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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20 comments:

  1. Plants bloom until December? I am a wee bit green with envy. Your fairy garden is delightful! I have a small fairy that I found last week at our local garden center that will be in my wee garden as soon as I finish removing some cat mint and stepping stones and redo the area. Had to make an emergency trip to the dentist and when I got back it was too WINDY, again.I need to go to town and stop at Lowe's or just make it my destination.♥♫

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  2. Thanks so much Marilyn! I love fairies and my collection is growing. I started calling my rose garden off the dining room the fairy garden... Were so silly, but I love it. I wish you could see this container in person, it is sooooo much prettier than the pictures. I just love the vibrant pink blooms you can see them from the house and the deck! Thanks for stopping by!!

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  3. I love galvanized containers in the garden! The plants you've chosen for them makes a stunning combination!

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  4. Thanks so much Robin! I cant wait to show them once they get a bit bigger and fill in. I really love the look, now I want to re-do all my containers!

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  5. What inspirational photos, Brooke! The galvanized buckets add that perfect country feel. We're finally getting around to landscaping our house, nearly 5 years after building it, and I'm pinning this post because you offer some wonderful ideas. Thanks!

    Take care,
    Erin @ Carolina Country Living
    (visiting from The Vintage Farmhouse)

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  6. Thanks so much Erin, how exciting! I know it takes a long time, but you can dream big! Have fun!!

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  7. All your flowers and the fairy statue are beautiful together!

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  8. Your garden is beautiful, Brook! You really have a green thumb. Love your roses!

    xoxo
    Ruth.

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  9. You did a really great job on the design with the repurposed items. It all works so well together and I'm loving the rose tree! Found you at Vintage Farmhouse.
    Liz

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    1. Hi Liz, nice to meet you! I love to repurpose and that tree rose is fantastic! Love the look too!

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  10. Beautiful garden. I live in an apartment. This gives me inspiration!

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  11. So in love with all your gardening skills!! Thanx for coming to THT and hope your week is going well!

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  12. What a pretty garden, Brooke! I'm just loving that rose standard!!! I've always wanted one, too....but just don't know how to "winterize" it so that it's safe for the cold weather we have here in MI. :)

    xoxo laurie

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  13. I've seen a few of these fairy gardens -- but I have to say yours is one of the prettiest! And being sponsored by Lowe's -- how awesome!

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  14. Brooke, I'm loving all I see. Container plants are my favorite way to garden. I once grew patio tomatoes in a pot on the deck. Congratulations on being sponsored by Lowe's. Hope you visit soon. I'm hopping on FMFPTY today, too. Helen

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  15. Brooke, I'm now following you on Linky and would love for you to follow me. Thanks, Helen

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  16. Brooke, What a beautiful garden! Love all your containers and the fairy gardens are so creative! Thanks for sharing on Simple & Sweet Fridays.

    Jody

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  17. Congrats on being a Lowes blogger! Love this project!
    Sherry

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