Tuesday, June 6, 2017

THE FAIRY GARDEN AT MEADOWLARK GARDENS


"Fairies: mythical creatures.  A fairy is a type of mythical being or legendary creature in European folklore, a kind of spirit often described as metaphysical, supernatural or preternatural."  I found this snippet here.


I have a dear friend who occasionally says, "Ah, don't mind me, I'm away with the fairies".  Like me she is from over the pond.  Liking the expression, I had an idea what it meant, had heard it before but I looked the meaning up.  It means to be in a daydream, sometimes to be deep in thought and having one's gaze unfocused while staring at nothing in particular.


The following is 
A Fairy Song 
Poem by William Shakespear


Over hill, over dale,
Thorough bush, thorough brier,
Thorough food, thorough fire!
I do wander everywhere,


Swifter than the moon's sphere;
And I serve the Fairy Queen,
To dew her orbs upon the green;
The cowslips tall her pensioners be;


In their gold coats spots you see;
Those be rubies, fairy favours;


In those freckles live their savours;
I must go seek some dewdrops here,
And hang a pearl in every cowslip's ear.


Spread your wings and let the fairy in you fly.
~author unknown~


The wall is silence, the grass is sleep,
Tall trees of peace their vigil keep,
And the Fairy of Dreams with moth-wings furled
Plays soft on her flute to the drowsy world.

~Ida Rentoul Outhwaite~



44 comments:

  1. I love ALL the little houses and am trying to pick the one I want to live in... I am going with number 1 but might change my mind.. what a fun place

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    1. We go to the garden quite a lot and this is the first thing you see when you walk out the visitor center.

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  2. Thought about doing a fairy garden in the flower bed but have decided against it. I have enough stuff out there and I don't need to collect anything else.

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    1. I don't think I would even attmept to do one of our own, but I do enjoy looking at those I come across.

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  3. It is really beautiful and enchanting, Denise, and I have never seen a fairy garden before. Thank you so much for sharing.

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    1. Thanks Linda and you are very welcome. This was the first fairy garden I came across and I visit it now at the start of every season.

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  4. These are wonderful! I have some Fairy Garden photos, but not nearly as pretty as yours! First, I love the blue mushrooms! And there is one black one! So much detail. There is a tiny little birdbath with a butterfly in it! The yellow house is my favorite, but I love the awesome house with the blue pansies around it..The house with the blue door has a beautiful walkway. Each time I go back, I see new things. wouldn't it be great to spend a day or a week in a village like this?

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    1. Thank you Ginny, so kind of you. You mentioned everything in the fairy garden that I loved. Whoever is in charge of it does an great job, and yes it would be wonderful to spend a day in one like it.

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  5. Hi Denise and yet another interesting post, what a wonderful place to visit with all the little houses with all the bits and pieces going on. I think I am away with the fairies on a regular basis!! All the best, John

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    1. Thank you John, I'm often away with the fairies ;) All the best to you too, Denise

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  6. Hello, it is a wonderful fairy garden. They have some really cute decorations. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day and week ahead!

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    1. Hello Eileen, thank you and the same to you :)

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  7. I grew up hearing 'away with the fairies' and also 'off with the pixies'. Both fine places and fine company.

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  8. it is a wonderful garden worth visiting. love from Europe

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    1. Thank you Gosia, love from Northern Virginia too :)

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  9. Love!!! All things Faerie!!! :-))))

    I've been known to use that expression too.... "She's off with the Faeries." Got it from the British and Irish IG's, I have followed. :-)

    Gentle hugs,
    Luna Crone
    (She's off with the Faeries...)

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    1. Thank you for sharing that LC. And now, I'm off with the fairies ;) Gentle hugs to you too.

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  10. And I really need some "off with the Faeries," these days... -sigh-

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    1. Don't we all LC? :) It's a good place to be at tmes.

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  11. Very nice. I am often with the fairies, too. Love to daydream.

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  12. A wonderful whimsical post, Denise! I have visited a wee fairy garden & they are so much fun! Loved this one at Meadowlark.
    Have a lovely week!

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    1. Thank you Christine, so glad you enjoyed it. You have a lovely week too :)

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  13. It looks like a fun thing to build a fairy garden...

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  14. Oh, Denise....this is the another post that I have just totally loved.

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    1. That's great Rose, I'm happy you think that.

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  15. Hi, Denise.
    I think if fairies do exist, they have a pretty face like yours and a sweet and lovely smile as yours too.
    Manuel

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    1. Thank you for your very sweet comments Manuel. Have a wonderful week :)

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  16. Delightful! I do enjoy seeing pictures of fairy villages although never have in real life.

    'having one's gaze unfocused while staring at nothing in particular'... I seem to do a lot of that lately!

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    1. Hello Valerie, same here and me too :) Not so bad though, we're in good company :)

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  17. Love the fairy poetry! And such a whimsical place...great photos.

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    1. Thank you Marie, glad you enjoyed it.

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  18. Oop....I love all these beautiful little houses. I am still fascinated with fairy stories and pictures fairyland. Have a fantastic day!

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    1. So happy you enjoyed my post Nancy. Have a fantastic day too :)

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  19. The Fairy Garden looks like quite the place! Great photos and words to go with the pictures.

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  20. Such a fun, magical and enchanting place.
    I loved your photographs.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thanks again Jan, happy you enjoyed them. All the best to you too:) Denise

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  21. i so want to create a fairy garden, now more than ever. beautiful images!!!

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    1. Hi Debbie, if you make one I look forward to seeing those images :)

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