For those of you who have been following for awhile, you probably know I have a thing or two for fairy gardens. I also happen to have an extensive shell collection (mostly passed down to me by my grandparents) and a thing for mermaids. So, the Mermaid Garden was a very necessary necessity.
It’s not something you’ll stumble upon unless you are looking for it, as it’s tucked away into a very unused corner of the garden. But if you want to find it, you’ll have to follow the Wine Bottle Border to its very end; way, way back behind The Tomato Cave, just beyond the Random Yellow Chair. You’ve gone too far if you reach the Side Yard of Stored Crap.
This old wooden chest was from my childhood bedroom, and had seen better days, so I gave it a distressed, green coat of paint, sealed it as best as I could, and filled it with the best kind of treasures:
Collections of shells, sea glass, and glass fishing floats gather around the base of the chest, and a plaque gives detailed instructions:
She’s so lovely. If she could speak, you know she’d be asking you where she left the darned dinglehopper.
And a few ‘float’ nearby:
To make these delightful little darlings, here’s a great tutorial. The ground-dwelling creatures simply sit in their shells with no attachments.
Moving on in the garden, a scallop shell filled with ‘pearls’, collects water and serves as a watering hole for wayward pollinators. Even enchanted underwater gardens need pollinators:
I tucked plenty of aquatic-looking succulents along the ‘rock formations’ and the edges of the chest. The plants are planted in cactus potting mix, with a layer of sand spread across the top, accented, of course, with plenty of sea treasures:
And there you have it: The Farmhouse38 Mermaid Garden.