September 20th, 2010
Once upon a time there was an enchanted forest alive with fairies and fireflies. Magical creatures captured at dusk. Romantic and adventurous, the woodland conjures an enchanted atmosphere of quiet walks and forest fairies. In my garden I like to try to add little magical, enchanted corners where fairies might visit. A sprinkle of magic fairy dust and the addition of a few pretty plants can create just the atmosphere you want.
Paths must meander and shady corners call for shade loving plants such as Clivia, Japanese windflowers or the strappy Oyster plant. The Winter Rose (Helleborus orientalis) are another magical plant, with simple, openfaced flowers in purple, pink, green and white. They flower in the depth of winter, cheering up the coldest day. They seem so shy, hanging their dear little heads. You can plant them in shady places and the flowers are perfect to cut and put in old fashioned float bowls as a flower arrangement.
The cyclamen too seems to conjure the fairies to play in amongst their leaves and to sit up on their flowers, of course, each time you look at the flowers, you just miss seeing the fairies, who heard you comming and have slipped away to hide in amongst the leaves. But, if you are quick you just might catch a glimpse. Most gardeners think of cyclamen as a delicate indoor plant, however tiny miniatures can be growen outside. Just perfect for that little fairy plot! Indoors cyclamens need plenty of natural light, like near a window. Do not put them near a heater or near the fire. They like cool nights, and like being put outside with the cat before you go to bed! Remove the spent flowers to promote further blooms.