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Thank you, Jan, for a wonderful article! What a way to start my Sunday morning in the garden! I like to believe the fairies visit my garden too!
Have you ever noticed in the early mornings that there may be large, web-type, patches on your ground, resting lightly on the grass? I have tons of them here and there, and usually sparkling with dew because it's so early. Anyway, my mother always told me they were fairy tents. These were the spots where fairies held their dances and parties, and of course by morning the fairies were gone, but their tents were left standing.
I've passed this knowledge onto my children, and we take such delight in seeing the dozens of fairy tents on some summer mornings. We have soooo many of them! They never fail to bring a smile to my face. That's how I know the fairies visit my garden! ;)
Jan: what a wonderful, whimsical article! Thank you! I have a hummingbird/butterfly garden with a great many of the flowers in it that you mentioned in your article--including asters and daisies grown from the seeds you sent me when I first joined DG in 2007! Thank you for contributing to my garden! and thanks again for this article. You have inspired me to invite the fairies to my garden.
. . .and "Dee", your mention of the "fairy tents" was a reminder to me that I have seen these in my own backyard! --so perhaps the fairies are not so far away after all! :o))
Jan: This article was a delight to read, as I began my own fairy gardens a copule of years ago by adding fairy statuary, plants with fairy names, and recently added my own fairy door. I have a few signs about the garden, but really need to add a special place as you have described.
Dee, what a lovely thought! I'm so glad you put the fairy tent image in my head. Now I will smile, too, as I walk around and see them in the early morning. Thank you.
marsue, I'm so glad that some of my seeds are growing in your garden. and I know the fairies are just waiting for an invitation LOL
Angie, it's always nice to hear from another gardener with a fairy garden. Do you have pics you could share? I'm so glad you enjoyed the article.
KyWoods, there are absolutely woodland fairies. they are closely related to the garden fairies. you may also find sprites and pixies in your woods. keep those wheels turning and let us know what you come up with.
My only problem this year is Mickey and Minnie. I hate meeces to pieces. They are chewing plants to the ground in every garden. I went out to check a trap yesterday and one ran right by me...nothing in the trap, of course.