Today is International Fairy Day, and that makes it a perfect day for taking a tour of our fairy garden! You may recognize some things if you were around to follow the progress on last year’s fairy garden. It was completely rebuilt this year, but we’re hoping we have a more permanent place for the fairies now and will only have to change a few things out from year to year.
Yes, that’s a drawer. Our old kitchen cabinets had to be replaced last year and we saved the drawer for the fairies to move into. It sits perfectly on a couple of cinder blocks laid side-by-side. Some holes drilled into the bottom of the drawer make sure it has proper drainage.
St. Francis has his little corner of the garden again. That’s mint planted around him. I took these pictures shortly after the fairies moved in this spring just in case anything happened and the garden didn’t look as good by the summer. It was a good thing there were early photos, after all, but the plants have been growing great! There’s a lot more green in that corner now.
The fairies enjoy having a tiny pond to swim in and rocks to sunbathe on. Maybe they need a tiny “Pool Closed” sign, though. We’ve been trying to keep the pond as empty as possible (not always easy with the rain we’ve gotten this year) by dumping water out so mosquitos don’t lay eggs in there. Tiny enchanted pools are easily tainted by mundane things like insect larvae.
In addition to a tiny hammock to lay in, the fairies have a couple of chairs made of seashells. This one is kind of fancy with wire legs and back. You can also see a couple of St. Francis’s animal friends in the back.
The fairies who live in our yard really enjoy reusing items they find. If you have a couple of buttons go missing around your house, you might want to look around and see if there are any tiny bicycles parked anywhere in your yard. All our fairies needed was a bit of wire to bend into a bike frame.
If you look closely, you can see some tiny needles and balls of thread sitting in a shell inside the tent. Is it really a surprise we attracted crafting fairies? We should leave them a note to ask if they will share knitting patterns with us.
Look at the right side of this picture and you can see a dewdrop shaped lantern standing next to the tent. There are several of these throughout the garden, and they are so pretty when they sparkle in the sun! Another example of reusing items… the fairies just strung a faceted bead onto a piece of floral wire, bent it into a loop to hold the bead in place, and stuck it in the dirt!
The mystery sprouts around the enchanted pool were later revealed to be zucchini. We say the fairies planted them, some might say there were probably some zucchini seeds in our compost… we may never know for certain how they got there. We’ve allowed them to grow, but we’re not expecting any zucchini. Just long vines with yellow flowers and big green leaves. The clover is no longer in the center (I told the fairies it wasn’t a good choice) and there is now a row of green onions along the edge behind the button bike and small terra cotta pot. The zucchini will be gone after the summer, but we hope the fairies keep the green onions.
Maybe our fairies will even stay all year now! Our nieces and nephews gave us a fairy door last Christmas, so it’s much easier for the fairies to go back and forth between our worlds now. I wonder if Christmas elves can get through a fairy door in the winter. It would be wonderful to be able to take another tour of the garden later in the year.
Happy Fairy Day!