Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Faerie Flowers: Bluebells and Foxgloves

Bluebell Wood
 C&O Canal Trail, MD
Spring is blossoming and it's time to tread cautiously while visiting gardens and hiking through forests. Keep to well-worn paths, for danger lurks amongst the spring blooms.

Certain flora are entangled in faerie lore.

Bluebells, whether of the Scottish or Virginia or another variety, should be avoided with alacrity. A bluebell wood is recognized by those knowledgeable in such matters to be a dangerous place of concentrated fae magic filled with enchantments. Faeries are summoned to midnight dances by the ringing of the little bluebells and while they leap and spin, they weave malicious spells.

The beautiful blue flowers are also referred to as 'Deadmen's Bells' by the Scots since it is believed if an individual hears the ring of a bluebell they are hearing their death knell.

Poisonous foxglove is also alleged to attract faeries. In Just Beyond the Garden Gate, the first manuscript for my Garden Gate series, the heroine foolishly plants foxgloves near her rear garden gate. When they bloom, her life is turned inside-out.

Have you stumbled across other faerie flora?

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~Dawn Marie Hamilton

4 comments:

  1. OMG, I didn't know that about bluebells. I love those! I smuggled some home in my luggage a few years ago when I came back from Scotland, but unfortunately they didn't grow- or maybe thats a good thing! LOL

    Very interesting post! Thanks for sharing!!!

    Andrea

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  2. Hey, Chicks! LOL! Who knows what mischievous spells the fae would have conjured had the plants survived? :) Thanks for dropping by!

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  3. I have blue bells and six varieties of foxglove in my front garden. No faeries yet. There is a very nice gnome statue named Jago, however!

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  4. Your garden sounds lovely, Buffy. The gnome is probably scaring away the faeries. :)

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