MAKE THE MAGIC COME TO LIFE IN YOUR GARDEN, WITH A SPRINKLE OF IMAGINATION
Myths often have their genesis in a garden or at the bottom of one and take on Biblical proportions of their own with embellishments from successive generations.
So too, do the mythical creatures and inhabitants of a garden that we relate more with a kid’s book or an old story.
Many kid’s stories often had a violent ending such as Pinocchio killing Jiminy Cricket were Disneyfied for their happy endings and ‘living happily ever after’ cheesy appeal. Snow White’s seven dwarfs started out as ugly gnomes and were later animated to loveable and cute little dwarfs.
If organic matter is essential to good soil health, then a garden gnome must be of a similar value to a bandicoot for its ability to burrow and move through the earth.
To have fairies at the bottom of your garden was almost akin to having bats in your belfry to some. Interpretations of a fairy have varied over time. From just plain ugly sods of demonic looks, to Disney’s treatment of J.M Barrie’s diminutive Tinker Bell. But their garden worth was more in keeping spirits away and guarding trees in their early incarnations and had a lot to do with pagan beliefs that were later displaced by the arrival of Christianity.
If you reckon you could entice a fairy into your garden, they will need a home or refuge.
Secret placements of rocks, a small chair to converse (with fairies of course) in comfort, pretty flowers from seedling punnets in small pots, some tulle draped over shrubs, colourful stones and sparkles in trees (CDs are great), and you have a fairy garden.
To have a fairy in a garden was always meant to be good luck, as was the occasional leprechaun who knew where the pot of gold was located (we wish!). Or maybe it’s a compete distraction and illusion, or a case of mistaken identity for dragonflies, rats, bandicoots and other small creatures that were given a more ‘fairy story’ existence by kids playing at the bottom of a garden.