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Alexander Residence: A minature garden

Friday, 4 March 2011

A minature garden

Minature worlds have always fascinated me, when I was six or seven I won a cup for a minature garden I made at the Knypersley Village Show.  I think I should have been a Borrower (from the book by Mary Norton).  I wanted to name my children after them, but Mr A wasn't as keen on Arrietty and Pod.  

The effort of looking after lifesize things is just too overwhelming sometimes.  Since we left London and gained a garden I find myself looking out sadly in March, wishing I had planted more bulbs.  However many we plant, it's never quite enough. 

My dad spotted some muscari and daffodil bulbs pre grown in pots, at our local florist, at a bargain price.  I planted them with my 2 and 4yo in this empty pot, the last resting place of a poor plant I neglected last Summer. We added some fir cones that were hanging round after christmas, a fairy and some plastic pigs  A few days later we added a yogurt pot pond and some plasticine fish. 
Fairy garden

Then we went to see Gnomeo and Juliet (which was brilliant fun) and Miss L decided we needed gnomes to stop any birds from eating the fish.  So we added a pair of smurf figures.

It's by our front door which means it's a lovely welcome home.  It's an ongoing challenge as we try to add to the scene each day or so.  And it's a minature garden, so well within my comfort zone.

For more ideas for things to do this weekend visit Thinly Spread, click on the suitcase and off you go.
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At 4 March 2011 at 08:57 , Blogger carole said...

What a lovely Idea x

At 4 March 2011 at 10:34 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh I absolutely love this post!

The Borrowers were one of my favorite series when I was little, and I used to wish I could be tiny too.

To this day I love collecting miniature jam pots and little things!

I am going to have to pinch this idea to make a mini garden with the Little Man, although ours will probably involve more spiderman figures and less fairies.

At 4 March 2011 at 17:41 , Blogger Kate said...

Very cute! And we have those fairies too!

At 4 March 2011 at 18:16 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh its's adorable! I always wanted to be a Borrower too! My DD has a teeny patch in our garden which is full of little people living little lives! Thanks for linking this lovely post!

At 4 March 2011 at 18:18 , Blogger The Alexander Residence said...

Mom on a wire - glad someone else gets the Borrowers thing. I only put that bit in at the last minute but it really made me think back and I think the book had a huge impact on me. I realised I could create my own little worlds and wrote lots of stories. Spiderman garden sounds fab, so many possibilities. Think we might make some more themed ones....

At 6 March 2011 at 08:37 , Blogger Don't step on the cracks said...

Love it! I prefer the concept of the garden to the actual garden and am awaiting the day when the light dawns and I suddenly enjoy gardening. In th meantime I am going to give this idea a whirl with the small ones and see if i can keep it alive ....

At 8 March 2011 at 06:47 , Blogger Emma said...

Lovely idea, I remember many a summer holiday preparing a miniature garden (complete with tin foil pond!) for the village fete! Something to try when things have thawed out a bit here! Emma


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