May 10, 2016
I love Foxglove. They used to be known as Fairy Thimbles. I was at a nursery the other day and they had a section for fairy gardens. The packaging was too neat, too professional and of course, there were no plants whatsoever associated with fairies. But there were cute little houses and decorations to scatter about the little plants. It’s a shame that the plants once associated with the faerie realm are now forgotten, and the phrase is just a marketing ploy. For the flowers themselves are what gave rise to the belief in the supernatural. Perhaps not on their own, but as something which strengthened people’s beliefs. Belief, and faith is important to the imagination. And we’re nothing without that.
A look at plants, ideas, resources, moon gardens, herbalism and how I became the witch’s gardener. Gardening with a history.