Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Those Little Guardians of the Lawn and Gardens!


It's early spring and those guardians of the lawn and garden are everywhere - or maybe I'm just noticing them more this year??  Whatever the case, this seemed like a good time to entertain you with some fun facts about those little clay creatures.  First off, garden gnomes are older than you think - the first gnomes were made in Germany in the mid-nineteenth century and of the original 21 gnomes that were brought to England in 1847, only one still exists and its insured for a million British pounds or about $1.6 million American dollars.

So why gnomes for a garden decoration?  Well, local myths depict gnomes as creatures that like to help out in the gardens at night.  The travelocity mascot is one of the more famous gnomes and was created because of the tradition of gnoming.  Those gnome-nappers will snatch up your gnome just to take it on vacation....but they do return them after their trip, usually sporting a wicked tan!

29 comments:

  1. LOL Too funny! If I get to have a garden someday though, I must get a gnome. It would be sooo handy to not have to do the weeding myself. LOL

    Stopping by and following from Thursdays Friends Cafe. :)

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  2. That is a great basket - I love gnomes! Glad to find you, thank you for visiting my site. :)

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  3. I think I need some of those little guys in my garden. Thanks for linking up with us again today. I became a new follower of yours last week! :) Happy Thursday!

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  5. Fabulous basket! Thanks for visiting my blog .Following you back from Adventures at Greenacre : )

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  7. I can't find the post for the blog hop, so I am leaving my little note here!! THANKS!!

    BLOG HOPping around - I am now a follower of your blog, wont you also follow me?? ~KM
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  8. LOL. I to am noticing gardens more and more. Thanks for the gnome history.

    Mary/Sweeping Me

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  9. Love it! What a cute basket!!!! Every time I see a gnome it reminds me of the Amazing Race. I just love that show!

    I am a new follower via GFC and a new networked blog follower from the Monday blog hop and would love a follow back! Have a fabulous Monday!

    Hope
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  13. found you on a blog hop..now following!..much appreciated if you could follow back, thank you!
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  14. What a great basket...very original.


    I am hopping in from a Thursday hop and would love for you to stop by. Have a great day!

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  15. How cool! There was a tradition of Gnoming? What the heck? I am afraid to put a gnome in my garden because I am sure it will "walk off" and I would be bummed!

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  17. Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the well wishes! I'm your newest follower on GFC and Facebook. I can always use custom gift baskets for my VERY hard to shop for in-laws. I'm glad to know you are in Phoenix. I can't wait for another birthday or holiday to roll around now!

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  18. Cute! Looking forward to reading more of your posts!

    I'm following from Big Birthday Bash blog hop.

    ~Jodi
    www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com, where Disney IS school

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  19. Adorable. I wondered where my garden gnome went to. Now I know he's on vacation working on a tan. He better be back soon!

    New GFC follower.

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  23. I love this!

    I'm following from the blog hop! Come visit me back!

    Michelle @ Things Sent My Way

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  24. Hi!
    I'm your newest follower from the Mailbox Monday blog hop. Just stop by to say hi! Gnomes are so neat!

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    New GFC from the tuesday hop.
    Have a great day

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