Fairy Magic by Lynn Kirkland
The heavens opened at Labour Weekend
and this had one of our fairy folk in
the Living Magic garden at the herb farm
sheltering under her verandah.
As she sat wondering when the sun would
come out she was able to watch Mr and
Mrs Starling busy nest building in the
birdhouse close to her home.
Every year we enjoy this spring activity
and to help keep hunting felines away
from the nest we have planted a rugosa
rose around the pole. Rugosas are incredibly
thorny roses and not even the supreme
hunter Shaz will be able to get up to
In the areas where the paths meander
past fairy homes and the fairy castle
we have planted a thornless variety of
rose. We do not want little ones getting
a thorny surprise if they reach out to
touch the roses. Banksia alba is covered
in small white blooms which have a soft
rose fragrance on sunny days.
Did you know that the fragrance of roses
attracts fairies to your garden?
Why not use the next rainy day to go
to the library and borrow the delightful
fairy books by Cicely Mary Barker and
start planning a fairy garden.
Cecily has the most beautifully illustrated
books on fairies who live in flowers,
weeds and trees.
Planning a fairy garden with children
is a heartwarming activity to share.
My favourite fairy herb flowers are heartsease
which are the little violas.
All pansies are loved by fairies and in
the language of flowers they mean, happy
Violets are another herbal favourite of
the wee winged residents of a fairy garden.
Tell a fairy a secret and they will tuck
it into a violet flower and keep it safe.
Any tiny and fragrant flower will be loved
by the fairy folk.
Adding this element of fairy magic to
your garden will bring pleasures to all
your visitors and it can be enjoyed rain
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