When I saw the review opportunity for something from Interplay's Fairy Garden range, I jumped right to it. Not because we are really into fairy play, but look at the kits! It's enough to get this grown up excited!
We were sent Interplay My Fairy Garden - Fairy Garden kit to review, but
I thought I'll give our review for both of the kits, because they are equally fantastic products, but one just suited us more than the other.
The original, also the best seller - Fairy Garden (RRP £14.99, recommended for age 4 years +), comes with a lot of things!
Fairy Garden Bowl
Fairy Belle, mouse and mushroom figurines
Oyster shell water pond
Fairy cottage parts
Clothes line and pegs
It seems like we missed the pink blanket in our box (I only just noticed this!). Do always check your contents before diving into the fun, so that you can let the company know as soon as if anything is missing.
It's not a big problem for us as we didn't use the clothes line and peg either (so most likely wouldn't have used the pink blanket). I do however love that they have included so many things to help you decorate the Fairy garden, and they are all so very nice! You don't have to use everything of course, but it makes designing your fairy garden much easier.
The only other thing you'll need is soil.
|Inspirations included in the booklet|
As the bowl is quite shallow, you can't really grow tall plants in the bowl, however, there are plenty of things you can grow apart from grass! Clovers, cress, or any succulent plants for example. Wild alpine strawberries are brilliant too and they smell so good! The booklet included not only guide you to setting up your fairy garden, it gives plenty of ideas to help you design your own unique fairy garden too!
I went plant shopping (because I didn't want to buy a big bag of soil for 2 fairy gardens, and definitely didn't want to use slug infested garden soil!) and found some really cute carnivorous plants (fly catcher!). Although eh, will they eat fairies?!
So I ended up with a couple of really pretty house plants (I used to know what they are called!), and although they are much taller than the bowl, they worked amazingly well in the fairy garden:
Doesn't this look beautiful?! The orchids at the back make it look like an art piece, if I say so myself! You can go tall after all! There is still plenty of room for us to put more soil in to give the plants more nutrients, I just used what came with the plants.
Of course I'm not the only one who is having all the fun *cough*. Abby helped building the little cottage and setting up the layout. She is now the one watering the gardens. I haven't seen her this excited about watering the plants (no one cares about my beautiful orchids!).
We absolutely love the Fairy Garden! We aren't really the DIY doll house furniture kind, so all the things that came with the kit really helped us creating a pretty looking fairy garden. We love almost all the decorations: fairy Belle, her mouse companion, the toadstool, colourful stones, fairy dust and oyster shell! Seriously, oyster shell, how clever is that to add to the kit?!
I think we will plant some alpine strawberries next time. The bowl is large enough for them, and it's something the kids have been missing since we moved.
The new Lilypad Gardens (RRP £19.99, suitable for age 4 years +) comes with:
3 part Flowerpot House (saucer, house and flowerpot)
Fairy Lily, frog figurines
3 floating lilypads
packet of grass seeds
|Inspiring ideas for the Lilypad Gardens inside the booklet|
There is plenty of space inside the flowerpot, and it's fairy deep as well so you can plant taller plants. Again, we bought potted plants and transferred them into the flower pot to make it easier for us, but maybe next year we'll be sowing strawberry seeds!
The flowerpot can become quite heavy once the soil and plants are in, so it's easier if you do the planting without the house and saucer first. It's also easier to carry the flowerpot itself around without risking it falling off the house.
|Little butterfly shaped flowers!|
Abby also mentioned that the Fairy Garden has more open space so she can see more of the design, and it's also easier for her to water.
Overall we really love Interplay's My Fairy Garden planters. We love the designs and the things that comes with it. Of course for someone like me, I would appreciate if they can include compact soil as well! Each of the planters has something great about them, and they encourage children to get their little green fingers, creativity and imagination going. You can visit Interplay's official website to see the full My Fairy Garden range (they have Fairy doors too).