One minute you are using a tool and then you set it down, perhaps to pick up another garden tool and then when you reach to grab it again, and it’s gone.
You hunt for it, feel for it, and look high and low for it. It is nowhere to be seen. But it was just there! You just used it. How could it be gone?
But it is gone, and as daylight turns to dusk, you finally give up the search, shrug your shoulders and head in for the evening, still wondering where your garden tool is, how you could have lost it right beside you, and if you will ever find it again.
Based on all the comments from those who entered the drawing to win a hoe●dag®, this phenomenon of missing tools is a common problem that gardeners have.
There can only be one explanation as to what happens to these gardening tools.
Yes, garden fairies.
The minute we turn our backs on our favorite gardening tools, the garden fairies sneak in and snatch them away. They carry them off to the outer reaches of the garden in places we barely know exist - under shrubs and hedges, in that bit of brush near the fence line, perhaps even at the bottom of a compost bin. And the more we love that tool, the higher the bounty for it, and the more likely a garden fairy is waiting for us to set it down so that as quick as a puff of pollen, they can grab it and run.
Then the garden fairies peer out from their favorite hiding places and watch as we wander the garden, looking high and low for that favorite tool. They know we won’t find it!
Sometimes, if we are lucky, the garden fairies will relent a little and return the tool to a spot where it will be in plain view. Then they howl with laughter and glee as we stumble across it and wonder how we missed seeing it, in plain sight, for so long.
That’s what happens to our missing garden tools…
(The tool above, one of my favorites, was hidden in garden by the garden fairies last fall. Then earlier this spring, when the garden designer came to see my garden for the first time, those garden fairies put it in plain sight in one of my flower beds. I'm sure they thought it was hilarious. That's not what I thought!)