I’ve been gathering materials for my fairy garden and today broke ground on the site. It was amazingly simple: I didn’t need a permit, a contractor, a surveyor or an inspector. No bank loans, points, appraisals or hassles. Life is good.
I unearthed a few tiny bulbs and was happy to see a worm or two as I dug right in. After removing the remaining bulbs and rocks I sifted the soil, saving the rocks for a small border.
Last Christmas we received a flowering bulb planted in a wide-mouthed drinking glass with clay-like pebbles. Now that the bulb is dormant, I removed it from the glass and lined the walkway with the miniature clay balls. We also received a plant that resembles a miniature pine tree, perfectly proportioned for the tiny garden.
When I shared my plans for a fairy garden, my friend Susan said the following:
“This reminds me of ‘spirit houses‘ built for the spirits disrupted when the break ground to build a new (human) house. You’re supposedly supposed to built a small house (a miniature the size of a bird house, maybe) and place it on a pole or post at the front corner of the yard. If you don’t build this spirit house for the little beings you’ve dislodged from their homes in the soil (or in the foliage?) in acknowledgment of them, they can get angry and bring bad luck to your home.”
I love the idea of making amends with the earth, much as Native Americans did whenever they took from the land.
I can’t wait to get back outdoors again tomorrow. Meanwhile I’m pondering a variety of ideas, including a woven lavender rug and an archway built with pine cones. More tomorrow.