Author: Fae Serena

Absolute Basics for Terrarium Soil

Posted October 4, 2020 by Fae Serena in Fairy Garden Ideas, Terrarium Gardening / 0 Comments

First off – I am no expert.  I probably shouldn’t say that but… the truth is the truth.  I’m learning about creating terrariums and passing on what I’ve discovered, and what’s working for me.

Before you decide on any soil you need to know what is going into your terrarium – the plants – not the fun decorations.

Obviously, a succulent or cactus open terrarium will require far different soil than a lush, leafy, flowering closed terrarium.  (That should be obvious, but forgive me, there are some who just dive in without thinking and wonder why their project was doomed from the start.)

You’ll need:

  • glass container
  • rocks or pebbles for the very bottom level so your plants never “sit” in water
  • a layer of charcoal
  • appropriate soil mixture for the type of plant you plan to grow
  • plants
  • perhaps a layer of moss for lush plants or sand or tiny pebbles for succulents
  • then whatever decorations you plan on adding (that is entirely your choice)

I found a really good soil mixture recipe at Martha Stewart’s Living site, you might want to check that out at some point.

But no matter what you plan on planting in your new terrarium – begin with a plan, the right soil for your plants – and then just go have fun with it all.

 

This layering graph up there is an illustration I saw on Pinterest.  I do not know its originator, but should or when I do I will give the proper credit and link.

Posted October 4, 2020 by Fae Serena in Fairy Garden Ideas, Terrarium Gardening / 0 Comments

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Found by Frost by Terry Bolryder

Posted September 24, 2020 by Fae Serena in Book Review / 0 Comments

His soul match has powers beyond comprehension…and she needs his body to awaken them. 

Boreas, now Brett, is one of the most powerful warriors of the fae world, and not worried at all about his undercover mission to assist humanity in fighting off rogue chaos princes. Until he meets Avery Williams and feels a bond that entwines his very fate with hers. 

He’d die for her, fight with his giant wand for her, and show her his true form if only she would stop calling him crazy and let him awaken the hidden passion inside her heart. 

Avery pretends to lead a normal life, while secretly helping the world with powers she doesn’t understand and never asked for. But the odd, impossibly gorgeous man downstairs is ruining everything, calling to her heart and body as never before. 

When darkness comes for Avery, Brett is there, giving her a glimpse into a world she never imagined. A world of danger and magic and wonder. A world where she might not survive if she doesn’t awaken her powers, and learn about the powerful bonds that can either make her and Brett stronger or tear them both apart. 

This is an adult 18+ story that contains language, possible violence, and sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

Titles in the Wings, Wands, and Soul Bonds series include —  Found by Frost – Defended by Darkness – Held by Heat – Loved by Light –

These Fae were introduced in the previous series: Titles in the Forgotten Dragons series include – Dragon Next Door – Dragon Meets Girl – Dragon to the Rescue – Dragon with Benefits – Dragon in Love

These series have a growing connection to the other dragon series within Ms. Bolryder’s dragon world.

This Paranormal Romance Novel was first reviewed on my Shifter Haven site, the review is mine – it is being cross-posted here as it contains stories of the Fae.

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Posted September 24, 2020 by Fae Serena in Book Review / 0 Comments

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Water Me Next Week: A Succulent’s Plea by Theresa Ebro (a review)

Posted September 14, 2020 by Fae Serena in Book Review, Fairy Garden Ideas, Succulent Gardening / 0 Comments

I recently decided to try my hand at creating a Succulent/Cactus Fairy Garden in a container.  Because I’m a “need to know as much as I can before I start a new project” type of person, I’ve been checking out books on various types of succulents.

Not all books are worth the time to read let alone purchase, so anything you see here are books that I have or soon will purchase for my own permanent resource library.

Water Me Next Week: A Succulent’s Plea is a book that I loved leafing through and devoured in reading all the tips, hints, and plant care information.  I think that this information will help me keep cactus and succulents alive in my home (which has never been easy as I tend to water too much).

Normally, I’d put the book cover blurb right here but for this book that blurb is very long, so read more about Water Me Next Week: A Succulent’s Plea by hitting the ‘continue reading’ link below.

(also, the cover picture and the light blue links will take you to Amazon where you could purchase this title if you wish) I’m also fairly certain you could find this at your local library.

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Posted September 14, 2020 by Fae Serena in Book Review, Fairy Garden Ideas, Succulent Gardening / 0 Comments

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Terrarium Fairy Garden Possibilities

Posted August 24, 2020 by Fae Serena in Faery Garden, Fairy Garden Ideas, Terrarium Gardening / 0 Comments

I have been fascinated by terrariums my entire life.  A miniature world in a jar or bottle or fish tank just seems the most relaxing thing to observe (if you cannot actually get out into nature physically to do so.)

I came across this article at GardenersPath.com recently that jump-started the possibility around “I wonder if I could do this” thoughts racing through my head.  (in fact, the picture up there is from that article)

Any glass container would equal a terrarium.  Size does not matter as long as the plants within can grow and thrive in that space and environment.

I will definitely be looking into this idea.  If this interests you as well, then a good place to start would be clicking on the link to Gardeners Path’s article above.  I’ll be adding more information in the coming weeks about terrarium gardening so I’ll wish us both luck. 🙂

Posted August 24, 2020 by Fae Serena in Faery Garden, Fairy Garden Ideas, Terrarium Gardening / 0 Comments

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Essential Succulents: The Beginner’s Guide (a review)

Posted August 14, 2020 by Fae Serena in Book Review, Fairy Garden Ideas, Succulent Gardening / 0 Comments

I went searching for a plant guide to succulents for a Fairy Garden I’m planning.  And, honestly, I didn’t want to spend a lot of money (yet) before knowing if I was actually going to do this.

I found “Essential Succulents: The Beginner’s Guide” on Amazon, discovered in addition it was available through Kindle Unlimited (which I have since I’m such a romance novel addicted soul) …and decided to give it a try.

I found it to be an invaluable source of information – and I took tons of notes for when I actually begin creating my own succulent Fairy Gardens.  In fact, I’ll go back and purchase it at that time in order to write my own notes on the pages.

Because the book is in the Kindle Unlimited subscription program, you’ll only find this one (on-line) at Amazon and I’ve provided affiliate links in this post and on the book cover picture should you want to check it out for yourself.  (You can most likely also find this in any physical book store, so the choice is yours)

 

Posted August 14, 2020 by Fae Serena in Book Review, Fairy Garden Ideas, Succulent Gardening / 0 Comments

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Succulents In A Fairy Garden

Posted August 4, 2020 by Fae Serena in Faery Garden, Fairy Garden Ideas, Succulent Gardening / 0 Comments

I love plants, for years I could keep African Violets blooming year-round.  Sadly, we moved from that “perfect” location and I’ve not had the same success since.  *sigh*   Oh.  Well.

I’ve one spot that gets natural sunlight enough to have a glass “bookcase” double as a large plant stand.  And that is my one spot that is filled right now with the majority of my leafy plants.

I’m beginning to plot out how to use plant lights in order to create other plant locations within my home… I’m determined to go green big time.

Right now, I’m looking at cactus and succulents… and I’m frankly, astounded by the variety that is available.  Beautiful in a unique fashion, nothing like pretty flowering African Violets but still stunning in their own right.

With plant lights and the right location away from drafty doors, I believe I can accomplish at least one type of Fairy Garden with only succulents… at least, I’m now determined to try.  I could never recreate these lovely pictures that I found on Pinterest (when I find the originator they will be properly linked) — but they give me hope that I can do something close.

Now, to find the right plants, pot, and fairy decorations.  🙂

Posted August 4, 2020 by Fae Serena in Faery Garden, Fairy Garden Ideas, Succulent Gardening / 0 Comments

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