Farmgirl Flower Fairies

This week’s edition of High Plains Prose began as a simple wildflower ‘show & tell’ article. Then, like my real-life landscaping project, it grew and grew…as you shall soon see. If flowers, history and a ride in the country tickle your fancy, hop on the Farmgirl Prairie Fairy Express for a nice, long outing. A lesson about “floriography” also awaits you. Oh, and this too…yes, we do have flower fairies out here…don’t you?
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  1. cindy says:

    What a beautiful post! In the words of Anne Shirley, you are most certainly a "kindred spirit". I love the picture of the sweet little bees! Have you heard of Tasha Tudor? She is one of my favorites! Thanks so much for your beautiful writings, I look forward to reading each and every one of them.

  2. RanchFarmgirl says:

    Thank you kindly, Cindy :o) Oh my yes, Tasha Tudor! I lent my TT books out years ago and sadly they didn’t make it back home. I must replace them. What a treasure she was…and remains in the hearts of those she touched. Another illustrator’s work that I loved as a child was Elouise Wilkins — she illustrated several "Little Golden Books". Her work gives you a warm and homey feeling from the inside out. To this day, I want to step inside the pages of those dear little books — and I still have a few from when I was a wee lassie. shery j

  3. shelle cropper says:

    Thank you for the quote from Teddy Roosevelt.

  4. karen says:

    Shery, I feel words will not convey to you, how much this post meant to me. It is truly beautiful, as were all the fabulous pictures, graphics and research! It brought tears to my eyes.
    I have noticed in the last twelve years of living here…outside Cheney, WA that some of the wildflowers are gone, so I will march right out when things cool down and separate the ones left and make sure there are a few more next year. Thanks, for that idea.
    I just was reading about Teddy this morning and he said he would not have become president if he had not gone out West! Can you imagine?

  5. bonnie ellis says:

    Dear Sherry. Not only are you a gifted rancher, farmgirl, camper, and writer; but you are a VERY talented photographer. Thanks so much for sending this very lovely blog. I have the flower fairies in silk about 3"x 5". Thanks again. Bonnie

  6. Shery,  I loved your stories and the beautiful pictures. Isn’t it a shame that so many things in our beautiful world that God gave us to enjoy have been destroyed and forgotten. I love the wildflowers and try to bring some beauty in my yard with a lot of the old seeds if I can get them. I always plant zinnias, they are so bright and sunflowers are the ones that make me smile, But come to think of it, they all make me happy.
    The last poem made me think of my best friend, Anna, she has been there for me since forever and I love her so much, I grew up with her husband and his dad grew up with my dad, our boys grew up together and went to school together. Now they are grown and we are still the "BESTEST" of friends. That is what I put on her card, when I send them to her. I would like to embroider that poem and give it to her on a pillow or something. Well you are great and I feel lucky to have known you through your blog. Keep up the great work. Juanita

  7. I LOVE this post. The old time illustrations have a special place in my heart. Very beautiful photos too.

    happy day!

  8. Cyndi says:

    I adore your blog today. I find fairies very enchanting also along with dragonflies near water or looking for it. I loved and just visited Rose O’Neal’s home in Missouri, the creator of the "Kewpie Dolls". I am still awestruck with her home and surroundings.

    Thanks for your wonderful thoughts today and sharing them with us. I think I need to watch the "Miss Potter" movie again with your reminding me.

    I do love that era also!
    Smiles, Cyndi

  9. Jill Breaux says:

    Your photographs are wonderful… thank you so much for sharing all with us…
    The story too just takes us back, a moment in time… I love flowers, the posts, the words, your photos… such a talent shared… and most appreciated the quiet spot in a busy week.
    Thumbs Up…

  10. SuburbanFarmgirl says:

    Bravo! I have three different editions of the Language of Flowers, has always been a favorite. You sure are Larkspur!

  11. Suellen says:

    Oh, Shery, this is the best ever! But I say that every time I read one of your blogs. You are my favorite "Wild Rose". Again, your photos are absolutely awesome, your prose warms the heart and your research most impressive! Mary Jane’s Farm has found a treasure in you! And I will always treasure your friendship. One of these days I am going to come to WY to walk in the wildflowers with you.

    Here is a poem from 1924 that I would like to share with you. It is entitled "You are My Friend"
    You are my friend…you warm my heart.
    In all my thoughts you have a part.
    In all I say, in all I do.
    There is a comforting bit of you:
    I see your smile, I feel your hand.
    I hear your voice and understand.
    No word will mar, no deed will end, this comradeship of ours, dear Friend.

    • Patricia Minga says:

      Hi, Suellen,

      Where did you get that poem? My grandmother had it framed in her house for as long as I can remember, but it was given away after she died. Thank you so much for posting it!

      Pat Minga

  12. Kris says:

    I have just come back from walking in to town. I stopped off at three antique stores. I bought an out of print book, and saw all sorts of china, prints and other Victorian type stuff.
    I went on to the farmers market and bought cheese, veggies, more veggies, and some daisies for my recycled coke bottle, re-purposed vase. I really had a very good time. After I got home, I went on line and found this blog waiting. I know this was an excellent morning.

  13. Loran Andrews says:

    Loved this today. Helped to keep the fires lit in my heart to know that I am not the only one with the passion of these things. Teddy Roosevelt is one of my heroes.

  14. bobbie calgaro says:

    How lovely this article is and how much you have expressed my very loves. The language of flowers and the flower fairies are timeless and wonderful expressions of simplicity and joy of nature. Thank you for your lovely words and gorgeous pictures.

  15. Debbie says:

    My dear Shery,
    This was a post after my own heart…I read each and every word with care and I adored all of those treasured antique cards, and the " contemporary " photos as well…It’s so true what you say about being a good steward and caretaker of our earth no matter where we are planted…
    I have to believe that for each one of us who has an appreciation for the natural world we are doing a little bit of fairy magic in our own special way!

    Dandelion Wishes to you and thank you for your wonderful words!
    Deb ( who loves the Dandelion Fairy picture ) ADORABLE!

  16. Terry says:

    Shery you ARE a kindred spirit to so many. Love, Terry

  17. Kathy says:

    I too have just been introduced to your website after seeing your name in the MaryJanesFarm magazine I receive.
    Absolutely Love It! You are a creature after my own heart; and you are blessing many of us by your time and talents.

  18. Betty Duckworth says:

    I do not live on a farm or in the open country. WE have only 5 acres in a fastly becoming subdivision of mobile homes and small homes. We live as though we are in the wide open spaces and enjoy the huge trees, fields of grass and wild flowers that we transplant and replant. We have 9 chickens and 9 cats, not in the same place. I love to read your farmgirl blog and imagine myself in each one. Thank you for bringing this touch of real life to me and mine.

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This, That & The Other Thing

Is your life a busy mosaic of activities in the summer? I’m betting so. It is always a challenge for our Farmgirl chapter (High Plains Sage Hens) to organize a time when all of us can be present, but we did it and held our monthly get-together this past week. The hostess hen, Jenny, taught us the “how to” and provided most of the materials for creating mosaic goodies. Wanna see?
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  1. Boy Howdy do I understand this blog! I have been thinking of you girls and been so busy my thoughts have been on the fly. It sounds like you had such great fun! Congrats on another great blog!

  2. Debbie says:

    Top of the morning to you Shery and visiting farmgirls!
    Summer time sure is full of this that and the other thing isn’t it? I thought it was just us " New Englanders" that act like chickens with our heads cut off during the month of June in particular and half way through July too! Maybe it’s cuz we know our time outdoors is short-lived and we feel we have to squeeze in so many things we have waited all the long days of winter to do in the garden, with family and friends, and in solitude…
    As always I am mesmerized by your photos of ranch life… and I really enjoyed your monthly project with the Sage Hens! I’ve done a little mosaic work on some of my ‘trash to treasure’ finds and found it to be fun and easy… I like forgiving kinds of art mediums… The kind where PLAYING rules and technique takes a back seat long enough to get you through your first few projects! I have a set of dishes that match the large oval platter you show peaking out of the back of your box of supplies… Reminds me of many homemade breakfasts round’ our little table enjoying hubbies home cooked waffles! Speaking of breakfast, I better get the coffee going…My beloved is waiting…

    One of the things we just HAD to do this summer was to put up a screen house on our west facing deck… It’ the new favorite place to hang out at home ( when we aren’t at the cottage )… OH! One more thing… your garden certainly flourished and your chickens are just adorable!
    Our growing season takes a while to get under way here near the cape as well, we are just now able to eat peas right off the vine and the most exciting thing to watch these days are the pumpkin vines creeping out of the garden and stretching across the grass!
    Grab a cup of coffee and come see my SUMMER GARDEN at it’s peak on my blog. I think you’ll all get a kick out of the Sink Garden! It’s right up your alley Shery!

    Love and Dandelion Wishes,

  3. diane says:

    it’s so lovely "spending a day" with you! what a wonderful experience to share – i wish i was there. and thanks for sharing your beautiful photos. you are a great photographer! someday i will visit "mary jane country."
    thanks shery!

  4. Shery,
    Thanx for letting us spend time with you and your gal-pals. It’s so true, trying to find time to get together (in Summer) is tuffer than uncooked beans! lol!
    But when we manage to steal time away for a "play date" it is soooo theraputic. After all an afternoon with friends, food & giggles is good for the soul.
    farmgirl hugz

  5. Brenda says:

    Your photography is wonderful. I am always looking for a new post from you not only for the words but also for the beautiful pictures. Your new plantings are wonderful. Put mine to shame. I have been saving some broken tea cups and saucers that got knocked off the top of the china cabinet years ago for some sort of mosaic. I need to try that. My Barred hen is also a lap chicken. She was the first to jump up on my lap and now I have 3 or 4 other out of the 12 that also visit in this way and she gets her beak all out of line. She does not like to sit on one knee while another is on the other. She pitches a fit and pecks at my back-end, my ring and today she was pulling at my shirt tail. Her name is Florence but I love how you named yours. I would never have expected to fall in love with my chickens, but I have and am glad they have a run. But the grass is all scratched up and gone and I think I need to let them out to graze the yard a little. We also have hawks and I am just a scaredy cat.

  6. carolj says:

    Shery, Thank you for taking time out of your busy life to write this blog. I always enjoy your pictures–so colorful. At 51 1/2 I am yearning more and more for the company of girlfriends. Isn’t it great to share time with those we hold dear? I always feel refreshed just to focus on a joint project that takes me out of the bustle and into plain old fun. Take a deep breath.


    Carol J

  7. Cora Jo says:

    Shery, Again and again, thank you for such poetic beauty in word and picture. I was looking at an old country magazine yesterday (may take me years to finish with one)and found pictures of the Big Horn Mt. area where I raised my kids. Nearly cried…but, God is good and I sit on my screen porch facing the "back" toward the Androscoggin River flowing by me here in NH and I know beauty is all around us…wherever that is. My now cancer-free John is hiking the Appalachian Trail which gives me free rein with the lawn…I need to hire help! But, my cukess are nearly ready and beans are coming on and I’ll have a fried green tomato this week! Thanks for keeping us "farmgirls" afloat with your blog. cora jo

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