Friday, July 19, 2013

The Fairy Tree

Have you ever been pleasantly surprised by something unexpected? Perhaps a colorful bloom in the dead of winter caught your eye and gave you new hope for the spring ahead, or maybe you saw a new bird at your feeder that made you race for your field guide with excitement? 

Not too long ago, I received a similarly pleasant surprise. While clearing away the dead and dying remnants of the drought, I discovered a tree; a big tree!  I was very excited by this discovery. The drought has hit us very hard, killing many of the trees on our property, but here was this big healthy tree seemingly hidden in plain sight. This tree was surely a gift to help raise my rather dented gardening spirit.

It still amazes me that somehow in all my years here at this house, I never noticed this large post oak. The tree was surrounded by overgrown yaupon, hackberry, and juniper, which completely obscured it from view.  Well, maybe not completely, the canopy was viewable, but we took it for granted and never thought of the huge tree that was in the tangle of undergrowth.

After the space under the tree was cleared, I began to create a small garden.  I planted colorguard yucca and wedelia at the edge, which gets more sun, and in the shady areas, I planted pigeon berry, cedar sage, and mountain sage.  Here is a picture of the garden in it's early days.

The wedelia and the colorguard yucca have thrived.

Because the inadvertent discovery of this tree always seemed a little magical to me, I don't think it's much of a leap to imagine that this might be the ideal spot for some fairy visitors.

The transformation into a garden fit for fairies was simple, used just a few inexpensive props and was finished in less than 30 minutes. 

To the far left, you will notice a stone tile path leading to an arbor. The placement of the flagstone stairs leads to the door which is framed with cream colored petals.  The little bronze fairy figurine oversees the scene at the far right.

Yes, it's magic.  A magical door for a magical tree.


  1. So cute! The entrance is very enchanting. Love the wedelia and the colorguard yucca combo.

  2. I like that door, I think I'll make a little door like that on one of our trees.
    Glad I found your blog too, I'm going to start following you.

    13 teljim

  3. Those pics are looking amazing.. specially the door..
    Nice thanks for sharing