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The Magic of Fairy Gardens

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As a child I was fascinated by the stories of Enid Blyton, especially the ones involving bad tempered pixies and mischievous fairies. I wished with all my heart that there a Magic Faraway Tree growing in our garden, complete with a family of fairy folk living in its gnarled boughs. The closest we got to a Faraway Tree was a massive pine that was about 50 feet high at least, and took up virtually the entire front lawn (a mean feat when you consider that our block was a quarter of an acre and the house was small). Anything could have been hiding in it, or under it, so why not a fairy or three?

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The Portulaca Succulent

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A stunning vibrant plant, the Portulaca is a hardy drought tolerant plant that needs very little care. These beauties will brighten up your garden or pot displays. The beauty of these is you can break pieces off and plant them straight into dirt and before too long you would have created another beautiful display. They come in pink, red, yellow, white, orange and red. Some varieties have a cross of two colours! The flowers last most of the year and are extremely hardy. The flowers close up in the evening and spring up to life in the day, enjoying the sunshine. They do well in the ground, in rockeries, but I like mine in pots, that way I can move them around the garden to enjoy them at every angle!

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Rustic Wall Planter

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These old fence palings were nailed together to create a backdrop for these recycled plastic pots. The pots were sprayed with a metallic spray paint and attached to the palings with a screw. The pots were then planted with various succulents to create this lovely display.

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Tool Box Succulent Garden

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Repurpose your old tool box by drilling some holes in the bottom, spraying the box with your colour of choice and then adding your favourite succulents or cacti plants for a stunning display.

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