Ralph Must Have Had a Rough Night

Several years ago in Cape May, NJ, I went to a town flea market, or maybe it was a yard sale. Anyway, I saw a concrete garden gnome with a little age on him. I was drawn to him immediately and so I bought him.

I’d heard that a garden is not complete without a garden gnome, for luck, I think…and, also, the gnome should not be moved out of your garden once he has made his home. I don’t know when and where I heard this…probably at a Landscape Designer’s Group meeting or something. Maybe after too many drinks had flowed.

Once I got the gnome home, I found his spot and he has remained there for about 10 years. I named him Ralph. He just looks like a Ralph to me.

As many of you know by now, I go back and forth between here and Wilmington, NC, to my partner Steve’s place down there. We have a wonderful garden there, too, but no garden gnome yet. I have been looking.

When I got home after the last visit to Wilmington, I was walking through the garden here in Arlington to see what had grown, what was blooming, etc., and Ralph had fallen and was lying on his side. It made me jump, then I actually started to laugh (though I don’t think Ralph liked it too much).

Ralph had a rough night.

Ralph had a rough night.

The fallen Ralph.

The fallen Ralph.

I have to say that Ralph is pretty heavy, and since I just had an appendectomy (at the time, it was about five weeks past), I had to sort of roll him uphill back into place. He’s now back home on his newly leveled platform, and I think he is happy again.

Ralph back home.

Ralph back home.

I know it sounds ridiculous, but the garden feels complete again with Ralph back in place.

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This post was written by Jeff Minnich on June 14, 2010

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