Light Up Your Miniature Garden with Festive Outdoor Mini Fairy Lights!
We finally found some! Miniature outdoor light strings AND they have a timer too.
Now sing with me: “You, you light up my life, you give me…”
With the long hot days of summer upon us, we are hanging in the garden longer at night when the temperatures cool off a bit. We are watering the gardens at night too, something we don’t usually do because it encourages that ugly powdery mildew but, with this heat, it’s so dry that it can’t grow. In theory, the evening watering session cools down the plant’s roots for the night, to gives the plant a chance to rest before the heat arrives the next day. So far, so good, we’ve only lost two of our trees – but they were big, established Sky Pencil Japanese Hollies. Ugh. The grapevine was sheltering them from getting any water and we didn’t realize it until it was too late. Ugh x 2.
But, on a brighter note, ;o) we can now add lights to our miniature garden that are water-resistant, the right size and the battery case is sealed too. The timer function, once clicked, will stay on for 6 hours and turn off for 18 hours every day. Very cool. Very easy-peasy. We have been testing these lights for the last six weeks, we are still using the same batteries – and the string has been on almost every night during the test. The LED lights have faded just a bit, but it’s still bright enough when it’s dark outside.
The lights are miniature, tiny lights encapsulated in silicon, the wire is a bit delicate and comeswith a warning to not cut it or us excessive force or bending. As you know, when you bend a wire enough it will break. But in playing with our set, with a gentle touch I’m able to take them on and off the trees and fences without problem.
The white lights come in two sizes, the 13 feet (4 meters) string comes with a sealed battery pack. The 25 feet (7.6 meters) string has a plug and a decent length of cord before the lights start – no built-in timer on this one, we have it on a separate electrical timer. We’ve plugged this 25 foot string in to our white Christmas lights that we keep up year ‘round to light up the front of the house in our dark neighborhood.
Be sure to plant some white flowers around your lights too. They will get picked up by the light and add to your evening scene. We love our Miniature Daisies (they are sold out for the summer but we should have them back in stock in the fall) and right now we have the white Cranesbill in stock, it’s a bit hardier than the daisies.
We are still experimenting with ways to use them in the miniature garden. Wrap them around your trees, on your fences or, as you can see in the photo, we made some light posts from sticks and staked them on a rod to hold up in the soil (or you can just plant the stick of course.) For the hook at the top, we use floral wire and round-nose pliers to make the hook. Drilled a hole for it and used two-part epoxy glue to hold it in place. More experimentation is needed with them, I’m not sure how they will work with a really long strand and it may be a bit tedious to get it to work. In the photo, I used four posts, and then went into the trees to help keep it in place.
AND wait! We got some colored lights in too! See them here.
Find them here, up in our online store, along with our other “new or back-in-stock items.” We just got some new pot sets in that are cuter than cute. We are America’s Favorite Miniature Garden Center, TwoGreenThumbs.com!
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And apologies for the earworm! Lol! Is that song that is now stuck in your head? I had forgotten how well Debbie Boone just rocks the vocals at the end. It made me tear up! See her here up on youtube. ;o)