We all need a little magic in our life and there is nothing more magical than fairies. The delight on a child’s face when their first tooth falls. They know the tooth fairy is coming to visit and it reminds us of our childhood and how magical the world was at this time. Cicely Mary Barker Flower Fairies Figurines ignite that memory.
Who is Cicely Mary Barker?
Cicely Mary Barker was born in Croydon, England in 1895, the second and youngest daughter of Walter and Mary Barker. Walter was a seed supplier and amateur artist. Cicely was epileptic as a child and spent much of her time at home, in bed, being cared for by her parents and sister. She spent her days amusing herself with painting and books.
In the early 2oth century fairies had become popular with the release of ‘The Coming of the Fairies’ by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Peter Pan by J.M Barrie and the fairy themed work of Australian, Ida Rentoul Outhwaite. In 1923, Cicely published her first book, Flower Fairies of the Spring. Flower Fairies are tiny creatures, that live in gardens, tree-tops, the forest or marshland. Whenever and wherever a seed sprouts, a Flower Fairy baby is born. Each Flower Fairy lives and sleeps in their chosen flower, plant or tree and as this grows, the fairy grows too. The Cicely Mary Barker Flower Fairies Figurines, are responsible for caring for their plant, watering it, keeping clear dead leaves, making sure it gets enough sunshine and ensuring it grows strong and healthy.
Cicely’s sister ran a kindergarten school from their home and the subjects Cicely used for her fairies were the children who attended the school. Each Flower Fairy was assigned a plant and Cicely’s drawings of these plants were botanically accurate. If Cicely did not have the plant available to her to draw, Kew Gardens would provide her with a sample. Each Flower Fairies costume was based on the leaves and petals of the plant they chose.
Cicely Mary Barker Flower Fairies Figurines
My Little Fairy Garden has a beautiful range of Cicely Mary Barker’s Flower Fairies which you can use to bring a little magic into your garden and to help you care for your plants. Each fairy is made of polyresin and hand painted and are ideal to be placed next to your plants to offer protection and care.
The things that displease the fairies are greediness and ingratitude. They don’t like their fruits to be snatched at and hoarded selfishly. Before going to bed tonight, stand at an open window and say, “Thank-you kind fairies for your wonderful present of fruit.”
“Up in the tree we see you, blossom-babies,
All pink and white;
We think there must be fairies to protect you,
From frost and blight,
Until, some windy day, in drifts of petals,
You take your flight.
You’ll fly away! But if we wait with patience,
Someday we’ll find
Here, in your place, full-grown and ripe, the apples
You left behind-
A goodly gift indeed from blossom-babies,
Book: A Flower Fairy Alphabet
The Pear Blossom Fairy enthusiastically leads the Flower Fairies’ sing-along like a conductor. Possessing perfect pitch, he hums a note to get the fairy singers in tune. As the fairies sing their joyful songs, robins and wrens swoop down to trill along with the fairy chorus.
There are so many fairies to choose from I am sure you will find a Flower Fairy that is perfect for your planting and garden this spring.