5/25/10: Secret tree world

May 25, 2010 at 10:16 am (art, gardening, interesting, life)

Argh. I had an amazing photo of the inside of a tree that I took in Lincoln Park the other day, but I can’t find it. This will have to suffice:

You get it. I'm talking about a hole in a tree.

There are all these trees in the park that have holes in them, and when you peer inside you can see that there’s mushrooms and other plants growing in there, and that it’s probably a home for a squirrel or raccoon (and also, one assumes, faeries, elves, hobgoblins, pixies, smurfs, aliens, spirits, ghosts, and possibly the devil).

It reminded me of the idea of building “fairy houses” – apparently a trend right now, where parents and kids will go out into the garden and create little homes to lure fairies to their property. Apparently, this is a huge thing; not having kids, I was totally unaware of it until I went to Mississippi and everyone there seemed into making them.

Hmm. I’m intrigued.



  1. ducksrfriends said,

    They do this along the Columbia trail, in Califon… My friend lives across the way from the river and they have lots of little “gnome homes” that work kind of like geo-chaches, with trinkets you can trade. Her family keeps one up, or at least they used to. Unfortunately, I think they get vandalized quite a bit. (http://theweirdusmessageboard.yuku.com/topic/3323)

  2. siouxsielaw said,

    Apparently using flowers to build fairy houses attracts bees. Be careful!

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