(Have you heard? Dept. 56 has a new line, Garden District, including a collection of wonderful fairies and fairy garden accessories called Enchanted Guardians! See how I displayed them in my own garden and enter the Dept.56 sweepstakes to win your very own!) * This post has been sponsored by Dept. 56 who provided me with the whimsical Enchanted Guardians
The doorbell rang and there they were, a group of the new Dept. 56 Enchanted Guardians enchanted creatures had arrived to live in our garden! Her Royal Highness, Alice, The Queen Rabbit kindly explained what sort of living requirements each of her subjects required and I quickly set about making them feel at home.
Honored to have been chosen to help bring their enchanted kingdom to our garden, I was at their service. A busy afternoon was spent gathering materials and setting up domiciles under the tutelage of Queen Alice. Each of the enchanted fairies has duties in caring for the garden plants, flowers and insects suitable to their size and skills. As we worked, the entourage explained their respective tasks and how magical wings allow them to carry on about the garden undetected by humans.
Fiona, it is said, has the greenest thumb of them all. With a touch of her hand, Sweet Alyssums, Pansies and English Daisies popped up from the ground to surround her newly constructed stone home.
Pronouncing her new home very lovely, Fiona admired the special touch of the twig picket fence I had crafted for her walkway. Nestled in the ferns, it is a cozy abode for this winsome sprite.
Spike, the nocturnal hedgehog, preferred underground sleeping quarters. After digging out a suitable burrow, we upended an old windowbox to cover it and affixed a door. A small flowerpot will serve as a chimney during cooler weather. Twig-trellised potted ivy and pine cones made this tiny home even more appealing for this sweet creature.
Nocturnal by nature, Spike guards the garden from harm during the night after his comrades retire. He keeps vigil from nightfall until dawn, then takes his rest during the day after breakfast with the others.
Chester, the Chipmunk Guardian, is charged with keeping peace in the garden during the daytime hours. He chose a post high atop an old wooden barrel and made it cozy with green moss. To make his ascent easier, I constructed a twig ladder for him to climb up to his station.
Because he is constantly on the go, Chester packs his lunch. This little sentry is always on guard and has a view of the entire garden from his command post.
Little Squeak, the Magical Mouse, desired a comfortable nook in the crook of a tree. A tiny pinecone home was put together in no time, lined with soft succulent bedding. After a busy day of shooing birds away from newly-planted seeds, this will be the perfect sleeping place for him.
As befits true royalty, Queen Alice requested that her own home be built last, ensuring her subjects comfort before her own. Unassuming, she chose an old watering can lined with soft moss for her warren placed under a stand of blooming Hellebores. A rake head fence and vintage garden trowel frame her bark ramp entrance.
With her butterfly wings, Queen Alice spreads seeds throughout the garden that the others attend. She keeps everyone informed of the business of the day and whatever fun fairy games little Squeak has arranged for their amusement.
Gathering together each morning to share a breakfast of seeds, nuts, seasonal fruits and vegetables is a beloved daily ritual. Here they entertain one another with tales of their adventures and enjoy Squeak’s garden game of the day, especially if it is hide-and-seek!
Making fairy garden accessories is very simple using just twigs and hot glue. Lay out your fence, ladder or trellis on paper, then glue each piece in place. It is as simple as that!
You can have Enchanted Guardians bring their magic to your garden too!
Here’s How To Enter!
1. Check out all the wonderful Enchanted Garden Guardians on Pinterest at https://www.pinterest.com/department56/enchanted-guardians-fairest-fairy-garden-showcase/
2. Select your favorite picture and click it open, then copy the pin’s URL (Press CTRL + C)
3. Click here SWEEPSTAKES to enter! Paste your favorite picture’s URL in the entry form (CTRL + V)
4. Sprinkle a little fairy dust!
* This post has been sponsored by Dept. 56 who provided me with the whimsical Enchanted Guardians