Miniature Gardens for Werewolves
Fairy gardens have been a much-covered subject in the miniature garden world . . . but what about other supernatural beings?
What about werewolves? Could a mini-garden be made for them, too?
Werewolves don’t want a mini-garden so much as a mini-forest. The tiny conifers we’ve been discussing of late make a perfect beginning. You’ll need enough to have good coverage from prying eyes for your tiny, lycanthrope inhabitants, but make sure there’s ample room to run. A clearing in the center with some scrap twigs at the ready makes for a perfect gathering place during the full moon ceremonies.
Of course, werewolves have a human side. Some Irish moss makes a lovely place to sit during the gatherings. A tiny hut for extra clothes wouldn’t hurt, either. Some tiny blooming plants to pretty the place up and serve as emergency perfume – for those times when a human event is coming just too close to the tail end of a wolf-episode (it’s okay, you can all groan about the pun now) would be welcome, too.
The main difficulty in miniature werewolf gardens is the moonlight requirement. Indoor gardens are generally shunned. Some mini-gardeners have reported improved results with a moon-like cool-spectrum lightbulb, but generally, if you’re looking for any werewolf action, you’ll want to make sure that your containers are outside, in full view of the actual moon.
Once you’ve gotten your mini-werewolf forest just so, there are several ways to know if it’s been visited by mini-werewolves. The first thing to look for is evidence that the wood you left in the center of the clearing has been burned. Charred remains are a sure sign that your forest is a hit with one of the local packs! (Also, tiny fire extinguishers are recommended. You know, just in case.) Leaving muddy areas beneath the trees will allow you to look for paw prints, and the conifers should catch any wolf-hair that may have been shed. One warning – werewolves are notorious hunters – if you have any Very Small pets, you’ll want to make sure they’re securely caged and locked indoors before putting your werewolf forest through a test run, lest you find them as part of the evidence.
The good news is that werewolf packs are very territorial and extremely loyal. Once you’ve attracted one, with just a modicum of upkeep, your mini-forest will be populated for years to come!