I’M A FAIRY GRANDMOTHER
I built a fairy garden for my seven-year-old granddaughter Hannah behind a row of canna lilies. This area has a camphor tree and a dogwood backed by an olearia hedge and some sprawling rambling roses. The fairy houses are placed around the base of the camphor tree and are made with small logs of firewood, bark roofs, painted doors and windows, with some placed up in the branches. Other houses around the trunk are made with upturned, brightly painted terracotta pots. Further down the path we planned a gnome village under the dogwood tree, again with upturned pots, and a goblin’s hideout in a gnarly old stump at the end of the path.
With our fairy garden glittering with one might call “overdone bling”, I then concentrated on my true love, the plants. The miniature plants include Iris reticulata, daffodils, grape hyacinths, dianthus, pratia, Geranium ‘Bertie Crûg’, ameria, thyme, violets, campanula, cyclamen, Sedum makinoi ‘Ogon’, alyssum, chamomile, Federation daisies and nepeta. These plants would normally be lost in our large rambling garden and now there is a place for these many little treasures to thrive. Jenny Druzianic, GREYTOWN