Tending A Fairy Garden
"Garden fairies come at dawn, Bless the flowers then they're gone." - author unknown
A fairy garden can be as small and simple as one flower pot, or as full and fancy as your whole backyard... Come learn about the magic of fairy gardens, including favorite fairy plants and flowers and what to avoid if you don't want to chase the fairies away! Building a theme garden is something which you can do slowly over time, and it lends a fun and enjoyable atmosphere to the outdoor setting. If you like to sit in your garden, just looking around and relaxing in the space, you'll love having a fairy garden!
Shown here is a clay fairy house I made in a ceramics workshop along with one of my yard faeries.
Fairies Love Flowers!
colorful flowers, interesting leaves, good smells
If there's one thing that gardeners agree on, it's that fairies love flowers. You'll want to plant a variety so that you have a range of color that blooms from spring until the fall (or year-round if you are in a warm enough climate). Keeping the yard by natural methods, having some fruit trees or bushes, some sort of water feature and little nooks and crannies are all elements associated with having a healthy fairy garden.
Flowers which resemble bells have long been associated with fairies. Fairy lore holds that they are used to make parts of their clothing (hats and skirts), they become cradles for fairy babies, little boats or even whole houses for the tiniest Fey Folk. So, if you wish to encourage fairies in your garden, you'll want some belled flowers.
But what to plant? Whatever you do, make sure there's a variety and you don't have to be suck a stickler for having the grass perfectly manicured or every single week pulled. Fairies tend to like gardens that have a touch of unkemptness about them.
Fairies can be fond of...
- Native wildflowers
- Berry bushes and vines
- Anything that bees, butterflies or hummingbirds like
On Fairy Gardening...
Backyard Fairy Gardens - how to make your garden more attractive to fairies
Some people incorporate the idea of fairy gardening into their backyard gardens. Having something that incorporates natural design and methods as well as a lot of flowers is the basic idea. From there you get to decide just what and where you'd like your garden to have fairy features.
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What better way to invite the wee folk into your garden than by creating a special garden just for them. To make them feel welcome, plant a few of their favorite flowers or herbs, and add some natural building materials such as small rocks, twigs or
- Gardening : Other : Fairies and Other Themes for Gardens : Home & Garden Television
A theme can be a great opportunity for creative gardening. Here, how to create a fairy garden.
- A Fairy Corner For Early Spring Herbs by Jim Long
There’s an old tradition in the Ozarks, where I live, that likely arrived with the early immigrants from England and Scotland. The practice calls for leaving one corner of the garden untilled, so that fairies might have a place to hide. Everyone know
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See a Fairy Garden-in-Progress
Avoid Iron In Your Garden
In the majority of fairylore, the substance of iron is considered insulting, harmful or injurious to most fairies. Some tales specify "cold iron" and some do not. You will want to avoid using this metal for fencing, accents or accessories in your garden if you are working to encourage the Fey Folk to live there.
Welcome to Faerie Mesa! - My restructured fairy garden
In June 2014, about two years after I first got serious about having a fairy garden, I decided it was time for a makeover. I had a few reasons for that. The biggest is that overall that section of the garden has just changed with time and a bit of freshening up was in order. The move would allow later summer bulbs more room, along with some spreading ground cover. The stepped edge of my moss garden is the perfect spot as it's big enough to hold the ceramic house I made.
The plants along the edge of the light well got replanted a while back and that greenery has filled out and stabilized, so I know it won't overrun my knick-knacks. The move should also get the figurines out of the way of the summer-roving raccoons who will spend the later season foraging for snails everywhere.
Miniature Fairy Gardens - tabletop or container gardening for fairies
For the urban gardener, it's often best to create a fairy garden that doesn't require a large space. These can be fun accents on the deck or inside the home and are great fun to build with children.
- Gardening with Fairies
Will these tiny, sprightly landscapes actually attract fairies? To find out, follow these guidelines, and keep your eyes open for magic.
- DailyOM - Creating A Fairy Garden
It's fun to believe in fairies, even if it's just "make believe" that you believe. Creating a fairy garden makes "make believe" yet more fun and may even invite some magic into your life.
- BUILD YOUR OWN FAIRY GARDENS
Wildflowers help feed wildlife. So why not growing some? We are sure the fairies would approve - after all, it is often said that fairies like to live in wild flowers... so why not grow some?