Flower Fairies celebrate 15 years in print

by Charlotte.Barnes on October 5, 2011

almond blossom flowerThis year is the 15th anniversary of the publication of The Complete Book of the Flower Fairies by Cicely Mary Barker. A compilation of all the Flower Fairy books written previously, this novel detailed every Tree, Garden and Wayside fairy and their corresponding flower.

Here at Interflora we just love her fairy stories and pictures so we’ve selected a few of our favourites for you to have a look through.  And, if you’ve missed out your favourite, why not let us know?

Born in 1895 in Surrey, Cicely Mary Barker rose to fame with her wonderful artworks depicting flower fairies that lived in the English countryside. Every fairy had its own flower that it was named after and their clothes were even made out of the various petal and leaves they were associated with. The most well-known of Barker’s fairies were Almond Blossom, Lavender and Buttercup, but there were many others to choose from.

lavender tulip flowerAs a young child Cicely Mark Barker spent most of her time painting and drawing, inspired by the works of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. At the time, Victorians were very interested in fairies and the supernatural and Barker’s works soon became famous across the country. In 1925, Flower Fairies of the Summer was published and over time around 30 books have been published using Barker’s artwork.

snowdrop buttercup flowerIt is said in The Complete Book of the Flower Fairies that fairies are all around us and if you follow the Fairy Code you might be able to spot one. To help you find your very own flower fairy, we’ve got a fairy-spotting guide for you to follow. Just remember to send us a picture if you do!

  • The best time to look for fairies is twilight, midnight, just before sunrise, and midday
  • Midsummer’s Eve is the best day of the year to see fairies
  • Fairies are very good at hiding so you must be very quiet and very patient

geranium narcissus flower{All images from dicraft}

If you want to try and spot some flower fairies in your own home, you can get in touch with Interflora’s florists in Surrey and find your own lavender or tulip fairy.


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