Tuesday, 16 March 2010

My Fairy Gardener

This illustration isn't completely finished yet, as I want to add a border of vines, but I thought I would post what I have done so far:

Fairies, I've been told, like to wear pretty clothes when they do a bit of gardening, although they are also practical and wear wellington boots and gardening gloves to protect their hands from the thorns.  This fairy is watering a love plant.  Love plants are native to all countries and naturally occur in places that are surrounded by love.  Butterflies, bees and babies are very attracted to them.  They are evergreen plants, surviving all year long, but can also be quite fragile, so need lots of love, kindness and attention to grow.  The heart shaped flowers are one of the ingredients used by fairies in love spells and to create 'The Milk of Human Kindness' potion that the fairies secretly slip into grumpy people's drinks to make them feel more altruistic and generous to their fellow human beings (quite a lot of this is produced at Christmas and was famously and successfully used on Ebenezer Scrooge). Unfortunately, the plants are invisible to the human eye (however, a young baby can see it), although the heady fragrance can sometimes be smelt on warm, summer evenings  :)


Susan said...

Wow Sue, this is soooo beautiful! She is so elegant, even in her practical garb. I love her gossamer wings and the lovely heart shaped blossoms on the love plant. Thanks for the info on these plants, too bad we can't see them, could use a lot more of that 'milk of human kindness' these days - enjoy the rest of your week! Susan

Susan Rundle-Hughes said...

Thank you Susan, that is so kind of you to say that. Hope you have a great week too :)