Do you believe in fairies?
As the mother of two small boys the closest I usually get to fairies is baking fairy cakes. However, even for little boys, there’s still a bit of magic and mystery to the idea of fairies. The tooth fairy has visited us on a few occasions now, and there’s definitely room for a little fairy dust in everyone’s life.
When Ocean Finance invited me to take part in their Fairy Homes Challenge to provide a warm, cosy home for the fairies of the UK during the colder months, I leapt at the chance. On a school trip earlier this year, my son and I had spotted some mysterious little fairy doors on the trees in the Botanic Gardens. All the children were captivated by them, and I couldn’t wait to get started on a little fairy garden of our own.
I was given £40 to create my fairy garden. I found most of the things I needed at a garden centre – a shallow terracotta planter, compost and some lovely plants – thyme, pansies and a miniature conifer. I also found some adorable faux toadstools.
My mum gave me a wonderful hollowed out piece of an old apple tree, which is the perfect little house for a fairy. I planted up my plants around the little stump and my husband sawed up an old branch to make some little stepping stones. A little moss from our lawn helped fill in any gaps.
A little gravel path leads the way to the fairy house, and a few twigs and some string serve as a washing line. I thought they might find a doll’s house size basket and some wooden pegs useful too. The fairies have clearly already been catching up with their washing, much to the fascination of two little boys!
You can keep this planter either indoors or out. Fairies are rather shy, but just remember to keep your eyes peeled for a tell-tale sparkle of fairy dust!