The Garden Gnome Shortage of 2021

The UK is suffering from a Garden Gnome Shortage. We had Brexit and Megxit and a few pandemic news here and there but now this. How much more can people handle? 2021 will go down in history as the year of the Gnome Crisis.

I have to admit, I caught myself thinking, how much nicer a lockdown in Australia would’ve been. In that house with too many rooms and a huge garden … A Berliner shoe box is just fine, thanks, but I digress.

Rumors go, people in the UK embraced gardening in recent months and many had a newly found urge to gnome up their yards. While supplies were low already, some ship named Ever Given got stuck in some Suez Canal, causing massive delays in shipping. So, garden centers of Britain, excuse me garden centres of the UK, are gnomeless. Apart form the Garden Gnome Shortage, shops are also running out of outdoor furniture but who cares about that?

This thorny situation does not just affect gardens. The implications for British society as a whole are truly frightening. Thousands and thousands of people are scared now of gnome theft and will eventually take their gnomes inside. Gnome spotters have nothing to look at anymore on their daily walks. We’ll see a huge increase in obesity because people won’t exercise anymore. Even worse, there will be arguments between lucky gnome owners and gnomeless people. In the end, the UK might not be united for much longer.

Luckily, you won’t face a Garden Gnome shortage around here anytime soon. Have a happy Hump Day!

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61 thoughts on “The Garden Gnome Shortage of 2021

      1. 🤔 I don’t find much weird these days. He’s probably in good company with a stack of cash and your expensive jewelry there?!

    1. Ha ha, no! That was a rental place (with pretty bad aircon …) Technically we might inherit 1/3 of a house on the beach one day. We lived there for a few years. That was amazing!

      1. Got it. That is amazing. I’m sure the gnome situation will sort itself out. I’m also more than happy to catch up with the news on your blog. Thank you.

    1. Most of the ones I’ve seen are a little big to go schlepping around the mountains with. I probably don’t have the level of commitment this sport calls for.

  1. I had a college friend who started the Canadian travelling garden gnome… it wasn’t on purpose, he kidnapped the neighbours gnome as a joke and took it on a ski trip… posting photos on Social media – but the silly thing ended going viral and the has now traveled the world with a scrapbook full of travel photos from France to Japan and beyond – covid cannot stop the gnomes

    1. How strange. I do know this from Amelie and a few odd news stories … We took our gome Paul on a trip last year and it is actually not that easy to look after a gnome while you do other things … For all you gnome, your friend may have started the whole thing!
      (Note to self: research this)

  2. I am not a gun owner, but every time I see a garden gnome in a yard I have the same fantasy. Please, let me shoot at it…just once. They are so ugly, I can’t help it.

    1. Hey, we’re all cool here – no guns (but they probably make for a good target). My gnome just found me and it kinda went from there … One of the people who reads my blog hates gnomes with a passion. Not sure how our online friendship came into being. You don’t have to like them one bit. Most things around here are to be taken with a wink anyways

      1. I have to admit I have never read any of your posts. You are in my reader and I click ‘like’. Isn’t that what we do 90% of the time, only read the 10% we have contact with?

      2. Interesting but at least that’s honest. I like that. Everything of yours I liked I actually did read, which may explain my sad stats. Maybe give my blog a go, it’s not contagious.

      1. OK, I’ll think of a way to sell this better but gnomes are better than no gnomes. (This blog may need a marketing team.)

  3. Sorry, I ran out of reply buttons but this is no place to end the conversation. The answer is, no, unfortunately (or fortunately–life’s complicated), but he’s struck up a friendship with a lemon and a bottle of hot sauce.

      1. Yesterday, it was one month – and yesterday, another dear friend, not 70 yet, died too. AND it was the b’day of HH’s oldest brother, who died only weeks after his wedding, younger than 25!
        But I am well, if a bit subdued, and VERY quickly tired. Hence less from me!

        https://youtu.be/lcb8i-Di1m4?t=209

      2. Wow, he picked up on it, too! That is too funny. The whale guy was pretty good as whale!
        Ich hoffe, es geht dir bld besser. Es kommt ja oft alles einfach auf einmal. Nimm dir die Ruhe, die du brauchst..

  4. Still another after-effect from the pandemic. Here in the States people were also fixing up their backyards with pools, spas/hot tubs and decks. Lots of decks and so there is a shortage of wood, the fake wood (Trex brand) and deck furniture. So not everyone is flocking to travel destinations after getting their vaccines lie you’d believe. They hunkering down at home and fixing up their backyard – a gnome paradise. Australia would have been a nice change of pace … but we’d have missed all that great street art in Germany, though koala bears are not too tough to look at either. 🙂

  5. I’ve been thinking about getting a gnome for my back yard as well. We just purchased a swing and picnic table- I think there’s a shortage of outdoor furniture in my neck of the woods too because we had a hard time finding ours too! But thank goodness we came upon the last ones the store had before they ran out! 🙂

  6. Absolutely GREAT text, we loved it and couldn’t stop laughing. And, oh dear, we only have one kind of garden gnome in our garden. Of course, as we read, now is a bad time to change it.
    Thanks and cheers
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Klausbernd. Maybe not as scarry but have you heard of the Belgian Fries Crisis? People are not eating enough at the Frituur since Lockdown …

      1. You certainly must know!
        ROFLMAOSICT
        Rolling on the floor laughing my ass off so I can’t type. Must be the mint peas. [Shivers]

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