a lot of families are nowdays. But do what you can when you can, especially for the little ones.