Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Flower fairies awaken

Ah! April is here and the earth is warming up and coming to life again. The Flower Fairies are also dancing about as things start to come into bloom. Just another month and this Columbine Fairy will be dancing happily amongst the sweet little 'granny bonnets' of the Columbine at Cranberry Cottage.

We are discovering by trial and error what grows well at the cottage and what better in the city garden. Our rhododendrons looked very poorly here in the city garden and we took the two baby bushes to the cottage garden where they seem to thrive. We planted some French lavender last summer and I noticed that it had completely dried up and died at the cottage. I will be looking for something new to replace it. Perhaps the Flower Fairies can come and whisper in my ear what I should place there?

"Who shall the chosen fairy be
For the letter C?
There's Candytuft, and Cornflower blue,
Campanula and Crocus too,
Chrysanthemum so bold and fine,
And pretty dancing Columbine.

Yes, Columbine! The choice is she;
And with her, see,
An elfin piper, piping sweet
A little tune for those light feet
That dance among the leaves and flowers
In someone's garden.
(Is it ours?)

~ Cicely Mary Barker

When I got home from the hospital after my treatment in March, a gift came for me from a blogging friend Janneke. She sent me two vintage Flower Fairies books. I just love them! Thank you Janneke.


LissyLou said...

Lovely x

Nancy said...

Those little books are so cute for you. You will have to show us more pages. Hope you find some flowers you want to plant. I like lavender, but I don't think it would do well here.
It is very rainy here today.
Have a good day.
Love Mom

Linda said...

What precious little books. The poem and picture today are just so sweet.
Do you have a fairy garden? I was thinking of making one in a small planter box...pretty flowers and some small little treasures...just make believe but it would be fun. hugs, Linda

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

I'm so glad the Flower Faeries are waking, somewhere. Not here. Not yet. Oh well... :-)

Aunt Amelia

BittersweetPunkin said...

Oh I adore those flower fairies....they are so sweet and whimsical!

Pondside said...

Those books are a sweet gift! The Flower Fairies and The Water Babies - I love them both.

Gillian L. said...

I really love the work of Cicely Mary Barker. What a specil gift to receive those books!


DonnaTN said...

The Columbine fairy and elfin piper are beautiful. I really like your playlist. Where do you find such wonderful music?

Tracy said...

So sweet...I've always loved the flower fairies series by Cecily Mary Barker. Still waiting on some fairies sighting here too...Too much snow around yet--LOL! LOVE the new look here, Heidi--very fun for spring! :o) Happy Day ((HUGS))

Elizabethd said...

I think French lavender doesnt often last more than one season..unless one is very lucky!

Anonymous said...

Heidie, i am happy you like the books :)
And the columbines.... aah so pretty...we have loads in the garden and i've always had them in purple, pink and white but last year i had a dark red beautiful!! I collected some seeds from them last year and now i've put them in a tray in the house... see what comes up :)
Groetjes, Janneke.

Carolien said...

Op de valreep (het kan nog net, 10 minuten voor 12): Happy Anniversary, Jos and Heidi!
Have a nice weekend at CC!!!

Hugs, Carolien

Brigitta said...

I so love the way you celebrate the seasons Heidi, you always seem to find the right quotes, the right images, the right words. I truely think this is a gift and I want to thank you for sharing your gift with us!


Happy @ Home said...

How nice to see the flower fairies once again. The 2 little vintage books look adorable. What a nice gift.

I hope you are feeling better.

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

It is such a wonderful time of year, isn't it? However, I am afraid our flower faires have donned their woolies once more here. Snow is expected tomorrow!!