Fairy Gardeners ~ Bling Your Watering Cans !

Are you coming to the Fairy Fair ?  Would you like to be a Fairy Gardener ? We hope so.

If you are coming, dig about in your garden shed and see if you can find a watering can to bring with you.  We will add some glitter stars to it so you can use it for Fairy Gardening (wildflowers) and bring it to the Grand Finale with the Fairy King and Queen (see below) where there will be an Inspection of Fairy Gardening Watering Cans.

 

The Story of the Fairy Watering Can

You may not be surprised to hear, that around this time of year, that the Fairy Queen is very keen to make sure that there are enough wildflowers for all the bees, butterflies and other wildlife which need them for nectar.  Plus of course for pollen and their favourite types of leaves to eat. Wildflowers, like all flowers, need watering; so she goes to her secret woodland cupboard to get her Fairy Queen Watering Can.  Indeed, without wildflowers and Nature, there would simply be no place for fairies or other magical creatures.

 

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Then she’s off, usually taking the Fairy King with her, to tour the Kingdom and check that Spring is going as it should.

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Sad to say, in recent years the Fairy Queen has found that things are not at all as they should be.  More and more, she has found that glorious meadows like this, full of dozens of types of wild plants and flowers …

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have been turned into fields like this, in which there are crops but no butterflies, moths, moles, crickets or other creatures.  Plus of course, no fairies.

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Let’s not dwell on this but only note that the Queen turned to the King and said: “This is calamitous: something must be done !”   “Yes” said the King.

“If we do nothing then the human world will loose all its wildlife, wildflowers and fairies” said the Queen. “Indeed” said the King. “We must act !” said the Queen. “Quite so” agreed the King.

“This is terrible. I shall consult the Head Fairy Gardener” said the Queen [we do not have a picture of her but she might put in an appearance at the Fairy Fair – Ed]. “Right” said the King, for he was never lost for words.  So she did.

Soon the Head Fairy Gardener came back with a Report which pointed out, as by coincidence we have done in a previous blog, that while most humans do not own fields or woods, many of then do own gardens.  “So” said the Head Fairy Gardener, “something could be done,  in theory at least”.

“What’s the problem ?” asked the Queen “don’t they like flowers ?”.  “Well m’am” replied the Head Fairy Gardener, it seems the problem is they do like flowers but they mostly plant the wrong sort – not wild flowers but strange cultivated varieties, mostly from something called ‘Garden Centres‘ and which offer little pollen or nectar which are of course essential for bees …”

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the wrong sort of flowers – highly cultivated varieties

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the right sort – wildflowers

“Yes yes” said the Queen.  “So let’s get them to plant wildflowers in their gardens”.  Seeing his opportunity, the King added, “Good idea”.

The Queen thought about it. “What we need” she thought, “is a Sign that shows people are planting wildflowers and looking after them.

So she got the Brand Elves to knock up this Official Sign of Fairy Gardening:

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The Fairy Gardening Sign – only to be used on watering cans used for wildflowers

“When people plant wildflowers and put this Swoosh of Stars on their own watering cans” announced the Queen, “it will bring a bit of nature’s magic to their gardens. From this day forward it will be the mark of a true Fairy Gardener”.  “Absolutely, my thoughts entirely” echoed the King.

“As we always go to the Fairy Fair, we’ll launch the idea there” added the Queen, “The Fairyland Trust will help people bling their watering cans.  Their lovely Flower Fairies will help.  So can you, just make sure you wear your best trousers”.  The King simply nodded in agreement.

And with that the Fairy Queen sent off Fairy Gardening Watering Cans flying around the country to visit all the Fairy Gardens already planted, to make sure they have enough water.

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Watering Can with Fairy Swoosh recently seen in a small Fairy Garden with Stitchwort, Herb Robert and Red Campion.

The Queen also instructed the Head Fairy Gardener to provide some Guidelines for human gardeners about how to bling their own watering cans and how to grow Fairy Flowers at home.  So it is that at the Fairy Fair, that’s what we will be doing.

As the Head Fairy Gardener points out, many of us have one or more watering cans in the Garden Shed, so that’s good place to look for one.

 

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Watering cans hiding in a garden shed in Norfolk

Do bring one along if you’re coming to the Fair.  We will help you bling it up with the Official Swoosh, or you can do it in advance, using the official sign shown above.

Invitation

At the end of the Fair the King and Queen invite everyone to gather (about 4.45pm), with the Head Fairy Gardener, down in the Maypole and Stage area, for a celebratory Inspection of Watering Cans.  You don’t have to bring a watering can but do if you can !

 

About Fairy Gardening

First of course, get your Fairy Gardening Watering Can.

At the Fair, our Flower Fairies will  be on hand to give you tips about growing wildflowers at home.  Seeds are one option and they’ll have some packets you can buy for not much.  See here for where else to buy them.

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wildflower fairy with seed packet

You don’t need a big space.

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Even growing some in a pot can soon produce results and please bees and fairies, so long a you remember to water them.

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(A few weeks later – young Poppies and Corn Marigold)

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Corn Marigold (left) and Cornflower (annuals, flower in first year, need the soil kept raked over for seeds to grow again each year), as do Poppies (below)

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Foxglove (below) – a biennial which usually flowers in the second year and prefers slightly shady sites

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But you can also plant “plug plants” which are young plants with established roots (see here).

If we all planted wildflowers in our gardens we could make big difference.  Just 4 square metres per garden could add as much wild-flowery-ness as half of all the traditional meadows now surviving in England !  That would please a lot of bees … and fairies.  (And the Fairy Queen of course).

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