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All four of them are wonderful! What an inspration for neglected baskets. I really love the catalog from Well-Sweep and read it every year like some folks would read a best selling novel. Wish I could go there in person.
I think we travel around the same circles, I also visit Well-Sweep and Atlock at least once a year.
I usually visit quite early in the season since my passion is native plants and both nurseries are more likely to have them in late March or early April. ( I also buy from Rarefind Nursery but I usually show up there in August for their Dog Day Sales). As a result I never really see the herb gardens at Well-Sweep in full bloom so I really appreciate your photos of the gardens.
The Fairy Gardens are all lovely and I like different things in different gardens.
In #4 I especially like the added curving wood that is holding the small clam shell like scene.
For #3 I like the placement of the fairy holding on to the twig and the overall placement of the field of flowers.
In #2 I like the play of textures and the placement of the flower in the hand of the fairy and the bark door opening.
In the first one I like the light, bright open and welcoming feeling.
I love them! I especially like the baskets in #2 and 4 that has the extra vine around the basket and the driftwood and #3 for the yellow and blue color.
You all did a great job, it had to have been lots of fun to make. I did one last summer with live plants and have it in the house and love it. I decorated it for the holidays and now I'm planning one with artificial plants so I can have lots of flowers and I have some clay fairies and birds for it as well as water lilies for the pond.
I have lots of flowers made from clay and very realistic.
willowwind2, they appear to be kudzu baskets to me and there are posters on the basket weaving forum that do these. If they are, indeed, kudzu baskets, they will last a loooooooong time. I've bought several over the years at different places and they're strong. If I knew how to make them it would be a good living since kudzu is taking over the South ...lol