|Here is a picture of Grace and I at our booths during GardenFest 2008. She has grown up quite a lot in the past 3 years and now is as tall as I am!|
This year has been a little milder -- or at least we have had some up and down weeks in the tempurature. So it has allowed us a little more stamina to be creative around the house and yard. We had picked out a nice spot under one of the maple trees. It is in the side yard where there is not much foot traffic, but it is visible from the front porch and driveway.
Grace spent an evening digging out the sparse patch of grass beneath the tree and then working some composted material and some potting mix into the area in an effort to enrich it and loosen it up for some tender new plants to take root.
I suggested that she plant as many 'tiny' plants as we could find in the garden - because fairies are small and like tiny plants with small leaves and blooms. We planted some Corsican mint which has tiny, tiny leaves and even tinier blooms. The little blooms are lavender colored and it will add some nice fragrance to the garden with its minty smell. We also had some miniature lamb's ears and some native geranium that we had gotten at the Hancock Co. Herb Society plant sale.
Thyme is absolutely a "must have" plant for a fairy garden. Not only does it have tiny leaves and blooms which are pleasing to fairies, but it is reported that the fragrance of thyme will help you see the fairies!
We added some blooming plants to the garden that Grace had grown herself - zinnias, cosmos, and galliardia. I thought they would be too big, but Grace assured me that we needed to add some larger blooms to the bed because fairies use those blooms to make their clothes! Something that I hadn't thought of. Those blooms will also attract bees and butterflies to the garden -- friends of the fairies.
|Grace as she is placing her pots of plants in the garden - deciding what plants will go where.|
|A fairy statue to adorn the fairy garden.|
|Grace looks very satisfied after planting her fairy garden.|