Yay! Garden Gnomes are back!
Where have they been all these years? I imagine that, having been discarded by gardeners all over the country, they bundled all their worldly goods into pieces of spotted red fabric which they attached to sticks, and wandered off dejectedly to find another place to call home.
But, we’ve missed them! We’ve missed seeing them hiding amongst the camelias at grandpa’s garden, or peeking out from behind the palm leaves. And now there’s no one fishing in the goldfish ponds except the neighbour’s cat! It’s time for the garden gnomes to be welcomed home.
I love seeing garden gnomes that have been handpainted; they have so much more personality. Why not get the kids to paint their own garden gnomes for their garden? They’re easy to paint and are quite often found lurking at garage sales and weekend markets waiting to be carried off for their next adventure. They just need a good scrub in the bath and a bit of a scrub with sandpaper before they are ready for their new personality.
As much as I’m not a One Direction fan, I reckon kids would love to have their friends over to paint a little Niall, Liam, Harry and Louis (I had to look them up to find out their names, honest!) for the garden. Wouldn’t that be fun on the holidays? Or perhaps they could paint some doing their favourite activities such as Chef Gnome and Footy Gnome. Kids have such creative minds that they are sure to come up with some fabulous ideas.
So, introduce your kids to garden gnomes. After all, anything that gets the kids out in the backyard also helps to get them more interested in the garden. And every garden needs a few gnomes to watch over it and to do some of the weeding when everyone else is asleep.