Friday, April 6, 2012

A to Z: Fairy Friendly Garden

F for the Blogging from A to Z Challenge.

F is for Fairy Garden

Traditionally, in our home a miniature garden full of fairy pleasure comes to light every Spring. 
The children here know to step lightly over the Otherworld.
They know that crafting a garden for the "wee folk" will leave them with an abundance of friendship all year.
What better reason is there?
Occasionally, they leave treasures.

Last year, being one of the busiest of years for our family, our enchanted garden rose out of simple care.
We had pansies for love.
Poppies to bring them into our dreams.
The children ate thyme, this is when they make claims of seeing the little creatures.
I kept a pot of thyme near our front door, as an invitation for them to come in. 
We had curly chives, gray-leaved sage, and creeping mint. 
A neighbor came by with lily of the valley.
We planted lavender, lemon-scented geraniums, primrose, and forget-me-nots.
The children left out pieces of bread, cookies, and cake. Of course they were devoured by morning.
We danced over rose petals, asking for blessing and hoping to share in their magic.


In the end, abundence was gifted.








A teensy-weensy forest for Lilliputian play.

Mary the Kitten, who also waits for treasure. 
She belonged to a grandmother, who is part of the spirit world now.

Plates that we leave out, for the ones that use their wings.

Stomping feet that little creatures must watch out for. 



A bushel of bachelors, suspended in thin air.
Even my tinniest of 'fairies' know to hide in here. 




When we know that they have made their way!



Goals for this year:
More furniture, garden parasols, gates and trails, and sticks and structures.
A burning of heather to connect the gates between our worlds.
Perhaps an offering on Beltane eve for Summer Solstice.

Do you have any goals to bring the good little folk your way this year?

22 comments:

  1. Enchanting. lovely photos. fairy-tale.
    Annie
    http://happyediting.co.uk/myblog/

    My F is for Fun and a few other things.

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    1. Hi Annie! Thanks for coming by! I'm catching up, little sneezy slowing me down. See you soon!!

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  2. Your garden is amazing. Gardening is on of my passions. Your's is just beautiful!

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    1. Thanks Buffy! I may invite some of the, friendlier, creatures I'm learning about from you, this year!

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  3. Lovely serene garden. I thought I saw a Lilliputian. Everything is beuatiful and I know the kids love it all especially the fairy tale.
    dreamweaver

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    1. Thank you, Debra! I love that they make it part of their duty and I will be crushed if they ever decide to live outside of the tale.

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  4. Your fairy garden is beautiful. That's such a lovely idea.

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    1. Thank you, Danielle! I just came back from a Sweet Tea read and I'm enjoying the healthy garden talk!!

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  5. Gorgeous pictures, and a fun little read! I want to be "Alice" in your garden.

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    1. Wow, I never thought of Alice visiting, but she is more than welcome too. Maybe I'll dig up a watch and a bunny to set out front!

      Thanks!

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  6. Nice blog and beautiful photos, enchanting!

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Fiona!

      I appreciated your blog sharing post today!

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  7. Beautiful garden. I've always loved the idea of a faery garden, unfortunately until I stop living in apartments, I may have to settle for a faery herb box....

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    1. An herb box is a perfect home for a fairy. That's how we started!

      Thanks for visiting. :)

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  8. What a delight this garden is and what a legacy for your children to remember and give theirs too.

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  9. We are working on our fairy garden: it's still very much a baby. Thanks for your wonderful ideas!!

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    1. Awesome! Thanks for coming over to see!

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  10. you are and will always be my first fairy garden friend. i love you.

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    1. Yes, there's spit and blood between it(ok that wasn't so beautiful). ;)

      We passed around the book that you and Irie had designed to help us with the school garden. Such a sweet memory. I love you.

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  11. Love this story with the pictures!

    http://andisgardeningexperiments.blogspot.com

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