Our good friend Anette has built a Faery garden here at Tilford Cottage Garden for all our visitors to enjoy this summer. Here is the kind letter that she has sent us.Children particularly love this hidden and magical area of the gardens here. Annette has also built a lovely faery garden alongside the new teepee. She is able to provide this magical planting for any event, from children’s parties to a magical wedding wonderland. Her contact details will be available.
I have put together a first thought draft for the faery garden. Being walled makes it extra special and I can visualise a wonderful wooden and glass flat collage against the wall making it appear as though faery houses go deep beyond it. On the ground I see hollow slices of tree trunks encapsulating the conifers already in place and these in turn would make a circle of seats. In the middle I see a centre piece, which could be a sand table sprinkled with glitter and little rakes (the sort sometimes used in is it Feng shui?).
Its main aim would be to a place of contemplation and I sense a name of ‘counsel corner’. In my travelling garden I have a lily pad ring which sits over a ceramic bowl I place a mister inside and pop on a couple of the leaves a faery. It gives the impression that they are thinking and getting help and advice from an other worldly place. I feel it would be immensely beneficial and fun to have a place where secrets are shared and covert missions begun.
The plants I see gracing such a special space would have to enjoy living in a very shady place and so ferms would be great. There are some great flowering plants which are happy in dry shade, there are also some grasses which prefer a dry and shady location. Also it would be very easy to encourage some plants to live on the wall which would add additional depth, interest and seasonal colour.