Birth of a Fairy Garden

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When I first purchased my home in May of 2010, the Southeast corner of the yard behind the garage was a jungle; the Hawthorne and huge old pear tree were being choked to death by an invasive species of Clematis vine known as Old Man’s Beard.

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In November of that year, my beautiful (and huge) old pear tree blew down in a violent wind storm.

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Since then, this “forgotten” part of the yard, not sunny enough to support garden beds or fruit trees (and still a battle ground for the dreaded clematis vines trying to regrow) has been left in neglect other than two marionberries being trained to grow up trellises on the back garage wall.

Until lately.

It started out innocently enough with three shade loving rhododendrons in the far corner.

Then I learned that crabapple trees will tolerate less then full sun, so I got a good sized one (tall enough for the branches to get sun) and plopped it in the same corner.

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Azaleas… Yeah, and Camellias… That’s what the corner needed as well.

Oooh, Cyclamen, Begonias (tuberus), Periwinkle and some Foxglove for the fairies were also perfect for this little corner.

I found this lovely bench…

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I also scored a fabulous bird bath…

Then the fairies started moving in, which was just a matter of time, as they love the Hawthorne and foxglove and are said to ride Corgis at night.

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Soon Hellebores and Fuchsias appeared (as did more fairies)

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So did Tulips, Daffodils and Winter Heather (Heath) in the sunny areas around the Hazelnut tree…

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It was apparent who was “running the show” out there, so appropriate signage was posted.

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This tree ent arrived.

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and his friend the Bay Laurel ent showed up on the other side of the yard for good measure.

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The area had been transformed just in time for Spring…

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All of the residents seemed quite happy to be there.

Except this one…

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It became very clear that she was not a garden fairy. She was fierce, a guardian… a….

Gargoyle.

So she now watches over the entrance to my home in her rightful place.

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If she deters solicitors and proselytizers, all the better 😉

No worries, the back has not been let unguarded.

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I am looking forward to hosting BBQs, teas and garden parties and watching this area bloom and grow.

~ L



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