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Fairies in cemeteries seem to be a contemporary phenomenon – so much so that I haven’t been able to find anything written on the topic.
However, I’d hazard a guess that they’re most often left at the graves of children, particularly girls.
The fairy above also wears and holds flowers that to me look most like daisies, a symbol often used on children’s graves.
This usage of fairies in cemeteries is unwittingly fitting. According to “The History of Miniature Flower Fairies”:
Fairies and ghosts overlap. The further you go back, the more intertwined they are. Anna Eliza Bray's pixies (the ones sleeping in tulips) are "the souls of infants" who died unbaptized. The elementals in The Rape of the Lock are the spirits of the dead. In The Canterbury Tales (c. 1400), Geoffrey Chaucer calls Pluto (Roman god of the underworld) the king of the fairies. And it's not just in Europe; in the lore of West and Central Africa, ancestral spirits can be diminutive figures who behave a lot like European fairies.
While people today (English speakers, at least) generally think of fairies as good-natured creatures who may help a human out, historically these are the exceptions rather than the rule.
Some fae are downright malevolent; others simply will not abide disrespect, even when it’s unintentional.
And then there are the pranksters, like pixies, whose antics are harmless but can also be highly inconvenient and maddening to their human targets.
Shakespeare played a role in the gradually shifting views of fairies, both as more benevolent beings and as nature spirits, with his depictions of them in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
In British literature and art, fairies with wings emerge only in the 1700s, with Alexander Pope writing:
Some to the sun their insect wings unfold
Waft on the breeze or sink in clouds of gold
Winged fairies became the norm by the Victorian era, and flower fairies in particular seized the Victorian imagination.
Cicely Mary Barker’s illustrations of flower fairies, first published in 1923 and still beloved today, were hugely influential in cementing ideas about flower fairies. According to her estate’s website, FlowerFairies.com:
Flower Fairies™ are tiny creatures (the biggest is only 20cm tall) that live in the tree tops, marshes, forest floor, wayside and gardens. Wherever and whenever a seed sprouts, a Flower Fairy baby is born. Each Flower Fairy lives and sleeps in their chosen flower, plant or tree, and as this grows the fairy grows too.
Each and every Flower Fairy is in charge of looking after their flower or plant; keeping it strong and healthy by making sure it has plenty of sunshine and water to drink, sweeping away dead leaves, and polishing flowers and stems.
Barker noted in the foreword to one of her books, however, that she had never seen a fairy, and that her fairies and everything about them were just pretend.
Still, it's best to treat your sweet flower fairies with the utmost respect – just in case.