Saturday, April 25, 2015

Spring Blooms and Fairies

I have been taking pictures of the Spring Flowers in my gardens since the daffodils were in bloom back in March and wanted to share some of my favorite shots with you.

Starting in the back yard, my Yoshino cherry tree and Redbud tree are showing off their beautiful blooms.




The Easter Lilies on the patio table are enjoying being outside,


down in the garden the daffodils and grape hyacinths have bloomed...


along with these sweet smelling hyacinths...


and these beautiful orange tulips shining brightly before the storm. My husband bought me the arbor trellis for my birthday a few weeks ago. I will show another picture of it later when the clematis have climbed it and have bloomed.


Okay so now comes the little fairies in the front garden! They don't seem to like it in the back garden, not enough places to hide I guess.


Above you'll see a glimpse of a gnome pair and their little house and pictured
below, hidden under the white bleeding heart, is a little door and that is the door to the fairies house.


Below are two new foxglove plants that I just purchased and am hoping they like it here in the "little people" garden. I have tried for four years straight to grow these guys and they never come back the next year. So far they seem happy here.


I sit in my wicker chair and just admire them.


The fairies admire them too. I think they like the little trumpet shaped blooms for hiding.


Fairies were thought to materialize from sparkling dew drops and it was believed that they would silently slip into dusky shadows whenever humans trod too near. Some were described as being as small and delicate as mosquitoes while others were said to be as strong and coarse as bears. A few supposedly even changed their appearance right before one's very eyes.

The mystery and magic behind these "little people" caught the attention of the Victorians and were a very popular subject for postcards and advertising cards. So the Victorians filled their scrapbooks with images of fairies of all kinds.

Below are some cards from my collection that I wanted to share with you, unfortunately I don't have very many. I'll have to work on that.

This first card is a flower fairy with butterfly wings and a New Year's greeting.


These two look like cherub but instead of angel wings they too have butterfly wings which make them flower fairies as well.


And this one doesn't have fairy wings but is magical in the fact that it is riding on a dragonfly. And in order to ride a dragonfly the fairy must be very, very small. Or the dragonfly very, very large!  The fairy is holding a pussy willow bouquet as a birthday gift.


That is all I have for you today, I do hope you enjoyed the Spring blooms and magical fairies. Thanks so much for your visit and have a blessed week!

I am joining the following parties this week...
AMAZE ME MONDAY with Cindy
 A RETURN TO LOVELINESS  with Kathy
TUESDAYS AT OUR HOME with Maria Elena
LET'S TALK VINTAGE with Jillian
VINTAGE INSPIRATION PARTY with Betsy and Gals
WHAT'S IT WEDNESDAY with Paula
SHARE YOU CUP THURSDAY with Jann
HOME AND GARDEN THURSDAY with Kathy
HOME SWEET HOME  with Sherry
SHOW AND TELL FRIDAY with Cindy

21 comments:

  1. You have some lovely fairy things and I like your fairy garden. We, too, have one at Linderhof -- have had for a long time! Fairy gardens bring magic to an ordinary garden and yours is spectacular! I've not had luck with foxgloves either -- so hopefully these will work -- I adore foxgloves and a fairy garden is the perfect place for them!

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  2. The outside of your home is filled with as much beauty as the inside. I love the story about the fairies and Victorian times. I have never heard that story before and I really have never heard how fairies came to be. Interesting! Your trees, and your neighbors make for a pretty picture and all your blooming flowers too. Your statues, gnomes and fairies make it all magical. I would love to sit on your patio and enjoy it all.

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  3. Gina your garden is lovely... and the vintage cards are beautiful! Have a great week ahead.

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  4. Nature is just so perfect! Thanks for sharing your gorgeous blooms around with us!

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  5. Gina,
    Your garden is looking just lovely, and of course I love the antique images of fairy's! Hope you have a lovely week.
    Teresa
    sugar, spice and whatever's nice

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  6. Beautiful photos! Your Foxglove and fairies are so pretty!
    Thanks for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  7. Beautiful pictures of your trees. They have been gorgeous this year with more consistent weather and temps. Love the postcards, I have tons but none like those, thanks for sharing and as always thanks for coming by to visit!

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  8. Your garden is so pretty. Love the foxgloves and bleeding heart...and the little fairies in your garden. :)

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  9. Your cherry tree is breathtaking! The fairies must have a party there every night.
    Amalia
    xo

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  10. Hi Gina,
    Your blossoms are breathtaking and what sweet fairies. Your grass is so green and I love the ironstone furniture. Wish we could visit in your lovely yard. Happy Spring! Karen

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  11. Your yard is so pretty. I wish my husband would gift me with an arbor , I really like the one your husband gave you, very nice.
    I do love your pretty foxgloves, I had mine come up two years and then no more, gone. I must have weeded them along with the weeds.
    Sweet fairies and fairy door, every thing is magical looking in your garden.
    Betsy

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  12. Your grass is so green and flowers so pretty and healthy looking. I want to make a fairy garden this year. Yours is beautiful. We are slowly getting rid of our snow, so it will be a while yet xo.

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  13. Your flowers are gorgeous. Our soil is hard full of clay and so hard, I can't get much to grow unless I use containers. Love your garden and your pretty cards too. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Inspiration Party.

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  14. Oh, I just love fairies in the garden! Yours are just adorable. Your flowers are so pretty too. Waiting for mine to bloom....I have the leaves of the tulips up but that's it. We are so far behind! Thanks for sharing....at least I know Spring is blooming somewhere!

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  15. Your flower pictures are making me sigh - we still have chilly weather here. Love the postcards! Cute photo props! Visiting from Home Sweet Home blog party at The Charm of Home.

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  16. Gina, I absolutely love flowering trees and yours are gorgeous! Mine have come and gone all but my little Tina Crabapple. I love Foxgloves, and one year they came back wonderfully; but no luck since. I have got to buy a couple this year. Love your little fairies and your cards are fabulous! I played a little with fairies today as well. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  17. Wow! Just WOW! I am in love with your garden.
    New fan,
    Nikki

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  18. I also have a fondness for Foxgloves. I think Tasha Tudor created that. The reason they don't come back is the plant is already in the second year when you buy it blooming and it is a biennial.

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  19. Gina, your yard is looking fabulous! The cherry tree is sooo lovely!
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  20. Gina,
    Such beautiful blooms!! Thanks so much for dropping by!!

    Hugs,
    Debbie

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