I venture to say that I have the cutest Fairy House around, although, it took a mythical renovation to get to this point. Start with a dog house and then add a few design changes and abra cadabra!, you can have one too.
Although, my photography leaves much to be desired.
If only I could move some of that background clutter, they’d actually be pretty good pictures!
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At one time, this started out as a dog house. A friend of ours was getting rid of it because it was flea infested. Well, that didn’t stop Mr. Menace. He bought a couple of flea bombs, set them off, and then took it home.
I don’t have a proper “BEFORE” picture, because this all happened before we were Mr. & Mrs. But the original dog house looked similar to this one.
My very creative husband added the cute windows. And when he brought it to me in 2008, it looked like this:
I knew immediately that this was suppose to be a fairy house. And this napping gnome is just so cute in his hammock on the porch.
But I really thought it needed a door! So I found some boards that would work, added a knob and hung it.
Once the door was up, the fairies began to arrive! Some of them came all the way from England.
They moved right in and seemed quite happy with their new home.
As you can see, the wood was already very weathered when I got it. It wasn’t but a year or so when the roof rotted off. Mr. Menace replaced it with some red plastic siding, but it just didn’t look very good. So I decided I was going to make a green roof for it.
A planted “green” roof, that is.
But before I got to that project, we bought a new house and were busy moving.
After we got moved into our new house, Mr. Menace helped by removing what was left of the existing roof, and lining it with tin. I then added some chicken wire to hold the plants, tons of potting soil, and then started planting.
Over the years I tried several different combination of plants. But the above one is one of my favorites. It is a chartreuse sedum along with ajuga, which has purple blooms. The color combination is fantastic with the light green of the sedum, the deep green foliage of the ajuga and the deep purple blossoms.
But this year, the porch collapsed.
So again, Mr. Menace had to make some renovations.
After planting the new apiary, I had some moss rose left over. I thought I’d use it on the fairy house roof this year. But first, it was time for a move. The plants were going to need more sun. So Mr. Menace helped me get it moved a few feet back. Now it is a part of this bed at the back of our property.
And finally, it was time for planting.
The moss rose, or portulaca, should fill in and cover the roof nicely.
When I stain the new deck the fairy house will get a coat too.
And I am considering making curtains for the windows. What do you think about that? Should I? Shouldn’t I??
If so, what colors? Or neutral??