Well, my snap peas were behaving in typical early-spring fashion–growing a lush, green, six or seven inches, then just sitting there. But one night last week all of us were away, scattered to the winds. Claire was on a camping trip, I was spending the night at my sister’s after an Indigo Girls show, and Tom was roaming the streets of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (that’s Abudubus Abubabuba in Ubbi Dubbi language, for all you ex-Zoomers).
When I got home the next day, two Mysterious Things had happened.
Thing one: The peas had grown at least two inches.
Thing two: This strange visitor had appeared.
Now when I told Tom about the visitor, he seemed suspiciously unsurprised, but his alibi was sound, what with being in Ethiopia. “Well, it is odd,” he told me, “But we have a gnome-ish yard, and it’s not the first time this has happened.” That’s true. In fact, this Irish fiddler appeared in the cold frame not long ago.
I am not in favor of bric-a-brac in my garden, but what can be done? There are forces beyond one’s control and aesthetic standards.
If anyone can explain such happenings, I would much appreciate it. In particular: where do garden gnomes come from, and is their appearance connected to the sudden pea growth?