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Welcome to Carol’s Faerie Gardens, the place where—just for a little while—one can enter the tiny world of faeries and enchanted miniature gardens.
Seasons #4 – Tackling Problems

Seasons #4 – Tackling Problems

I mentioned before that our back yard is a work in progress. We have had it graded and sloped away from our house, then we put in a retaining wall. We amended the soil every time we planted bushes or flowers. It has taken several years but we are finally beginning to...

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Seasons #3 – Change Needed

Seasons #3 – Change Needed

The Bible says "to everything there is a season—a time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted—“, and in the case of these trees, that was certainly true. We are at the end of a cul de sac, on the side of a hill, and the wind really roars up the hill...

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Seasons #2 – Early Season Planters

Seasons #2 – Early Season Planters

We only have three planters filled so far this year. It has been a rather tumultuous year for us, to this point, and we are just glad we were able to get done all that we did. As usual, I have a lot more that I want to do, so we will see.I mentioned in my container...

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Seasons #1 – Transitions

Seasons #1 – Transitions

Spring transitions into summer in May here, sometimes early May and sometimes later in May, and it is just a delightful season. Spring blooming flowers are still in evidence, depending on variety. And early summer flowers are just beginning--for the best of both...

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Early Bloomers

Early Bloomers

Our backyard was a hard fought victory. We had to contend with impervious red clay soil, all that was left after the builders scraped all the top soil off. Not only that, but they left a slope that slanted toward our house. There was literally nothing in our backyard...

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Spring Is Finally Here!

Spring Is Finally Here!

Spring is finally here! It seemed like this was going to be the year with NO spring. I remember a year when my mom told me Michigan had virtually no summer. That was the gloomy thought that entered my mind about this spring. But Joy! It happened! So I thought I would...

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A Muggly, A Window Box and a Wheel Barrow

A Muggly, A Window Box and a Wheel Barrow

This is the last in my Pots and Container series. You can certainly see from this series just how much they have added to our garden. All of these planters except the little window box still reside happily in our yard. We are always on the lookout for things that we...

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Tried and True Traditions

Tried and True Traditions

We both love garden sculptures. If we had a larger garden, we would undoubtable have more. But, especially in a smaller garden, less is best. So, in addition to the fountain with cherub (see http://www.carolsfaeriegardens.com/flower-filled-fountains), we have...

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Gorgeous Window Boxes

Gorgeous Window Boxes

More in my pots and containers series—I love window boxes. I mean, I really love window boxes. This is the second window box my hubby made and I love it. We both liked the first one, shown at the bottom of this page. But when we re-sided our home, we wanted a new...

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Plenty of Pots

Plenty of Pots

I love pots! I can get as creative as I want. And this is the best way to add instant charm to a home or condo or an apartment or where ever you live. As you can see, I have everything from inexpensive clay pots to more expensive ceramic pots. There is a place for...

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Flower Filled Fountains

Flower Filled Fountains

We had always wanted a fountain—love the sound of running water. When we saw this fountain on sale, we bought it and installed it close to our front porch, where we enjoyed it for several years. Then we decided to remove the old hedge along the foundation and, at the...

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The Real First Signs of Spring

The Real First Signs of Spring

Most of us can barely wait for the first signs of spring. Crocus, snowdrops, dainty violas, pansies—all are welcome signs. But for me, the first real sign (!!) — and the most exciting part of early spring — was putting together the hanging baskets for our front porch....

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Grandson’s Faerie Garden

Grandson’s Faerie Garden

When we constructed a faerie garden for our granddaughter, our grandson thought he might be interested also. So we decided to rework the area, above the retaining wall by the small patio, on our side yard hill and give that to him. This is the area where he played...

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One Last Glimpse

One Last Glimpse

Before I leave our sidehill gardens, I am giving one last glimpse of the views along our driveway. We have, over the years, concentrated on our front yard and, more recently, our side and back yard gardens. And, while the sidehill part of our garden remains in flux,...

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Going Downhill From Here Part 4

Going Downhill From Here Part 4

These photos are still of our hillside, but now above our little patch of woods (see Going Downhill From Here Part 3), and across from the area of our downhill paths (see Going Downhill From Here Part 2). We have a lot of area here to experiment with; some of what we...

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Happy 2021

Happy 2021

I want to start 2021 by apologizing for being AWOL the last couple of months. My husband has had to deal with health issues that started in late summer and, when finally feeling better, an accident during the Thanksgiving weekend that landed him in the hospital for a...

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Going Downhill From Here Part 3

Going Downhill From Here Part 3

In Going Downhill From Here #2 I promised I would show more of how we are trying to tame the hill that is our side yard. Like most of you, we have more ideas than we have money so our plans have to be implemented a little at a time. Sometimes we feel like we are not...

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Going Downhill From Here Part 2

Going Downhill From Here Part 2

In Going Downhill From Here Part 1 it is clearly evident that our side yard hill is quite steep. (Understatement!) Putting in a retaining wall and a small patio was a good first step toward solving this challenge. But, of course, that left the rest of the hill to be...

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