My creative twelve year old daughter decided that she wants to plant a “fairy garden”. She recently purchased the collected works of Cicely Mary Barker (June 28, 1895 – February 16, 1973). Most people are familiar with Barker’s Flower Fairies, but in case you are not here is a brief bio with examples of her work. My daughter chose the flowers depicted in her favorites poems and illustrations (her most favorites being Poppies, Foxglove, Columbines, and Hollyhocks).
I have to say, I’m impressed with her idea. And then I thought… what about a Pre-Raphaelite garden?
What flowers would you choose? Ophelia’s flowers, mentioned in Hamlet and beautifully depicted floating in the water by Millais) would be a great start. As would Acanthus, a favorite of William Morris (thanks to Earthly Paradise!) The ivy scaling the wall behind Rosseti’s Proserpine jumps to my mind also. And the lilies in both The Girlhood of the Mary Virgin and Ecce Ancilla Domini .
Hmmm. What else? What flowers would you include if you could plant your very own Pre-Raphaelite garden? Forget climate and planting zones and whatever soil type you may have. What would you plant?
By the way. Want to know what’s growing on my windowsill right now? A pot of Basil!