A guest post from the garden fairies at May Dreams Gardens.
We don’t have much time so we’ll have to make this quick.
Carol sat too close to the warm fireplace and now she’s fast asleep with a seed catalog or two on her lap. We’re taking this opportunity to take control of her blog so she won’t put out another post about seeds and seed catalogs. Geez, is that all she thinks about in the winter-time?
“We”, by the way, are the garden fairies who live around May Dreams Gardens. We have a secret little door to get in and out of the house, which helps when it gets as cold as it got around here last week.
Tonight we want to offer five pieces of advice for how to make your own gardens “garden fairy friendly”.
1. Don’t keep the garden too neat and tidy. If you try to keep things too tidy in the garden, you’ll drive yourself nuts with all the weeding and deadheading and you won’t enjoy the garden as much as you should. And you’ll remove a lot of good plant debris that we garden fairies use to make our houses and clothes, that birds use for their nests, and that microorganisms break down to enrich the soil. When you do clean up the garden a little bit, put the plant debris in a compost bin, please, and we’ll make sure you get good compost from it.
2. Get out and observe your garden year around and around the clock. The more time you spend in your garden, the more you learn about it. We think the more you learn about your own garden, the better you make it for us garden fairies. You observe where the sun shines at different times, what areas are wetter than others, where you need more plants and more. We promise to leave you alone, most of the time, as you wander about in your pj’s in the early morning. That is, we promise to leave you alone as long as you give us some space, too. As we make our way home after a night of partying about in your garden, we aren’t always as sharp and on the look out as we should be. And perhaps we might have a tiny bit of a hangover, too, if you know what I mean, so we can be grouchy in the morning. So just leave us alone if you see one of us.
3. Try to have flowers blooming as much as you can throughout the year. We garden fairies love flowers and generally settle in gardens where we know they’ll be a good, steady parade of blooms through spring, summer, and fall. Then in the winter, if we happen to live in a midwestern garden like Carol’s, we’ll sneak inside and play amongst the blooming houseplants or write an occasional guest post. Yes, we do sometimes envy our southern cousins who get to play in gardens outside all year long but it does get quite hot for them in the summer. Anyway, try to grow as many flowers as you can.
4. Lay off the pesticides. Those chemicals don’t just kill off the pests, they can take out the bees and garden fairies, too. Have you ever seen a garden fairy who didn’t run away fast enough when someone started spraying that stuff and got soaked with it? It’s just an awful sight! If you saw it once, you’d figure out other ways to get rid of those pests in your garden.
5. Mix it up in the garden with lots of variety. We like trees and shrubs for shade, along with flowers and foliage plants, maybe even some tall grasses and a bit of lawn. Oh, and we like lots of ground cover to nap under in the afternoon. And don’t forget to find a spot for a vegetable garden. We garden fairies don’t just sip flower nectar all night long, you know, we get hungry for real food, too. And we promise we’ll only eat a tiny bit, never as much as the rabbits eat. Aren’t those rabbits just like pigs in the garden? And it is so funny to watch Carol try to chase them out of the garden!
We have more advice to write about, but it looks like Carol is starting to wake up, so we better hurry and close this post. We still want to get into that seed catalog before she is fully awake and mark a few seeds that we want and maybe trick her into getting them.
Quickly, then, we’ll post this bud picture.
We hope Carol doesn’t get upset that we showed you this Stenosarcos ‘Vanguard’ orchid bud. She’s secretly hoping it will be blooming in time for January’s Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day on the 15th, so act surprised if you see it on her bloom day post.
Bye for now,
The Garden Fairies at May Dreams Gardens