At noon on May 11th, the Flower Fairies gather for the Spring Fling. They festoon the Tulip Fairy with crowns and garlands, posies of May flowers and wild cherry blossoms, as she stands at the centre of a grassy circle. As a chorus of robins and wrens warble a lively song, the fairies skip round the Tulip Fairy. The human tradition of dancing round a maypole derives from this fairy ceremony.
The Song of the Tulip Fairy
Our stalks are very straight and tall,
Our colours clear and bright;
Too many-hued to name them all
Red, yellow, pink, or white.
And some are splashed, and some, maybe,
As dark as any plum.
From tulip-fields across the sea
To England did we come.
We were a peaceful country's pride,
And Holland is its name.
Now in your gardens we abide
Aren't you glad we came?
Book: Flower Fairies of the Garden