In May of last year, I told you how I repurposed our old grill and made it into a planter on the back patio.
Since then, it's seemed that everything I planted in it has been doomed to die a slow death. First, I think in the location we had it, it was getting full afternoon sun and, being metal, it was heating up too much and literally cooking the plants inside.
So then I moved it into the far corner, by the bedroom window, where it didn't get any direct light at all, except for perhaps a short time when the setting sun touched it briefly.
I had a Pothos Ivy in there for a while -- the photo below was taken right after it was planted. It looked great at first, but within a week or two it just lay there drooping and leaves were dying off until finally I dug it out and planted it in a pot and put it on the little plant stand next to the grill.
Within a week, the Pothos Ivy had perked up, had new growth and was getting its marbled coloring back.
I had to face it, what had started out as a good idea--to turn an old grill into a planter--wasn't such a great idea after all. You could even call it an Epic Fail.
So now, here I had this "planter" on the patio, complete with the trellis I made from the saplings we cut from the lot next door before it was cleared, and nothing would grow in it.
What to do?
It just so happened, on the way back from a visit to the doctor, that I stopped in to Plants for All Seasons and became entranced by the collection of Fairy Gardens they had on display.
It came to me that it would be the perfect solution to my problem.
Using the gardens I had seen as inspiration, I used pine cones as bushes in my fairy garden, along with some items purchased at Plants for all Seasons.
Here's a close up of it at that point.
Perhaps I should have stopped there but I added some shells and gravel, another toadstool and some actual fairies.
Below you can see the finished fairy garden in close up.
Maybe I over did it, but I'm happy with it :-) And even the sweet potato vine is coming back!
Words and photographs by Jayne Wilson, Green and Serene, Jayne's Country Garden.