We love to tell little stories about some of our fall fairies too.
Our clever Hazelnut Princes love to make up funny rhymes. Guess what they said about their squirrel friends? You’re Nuts for Hazelnuts!
Did you know that the Hazelnut is the nut of the Hazel tree, originally from Turkey? Hazelnuts are harvested annually in mid-autumn. As autumn comes to a close, the trees drop their nuts and leaves.
Hazelnuts are rich in protein and many essential nutrients, and they taste great. They are used for pralines, chocolate truffles and many other delicious desserts.
The Hazelnut, or Corylus avellana, was designated the official state nut of Oregon, which grows 99 percent of the entire U.S. commercial crop of Hazelnut.
Desert Marigold Fairy
Even though she’s shy, our Desert Marigold Fairy will always have a delicate smile for you. She loves the story of Goldilocks, and secretly hopes that her yellow flower's petals are as charming as her favorite character’s golden locks.
Did you know that Desert Marigold is native to the dry regions of America? You can find it in Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Texas, and Sonora, Mexico. Marigold’s name is derived from “Mary’s Gold”, as the flower was associated with the Virgin Mary in the Middle Ages.
Desert Marigold has one of the longest flowering seasons. It starts blooming with bright yellow flowers in March, and will continue to bloom until November. Birds love to eat its pale tan seeds. The seeds that spread on the ground will give birth to new plants in the following year.
It was proven that Desert Marigold is poisonous to goats and sheep, but not to cattle and horses. Researchers at Arizona State University have extracted Desert Marigold compounds, which might help in cancer therapy.
Our Calendula Fairy loves to be punctual. It is very important for her to have her blooming events properly scheduled!
Did you know that Calendula got its name due to its blooming at the beginning of each month? The Latin “calends”, that brought the word “calendar” in English, is the root of Calendula’s name, which means “throughout the months.”
Calendula, also known as Pot Marigold, is native to Europe, where it blooms well over a very long season, from June until the first frost.
Its bright yellow or orange flowers have many uses. Its florets are edible, used to add color to salads and rice, while Calendula extracts have well-known healing properties.
Happy and cheery, our Sunflower Fairies will always lift spirits. Following the Sun, they teach us about loyalty and staying true to who we are!
Did you know that Sunflower, or Helianthus annuus, is native to North America? It belongs to the large Asteraceae family, and it stands out for being widely cultivated for centuries as food crops for meal and oil, and as ornamental plants.
Sunflower is usually very tall, growing to heights of 20” to 150” or more! Its bright yellow showy, sunlike flowerheads are very attractive to bees and birds. It grows best in locations with full sun, and it prefers long, hot summers to flower well. Its unique behavior to always turn its head to follow the path of the sun is called phototropism, and inspired many stories about loyalty and constancy.
Artists throughout history have appreciated the Sunflower’s unique splendor, especially those of the Impressionist era. It has also become recognized as a floral symbol of great significance.
Thoughtful and wise, our Zinnia Fairies always has a good word for everybody. They makes true friendships, and you can always count on them!
Did you know that Zinnia is a genus of the family Asteraceae? It is native to the scrub and dry grassland area of the North America, which extends to South America, with a center of diversity in Mexico. The genus name honors the German botanist Johann Gottfried Zinn.
Zinnia ranges in height from 4” to 40”, and it is a popular garden flower because of its beautiful variety of flower colors and shapes. Its selective breeding started in the 19th century, and it now has over 100 cultivars.
Zinnia flowers and leaves are used by many southwestern Native Americans as medicinal and ritual herbs, and it is considered one of the sacred Life Medicines of the Navajo tribe. To some Pueblo tribes Zinnia is a symbol of wisdom. It has also been used to make bright colors for dyes and paints.