The gnome door thread has inspired me to start another thread for the gnomes themselves. I'll start it off with a photo of two fine fellows discussing the weather last year. This mushroom sprouted and they take cover underneath.
Old Flower Girl: Tom, the gnome door maker, wrote and said he found lots of them in a dollar store but didn't say exactly the size. He wanted to photograph them in the store but was reluctant to. If you write to him he might be able to tell you just where it was that he saw them.
Pixy, cute little guys.My family hasn't been able to find any good mushrooms growing around their home grounds yet, but they seem to be happy hanging out in the garden. Hagar says no photos without first paying the fee.
LOL balvenie!!! Why on earth would Lena have that Mona Lisa smile in that outfit? She's really quite cute and a great addition to your terrific collection. She looks like she's been posing for a photo for too long and just had "to go" really bad and then the inevitable happened and she wears that world wide smile of relief!
So it really is a fairie! I did a lot of daylily crosses with a "Fairy Tale Pink" and many "husbands". I had a Fairy garden for a while until the little Hydrangea Tardiva turned out huge and I had to crawl under it to remove the daylilies!
I have some fairy photos somewhere. I'll look after dinner.
Finally have time to post again, after taking some photos of the gnomes in their natural habitat! LOL
Brenda, the tine gnomes are actually little plastic plant picks that I found at a thrift store years ago. Each of them has a little spike so you can put them in your potted plants. I'll have to look around my house and see if I can find the rest of them.
Balvenie, I love all your gnomes! Where did you find the awesome lady gnome? Did you make her? Is she made of wood? She is great!
After starting this thread I got a bit of a wild hair about photograping my gnome collection, so here are several photos.
Here's an old German fellow enjoying the pond. Dieter says it's about time he was able to use his fishing tackle!
Two of my little German chalkware friends discussing the weather. Shrubs are courtesy of hydrangeas 'Pia' and 'amethyst', camomile, Brazilian vervain, and vine growing over the door courtesy of the hardy fuschia that pops up everywhere for me.
Australian travelling gnomes. Here's the story on these fellows: (Arlene, you're gonna be bored with this, since you've already 'heard' it.)
A few years ago we took a trip through Australia's Queensland and New South Wales. We were driving out in the 'bush', which means in the middle of absolutely nowhere. We rounded a curve in the road and as we came around we passed a little farmhouse set way back from the road. In a small fenced area in front of the house, near the road, were rows and rows of garden gnomes! Screeching the car to a stop with the loud exclamation 'GNOMES!', I threw it into reverse and stopped in front of the house. We all piled out to look and realized that these were hand made gnomes, each painted differently. There was a sign that said 'Gnomes - 5$', about 3$ american at that time. There was a little tin box to put the money in. It was the strangest thing I've ever seen!Needless to say, my kids and I each had to choose a gnome to travel with! You can see that one of our fellows has a broken hat due to his adventures in Queensland. There are supposed to be three gnomes, but I'm not sure where the third one is. Likely in Europe somewhere traveling on his own! We took our gnomes down in opal mines, and into hot springs with us. They've eaten Chinese food in a little Scottish Australian town and been close to wombats and kangaroos. We had great fun with them and the people were always pleasantly amused by the strange Americans and their traveling gnomes.
So I got a little carried away, but it was fun taking these photos. I'm sure I have other gnomes to be photographed, but I'll save them for another day.
Quite welcome. It's been such a fun experience! I have a neighbor going to Germany for a month long visit with relatives: think I'll tell her not to bring me back any more candles, just gnomes! Tiny gnomes! and just maybe some of that chocolate.
Great thread, wonderful gnomes... the world needs more gnomes!!!!
I have gnomes, will take pics. Pixy yours live in wonderful places. Some of mine have gotten lost in the 'jungle out there' that was my garden.
Pixy, love your gnomes and their settings.The fisherman and trolls are a big hit.I like the bookish one a lot too and may have to carve one. The lady, as all the others,are carved from basswood and painted with acrylics.Keep the pictures coming.How do they like the new pond?
Balvenie, I think I'm just a bit obtuse! You are carving all of these gnomes? That is just fabulous! They are perfect! You must point me in the direction of your website if you have one. Are you selling these or are you simply enjoying the making of them?
My gnomes are all ecstatic about the pond. The fishing gnome has been bereft of a fishing hole for years. I've told him to take care of any extra mosquito fish that come along, as I don't want a billion of the things. He is just happy to have a job.
The bookish gnome hasn't taken his nose out of the book to notice the pond yet, but the gnome in the home is happy to share with all the new froggies he's met.
Now that they are happy, maybe I'll get some work out of them! LOL
I like the guy who is lying down on the job. He's got the right idea. So be easy on him. As for the gnomes in the first picture. Are you sure they aren't eating those mushrooms, we've all heard that gnomes are into some of those psychedelics
Oh Mobi, only "imaginary" friends??? I bet their feelings are hurt. lol Although I'll have to admit that reality can't hold a candle to imagination, and fantasy is an everyday activity. Talking to gnomes ain't so bad. They are usually agreeable, don't sass or talk back or criticize, leave the final decisions to you and never ask "are we there yet?". Of course the elevation in Denver might make them a little more lightheaded than ours here at sea level, but gee, with the cyberworld what it is today its hard to tell what's real and what isn't. Oh well, I have to get back to work. The gnomes are fussing about not getting enough time on the computer!
LOL If my gnomes ever read this thread, they might have their feelings hurt! After all, it's only the chosen few trusted mortals to whom they show themselves.For most of the world, the gnomes remain hidden. I've been informed by Dieter, in highly indignant tones, that those mushrooms are used for medicinal purposes only!
Edited to add Dieter's final words:
That photo of the gnomes under the mushroom was taken at harvest time. The party they had afterwards, as is their custom, was to celebrate a fruitful harvest. If some of the gnomes had a little too much shroom (whoops, he means mushroom), it is not the fault of the gnomes as a whole. Too bad SOME people like to blame an entire race for the actions of a few young ones!
He has stomped off to the rock garden to lie in the sun and soothe his wounded pride.
I am so sorry to the gnome people. They deserve better. I probably don't see them because I let my cat out into the garden and he likes to believe that he is a big cat hunter and I'm afraid that he thinks he should hunt the little people. He practices on a Barbie doll. He stands on her and pulls her hair out and there are teeth marks on her legs. Poor Barbie. He's a strange cat. I would like to have gnomes in my garden but the kitty makes it impossible.
Here is my latest gnome purchase. I finally found a little guy like some of the ones pictured in this thread. My others are all 8" or so tall, but this fella is tiny. I think he's cute carrying his basket of flowers.
LOL, that's a good idea. It's pretty hot here today too, 91 F. And I have an empty (of course :)) little sample bottle that comes attached to the big ones once in a while, that would look kinda cute. Good idea, pirl. They neighbors would get a good laugh. :D
Dieter responds: Who are these gnomes who expose themselves to mortals? In my day (LOL) gnomes were respectible beings who didn't go around showing fanny to anyone who cared to look! Bet it's the younger gnome crowd. Same crowd who ruin harvest parties by taking in too much mushroom! And bikinis? Get real! I have a feeling that some gnome girls will have to learn the hard way that revealing too much 'skin' is not the way to a proper gnome boy's heart!
sigh. Dieter has done a lot of stomping around lately.
Incidently, Hans and Franz, the tiny gnomes, have taken to making pets of the baby froglets in the pond. I don't have the heart to tell them that the frogs are not going to be staying in the pond, they'll be moving into the trees soon. And also, they will not always be this small. They can enjoy a new crop of frogs next year. Perhaps they'll make friends with the black ground beetles. They stick around and are quite amusing to watch.
I added 4 friends to my collection today. These are made in the style I love, and though the colors are plain, I believe they will blend into the garden as though camoflaged. Here's the link to the Ebay site. They were quite inexpensive to buy. If the website doesn't link, the seller is Fairyluvr61 - check out her store.
Mobi - alas, I am not as talented as Balvenie! Those trolls were carved by a very cold artist in Norway. I think they are about 40 years old.
I have more gnomes, but they are playing hide and seek with me. They do this when they are mad that I haven't had them out and played with them in awhile. They think it's funny that I blame myself for being disorganized. I must find them so they can be photographed.!
More gnomes for all!
I love the character your gnome presents, very nice.
FYI, 'da Clan's playground ...
Kettle Moraine of eastern Wisconsin and extending westward along the most-recent terminal moraine.
Geologic features along the route include: kames, lakes, drumlins, ice-walled lake plains, outwash plains,
eskers, tunnel channels, unglaciated features of the Driftless Area and other older landforms.
Pooor Elise, she doesn't even get out to the garden, she's frightened of frogs, and gnomes and is afraid of getting bats tangled in her hair. This may account for her tragic expression. She is allowed to go to lunch with the ladies, which gives her some freedom, but she is lonely much of the time. She would be happy to hear from any eligible bachelor gnome who would take her for long walks in the garden.
Kettle Moraine Clan, what is your leader's name? Dieter sends greetings.
Blkwolf your greetings are accepted with a low bow. May every tree bear honey and your gnome home never flood! (The young gnome behind you appears to be enjoying his drink well. I do hope he makes it home without being spotted.)
Dieter is speechless after one look at Elise. Her ethereal qualities have his head spinning. Alas, Dieter has recently taken a gnome wife, new to the clan. He hasn't much practice yet as a married gnome. Fortunately, his wife is understanding and patient with him. However, she has just grabbed him by the beard and they are headed for home. He'll talk to us later. I believe he needs to spend some time fishing. He always thinks a lot while fishing.
Perhaps Hans and Franz? They are single. They are small , but they have big hearts.
More gnomes for all! We await the arrival of new gnomes by priority mail!
Scooterbug, Dieter says Opa is indeed a wise man if he is thinking of stepping down while he is still around to influence the new leader! Dieter looks forward to a photo of Opa.
I was up extra early yesterday and stumbled upon this charming gnome town. I think this is the 'upscale' gnome area. No one was around, likely still sleeping since they are obviously gnomes of leisure!
I caught Thomas stopping to admire the Hydrangea on his way home from collecting firewood. Thomas and Dieter are close friends. They like to fish and camp together. Now that Dieter has married, he is not sure how to spend time with Thomas without his new wife, Frederika, feeling jealous. Dieter does not yet realize, since he has been a bachelor for over 100 years, that Frederika would like him to go off with Thomas occasionally so she can enjoy her friends without him there. I put the word out to Thomas and he will speak to Dieter.
Here is an unknown gnome speaking to one of the local ravens outside his mushroom home.
This is an old numbered jar from Germany. The lid is the top of the mushroom. This was one of those lucky finds that happen less and less frequenly at thrift stores. I got this for 1.25, then saw someone selling another one on Ebay for $150. Man, I love it when that happens. Not that I'd ever sell this, but it's cool anyway.
This little English porcelain guy was pretty ticked off that I requested he pose outside for this photo. He is accustomed to being a house gnome, not a garden gnome, and he likes his little shelf where he can survey all that goes on in the home. By his expression, I think I better be on the lookout for tricks being played in the house for awhile. Hope he doesn't turn the oven on or something like that!
I was out in the back today and came across Marcus... his house caught fire when a neighbor was burning the chain link fence line. He seems to be cheerfully at work fixing it... he may need a 'blue roof' if the rains ever return to the desert.
Yeah, I do love the jar! It was one of those finds that I grabbed and paid for and got out of there before they caught me!
Marcus seems like a pleasant sort of fellow. But you know those mining gnomes - all kinds of things happen down in the mines. Some gnomes get quite the fantasy life down there. Maybe this is why he never saw the need for a for a wife? Or maybe he's just the easily satisfied sort? They're usually the happiest.
Dieter says Frederika is the best thing that ever happened to him. He says Marcus doesn't know what he's missing. But then, Frederika helps Dieter with the gnome women in the clan.
More clan members arrived today from far away. They are getting settled, then they will be welcomed. Photos forthcoming.
The new clan members are here, but all the gnomes are making themselves scarce. We're getting ready for the 'open pond' party on August 14 and they're afraid I'm going to ask them do to work for me so they've dug burrows under the mulch. Also, I know they are getting ready for the party, as they will be showing off a bit for the guests. I wouldn't be surprised if Hans and Franz are planning some kind of hijinx just to see if they can get away with it!
But I should be able to get a photo of the new clan members soon. We have two more arriving any day now, little wee ones, so I've been waiting for them, too. (But mostly I've been busting my hindend out in the yard trying to get it ready for guests. You know how it is. The garden looks great until you think someone else might see it. And THEN the real work begins!)
Finally! I've got some photos of the newbies, and have a few minutes to sit at the computer! I've been working my tail end off getting ready for this open house, and I don't even know how many people will be here! LOL Doesn't really matter, since two days later my mother-in-law comes for a week's visit. She's an avid gardener and always enjoys our gardens here.
These two new gnomes are just hiking in from the highlands. They've stopped by the waterfall for refreshment. Smaller than our other gnomes, they are feeling a bit 'wee' at the moment. Deiter has recommended that no one refer openly to their size until they feel more at home. Haven't decided what jobs they will have yet. We're having trouble communicating. They speak only German.
These are the other new gnomes to join the clan. They've all brought their own tools and are ready to help me get ready for the open house. I am so grateful! They are dressed in camoflage, as you can see, because they haven't yet met the cats around here and are a bit nervous about standing out. I like their look. I believe they blend in with the surroundings nicely. These gnomes all talk at once and it's difficult to catch the thread of conversation unless you're used to their ways. They will finish each other's sentences and can predict with the other gnome will say, answering questions before they are asked. I believe they must be very 'connected' to one another. They tell me that they are all "twin sons of different mothers", whatever that means. Dieter has kept his distance so far. They overwhelm him. But as Clan Cheiftain, he'll have to get over it soon and do his duty to welcome them warmly. Meanwhile, they are working on grooming the gardens around the pond.
I have been following this gnome thread with great delight ! I have a couple of the wee chappies (Scottish clan !) that I have been collecting and when my birthday came up last week, I asked for a gnome door. My SIL made one for me, and it turned out not too bad considering he had never seen one! I thought I would share some photos.
Heatherbelle, I love the door your SIL made! It does look like an entire home. Very cute little gnomes! And their environment is lovely. They do keep it nice for you! LOL
Scooterbug, does he know you are photographing him while sleeping? :) Dieter would just kill me if I did that, but then again, he snores so he gets embarassed about it. He's so vain.
Here's a photo of some neighborly gnomes chatting it up during my recent "open pond and garden" party. They had a great time entertaining guests. I am ashamed to say that the recent camoflaged clan had too much mead and made a bit of fools of themselves underneath the rhododendron. I do have a photo of them, but it's still on the camera. They did work hard helping me get ready for the party, but they need to learn that this is just not how we do things around here.
This little guy is a bit shyer than the others (he is also a bit bigger so maybe that is why). I just realised I have no female gnomes - so perhaps that is what he needs to "bring him out of himself" LOL !
Your Gnome by the new dwelling is the cutest with his hat pulled down like that.
The laughing gnome with the snail made me giggle. I think some of his relatives are here in my Enchanted Woodland Garden. I really gotta take some pictures soon.
... It's so good to hear that everything went well during your "open pond and garden" party.
I'll try real hard to bring you up to speed soon as I can.
...I'm still grinnig about your comment earlier about tapping Cranberry on the shoulder while he is snoozing .
Seeing in my minds eye those chubby booted feet scurring as fast as fast can go off into the underplantings.
A mini garden sounds just the thing! It would be great! You could have a dwarf conifer forest!
Here's the photo of the camoflage gnomes after the party. They really are not making a good first impression on the gnome community here. They thought they'd blend in with the surroundings underneath the rhody, but we found them all right. I guess no one told them that they have one whopper of a hangover if they mixed beer with wine. Dieter is laughing his beard off!
Dieter asks after Columbine, but don't tell Frederika! She keeps a close watch on him.
Dieter grabs the old fishing pole and runs the other way, away from temptation! It's the demure eyelashes that get him every time! Frederika is making his favorite supper tonight so he's trying extra hard.
Dieter agrees with Opa, but also adds that he believes his gnome clan has to accept gnomes who have 'lost the gnome way', to help them come back to their gnome heritage. It is always a trial to take corrective action with wayward gnomes, and as more and more humans discover the 'world' of gnomes, more and more young gnomes are straying from their origins. Some have been known to actually SHOW themselves to humans in an attempt to become famous! It is troublesome to the clan leaders.
Dieter and Frederika discussed the Camoflage gnomes with the clan and it was decided that each Camognome would be assigned a mentor. They will be separated from one another much of the day, as they learn their new tasks and meet new clanfolk. The mentor will be responsible for teaching the clan ways and encouraging personal growth through reflection and work. The clan elders agree that these are young gnomes that can be taught. We shall see.
Privately, Dieter is worried that there is a trouble maker in the bunch. Frederika agrees.
Frederika gives greetings to Columbine and says that she is gratified that Columbine finds her man so appealing. She appreciates Columbine's good taste. Frederika is nothing if not secure in her man.
Foxes are certainly connected with gnomes, mostly as helpers it appears. They transport gnomes as they can move swiftly from one place to another and the gnomes can stay warm in their fur. In the two gnome books I have, there are many pictures of foxes. I've never heard of 'swifty fox', but it would make sense.
I too, decided I needed some books on gnomes so I am awaiting delivery of two that I got from ebay. I thought that if they were going to take up residence in my garden, I should know enough about their culture so as not to unwittingly offend them. Are they a bit sensitive ?
Dieter says that younger gnomes can be sensitive to cultural slights, but as they mature gnomes begin to understand the limited capacities of their human gardeners! LOL
That Dieter - always a hidden agenda with him! Frederika just sighs and shakes her head at him.
It's my experience that some gnomes are overly sensitive, just like some humans. But not that many. The fact that you have ordered books should show them how much you care.
The sandcasting idea is cool. I was thinking you could make plain square molds out of wood, then pour mortar mix (sand and cement) into them, making them fairly thin. When the mortar sets up, you could use a sharp tool to scribe lines onto them to make them look like either brick or stone. Then, before the mortar cures too hard, use acrylic paint mixed with a little water in natural shades to stain them. It would look awesome! I've used this technique before to stain small areas of concrete or cement and it works well. You just dip a small paintbrush in acrylic paint, picking up only a little color, then dip it in water so that it creates a 'wash' of color on the piece. The water spreads the pigment quickly so that the effect is subtle. The water soaks into the cement, leaving the pigment behind.
Spent a lovely while building magical stuff in my daydreams from that site Pixy, great fun. DS was looking over my shoulder. He's a long time devotee of Dungeons & Dragons. And never outgrew his fondness for castles either.
I have enjoyed all this thread and it has brought back many fond memories from the 70's and 80's when I was busy doing all kinds of craft projects with gnomes. Mostly, I painted them )from the 2 books) on small chip-boxes which I lined in velvet and put a mirror inside the lid. I sold many of them at our X-Mas bazaar.
Anyway--all this talk about the books. I have them both. For those that maybe don't know what this is all about, here is a picture of the first one called "THE GNOMES".
It was originally published in the Netherlands in 1976 Translated into English in 1977 and published by Peacock Press/Bantam Books. The Library of Congress Catalogue # is: 77-82805
(I think there were NO ISBN numbers yet...)
Blooms, some of us never outgrow our fondness for these things! And it's a good thing, too. We'd be pretty boring if we couldn't have a little childlike fun occasionally. I dream of having the time to really do some stuff with those little molds. That's why it would have to be a winter activity. If the sun is out, so am I!
Gitadel, those are great books. Those are the ones I have, as well.
Scooterbug, your guy's eyes are closed as he smokes that pipe. Are you sure about what's in it? He's looking mighty relaxed!
Wanda, I love the Harry Potter books! I was a bit disappointed in how she represented the garden gnomes, though. Clearly she has never had firsthand experience with true garden gnomes. The ones in the books sound more like garden trolls! Our entire family loves those books. When the recent new one came out, I read it outloud to the entire family, usually during dinner out on the sailboat! What a great summer pasttime that has been. My kids are 13 and 20, and they still love it when I read to them. My husband likes it, too!
Do you think they will lock me up seeing a GGM taking toys on her old harley for miles and miles to take pictures of it ? Naaaah !
as that old song said...
And they're coming to take me away ha-haaa
They're coming to take me away ho ho hee hee ha haaa
To the funny farm
Where life is beautiful all the time
And I'll be happy to see those nice young men
In their clean white coats
And they're coming to take me away ha haaa
Back 20 years ago I was part of a "traveling gnome" network. We had a gnome statue that we sent all over the world. The idia was to phtotgraph him in front of a landmark in your area, add the photo to his traveling album & then send him on to a new player. He was phtotgraphed with the Eiffel Tower, Londonb Bridge, Mt. Rushmore & other sites.
I phtotographed him in front of the house used as a backdrop for Grant wood's "Amewrican Gothic". I shot from the ground so we could see the peek on the frarmhouse--to match the painting. The traveling gnome held a pitchfork & I put an apron on the little female gnome with him.
I wonder what ever happened to him? Still traveling the world?
How fun that must have been! I wish I could find the photos of our traveling gnomes from australia. Maybe on my husband's computer. If I can find them, I'll post some.
Anyone know where the whole 'traveling gnome' stuff got started?
Yes, I think there were several 'gnome-nappings' in Europe. Actually there is a 'free the garden gnomes' society, I think in England. Perhaps Germany. They actually take people's garden gnomes and put them in the forest!
Well i've been looking and looking for a gnome that I liked. Couldn't find one so I made one today. Figured it was a good birthday activity for myself. Here's the first stage after the oven stage. He's a little messy for a garden gnome (they are usually really tidy little girls and guys) but he's more like me. Just a little bit in a state of dis-order. I'm going to go buy some paint next. Going with the usual red hat, blue coat look. Then I'm gonna stick him in my shade garden. I think he'll like it there on the quiet side of the house.
Gitagal, I would love a copy of "Secrets of the Gnomes". I am waiting on "Gnomes " that I ordered from Amazon - it is taking ages to come. It seemed that the books used to be everywhere but not now. (I should have bought them the first time around !).
Please D-mail your address and I will send the money - you might want to re-think the mail cost as I live in Canada.
PS. A little courting couple have joined my clan - I will post a picture when they have finished with the "kissy face" thing !
Casey, isn't he a handsome fellow! He's going to be divine! Will you make him a girlfriend? Or at least another guy friend? Looks like you are using salt dough? My kids and I used to make salt dough creations all the time. My daughter and I got into making little furniture with it, and then painting with metallic craft paint. They turned out sweet!
Dieter and Frederika send greetings to the new couple in your clan, Heather. Hans and frans are just a bit jealous. I think they are getting ready to settle down and are feeling a bit frustrated that they don't have many maids to choose from. Dieter is hilarious! Just the idea of this young couple doing the 'kissy face' thing makes him blush furiously and run for his fishing pole! Frederika laughs and laughs!
Yeah, I think he does need a lady friend. I think I'll make her bending over in the garden. I like the idea of her braids touching the ground.
I hit ebay and am currently bidding on a cute little guy riding a turtle. So who do I blame for this growing addiction????? I thinking Pixydish. . . after all you started this post. I'll be sure to send you the bill if my husband has to seek profesional help for me. LOL.
LOL! Well Casey, I can 'lead a horse to water, but I can't make him drink', know what I mean? Bwuhahahahah!
Sure, Scooterbug can stop anytime, right? This reminds me of a client I had who had an obvious addiction to alcohol, but denied she ever got drunk because she only ever took 'one drink' when she went out with friends. Turned out her 'one drink' was about 16 ounces of straight vodka! Naw, no addiction there!!!
I have to be careful with Ebay. It's WAY too easy to spend big!
Should we start our OWN DG traveling gnome? We would need one that was not too heavy or big so he would be easy to mail around. Maybe a little photo album to travel with him so we could see where he's been?
That's a great idea! We'd have to make sure it was a mature gnome so he could handle the travel itinerary. Maybe a list of people who would like a visit from the gnome? (After all, it will cost a little to send him around, ) And maybe he could carry a small plant gift from one garden to another? Just a small surprise gift, nothing large.
Yeah, I think a figurine. Because he needs to be able to stand up, you know. I'll poke around my cupboards etc, too, to see what I have. We could include a little diary with him for people to sign and dscribe his adventures. Sort of like in geocaching, an activity my family is into using a handheld Global Positioning System. People hide little caches with little prizes, like cheap toys, and a booklet to sign with your name, where you are from, and any notes you'd like to make about finding the cache.
Hmm. I do have small ones, but they are all quite old and I paid a good bit for them. I did see some very cute ones at a nursery around here a couple of weeks ago. They were not expensive, but I didn't get one because I was trying to 'discipline' myself! LOL
So maybe I'll have to drive out there and take another look. I think their 40% off perennial sale is still on...maybe on Friday.
If you haven't yet, check out Drdon's thread on the Great Gnoman Empire. Dieter was almost insulted, but then thought better of it and decided to play the game with the 'big boys'.
Yes, I hit the sale again today. Picked up some Lonicera 'Baggin's Gold', and a new white aconitum. Plus a couple of other things.
This gnome was waiting patiently, almost the last one to be taken. His name is Henk and he's fit for travel if everyone likes him. He's about two inches tall and weighs next to nothing. He has his own box with cushioning and airhole.
Here he is being greeted by a couple of gnomes in front of their pondside home.
Prairiegirl, I love your gnome! And Pam's is great, too! We all have quite the collection!
How do we organize this 'traveling gnome' idea? People should post if they want to use Henk, or if they have another gnome they'd like to use.
I'm wondering if we should start another thread to see if other people would sign up? And maybe post in other forums, like perennials or plant trading? Just an announcement so others could see that it's available?
certainly as a mortal being (marginally human at best) I will certainly go away and become dust before the liliputian community so much as ages a week. The gnoman empire thread is not to make fun Of gnomes or their mortal caregivers, but to have a little fun with the easy rhyme. I apologize to Dieter, Grandpa (Opa), and any others in the realm of gnomedom and have endeavored to just laugh. No offense was intended, and if any was taken by gnormal or normal sized creatures I will close the thread.
Dieter to Don:
No apology needed, my human friend! No offense taken at all! We gnomes enjoy the humor games of mortals and as clan leader at Clan du Lac I hope all gnomes will go to your thread and enjoy the jokes! It is a sign of maturity to be able to laugh and enjoy these things!
Welcome to our thread and my your beard grow long and your harvest be rich! (low bow here)
I am, however, confused! Did you say 'mortal caregivers'? No, no, my young padawan! It is we who care for them! :) Your 'mortal error' (chuckle) is understandable.
Actually I like your 'Gnoman empire' title so much , I am considering having Frederika , my honored wife, make a sign to go over the door to our home. I believe it is descriptive of my title as clan chief, n'est pas?
I love Henk! He seems perfect to me. A little bit of a dare devil, but maybe the cool fall air will calm him down a bit. I'd love to have him visit here, but afraid he might not get to enjoy a walk in the garden now that the flowers are starting to take their winter naps here. At least they're getting ready to. But I am going to Chicago in a few weeks and maybe he'd like to tour the art museums????? Not sure if gnomes like that sort of thing or not.
No problem. . . gnomes like to laugh, even at themselves.
Casey, I believe that traveling gnomes do just that: they travel! So I'm sure Henk would love to accompany you anywhere you choose.
Well, Wandasflowers started this thing and we're all game, but I think we should have another thread just for signing up for the traveling gnome. Afterall, we don't want to send him anywhere that he wouldn't be welcome! And each of us would pay our own postage, so we need to know who's game.
Did we agree that he will provide a small but tasteful, garden related housewarming gift at each home he visits? Could be a plant from the garden, but since we're looking at fall and winter, maybe we should branch out from that and just say something garden related, and small and inexpensive. Nothing too much. Gnomes are humble. Does this work?
Let's get it all nailed down before we do another thread.
This thread is so old I'm not sure why they bothered. 'Tiny Gardens' didn't exist when i started the thread. And actually, these photos are taken in my regular garden, not a tiny garden. But the gnomes are tiny. Oh well. There is a new gnome thread in the aroid forum. Someone started a new traveling gnome.
Can you imagine I just found this thread, and I so love gnomes. I have a few headed for placement in a tiny garden if and when I ever get there. Haven't found a girl gnome yet, but I'll keep looking. DH said he saw a full size metal gnome in a front yard but couldn't remember where...take notes, I told him.