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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

May Lowe’s Creative Ideas Gardeners Challenge– “Fairy Rose Garden Project”

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I am so honored to be included as a member of the Lowes Creative Ideas Garden Club!  I am so excited to show you my very first project…. The “Contain It” Challenge!  The task was to make a display with repurposed objects to use in the garden!  This is my kind of challenge!  I could not wait to get started.  For this challenge I was given a $100 budget sponsored by Lowes.
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I knew just what I wanted to do… something with a metal washtub and buckets I had collected at yard sales.  I have roughly $15 in the three metal containers.  The tub was the most expensive at $10.  I took a big nail and a hammer and made several holes in the bottom of my tubs so I’d have good drainage.  These are made to be permanent plantings, wintering over in my zone 6 garden outside.
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So the first thing I knew is I wanted height.  It was to be the focal point as you look thru the arbor leading you into the rose garden.  I wanted something very pretty to draw you into this part of the garden.  My rose garden is not formal, it is very casual and country, but I love the form of the tree rose and the interest it gives.  By picking a pink double knockout tree rose, a rose I have in many other places in my garden, I knew it would be easy to grow and very disease resistant. 
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But the fairy is want sent me over the edge.  I just knew she was meant to be in my garden.  She is so pretty she could be brought into the house as an art piece.  But she is made to be outside and she is the perfect height to sit right under the rose.  It was meant to be.
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I see this as a project ANYONE can do.  Even if you live in an apartment you can have a miniature rose garden with a tapestry of cottage style plants.  I love growing roses in containers, you can move them around for instant color and change your look.  I now have roses in 6 different containers and they have bloomed beautifully.  Just remember to give them good drainage and mulch them to keep the roots cool.  This area gets noon mid-day sun only, it is shaded in the early mornings and evenings, so it is prefect for a sun loving container.
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So as you can see I focused on sun loving, cottage style flowers.  I want them to fill in around the fairy and tumble over the side of my washtub.  I love how it looks like she is sitting naturally in the garden…. and those wings!  To pretty!!
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She is available in the garden décor section at Lowes for $19.97.  She is called “Rust Sitting Garden Fairy” and you can find her online HERE. But I got mine at my local Lowes, there is also a standing one, they are both beautiful.
Okay, lets talk about the plants!  It was so much fun shopping for things for this project.  I knew they had to be long blooming, sun loving and in the pastel family….  Here is what I chose….
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For long lasting color and easy care, I added this annual….  Proven Winners Superbells “Miss Lilac”.  I have seen this used in so many beautiful projects and know it will look fantastic all the way till December frosts.  I purchased two at $4.98 each.
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Silver Fog Euphorbia set the garden world into a tizzy a couple of years ago, for good reason.  It is one of the best annuals to come along in decades.  I added 3 of these at $3.98 each.  They are PERFECT for a fairy garden!  Just fantastic.
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The 3rd annual I chose was the Comet Marguerite Daisy.  I love daisy flowers and this gives me a country style bloom that can handle the heat and lasts a long time.  It was $3.98 also.
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Okay I mentioned it was to be a permanent container and so far all I have talked about is annuals.  We’ll it will be used for years, I added the annuals for it to look extra special for you this first year.  But the following garden seasons I will have groundcover planted in this container.  The groundcover I chose is ivy.  I love the look of evergreen ivy in a container and it will look perfect with my statue nestled in it.  It will give me a bit of winter interest as well.  I love how it looks with the Superbells…. Great combination!  I picked up a six pack of ivy for $8.98.
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If you had to ask me what every rose garden needs I would probably answer Dianthus.  I love how they look… but adore how they smell!  They do need a bit of care in the form of deadheading, but I use scissors and cut them all back at once and they look fresh and bloom again and again.  This bright pink was perfect, it is called Garden Spice Fuchsia and it was $8.98.
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The other perennial I added for long blooming color is Homestead Purple Verbena.  It does fantastic both in the ground and in containers.  If you enjoy the look of annual verbena, you’ll love this perennial version and its long lasting purple blooms.  It was $5.47.
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And my big star of the show is my Pink Double Knockout Rose in Standard or Tree form.  It was $28.98 and so healthy and well shaped.  I love this rose in shrub form and am just delighted to have it as a tree rose.  This is my first tree rose after wanting one for many years.  I am delighted with it and it is just perfect in this special project.
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Project totals:
Annuals 
4 @ 3.98 = 15.92
2 @ 4.98 =9.96
Perennials
1 @ 5.47
1 @ 8.98
Rose
1 @ 28.98
Statue
1 @ 19.97
Mulch, Soil and Fertilizer
9.68

Total = $98.96



CLICK HERE TO READ PART TWO OF THIS PROJECT
"HOW TO PLANT A FAIRY ROSE GARDEN CONTAINER"



Thanks so much to the good people at Lowes Creative Ideas for letting gardens like me get their hands dirty and their creative mojo working overtime.  I am so excited to share with you my upcoming projects.  This has been a dream come true getting to something so special and then sharing it with you my dear friends and readers.  Please if you are not a follower consider becoming one so you can see more of my upcoming projects.

Take the time to visit Lowe’s and see what's blooming, I’m sure you’ll be glad you did!


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Happy Gardening…Brooke
All images ©Creative Country Mom, Brooke Kroeger 2012




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