Article: Gnome Garden: Love it

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Image Gnome Garden
By Lance Gardner on November 7, 2013

My son's school has some helpers that show up while the children are not around. One of the most helpful are the gnomes, which are about the size of a mouse. We decided to thank them for all of their help and build a gnome garden for these industrious little helpers.

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Imagelovemyhouse
Nov 7, 2013 8:42 PM CST
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (Dallas)
Balanced diet: burger in each hand.
I will be raising my toddler great-grandnephew for the foreseeable future. Started a file for activities that we can do together as he gets older. This one is definitely now on the list! Thank you. Smiling
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ImageZanymuse
Nov 8, 2013 11:12 AM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
Thumbs up Neil, the gnomes are sure to know they are appreciated and will be very comfy and cozy in their new home and garden.
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ImageLance
Nov 8, 2013 11:30 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
Question authority, guide in wisdom
Thank you both. Umm, Brenda, this happens to be Lance, but I will take it as a compliment to be confused with Neil!
Here is a fun book for anyone with little ones to entertain: http://www.amazon.com/A-Gnomes-Christmas-Rien-Poortvliet/dp/...
This is what I wrote in the other thread and I thought it might work here, as well:
When the gnomes hear us read the story, they share some of their customs, such as leaving a small gift under the pillow every morning. I find this allows more time to appreciate each present individually as opposed to the possible Christmas morning overload. Sometimes it is a cat or dog toy, as gnomes enjoy animals, or maybe a chocolate treat. Often they leave clues, like a small drawing, as to where to find something and it turns into a treasure hunt!
I hope all works out well with the great grandnephew! Think you have the energy for it? I hope the age difference is not as great as great-grandnephew makes it sound, or at least still young at heart!
Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground -- the unborn of the future Nation. The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations.
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ImageZanymuse
Nov 8, 2013 11:33 AM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
*Blush* Sorry! I was typing when a friend (Neil) called.
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ImageNEILMUIR1
Nov 8, 2013 3:34 PM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
Lance the R.H.S. banned gnomes from the Chelsea Flower Show after allowing them last year. They did not go down too well at all, at the 2012 show. However they are useful for something; unfortunately I can't think of what!
Now this is much better than a gnome. This provides oxygen for the planet, gnomes do not!
Regards.
Neil.
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ImageLance
Nov 9, 2013 7:53 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
Question authority, guide in wisdom
Good to hear from you, Neil.
Tree ferns are indeed a fun plant to grow. However, the gnome stories Skye and I have read seem to indicate the helpful nature of the gnome, so perhaps they do have some benefit! They seem to be especially fond of helping out animals, and do a good job of helping along many projects for the younger children at my son's school.
So whatever did those gnomes do to get banned at such a prestigious event?
Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground -- the unborn of the future Nation. The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations.
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ImageAudrey
Nov 9, 2013 10:00 AM CST
Name: Audrey---Doe 41--- Warren
South East Missouri
I'm a Charlie's girl, too!
I can't believe we have two grown men debating the benefits of gnomes! What fun!
ImageLance
Nov 9, 2013 5:15 PM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
Question authority, guide in wisdom
I don't believe I ever made the claim of being a grown man. Being a child is so much more fun and easier.
Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground -- the unborn of the future Nation. The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations.
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ImageAudrey
Nov 9, 2013 6:32 PM CST
Name: Audrey---Doe 41--- Warren
South East Missouri
I'm a Charlie's girl, too!
That's one for your side! And I agree!
Imagevic
Nov 10, 2013 10:20 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Great article Lance and wonderful photo's!

I think I'm older than all of you and I hope I never grow up Whistling
ImageMaryE
Nov 10, 2013 11:33 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Wow, what a project! Lots of different skills were put to work, and the result is just amazing. I was going to say something about it being finished, but like a human garden, it never will be finished, just ongoing!
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ImageLance
Nov 10, 2013 6:34 PM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
Question authority, guide in wisdom
Thank you both, we enjoyed making it, as well. I was hoping someone would notice the photos; we had fun taking those, as well, especially the moss and mushroom ones. Notice the little red mushroom is about as big as a single stem of moss - quite small!
Gardens, like children I suppose, are never finished, are they? We did a little outside garden stuff today, as well, planting a few things and cleaning up some.
Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground -- the unborn of the future Nation. The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations.
Dogs; Family Fun Unplugged; Perennials, Annuals, Veggies; Happy Birthday Wishes
ImageKyWoods
Nov 13, 2013 5:02 PM CST
Name: Renée
Northern KY
Oh, they are wonderful little gardens! What a great job on the log cabin, too!
ImageMaridell
Nov 14, 2013 8:27 AM CST
Name: Maridell
Sioux City IA
enjoy the moment
COOL!
ImageLance
Nov 14, 2013 10:44 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
Question authority, guide in wisdom
Thank you both for reading the article; glad you enjoyed it.
Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground -- the unborn of the future Nation. The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations.
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