Before I get into our Fairy Garden progress, I have to post this picture of one of the yummiest and easiest things I have ever baked. Baked Brie with Jam. In puff pastry. Good heavens, it is phenomenal. We had friends over Friday night for dinner, so I wanted to make something a little special and decided to give this a try. All you do is unwrap your puff pastry and lay it flat on a baking sheet. Place your brie (unwrapped but still in its edible rind) in the center. Pick any jam or preserves you want (I used Strawberry Champagne jam from Scotland. I like saying it is from Scotland. That makes it feel extra special, even though I bought it in the grocery store.). Put about a quarter cup of jam on top of the brie and spread it around. Then fold up the puff pastry so everything is all wrapped inside. Place it in a preheated 425 degree oven and bake for roughly 20 minutes. Then prepare to go way over your daily calorie limit as you eat every crumb– I mean, share it generously with your guests. Mmm…
And now for our progress on the Fairy Garden! Here is the “garden” with new soil put down:
Plants we purchased:
Then we started planting!
We went to three nurseries and none of them had moss or lamb’s ears (apparently it is too early for lamb’s ears so we’ll have to try again in a week or two). Luckily for us, our good and lovely friend John has an abundance of moss in his yard and let us come take some.
Here is moss in his yard:
Moss we transplanted from his yard, bagged and ready for travel to our house:
And moss freshly planted in our yard!
We need a lot more. But this was a good start for one day! Once all the plantings are done, then we get to start on buildings, bridges, fences, stairs, etc.
The ceramic dish is going to become a pond, once it has been painted with moss and arranged with little pebbles around it.
I think we’re off to a good start, and I am enthused to keep going! (Which is saying a lot for a person who doesn’t usually garden because bugs or worms might accidentally touch me. I know, this is very lame but we all have our things. Bugs are mine. Shudder.)
Here is my little gardener surveying our progress:
G spent a lot of time playing in the sandbox while I planted.
And here is his bootprint in the sand, which he insisted I photograph:
And to end, random pretty pieces of John’s yard: