Timber Press Pocket Guide to Hostas, The New Encyclopedia of Hostas, and The Color Encyclopedia of Hostas) was over to the house and was all excited to have me open a gift he found, with me in mind, to add to my collection of treasured garden art.
I should have known. When opening it, his wife was disavowing any responsibility in the selection of the gift and said it was specifically from her husband and not her - she brought alcohol. (She, herself, is also the author of a book - The Book of Little Hostas).
Apparently the look on my face of receiving a small, plastic, dopey-looking gnome, holding a hoe and flower, was exactly the reaction for which he was looking. I might add that both husband and wife are helping to plan and organize a garden art sale/hosta show/plant society education event in June. I now question his ability to participate in the vetting of vendor booth artists.
As for the gnome? Not sure if he'll find a spot in my garden -- possibly in the Harry Potter Garden, maybe he'll work his way into my garden travels. I know that gnomes are not allowed at the Chelsea Flower show, maybe he'll wind up there for a photo shoot in the future.
I think I'll name him Shadrack.