Guest Post: Garden Fairies Prepare for Rain

Garden fairies here.

We are garden fairies and we are busy preparing for rain, lots of rain, to arrive here at May Dreams Gardens this weekend.

The first task on our list to prepare for rain, lots of rain, was to mow the lawn. We are garden fairies so we could not actually cut the lawn ourselves, we had to make sure Carol did it.

Well, we were not disappointed. Indeed, Carol saw the lawn, knew the lawn needed to be mowed and figured she'd better do it sooner rather than later because...

Rain Is Coming.

We don't mean just some rain.  We are hearing through the fairy-vine that we should expect a lot of rain this weekend compliments of a storm named Isaac.  This has us quite excited.  We are making our preparations as best we can.   Does anyone know if umbrellas come with instructions?

Our preparations include, of course, sneaking into the house, if we can, so that we don't get too wet because we are hearing that this storm could be a real soaker, bringing with it anywhere between two and six inches of rain, depending on who you want to believe and what time of day it is.

We are garden fairies so we won't tell anyone how we actually get inside the house.  Sometimes we just walk in through the back door, while Carol stands there with it wide open.  Other times, we... hey wait a minute, we said we were not telling our ways.  That was close.

Anyway, once we are inside, we'll spend some time catching up on news and views with our good friends the toast fairies. We don't see them as often as we'd like, because they are inside near the toaster and we spend a good part of the year outside, where there are no toasters.

We'll also scope out the sun room to see what we need to do in there to prepare it for winter.

Honestly, right now the sun room is a mess and there are some plants in there that don't look so good. We are hoping that Carol's recent purchase of two books by Tovah Martin, one on terrariums and one on unexpected houseplants, means that she's going to spend some time this rainy weekend figuring out some new plants to grow inside in her sun room.

At the very least, she needs to get over her commitment issues related to a certain large Wardian Case that she has not planted yet, and she has had it for eight years. She even mentions it in the first post on this blog back in 2004.  We are going straight to Dr. Hortfreud and will be asking her to speak to Carol about this irrational fear of planting in a big ol' terrarium if she doesn't put some plants in it this fall. It's just ridiculous to leave it empty.

In the meantime, we are asking Dear Hortoise, who always gives us the best practical tips and tricks, what else we should do to prepare for rain, lots of rain, other than mow the lawn and figure out how to operate an umbrella.   We are garden fairies, we'll do whatever we need to do to help.

Submitted by:
Thorn Goblinfly, Chief Scribe and Chairfairy for the Committee Responsible for Preparing for Rain, Lots of Rain.

P.S.  We garden fairies are also going to make sure the rain gauge has been emptied before the rain starts so Carol can get an ak-u-rut measure of how much rain falls on our gardens. We are garden fairies, we like to know stuff like that.


  1. It sounds like you garden fairies have everything under control.

  2. I don't know where Carol would be without you around to keep her on the straight and narrow... Stay dry fairies :)

  3. Southern Meadows garden fairies here: we were very disappointed that all the rain promised never materialized here. We did however get lots of new mushrooms this week and we are rather happy about that. Keep up your good work!

  4. Dear Thorn,

    May your garden get plenty of rain, but not too much! Say *Hi* to the toaster fairies for me, I think there is a Tennessee cousin among them. Good going on getting Carol to mow the grass, she almost didn't get that done!

    Fernleaf Gravelgardener

  5. I didn't know there were toaster fairies. Learn something new everyday. Seriously, about the case, my Carol plant it. That's just silly. :)~~Dee

  6. I didn't know there were toaster fairies. Learn something new everyday. Seriously, about the case, my Carol plant it. That's just silly. :)~~Dee

  7. And I will be rolling up the soaker hose that has been snaked all around my garden but not used since the watering ban went into effect in early July.

  8. Wow that's a nice post. Please get more stuff about fairy gardens


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