That’s what learning is. You suddenly understand something you understood all your life, but in a new way.
There is an amazing bunch of talented people in the gardening community and thanks to social media sites and blogs, I’m able to learn or encounter something new each week. It might be a new plant or new technique. I might discover an author I had somehow overlooked each time I visited the gardening section of my local bookstore. Here is just a sampling of a few things I encountered this week:
Over at Dirt du Jour I was connected to a fabulous link to Debra Prinzing’s blog where she shows us how to turn ordinary cement garden objects into beautiful warm terra cotta colored garden art. With just a little paint you can renew and refresh benches, pots, wall hangings and statuary.
I love coming across entirely new (to me) types of plants and Pam Pennick shared one over at Digging. Check out the ‘Bloodspot’ Mangave. It reminds me of a spotted bromeliad but the mangave are from the family Agavaceae. I found another mangave cross Manfreda ‘Macho Mocha’ (X Mangave) over at the J Peterson Garden Design blog. Soon I’ll probably find myself noticing these cool plants all over the place.
This amazing list of what vegetables are mostly like to cross came via @xitomatl during this week’s #Seedchat. I find it invaluable for those of us who collect and save our own seeds. If you haven’t checked out any of the Twitter chats, do. They can be a great way to gain and share information and meet new gardening friends. If you have a Twitter account you can follow the conversation by logging into Tweet Chat. Once you are logged in you can follow the chat stream in your brower. Plus Tweet Chat will automatically add the # (hashtag) to each of your posts so other chat followers can also see them. At 6 p.m. (Pacific Time) on Monday nights you will find #gardenchat. Tuesday nights is the new #seedchat and Wednesday nights is #toolchat.
I have been enjoying the resurgence in terrarium popularity. They can be made in all sorts of glass vessels. One of my favorites is the light bulb terrarium. If you haven’t tried making one of these yet, you might want to check out this video over at Craft which walks you through the steps.
And finally, in looking for a photo of a light bulb over on Flickr, I found the amazing one you see above. Who knew such a perfect light bulb for gardeners even existed?