The Toadstools in the Garden

Jun 1, 2010 | 2 comments

Fairy Umbrellas

     Everyone is talking about the weather.  It’s been colder, wetter, more miserable, than any Spring in memory and we are all sick of it.  For the first time in years there are toadstools in our flower garden.  And, as everybody knows, toadstools in the garden mean that the fairies are looking for shelter from the rain.  Or at least that’s what we thought when we were kids.
     We also thought that fairies were gentle and generous, no doubt from our associations with the tooth fairy and with Jack Frost.  The money under our pillows and the beautiful designs on our early-morning winter windows were proof positive.  And, though we were never lucky enough to see them, we knew that the garden fairies polished up the blossoms, and kept things tidy in the flower beds.  I am still hopeful about that last part, though I think the fairies in our garden must be a little lazy; they seem to require way too much help.
     Our toadstools aren’t the beautiful white-spotted red ones.  They are white and rather plain but large enough to shelter several garden fairies.  I’ve heard that the best time to see the fairies is at twilight but, unfortunately, at this time of year (and at my time of life) twilight is often past my bedtime.  And it’s usually raining.  So, the shy little fairies stay hidden.  But I know they are there.  I’d know even better if they’d work their magic on those messy flower beds!


  1. Rita Nicely

    I so much enjoy your beautiful words with my morning coffee. Thanks for sharing Sydney!

  2. Stephanie Frieze

    On our cottage in Ilwaco I have a sign that reads “There are fairies at the bottom of the garden.” We get some mighty mushrooms in the yard in Ilwaco and I mow around the rings since I’ve always heard that they indicate where the fairies have danced. My husband, on the other hand, being more the cynical type, mows right over them. If fairies were going to live somewhere besides English gardens I am sure that they would pick Oysterville as well as Mary’s garden in Surfside.


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