Today, I took a long anticipated trip to a local nursery. A friend of mine, who also happens to be in my parent/child class at Great Oak School, got me started on the idea of creating a fairy garden a few weeks ago. I couldn’t shake the idea. I had no business getting started on a fairy garden when I have a 3′ x8′ hole in my backyard that is supposed to be a vegetable garden. *ahem* Anyhow, I gave Oliver the choice of going to the park or going to look at plants. He specifically said, “go look plants,” so that’s what we did!
It’s unfortunate that I didn’t have my camera with me at the nursery. Oliver was my right hand man. He pulled the little red wagon for me and even thanked me when I put a plant in it! That’s my kind of helper! We meandered through the herbs, into a gift shop, through mazes of planted flowers and walkways. We found some chickens, a very friendly kitty cat, a few beautiful horses, and even a big brown dog. Ollie got his hands wet in the water features, picked out some beautiful little mushrooms, and sat on the counter to hand off my credit card when it was time to pay. After all that hard work, he was rewarded with a packed snack of rice and guacamole.
After picking up Aidan from school and a failed attempt at nap time, I decided to take the boys outside and get to work. Aidan decided he needed to wear his butterfly wings and bowler hat, so we waited until he had donned his chosen attire.
I decided on a tall cedar planter for the mint we had chosen. I love the scent of mint and its varieties, so I purchased English mint (peppermint), apple mint, and chocolate mint. I also added a bit of wintergreen mint that I already had on hand. I like that these plants encourage the boys to interact with them. They can see and touch the different textures. They can smell the different fragrances and, of course, they can taste them. I’d say mint is a great plant for children! Be sure to pot it, as it can be invasive.
Once the mint plantings were done, we focused our efforts on our fairy garden. I didn’t master purchasing everything on fairy scale, but I thought they might nestle their homes into some larger flowers anyhow. We planted in a ‘fairy ring.’ I wanted to leave room for a possible fairy house and other fairy furnishings in the future. Once that all gets sorted, I’d like to add some moss for a bit more enchanting look. The mulch shall be pushed aside!
Clockwise, starting from the mushrooms: Peppermint Double Impatiens, ‘Songbird Bunting’ Columbine, Peppermint Double Impatiens, Variegated Lemon Thyme, Elfin Thyme x2, and another Variegated Lemon Thyme. Both of the thyme are fragrant. The Elfin grows 1-3″ tall and the lemon thyme grows 6-8″ tall. My low grower will be the moss. Once we start building things for the fairies, I cherish the thought that the boys’ play will include the fragrance of thyme and that it could possibly spark a fond memory in years to come. But, we will have to see. I am not sure if this spot will suit the herbs. This spot has partial sun, but not full.
Here is a closer look at the columbine:
It looked ‘fairy’ enough to me! I like the clover looking leaves at the base and the fact that it attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. This and the thyme prefer well drained soil, while the moss prefers wet, so we’ll just have to see!
And here is our glowing plant marker:
I’m not sure if I want to keep it, though. I think it is charming and I love that it glows at night. My consideration is with the marker part. It looks a little distracting to me and I’m honestly not sure what I could possibly write on it that would be worthwhile. I think I may exchange it for one without the label area underneath. They were the same price and I used that as my reason to grab this one instead. Silly me.
Let us dance and let us sing Dancing in a merry ring We’ll be fairies on the green Sporting round the fairy queen
Like the seasons of the year Round we circle in a sphere I’ll be summer, you’ll be spring Dancing in the fairy ring
Spring and Summer glide away Autumn comes with trees so gay Winter hand in hand with spring Dancing in a fairy ring
Faster faster round we go While our cheeks with roses glow Free as birds upon the wing Dancing in a fairy ring