Things I Love Thursday | Garden Whimsy

The garden is an enchanted place.

It is a place of countless generations, plants that have been around seemingly for all of time, and new ones planting their roots and sprouting new life every season.

Rock Concert source unknown

Rock Concert source unknown

Now that spring has officially sprung (kind of, it’s still 15 degrees here in Chicago and it dusted snow yesterday), it is high time to get back to the garden. In spirit anyway, there are still a couple more months before we should really be putting anything in the ground around these parts.

Although we don’t have a garden of our own this year, we are still working on my parents’ Retirement Garden. My mother adores garden whimsy and decor, so today I thought I would put together a roundup of some of my favorites!

Fork & Cork Plant Markers via Artsy VaVa

Fork & Cork Plant Markers via Artsy VaVa

We have always had trouble finding the small markers we have used in the past for plants. These are so cute, cheap and easy, and it looks like we’ll actually be able to find them!

Fairy Home via Greenspirit Arts

Fairy Home via Greenspirit Arts

I have had my eye on this little fairy home forever. There is a tree out back that is literally begging for one of these.

Primitive Tipsy Pot Planters via The Pink Hammer

Primitive Tipsy Pot Planters via The Pink Hammer

I just love fun planter solutions.

Owl Painted Stones via My Owl Barn

Owl Painted Stones via My Owl Barn

So precious. I can totally make some of these. Look, Andrea, owls and foxes and bears oh my!

Fantasy Garden Signpost source unknown

Fantasy Garden Signpost source unknown

This is more a nod to our and Baby Bear’s geekiness than my parents, but come on, this is the coolest thing ever.

Leaf Stepping Stones via Lowe's

Leaf Stepping Stones via Lowe’s

Such a cool DIY! The current round stepping stones in the garden are what Baby Bear refers to as the “magic stones” – these are even more magical!

Fairy Container Garden via Studio G

Fairy Container Garden via Studio G

You all know I have a thing for fairies, right?

Miniature Fairy Garden via Liquid Sky Arts

Miniature Fairy Garden via Liquid Sky Arts

Moar fairies!

Hanging Rain Boot Planters via Green Upgrader

Hanging Rain Boot Planters via Green Upgrader

I have had my eye on this wellie container gardening idea just about forever.

Zombie Garden Gnomes source unknown

Zombie Garden Gnomes source unknown

And this one is just for me. Braaaaaaiiinnnsssss…… If you dig into the archives around here, you will find I also have an obsession with evil gnomes.

Do you have any pieces of garden whimsy that you just adore? Share in the comments below!

The Web Debut of the Apocalypse Gnomes

The Apocalypse Gnomes are out in force today. You can sense their presence when the very first instant you open your eyes in the morning, everything goes straight to hell. I have illustrated them for your convenience.

Apocolypse Gnomes

Note the dead, soulless eyes that burn with hellfire. Do not confuse with garden gnomes.

Wondering if you might have Apocalypse Gnomes? Do any of these sound familiar?

  • You are super blind, but awaken to find your glasses missing, contact case nowhere to be found, and a cat nearby.
  • You alarm clock didn’t go off.
  • The alarm clock cord has been chewed through.
  • You wake to your phone ringing, and it’s your boss, wondering where the hell you are.
  • Your shoes are missing and you have to leave the house NOW.
  • There’s this thing you know you saw last night, and you absolutely need it today, today is all about this thing, and it’s nowhere to be found.
  • You forgot your laundry in the washer, and you have no more decent clean or dry clothes.
  • You had this great outfit put together for the day only to discover a stain/rip/something that makes the whole thing unwearable and you throw on some ill-fitting crap because now you’re late.
  • Anything, and I mean anything, goes wrong with your coffee-making machinery or supplies.
  • Your keys are gone.
  • You get a call involving something you don’t want to deal with and pick it up, and it ruins your day, or don’t pick it up and worry about for the rest of the day.
  • You leave the house and pass the point-of-no-return, time-wise, for your commute, and realize you have forgotten a daily-use item essential to your day going right – phone, house keys, chapstick, wallet, etc.
  • You forgot your wallet, get to the point-of-no-return, and your low fuel light goes on.

All before you even get to work late.

Now this is not to say that any of these things happening by themselves are the work of the Apocalypse Gnomes. Even a few of these items together could just be a plain old bad day. It’s when these bad things compound exponentially, one right after another, back and forth and back and forth until you feel like the ball in game of ping pong with spiky paddles between Hastur and Ligur, Dukes of Hell*.

Of course there are infinite other ways to sense the Apocalypse Gnomes, but as they have been on my ass from the get-go today, I have not the energy to further describe their doucheiness. There have been dozens of ways they have messed with me today, but I’m exhausted and so done for the day. I am going to go cuddle with my honey, at least until one of us accidentally injures the other.

And we will. Because that, you see, is what the Apocalypse Gnomes do.

*You get a gold star if you know of whom I speak. You will be a person who does not answer telemarketing calls.