Faeries In The Garden

There are Faeries in the Garden.

I know it’s true.

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But don’t expect to see them

Unless, of course,

You’re a very small child

Who knows Surprise

Or

An Ancient Hermit

With squintyΒ eyes

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In the Faerie World

There are brown days

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And white days…

Midnight

And midnight days…

Frost

But…

Round about midnight

When the cold wind blows

Faeries know something only Faeries know.

It’s time to summer in the south of France!

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Still…

Sometimes at night when we close our eyes

We can hear them sing

When the wind chime sighs.

for

Very small children who know Surprise

and

Ancient Hermits with squintyΒ eyes.

πŸ˜‰

50 Comments on “Faeries In The Garden

  1. George that is so beautifully written. It reminded me of one of my favorite movies that I have watched with my Emma – who still very much believes in fairies … “Just because no one sees them, doesn’t mean they are not real” is her constant objection to skeptics.

    “Fairy Tale: A True Story” grabs hold of the imagination of both children (who still believe) and adults (who pretend they don’t). It is a very moving movie actually.

    Here is a link to info on the movie if you haven’t seen or heard of it … scroll down to the Trivia section to read the truth behind the story.
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119095/

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  2. What an absolute delight it was to read this post George, and how I’m grateful to be back with time to check on what’s been going on with my favorite bloggers. Know lots about those Faeries since I was a kid and I’m sure they were delighted with this as well. Also, the floral photos in this post are terrific and perfect for the post plus some of those backgrounds have amazing colors. Well done, my friend. I send you a big Texas wish for a happy, peaceful and healthy 2014.

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    • Hi, Rick! I’m happy to see you and glad you enjoyed my little fairy tale. I had fun with the photos. I’ve been away from your place for so long that I’ve missed two national park episodes. I was looking forward to the Florida alligator wrestling match, for sure! πŸ™‚ I’ll catch up. Thanks for stopping by. Have yourself a happy, healthy and peaceful 2014 too! πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you so much! I love the new “ring” of leaves when they appear on the umbrella bush. They’re like Lilliputian umbrellas! Thus, the little Faerie Tale. Chuckle…
      I appreciate you stopping to visit and leaving such an encouraging comment, John!

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    • Thank you Patti. The evil Frost Faerie made a mess of things in one night last week, I’m afraid. The new growth of the bush reminds me of Lilliputian umbrellas so I couldn’t resist a little tale about them. Unfortunately, they all froze! Thanks for stopping by to visit! πŸ™‚

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  3. George, I just love this post. The light and color of the photographs is magical! I especially like brown days and white days. πŸ™‚ Little Pie says she is sure the fairies will head back first to the “Blue Picture.” πŸ™‚ So keep your eyes out.

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  4. the photos show a very delicate, soft and beautiful plant! many tropical trees are grown as small specimens/shrubs in temperate zones, so i’m wondering what this one could be. my first guess is/was cecropia, though on closer inspection i don’t think so.. whatever it is, it’s lovely and so inviting for fairies!

    sigh; i’ve tried sending this about a dozen times.. nowt hat i’ve added a few more lines of words, perhaps this comment will reach you!
    lisa/z

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    • Hi, Lisa. Thanks for the link. I don’t think this plant is a cecropia, but it grows on a straight, center stalk that looks like the cercopia. The leaves grow in a circular pattern forming overlapping tiers so that you don’t see the stalk at all. It might be a hybrid of that plant designed to tolerate colder temperatures. However, the recent freeze and frost killed the top tier of new growth. The rest of the plant looks as if it fared well. I got so interested in BillysBirds on Flickr that I spent a long time just browsing through them. My daughter designed the garden and has the original CAD drawing with labels, but I think she added these plants later after the wax myrtles grew tall. I have to ask. I’ll let you know if I find out what they are! I appreciate your interest in this, Lisa, and your help! Thank you very much! πŸ™‚

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  5. I am ready to run away with the faeries to the south of France even though it did not get as cold here as it did in Victoria. You have made even winter magical in your garden. Sorry you had damage but spring will be here soon. The sun is our here today and drying out. I had to get out a little check my plants and soak up a little sun. Your photos and words are most splendid! I saw the faeries in every one! Cheers!

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    • Me too, Jo Nell. Although it was seventy degrees today, the humidity was so high that it was falling anyway. My porch had so much condensation it I thought it rained through the screens! I’m glad you enjoyed my faerie tale. Thanks! πŸ™‚ I’m trying not to wail about the frostbitten foliage and dead flowers…

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    • Thanks, Richard! I have an assignment for your sabbatical. A self-portrait. Your portraits of the people on the street are so very good. It’s time to give us a portrait of Richard. Don’t forget to say, “I hope you like your picture, Richard”… Chuckle. Seriously, I would very much like to see your interpretation of yourself since you have such a fantastic eye for capturing others. Wonder how many people would know who Ricard is?

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  6. I love the fairy folk, lately it has been the frost fairy who’s been calling. He and his fairy friends have been ice skating on the windows of the well house and windshields of the cars. So lovely, George!

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    • Thanks, Lynda! That cursed Frost Faerie laid waste to me garden! At least, to the tender leaves. This is the first time that’s happened in several years here. The Polar Vortex thing got us a wee bit this time, but I shouldn’t complain considering what it did to the rest of the country! It’s seventy degrees here now. The poor plants must surely be confused! πŸ™‚

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  7. Beautiful stuff, oh Ancient Hermit With Squinty Eyes!!! πŸ™‚ But maybe that’s it – that its the people at the two ends of the age range who know the magic in life and the world – and who can, and who are not afraid to, imagine >>> I’ll be 64 soon, and I can feel my imagination accelerating – which is very good thing to feel.

    This post is a delight, George. Your pictures are lovely, and your inventiveness and imagination have made this a real treat. I hope the cold weather is leaving you alone now. Far from cold, its been unseasonally mild here in Bristol, but with oodles and oodles of rain, and many floods – but, up on a hill, we’re ok! Take care! Adrian πŸ™‚

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  8. whimsical and charming, those fairies know how to stay hidden from all but the young and the wise, and how lovely for them to skip away on their fairy wings when Jack Frost comes calling … the evil fairies laying waste to the garden … oh wishing you a healing Spring xx

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    • I’m glad you liked them. It’s a bush whose name I don’t know so I call it the umbrella bush! I just visited the conservatory. What absolutely wonderful images. If we had one here, I might just move in for the winter! πŸ™‚
      Thanks for stopping by, Lynne.

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    • Thanks, RoSy! I’m glad you liked it. Unless they moved to the South of France, they froze their tiny butts off when the evil Frost Faerie swooped in and ravaged the place! Chuckle… πŸ˜‰

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    • Yes, the Dallas area had really bad freezing weather. We had a few days of near freezing and one night of actual freeze that did a lot of damage in the garden. I heard that Atlanta got a real polar event out of it! Thanks, ELisa!

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      • Ha, yes, we did. Funny how quickly everyone rebounds, though. Now it’s a distant memory. Nature and people are resilient thank goodness. I hope your garden has recovered!

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    • Poem? Chuckle. The new growth on this bush forms a circle that becomes another layer of leaves. Kind of like a palm grows. I love the way the new leaves look. They remind me of faerie umbrellas so I added the silly lines to the photographs. Thanks! I fell in love with the ponies and Jessie too! πŸ™‚

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  9. I love this post, George. πŸ™‚ The faeries are very smart, vacationing somewhere warm when the cold wind blows in.

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    • Hi, Robin! I’m glad you liked my Faerie “story”. Those new leaves remind me of faerie umbrellas so I made them into faerie umbrellas! Chuckle. The frost got them on one bush. I have two bushes of these odd leaves that grow in a circle from the top of the plant to make a new addition. Strange that I don’t know the name of the plant, but I very much like the leaves. I think I need to join the faeries since the polar freeze got us in South Texas too! Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. Well … I ain’t no very small child … so that makes me an ancient hermit with squinty eyes … cause I see Faeries in the gardens, and in the woods, and around corners in the barns, and even in the pastures … at night especially. No, wait, that’s not entirely true … I don’t SEE Faeries, but I do see the evidence of their activities. They come out at night and leave evidence of their mischief when they are not careful to tidy up afterward. It is during the daylight hours that they assume the form of plants … to fool us? I think so. D

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    • I think so too, Farmer. I delighted in the image of faeries around the corners of the barn, in the pastures and in the woods. I see evidence of their midnight soirees in the garden. I suspect they hide in the umbrella bush. Sometimes, I think I glimpse them early in the morning and late at night. I hear them giggling and plotting their mischief too! πŸ™‚

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    • Thanks, Linda. That Evil Frost Faerie sneaked into my garden the other night and pretty much laid waste to it! I know you’ve been in a deep freeze in Denton. It’s warm and rainy here today, but we had some freezing temperatures for a few nights. Glad you liked my silly tale! πŸ™‚

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    • Faeries delight in wreaking havoc, you know. Just the other night, that evil Frost Faerie laid waste to my garden. Ha-ha! I thought of the tale when I saw the poor wilting baby “umbrellas” on my favorite umbrella bush. That’s what I don’t like about winter. That and the cold. But, spring will be here before I know it. πŸ™‚ I’m glad you liked my little tale.

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