Category Archives: Gardening

Updates from Diane’s Garden

wheelbarrow fairy garden

I recently created a new miniature fairy wheelbarrow garden in (my mother and Enchanted Acorn partner) Diane’s backyard here in Naperville. The wheelbarrow was owned and frequently used by my father, Diane’s late husband, John, and we think it’s from the early sixties or late seventies.

We used one of our original mini Hobbit-door house prototypes that had cracked as the house surrounded by 1/2″ scale white picket fencing. The garden contains Red Creeping Thyme, Elfin Thyme, Coreopsis, and more. We’ll be adding lots more accessories to the garden over the next few seasons, so keep an eye out!

wheelbarrow fairy garden

We offer fairyscaping and miniature garden installation in yards and gardens around the Chicagoland area. If you’re interested in having a custom fairy garden created for your home, please contact us or give us a call at 630-269-8397.

– Laura

Support Hummingbirds – it’s Pollinator Week!

Support Hummingbird Garden HabitatsThree out of every four flowering plants rely on pollinators, such as the graceful hummingbird.

But sadly, pollinators are on the decline worldwide.

Since Pollinator Week is June 17-23, there’s no better time to reward these tiny, hard working friends for all they do than by turning your yard or garden into a welcoming haven.

Here are a few tips to attract these helpful feathered friends to your garden today from Natural Wildlife Federation Naturalist, Media Spokesperson and author David Mizejewski:

1. Keep your feeder fresh.
Offer sugar water in a hummingbird feeder by mixing one part sugar to four parts boiling water. Change the water frequently since the “nectar” can spoil quickly, sending a hummer away no matter how hungry it is. Replace the solution every five to seven days during the cooler months, and as often as every two days in the summer.

2. Make sure your flowers are a favorite.
Plant annuals and perennials with different blooming periods to have a steady supply of flowers from early spring until fall to attract hummingbirds and keep them there. Red and tubular flowers are a favorite, but also consider native honeysuckles, most varieties of sages or salvia, and many types of columbine.

3. Leaving some insects can be beneficial.
While many people think hummingbirds feed only on nectar, the birds feed their young a diet made up almost entirely of small insects. In addition, adult birds need regular doses of protein from mosquitoes, spiders, thrips, gnats and other arthropods.

4. Don’t forget water.
If you have a birdbath, place a couple of flat rocks in it to give the tiny birds a chance to bathe. Running water seems to be a magnet to hummers—they will even fly through the spray of a sprinkler.

Whether you have an apartment balcony or a 20-acre farm, you can create a garden that attracts beautiful wildlife and helps restore habitat in commercial and residential areas. By providing food, water, cover and a place for wildlife to raise their young you not only help wildlife, but you also qualify to become an official Certified Wildlife Habitat®.

Arrival of Baby “Squishy” Tillandsia

Baby "Squishy" TillandsiaWe are proud to announce the arrival of a new baby tillandsia! The fairies have named this little cutie “Squishy” and both Mama and baby are doing great.

Baby Tillandsia - Air Plant

Tillandsia are are epiphytes (also called aerophytes or air plants) and need no soil because water and nutrients are absorbed through the leaves. The roots are used as anchors only. Reproduction is by seeds or by offsets called “pups”. A single plant could have up to a dozen pups.

Birdwatching

Spotted this morning at our feeders: male Cardinal feeding safflower to his sweetheart mate, Downy Woodpecker eating shelled peanuts and our very first spotting of a Rose-Breasted Grosbeak munching on safflower seeds.

Putting out our hummingbird feeders today!

Male Cardinal

Hypertufa

Hypertufa was developed in the 1930s to replicate the stone troughs that were popular among English gardeners in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The lightweight stand-ins were not only easier to come by, but also easier to transport. Thanks to their porous nature, the pots were ideal for plants needing good drainage. Hypertufa containers are still practical in the garden and simple to create.

Hypertufa Round