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Roses. Grass Roots Magazine Article.

Growing Roses at Fairy Wren Cottage. I’ve written an article for the latest Grass Roots magazine, No. 260 Aug/Sept 2020 issue. It was a joy to write, Lil and I love roses and just squeezed another 7 into the garden beds. Michael on the other hand is gracious in helping us planting and caring for […]

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Snowdrops (Galanthus)

The first year we shifted to Fairy Wren Cottage we made a large bulk order of heritage fruit trees, the second year it was roses, the third year it was bulbs. Since then each year we buy a small selection of bulbs, it is a great gardening project that Lil especially loves. We pour through […]

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Rose & Fruit Tree Orders.

Southern Hemisphere friends you need to get your skates on if you haven’t already done your mail order for roses or bare rooted trees and particularly bare rooted fruit trees. Or maybe you are lucky enough to have a local nursery that will do a special order for you. Some online rose catalogues have some […]

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Garden Postcards: Winter Garden

  Come for a walk with me around the Wintertime garden here at Fairy Wren Cottage. We have had some beautiful mornings where the flog lies low in the valley and takes until mid morning to lift. The new growth, violets, snow drops, ornamental quince and Cootamundra wattle seems so vibrant against the Winter sky. […]

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These times…

A lot goes on behind those little instagram photos and blog posts for all of us doesn’t it?! I go between wanting to share our homesteading and gardening life here at Fairy Wren Cottage vs thinking is it at all worth it. With so much upheaval and suffering going on in the world (even more […]

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Garden Postcards: Autumn Cherry Blossom.

The mist is slowly moving in over the surrounding hills and mountains and as it starts to drizzle I pause before making my way inside. The Autumn Cherry Blossom is out and it is worth stopping to see it one last time close up before the end of the day. It seems hard to believe […]

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Quince Kindness

With the end of the quince harvest in our small Quince Orchard nearly here we have been doing a stocktake. So far we have given away over 100kg of quinces. We have given quinces to dog walkers who we see regularly walking past our cottage, to friends who have then made quince paste for their […]

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Quiet Moments. Part I.

The beauty in the everyday. I have started a new series on my instagram @fairywrencottage. One of the main focuses of my social media accounts has always been to document and look for the beauty in our days but I just feel more than ever the need to take several photos and post them in […]

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Garden Postcards: Dahlias.

~ Dear Lovely Reader ~ Oh dahlias! Where would our gardens be without them?! So grateful for their comeback and renewed popularity in the garden, it means there are more varieties now available to choose from. As the Autumn days unfold I look to the dahlias for their tell tale signs of slowing down. The […]

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Preserving at harvest time.

It is that time of year we all look forward to, harvesting or buying Summer and Autumn produce. And it is also the time when new work and school commitments set in, establishing new routines for the week. What to do when you see the zucchini’s growing by the minute, the herbs need harvesting and […]

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