Greetings! Please forgive our absence…our fairies came down with a Forest Flu and they were in their beds for over a month! However, they are back! Here’s the first garden they have created in awhile…It is in a vintage ceramic shell planter and that is actually one of this garden’s treasures; the other is the vintage parrot atop the cork. There is a cute little tropical glass fish (it’s winking) in the tidal pool. There are shells throughout the garden that have come from beaches all over Florida. Also, aside from the ground cover planted, there is a shoot of a “mother in-law’s tongue”. It grows well in the sand in Florida. Hope you enjoy it! xoxo
“Oak, Oak, come home; please come home!” Oak heard her mother’s frantic cry for her, but she was falling so quickly it was all she could do to breathe. For that matter, it was all she could do to really hear her mother’s words, for the chimes, mixed with the thunder were sounding like a giant was stomping and with every stomp, the Earth shook and at the same time it sounded like massive windows of heavy glass were being blown out into a million pieces by an iron ball being directed by a madman driving a crane. Rather than trying to listen to everything, Oak open her eyes in an effort to see if there was something she could grab onto as she was falling. She kept trying to concentrate on not being afraid and to try to figure out what was going on and where she was falling. She thought it was a good thing that she had her pajamas on, rather than a nightgown; but then…maybe not. Perhaps the nightgown would actually have been like a parachute and slow the fall down a little; just a little. Oak started looking at her whereabouts, to try to identify landmarks, like you learn in Brownies. She remembered her leader saying, “When you’re on a trail, always look for things that will stick in your mind so if you get lost, you can maybe backtrack and find your way out”. She was doing that. A birdhouse was on the right. It was painted purple, pink, yellow and white. “I have to remember this birdhouse,” Oak said to herself. “I can do this.” But before she knew it, she passed the same birdhouse again. Or was it? All of a sudden, there were so many birdhouses of all different colors that she became confused. Shutting her eyes tightly, then reopening them did not help.
Then, Oak seemed to feel like she was no longer falling, but was jumping! This was so strange. She could not stop jumping, but as she was, Oak realized something. All this time, she had not been falling down; she was falling up! Up? Can you fall up? “Oh my,” was all Oak could say as she was jumping. Every jump seemed higher than the other or the one before it. Oak was really good at jumping rope; she never ever missed a beat. But now, Oak felt sick to her stomach…really sick. That’s when it happened.
A breeze seemed to be lifting her gingerly up and out of whatever it was that she had been in. It wasn’t a hole; it wasn’t a cup and it sure wasn’t a river, for she wasn’t wet! This breeze made her feel better. Oak was able to get her wits gathered. I mean, for a ten year old girl, the gathering of wits was a feat, but then Oak never backed down from achieving a goal or completing a task. Now I know this all sounds a bit odd. Well, of course it does. Here this little girl encountered a fairy, tons of wild wind chimes, thunder out of nowhere, falling down or falling up and now riding on a breeze. There are more odd things in this world than that.
Oops! Oak fell! Not far, but enough to shake her up a little. Looking up, she saw the breeze had been distracted by a pretty little blue cloud and it decided to head over that way. “This is so strange,” Oak muttered to herself, as she stood up and brushed off her pajamas and set them straight. “What’s strange?” Oak stopped and looked around for the person who said that. There was no one. “Yikes, I must be so tired. I’m hungry too and now I’m hearing things” Oak thought. “Hello? What’s wrong with you? Why don’t you answer?” Oak quickly scanned where she was. It was only now that she realized the breeze had brought her to a sweet little garden; not too big and not too little. It had a cedar tree in the back, pretty purple flowers, and all sorts of plants and such.
Do you ever get the feeling that someone is looking at you? Well, as Oak was looking around this garden, she suddenly felt someone’s eyes on her. Oh, it was strange. She slowly turned around, but no one was there! There was only a little spider hanging from a branch of the cedar tree. Oak generally didn’t care for spiders, but this one was different. It had clothes on or at least it looked like that. She got a little closer and then the spider yelled, “Are you deaf?” Startled, Oak jumped back. She said nothing, just stared and stared. The spider was a creature of action. It sort of pulled itself up by its belt – yes, that’s right, its belt. It then jumped on a silver strand of its web and the strand began swinging. It went back and forth and on one of its forths, the spider leapt onto a leaf very close to Oak. It was pretty obvious the spider was a boy because of his belt, his jeans and his boots. He also had a shirt on with the buttons on the side of the shirt, you know, like boys. I have to add that jeans for spiders are, well, multi-legged. Oak just stared at him and he stared right back at her with 23 eyes! In the background, Oak heard her mother calling for her again. This time it sounded like her mother was crying. Oak felt so sad and the spider could see this.
“Who is that calling” Is it your mother?” By this time, reality set in and Oak realized that she was far far away from home and her mother; she was so lonely and scared. Nodding, Oak began to cry. This made the spider feel badly and he sat down on the leaf. “I’m Sam Spider, Jr.” Sam put out two of his arms to shake her hand, but then decided against it, knowing she was already distraught. She looked up and Sam winked at her. Although Sam had 23 eyes, he was very coordinated and winked with 17 of them. “Oh”, said Oak. “That’s really neat!” “Aw.” Sam said as he bashfully looked down – well, 12 of his eyes looked down, the others crossed. “Sam, I miss my mother. I miss her so much. I worry about her too. She must think something horrible happened to me.” Sam cocked his head and said, “No, Oak. Believe me, she has a good idea where you are. That’s not to say she’s not worried, for she knows what a strange land this place is.” Just as he finished is, a giant mushroom suddenly appeared right next to Oak. It was giant, as I said, and was brown and purple. It smiled too! Actually it grinned at both Sam and Oak. This was all so odd; so very odd for Oak. She began to feel lightheaded and woozy again. Oak thought she might fall against the Mushroom because the garden began moving – not spinning, just moving. The flowers were walking, the trees were swaying and the grass began moving, much like a river.
Within a moment of a dream, it was dark! Oak found herself in a swing in the garden and Sam and the Mushroom were nowhere to be found. She began to feel sad and scared and went to slow the swing down, but it kept lazily swinging – back and forth and back and forth. Actually the swinging made her feel better. The moon was so big! It was huge and the clouds were almost dancing in the sky. Lightning bugs were darting here and there and she could hear tree frogs chirping. Oh, she loved tree frogs. So did her mother. From the time Oak was a little girl, her mother taught her that frogs, especially tree frogs, could be her best friends. She would say, “Oak, if it storms really badly and you’re frightened by the thunder, just listen for the tree frogs to start singing; for they sing a lullaby to the thunder, which helps to calm and quiet it down. Also, if there should be a flood, tree frogs are famous for helping little girls and boys climb trees to get away from the flood waters.” Oak would listen to her mother for hours and hours talk about nature and all the wonderful things that most people don’t even know about or see.
Just thinking about her mother’s stories made her feel so much better. Oak leaned back on the swing to look straight up at that full moon. It’s here that Oak’s story begins to reveal a secret. (to be continued)
If you remember, Oak was sitting in her little garden at the back of her yard; drawn there by a faint flickering light that could have been a fairy! So she slipped into the garden and sat and was silent; as silent could be! Oak’s head didn’t even move when her eyes would look to the right, then to the left, above and down. Why, if you were a fly in the garden, you would not be able to hear her breathe. Then almost, as if it was always there, just barely, Oak heard “tinkling”…the tinkling of crystal or sea glass or…well, she wasn’t sure. Listening, Oak decided it was crystal AND sea glass tinkling – together, as if on a wind chime that maybe fluttered down from Heaven or fluttered up from the sea. Now Oak was well-versed in grammar and English and everything that goes with it; she knew fluttered up from the sea maybe wouldn’t make sense to everyone, but to those who mattered – it did! Anyway, the tinkling kept up and began to sound closer and a wee bit stronger – not loud (for fairies or wind chimes would never be loud), just stronger.
She went to brush a wisp of hair from her right cheek and as she did, Oak felt something and winced, thinking it might be a bug. Whatever it was, it wouldn’t really go away; it just darted from her fingers and found a different place on her cheek to make its presence known. As Oak went to swat at the bug, she suddenly thought that maybe it wasn’t a bug; it could be a fairy. “Oh my gosh”, she thought. “A fairy! A fairy,” she screamed in her head. Ah, so excited, Oak could barely sit still. But still…she sat. Listening intently, she thought she heard some faint rustling…like the rustle you hear when you open a present and it’s wrapped lightly in tissue paper. sshshhhshshew Say it quietly…shshhshshew….and as you come to the end, the shew ends almost silently. Her eyes were slowing swiveling in her head as she scanned the room. Light brush on her cheek, shshhshshew…and flickers of light, or perhaps the thought of lights; whatever, she felt, she heard and she saw everything she needed to know in her young smart mind that there was a fairy in the room. “Tap tap tappity tap tap tap,” at her shoe; she felt that on her shoe. Looking down, Oak saw the most beautiful little fairy that one could ever possibly imagine in this world or in any other world, for that matter. Taken by the magic and, oh just the magic of it all, Oak just stared at the fairy.
The fairy picked up a beautiful wind chime that looked exactly like what Oak imagined. The little thing just shook and shook that wind chime, causing the delicate crystals and sea glass to literally come alive and each crystal and each sea glass rose up, off the bark (handle) and then, as if a wizard had flipped his wand, each piece then created its own wind chime. Before Oak knew it, the garden was filled with little itsy bitsy wind chimes; not so many that you couldn’t move, but let’s say that if you were there, you would have to watch, very carefully, where you were walking, sitting, stooping or being or even standing! But what was amazing was the sound. It was the sound of crystal chandeliers and sea glass harps, all playing in tune with one another; being directed by an unseen maestro of mystical magical music. The melody seemed as if it was straight from Heaven or Fairyland and seemed so familiar, Oak was sure she knew the song, but couldn’t, for the life of her, remember it. “That’s right,” she thought, “it’s a memory, I know it is. I just can’t remember this song.”
Having traveled in her mind to the room of memories, Oak almost forgot about the wind chimes…until the room grew silent…again. She looked around and saw that the chimes had floated down to the floor of the garden…gently, like a very light snow; landing quietly and sitting still. The little fairy then flew slowly up to Oak and beat her little wings while she hovered in the air in front of Oak’s face. “Greetings, Oak Willowglimmer.” “You know my name?” Oak’s heart really began to flutter. “Of course I do. I’ve known you all your life,” the fairy said. “My name is Gossamer Beamfly and you are Oak Willowglimmer.“ At this point, let me describe the fairy. She was only four inches high and had beautiful pink hair; so pink that you would think you were looking at cotton candy. Gossamer had beautiful blue eyes with green little sparkly glitter spots in them. Her skin was a pale pale green…really just a hint of green…very light. She was indeed lovely.
Gossamer said, “I know your mother too. I know her really well.” “How do you know us?” Oak asked. “I can’t really say; just know that I do. Please don’t ask questions for my answers would only confuse you. Plus, I’m your elder.” “My elder?” Oak tilted her head and looked at Gossamer. “You can’t be older than me. You’re so tiny and young.” “Well, my dear, we fairies are like that. We appear to be young or old or whatever, but we’re really the opposite! I’m 125 years old. Just had my birthday last week.” “Oh my gosh,” exclaimed Oak. “I can hardly believe this, but wait! I do believe you, it’s just…well. It’s like I’m in the middle of a fairy tale! Really! My friends would never ever believe me.” Gossamer fluttered closer to Oak’s face and looked right in her eyes and said, “There is no reason to even tell them. The more people that know about us, the less…uh, how do I explain this. For every human that hears about a fairy, but doesn’t believe, two fairies are frozen in time, way down deep in the Honeycrooked Tree right in the middle of Greenwood Forest.” Gossamer looked sad now. Oak thought she saw a tear slip down her cheek, but it was a tiny diamond or a tear that turned into a tiny diamond that fell upon the toe of Oak’s shoe. “Oh my”, said Oak. “I’m so sorry to hear this. It just seems like everyone would believe in you and other fairies!” Right at that moment, a clap of thunder sounded and shook the canopy over the garden. Oak jumped and Gossamer began flying a circle as fast as she could – over and over and round and round, until Oak became dizzy. “Stop”, Oak whispered. She tried to yell, but her words only came out as a whisper. “It’s only thunder. Thunder cannot hurt you.” Gossamer kept flying in a circle and the tiny wind chimes were rising in the air; their crystals and sea glass clattering and chattering…nothing like earlier when they sounded like angelic harp music. The pieces of glass and crystal were flying and swinging and Gossamer was flying like a dragonfly that had lost its way and the thunder kept pounding the ground and Oak got more and more dizzy. In the background of all the clamoring, Oak could hear her mother, Mary, calling for her. Only this time, rather than the usual mother call, it sounded a little frantic. Oak called back, “Mommy, I’m here, I’m here.” “Oak, Oak, please answer Mommy! Please! Oak, Oak, come home, come home.”
Oak was feeling faint. The tinkling, the banging, the fluttering, the manic wings, circles round and round, Mommy calling…all these things were rushing through Oak’s head and then she fell – and fell and fell.
(to be continued)
I just love this garden. Creating this brought me back to my roots of creating fairy gardens: getting into the soil, creating a forest-like atmosphere and not filling the garden with too many frilly items. Here, we have a young boy fairy, who is obviously stricken with admiration and love for the young girl fairy, who is seated in the clearing of the “forest”. She is daydreaming about her “love” – the boy fairy and has no idea that he is nearby.
Bartholomew, the Bunny, is being introduced in this garden. He is so adorable and has decided to take a little trip via water in his canoe; only when the rain stopped, the water receded and he’s left rowing, while stranded on a boulder.
If you turn the garden around, you’ll find a bird cage and a bird bath, which has a cardinal sitting on its rim. You may also see the fairy footpath, which is made from round pieces of wood. Oh! Have you spied the treasure?
Fairies in Love is a sweet garden; so sweet, I’ll have to write a fairy story about it. Well, as the fairies say, “Please and thank you”. xoxo
Greetings! I have been so excited about getting bonsai pots in which to create fairy gardens. My first one was beautiful and the second one? Well, it was too busy looking. I thought it was great the day I created it, but by the next morning, I was mortified! Somehow, I had gotten off the path of just “creating” for the love of the earth and started, oh I don’t know what you would call it; let’s just say I was getting crazy! Anyway, I’m posting two gardens that are in the making now…I never know until I know!
Here are photos of the “Fairy of The Bonsai Wood” garden. The light green plant in the garden is ground cover, which will grow quickly. The fairy is “in the wood” – actually a clearing. I did sneak a turtle in for one photo and then the “rock people” or “rock fairies” came in and did their thing where the turtle once was. The treasure is in one photo and is a small garnet set in silver. The fairies found it at an estate sale. You’ll see that Timothy the Toad is in the garden in one picture and in the pond in another.
The next garden is called “Fairy of the Pearls Bonsai”. In the pond, there are oyster shells and a large shell also filled with them. Somehow, it seemed right to bring in the word pearls. Actually, this garden isn’t “right”. When I create a garden it can take an hour or four hours. It just depends. I sometimes think I must look like the Jackson Pollock of fairy gardens, as I put in and pull out plants, fairies…I can really make a mess until I’m happy with a garden. So, when this one is “done”, I’ll be sure to post it! As the fairies say, “Please and thank you!” xoxo
This is my favorite garden so far. It is in a bonsai pot (land and water). I love it for a number of reasons, mainly because of the lines and the combination of land and water, which I think is sometimes important in a fairy garden. The stones along the pond are fairy river stones and the pond itself has stones and plants. I am going to be ordering miniature (live) lily pads for these gardens and asking the new owners to please keep the ponds filled. (The fairies will be watching for me). Another reason I love the bonsai pots is that they are low in height and easier to ship; regardless of width or shapes.
I hope you enjoy the pictures as much as I loved creating the garden. More professional photos will be taken of all gardens very soon! Thank you all for reading this and Happy New Year’s Eve!!!! Fly safely!! xoxo
P.S. You know each garden has an unearthed treasure in it; an item that someone one cared for but has since discarded. Our fairies search the Earth for these! Do you see this garden’s treasure?
Just by reading the title of this story, you obviously know that Oak Willowglimmer is the Mistress of the Fairies of The Earth’s gardens. This fact by itself is certainly not very interesting. However, Oak’s history is…interesting. Before we go there, let me share what is said of her. The creatures of the forest and streams say she casts weird dreams and that she lives in forests of oak and ash trees. The elders of the villages say she can only be seen when the sun sets on the day of a completed harvest. Small children say she wears pretty autumnal leaf colors and has delicate green colored wings like a cicada. Maybe this is all true and maybe it is not. I’ll let you be the judge.
Oak was born a human. Yes, she was a human baby girl. A pretty little girl with auburn hair, which leaned much more on the reddish side. Her eyes were green (still are) and she had freckles all over! Her mother used to tell her the freckles were angel kisses; she has since learned that fairy kisses can leave freckles, as well! She was the only child of Mary and…the truth is that she never knew her father. Her mother never mentioned him. Actually, Oak, after spending some time in the park and observing the grass blades that bent under the mushrooms and figuring that fairies played there, she decided her mother was a fairy and so was she! Now mind you, she never told her mother that she figured out they were fairies. Why, she didn’t need to have a father! She was perfectly happy with just her and her mother. She quickly figured that a family is a family regardless of who is in it. Some have a mother and father, while some have only the father.
Mary, Oak’s mother, had a green thumb. Sometimes it would glow emerald green, while other times it glowed grass green. Wherever Mary went, she found plants, twigs, leaves and orphaned seeds that she brought home and planted. It seemed like overnight they would start thriving and growing! Oak was even more certain that her mother was a fairy; even a Queen fairy! Their backyard was a tropical jungle, with every type of tree and plant one could imagine. Fruit was happily hanging from the branches and fragrant flowers seemed to always be in bloom. The perfume of the flowers hung heavy in the air of the neighborhood and it seemed that all the women on the block would purposely stroll by the house, just to catch a whiff of the lovely aroma.
There was a particular corner of the yard that had a garden, but you could not easily see it, for there was a canopy of magnolia vines that covered it, leaving walking space of about three feet, which was quite comfortable if you were three feet or less. Only Oak knew of this garden, for she created it. Although she didn’t realize it, she had inherited her mother’s green thumb. The garden had miniature roses, marigolds, gardenias, daffodils, lavender, heather, every wild flower you could possibly imagine, and even herbs…every herb known to man. Oak didn’t quite know how she came about having all of these wonderful plants, but she didn’t question it. Every morning before she went to school, she would walk into her garden and find a new plant growing in a spot where she had placed a seed the night before. You see, the birds were her friends and they would always bring her seeds from their travels. The orioles and the buntings would travel south to escape the winter and bring wonderful seeds from the forests of the north! She even had Fiddleheads growing.
Well, one night it was hot…too hot to sleep. They did not have air conditioning in their house. Oak opened her bedroom windows and felt that the outside air was cooler than the inside. She quietly tiptoed out the back door and just slowly wandered through the gardens, letting her fingers lightly touch the leaves, wet with dew. It was so refreshing. All of a sudden, she saw a wee light in her garden! Squinting through the branches, she looked harder (can you look harder?) and saw this wee little light moving – here, there and everywhere! “Oh! It’s a fairy! It has to be a fairy!” She slipped into her garden and although she was not three feet tall, she lowered her head upon entering. It was pitch black! No light anywhere! Oak sat on one of her palm frond mats she had made the other day and put her chin on her fists. Oak just sat and sat and…sat.
A tinkling of a wind chime filled the air, but very gently and softly. As the chime played (she didn’t know where it was) the little garden began to glow.
(to be continued)