Hi all, please check out the “blogs I like” list below. I added Jason Akers, the Self Sufficient Gardener, whose philosophy and approach to gardening is harmonious with mine (although his experience far exceeds my own). If you have particular gardening questions, I recommend checking out the site. His approach tends to be low-maintenance, non-fussy gardening. Please check out his site, and help support his efforts. He has done a lot to get others comfortable with gardening, from participating in community events in Kentucky (and beyond) to preach the pesticide-free approach to providing a forum for fellow gardeners everywhere to get specific questions answered. He also welcomes called in questions to feature on his pod cast — give him a call, and you might hear yourself on his show.
Also added to the RSS feed is a site featuring the work of my favorite contemporary (and rural) artist, Dave Lundahl. He has been doing cutting-edge art-ography (check out the site, and you’ll “see” what I mean) for many years. Enjoy his work, and check out more about Dave’s innovative and inspiring work at The Art of the Rural (a blog on rural arts and culture in America), Sugar Magnolia (a blog on photography, mommying, cooking, and living), the New Light Studios site (this is the artist’s website, maintained by friends and fans, since Dave, himself, is even more of a Luddite than me – although I have been changing my ways of late), and the Facebook page. Dave, too, is a revel gardener, and has provided many gifts from his art and garden. They have always been welcome visitors on my return trip to NY from WI, except for a time several years ago when one of his gifts almost got me detained by airport security. After clearing the metal detector, I watched with curiosity, wondering who around me had such interesting wares that TSA officers were huddled around the screen, whispering to each other. To my surprise, I got pulled aside and interrogated about what was in my bag. I had no idea there would be anything of interest, and it crossed my mind that someone had slipped something surreptitiously into my suitcase. Finally, a gloved officer very carefully dragged my bag out, whisking it away to a secure area and, with nearly comic caution, pulled out an enormous cucumber, plucked fresh that morning from Dave’s garden. It was a nice, big, plump one. It may have been around the time they started limiting liquids, and this one exceeded the limit. Either way, the takeaway: careful what fruit you fly with. Cucimus sativus is not an easy travel companion.
The link to Dave Lundahl’s art here seems particularly fitting because the sun is crucial for his creations. While items grown in the garden might not all be masterpieces (check out my recent sunflower failure, in the comments section to Patience is an Amalgam), a lesson we can take away is that art is process, and process is art. And every garden is a process. To this revel gardener’s eye, the garden, too, is often art. (Check out my recent post on the NY Botanical Garden’s exhibit inspired by Monet’s garden at Giverny).
QUESTION: what are some of your favorite blogs, gardeners, artists? Check out these sites, and let me know what you think. What’s your strangest travel story? Have you ever been stopped for flying with juicy fruit? Live plants? Stowaway garden goodies? Go ahead … gimme the dirt!