I have to confess I’m not a big fan of garden ornaments be they toadstools, or realistic plastic animals, but I did fall in love with this little garden support with its cheeky little bird. Is this the slippery slope down hill? What next? A spotted red mushroom bird house in the city garden? Or a Gnome holding a little digging spade? These little figures came from our German friends in the 19th century and were known as Gartenzwerge ( Garden Drawfs.) But Gobbi were around during the Italian Renaissance. So who was first? Doesn’t really matter in the long run, our garden centre gnome land’s fates were sealed when Sir Charles Isham brought 21 terracotta figures back from a trip to Germany and placed them as ornaments in the gardens of his home. Twenty- One! That was it. Is this the route to gnome land that I might disappear into? Gosh…I hope this cheeky little bird hasn’t started a little village of Gobbis in my city garden. Help! Just one little bird’s okay…isn’t it?