I love the idea of fairies. 🧚

Their sparkly wings, communing in nature, maybe even a little troublesome. (If you haven’t read or seen Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, go do that now!)

In the early 20th century, there was a very talented artist by the name of Cicely Mary Barker who created 170 flower fairies to pair with her botanical drawings. Each beautiful illustration is accompanied by a short poem about that fairy and flower, which I really enjoy reading. I hope you do too!

I introduce the Wood Sorrel Fairy:

vintage illustration of a wood sorrel fairy by early-20th century artist Cicely Mary Barker

In the wood the trees are tall,

Up and up they tower;

You and I are very small—

Fairy-child and flower.

Bracken stalks are shooting high,

Far and far above us;

We are little, you and I,

But the fairies love us.

Buy the book containing this fairy and the other fairies of spring:

The folklore and history of herbs is fascinating and is included in our herb-a-month course. Check it out!


vintage illustration of a wood sorrel fairy by early-20th century artist Cicely Mary Barker