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the Gnomes in the terrarium…

I first envisioned fairies living in my terrarium and ordered a fairy garden kit that included a trellis, birdbath, fence, watering can, and a fairy.  When they arrived, none of the components seemed to be in proper proportion with each other, and few were the proper size for my garden….


I was fairly obsessed…why would the fairy have a knee that was the size of the birdbath?  Why was the bench smaller than the watering can?


I can’t very well reject a fairy, but I will have to use her in a larger, perhaps outdoor, scene.  I shopped at our local craft stores and finally found some small fairies, but they were not nearly as charming as the gnomes… (and were twice the cost).

So I brought home the Gnomes:  Tyrone, Jerome, and Ramon…hard-working earth spirits who are working their magic even as we speak…

Since these elementary beings are earth spirits, they preferably work the soil and tree roots, to which they grant power.  (from

I like gnomes better, really—they aren’t as temperamental as fairies.  I have several that spend summers in our garden;  Larry Garcia Gnome  (so-named because of his strong resemblance to both our County Ag Agent and magician, Larry Caplan, and the late Jerry Garcia, a musical magician)  keeps watch over our garden year-round:

Larry Garcia Gnome

I certainly do hope that Tyrone, Jerome, and Ramon keep my terrarium growing powerful, and I’m counting on Larry to do some magic for me every season.  

It’s only 23 more days until Spring, and only 25 until Spring Break…  The temps that soared to the upper 60’s over the week-end are now a memory..and a hope.  Soon, despite the cold, the crocus and snowdrops will pop up, followed closely by the daffodils and tulips…  I’m going to start some seeds by the new moon this week-end…it’s going to work this time (she says with fingers crossed).