Susan Smith writes:
> As an avid herb gardener, I was
surprised to walk into an herb shop over the weekend
and find directions for designing a "Faerie Garden".
This is with herbs and flowers traditionally associated
with the faeries, complete with benches and
shelter. They seem to be designed with "Flower Faeries"
in mind. Are these the same as the trooping faeries, do they
in fact exist in the folklore? If so, can anyone recommend
some titles on the subject? I think this is an interesting
garden, but wonder if it is just an excuse
to grow and arrange minature plants/herbs for a reason! <
I don't know about Celtic folklore, but certainly generations of
British schoolchildren have been raised on stories about faeries
and flowers. Alas, I can't recall any of the titles from the books
of my own (American--but rather too heavily Brit-influenced:
the curse of English relations) childhood. I do recall, though,
that foxglove was the flower most often associated with faeries
in the stories I read/was read.
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