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February is just around the corner and that means Fairy love is in the air! With Valentine’s Day looming, it’s time to set the scene for a romantic pairing in fairyland. A few simple additions can transform your everyday garden scenario into a charming holiday view. Like most of us, you probably have more than one garden. (In my case – way more than one!) If the scene you are starting with has only one fairy in it, “borrow” one from another pot to create the happy couple. If possible, choose one that matches the tone and coloration of your existing fairy. Of course you can always purchase a second fairy. Then when Valentine’s is over you can create a whole new garden just for him!
What represents February 14th better than a few heart shaped items? Here, our young Romeo is holding up a Valentine sweet to his Juliet on the bridge. Turn them so they face each other and their eyes seem to be locked in true love’s trance. Three heart picks tucked into the background tree and a sign anchored at the base completes our pleasant little picture. What better way to welcome the approach of spring than by sprucing up a fairy garden? it’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
The Elf and the Dormouse
Under a toadstool crept a wee Elf,
Out of the rain to shelter himself.
Under the toadstool, sound asleep,
Sat a big Dormouse all in a heap,
Trembled the wee Elf, frightened, and yet
Fearing to fly away lest he get wet.
To the next shelter–maybe a mile!
Sudden the wee Elf smiled a wee smile.
Tugged till the toadstool toppled in two.
Holding it over him, gaily he flew.
Soon he was safe home, dry as could be.
Soon woke the Dormouse–“Good gracious me!
“Where is my toadstool?” loud he lamented.
–And that’s how umbrellas first were invented.
Oliver Herford 1863-1935