I just couldn’t resist making another fairy garden. The “house” I made from stoneware is meant to be Grendel’s Lair. You can perhaps see Grendel’s girlfriend peering out of the window. Most depictions I’ve seen of Grendel show him as a troll. Trolls, however, don’t appeal to me, so I made Grendel – and her girlfriend – dragons.
The lair is both a house for Grendel and a pot for plants. As you can see, I planted baby tears and miniature ivy over the roof. As they grow, they should cover all the bare dirt and grown down a bit over the roof of the lair.
The garden is planted in a shallow box I made from cedar fence boards. And I attached the fancy knob just to add a bit more fantasy. I made the arch from green twigs, twisting copper wire around them to hold them in place while they dry. I’ve hung a vintage chandelier crystal from the top of the arch.
You can see Grendel standing on the path. Here’s how I made the path. I cut the shape from plastic from one of those packages that cake comes in at the grocery store bakery department. I coated it with a thick (a bit less than 1/8″) layer of acrylic gel medium, then sprinkled the little colored glass stones over the medium and pressed them in lightly. I got these sweet little stones at MiniatureGardenShoppe.com. I also got several of the plants from that web site.
For a newly planted fairy garden, I think it looks pretty good. Oh, by the way, the “rock” you see at the base of the left part of the arch is actually hollow stoneware. I incised runes into it that are a transliteration of “Grendel’s Lair.”