Many little girls are enamored by make-believe. They dream of being a princess and having a magical make-believe fairy garden where their subjects adore them. You may not be able to make all of their dreams come true, but you can create a fairy garden for your little princess to play in by using her imagination and fairy magic.
Help your child learn about fairies by researching fairy lore. Determine which types of fairies she’d like to attract and then do what you can to make a fairy garden all her fairy friends will adore. If you have a large garden, perhaps you could allow her to plant her fairy garden in one corner. Maybe you need the entire garden for vegetables; why not create a fairy garden around the base of a tree or even use several large planters?
Creating a fairy garden doesn’t have to take up a lot of space. In fact, it could be something as simple as a window box, a row of flowers, or a planter set on the patio of your home. And although you’re not likely to draw fairies to the garden, you can allow your daughter to believe the little winged fairies actually exist.
Many people think that butterflies are fairies in disguise, so you may want to plant a garden that would interest butterflies. What would a garden for butterflies look like? It would have beautiful, brightly colored flowers that drip with nectar. Of course, fairies and butterflies both agree that variety is the spice of life, so you’ll want to plant many kinds of flowers for them to choose from.
Don’t stress out if your fairy garden isn’t pristine; in fact, they like finding flat rocks in the garden so they have some place to warm their wings in the bright sunshine. They also prefer a spot, in direct sunlight, that is sheltered from the wind where they hide and find sanctuary.
Fairies and butterflies also like to take a dip on occasion, so providing a shallow bowl or saucer near their sunning rock will be a big plus. Besides, if you have a water element in your fairy garden, their little birdie friends can come to visit them. Be careful, however, to keep everything as natural as possible. Pesticides and insecticides can hurt any visitors to the garden. You may also want to be aware if any pottery has lead in its glaze as it could be harmful.
Here are some good flowers choices for your fairy garden. Fairies and butterflies seem to be partial to them: Lily of the Valley, Pansies, Queen Ann’s Lace, Roses, Violets, Lilac, Nasturtium, Snapdragons, Baby’s Breath, Butterfly Bush, Columbine, Forget-met-not, Buttercup, Periwinkle, and Heather. Don’t forget to include natural materials such as twigs, shells, and small rocks to add interest to the fairy garden and for the fairies to use to build a home.
You can decorate the fairy garden with small wooden houses to create a fairy village complete with fences made of twigs stuck into the ground. Use small pebbles as a walking path for them to saunter through the village. Let the child in you dream with your daughter as you create a wonderful place for her to dream and use her imagination. This magical make-believe fairy garden can be a special place you’ll both want to visit as long as you both believe.