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Plant a Fairy Garden Chair

"Just living is not enough" said the butterfly fairy, "one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
-Hans Christian Anderson

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There are many ways to decorate your garden. Placing furniture and garden parasols in your garden truly increases the appeal and look of your garden. Aside from the traditional way of setting your garden, you may want to create one that will stand out from the rest. A fairy garden chair placed in one area of your garden is a great way to add a whimsical touch.

What better way to invite the "wee folk" into your garden than by creating a special garden just for them. To make them feel welcome, plant a few of their favorite flowers or herbs, and add some natural building materials such as small rocks, twigs or shells for them to make their home. All you have to do after that is simple ... just sit back and believe.

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Materials needed for your Fairy Garden Chair:

Directions for planting the chair.

Place the two pieces of chicken wire over the opening of the seat and gently push down to form a fairly deep "basket". Shape the wire over the seat sides and staple underneath being careful to push down any wires.

Line the basket with wet sphagnum moss, placing the green mossy side face down and showing through the chicken wire. Cover the wire completely. Staple the chicken wire to the frame, bending it around to the bottom of the chair frame. Be sure to carefully bend down the edges to prevent any sharp wire from sticking your fairy friends.

Fill the basket completely with your amended soil and plant some of your favorite fairy plants.

Plant suggestions include:

HERBS:

Thyme: This is a must. Thyme will invite fairies into your garden and it is said that fairies hide their babies under the thyme for safekeeping.

Lavender: Lavender is good for all those midnight fairy parties. They can create wonderful lavender infused wine and the scent of lavender is very soothing.

Sweet Woodruff: The delicate white flowers will reflect the moonlight for their fairy dances.

Lambs Ear: What a soft place to make a bed!

Rosemary: Called the elf plant. Fairy lore maintains they are captivated by it. Plant the trailing variety to cascade down the side of the chair.

FLOWERS:

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Primrose: Attracts the company of fairies. Often called the fairy flower.

Bluebells: Lures the fairies into the garden to dance

Pansies: Created by the fairies from the colors of the sky, (blue) sunset (red),sunbeams (yellow), and brown from the earth.

Lily of the Valley: Dainty, bell shaped flowers, perfect for making fairy caps

Forget-me-nots: A pure blue flower associated with many fairy legends. Forget-me-nots represent remembrance.

Care of your fairy chair: Like all container gardens, the fairy chair will need to be watered more often. Check daily. If herbs and perennial flowers are planted, they will need to be pruned to keep them compact. Also, your soil will need to be refurbished periodically and new plants to replace the annuals.

Fairy Flower Tea
2 T fresh chamomile flowers
1 handful fresh mint (any kind)
1 handful honeysuckle blossoms
several raspberry leaves

Steep in one quart of water that has boiled for several minutes. Serve with delicate fairy treats.

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