Fun Fall Container Gardening
Legend has it that Flower Fairies are tiny, winged beings less than a foot tall that live in the bottom of gardens, the middle of grassy meadows, and on the edge of distant marshes. When a new flower seedling sprouts, a Flower Fairy baby is born.
According to the sweet story, a Flower Fairy lives and sleeps in its flower, plant, tree, or bush and as the plant grows so does the fairy. Part of fairy life is taking care of plants and the natural community and environment so that their kind can survive and the community can benefit from their love.
Since my children were small, we have often read books about fairies in nature. It seemed a natural step to build a fairy garden to celebrate our childish love for all thing fantasy – which we have.
According to legend, one must build fairy houses and fairy doors in order to invite the fairies in to live at the garden. In our particular neighborhood we are gifted with an elderly woods-craftsman known as “Grumpy Old Bill.” Bill built “fairy doors” for our garden. These photos show the delightful result of his efforts. Aren’t they wonderful? Fairy doors, which transport the fairy’s magically to the next garden “room” of course, reside as a bit of whimsy in the garden; on the back gate and by a tree or two.
In order to expand upon the idea of fairies in the garden, I have discovered delightful containers which have niches for fairy displays and filled them with miniature plants. If you cannot find a uniquely niche-filled container, no worries, simply plant and decorate in a traditional garden container.
Building fairy gardens have become a global trend that is here to stay because children and adults alike love the idea of bringing a little magic to our home gardens.
Shawna Coronado is a successful author, blogger, photographer, and media host who focuses on wellness by teaching green lifestyle living, organic gardening, and anti-inflammatory culinary. Most recently Shawna has written the books, “Grow a Living Wall” and “101 Organic Gardening Hacks”. Shawna campaigns for social and community good – her garden, food, and eco-adventures have been featured in many media venues including television news programming, radio broadcasting, and PBS television. You can learn more about Shawna at www.shawnacoronado.com.
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