Rosa polyantha ‘Fairy Queen’
Welcome to the second installment of our fairy posts in preparation for midsummer’s night eve, coming up June 20, the night before the summer solstice. We are giving our full attention, or whatever available attention is left over after dealing with the normal travails of living, to the enhancement of the garden with the wee folk in mind. Research has been done to bring our vision into clear focus for the job at hand. The rose shown above, Fairy Queen has been a first class performer in the garden here. A gift from Semi a few years ago, it was moved to better soil last year and has given much delight. The fragrance is sweet and the flowers keep coming all season. We bought another one when it was spotted at a local nursery. We highly recommend it to all.
It is difficult to provide ample toadstools for the fairies to sit upon, under and around when we are having a continued drought. The decomposition of the large stump of Ferngully to soil helps quite a bit. We have planted a new shade garden around the large stump with hydrangeas, primroses, rhododendrons and wildflowers. These new plantings require ample water from the hose to make sure they settle their roots in properly, giving the moisture necessary to grow the fungi.
It has been learned that the fairies love the same plants as the hummingbirds and butterflies. Since we have been planting the garden to attract those desirable inhabitants for many years, many of our flowers please everyone. Bell or trumpet shaped flowers are favorite feeding spots for beings with long beaks or rolled up tongues. The lip of the flower allows a place to perch while feeding and a place for a nap for the fairies. Shown above are penstemon ‘Husker Red’
, salvia greggii
in several colors and blue nigella in the background.
Sprouting very close to the the decaying trunk of ferngully, this is a cushey looking seat for a tired little one, complete with small pieces of wood scattered around the area by the numerous woodpeckers that are carving the old maple into a vision of nature at work.
The individual petals of echinacea ‘Sundown’
are showing color. These flowers bloom for many months and are favorites of hummers and butterflies. Several of the new ‘sky’ series were purchased last summer and we look forward to their return this year with renewed vigor.
In the unused straw left over from the berry patch, this pleated top mushroon looks like more of a chapeau that a place for resting.
Planters along the long narrow gravel patio behind the main house offer a relaxing gathering spot for the fairies. The image of the green man cast in concrete should attract the fae to this trough planter gone wrong. It was meant to be a tall sided round container, but the sides fell off when it was unmolded too soon before the mix had set properly. Suitable for xeric plants only, this year it was planted with shades of blue succulents and the hi ho silver thyme, the only survivor from last year’s plantings. The fairies love stones, and may think these light turqoise ones are grand, like the humans here do.
A trillium flower is going over. It is hoped that viable seed is inside, to be dropped to the soil and sprout more trilliums. Lily of the valley and a moss fern, Selaginella braunii add to the woodland fairy appeal of this spot in the garden.
The miniature forest of rosemary topiaries looks like someplace the fairies could be comfortable for a midday nap.
The bed of scotch moss, sagina aurea,
is soft and would tickle the fancy of bare fairy toesies as they nestle down for a siesta. Oh, to be able to shrink one’s self down to join them, it looks so cool and inviting on a warm sunny day.
The leaves of nastursium ‘Alaska’ are another of the multi purpose items found here. The flat round shape lends itself to proper bedding, a flotation device, an ankle length skirt or shawl, the uses are endless.
This tiny new hosta, Blue Mouse Ears is one of several mini leafed varieties planted around the fairy gazebo. The others are Kabitan and Sea Octopus.
We have berries and vegetables planted this year in a long narrow space between hedges of arborvitae and chamaecyparis ‘Gold Mops’. The crops are already feeding us, and the fairies are welcome to partake also, especially of the sugar snap peas. A bumper crop of those has them coming out our ears, so to speak. But this big perfect strawberry will be popped into the photographer’s ready lips as soon as the shot is taken. Yum, sweet as honey and warm from the sun, sorry fairies, can I interest you in some peas?
To catch up on what has been written before in this fairy series, clickhere
for part one.
I nearly forgot to announce the winner of the
Viola Beauty Pageant. Clickhere
to read that story. Getting the most votes was Gypsy. She sends sugary kisses out there in the blogdom to all who voted her way. Coming in second was Stream, and a three way tie for third for Elspeth, Isis and Jessica. Many thanks to all who voted!
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