Ink & Penstemon

Observations on plants, gardening, & nature from the Great Basin steppe in the American West.

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    It is still snowing. 

    I shouldn’t be complaining about snow, and normally I wouldn’t, but I’ve been reading Bob Nold’s blog a lot recently and it’s catching. Maybe it also has to do that I’m a big snow-sports person and I’m bitter about this fractured hip that’s keeping me grounded. In any case, I was in such pain the day I got the fracture that I forgot to bid on the gorgeous and covetable Griffina listed on Ebay and now it’s gone to some other determined bitter I mean bidder.


    Because of the ongoing remodel, there’s a lot of seed starting going on, although the 2013 Cistus mail order catalog is tempting me sorely towards plant purchases. I may just have to travel with my brother to help him move to Portland later this year so I can pick up some lovelies there and drive them home.

    Since I mentioned Bob’s blog, we’ll make that a theme for this post: other blogs you should be reading.

    1. Bob Nold's blog, The Miserable Gardener. I’ve mentioned it now three times, not counting another post where I recommended it. I love this blog. Obivously, it’s my favorite of the moment. He is hilarious and poignant and super knowledgable. He’s also posting almost every day because it’s winter and he’s stuck inside.
    2. Panayoti Kelaidis's blog, Prairie Break. Do I really need to give you reasons why you should be reading a blog written by Panayoti Kelaidis? It doesn’t hurt that his most recent post is a love-letter to Utah.
    3. Linda Cochran's eponymous blog, Linda Cochran’s Garden should be read, although she hasn’t posted for awhile. I hope it’s not due to lack of positive feedback. If it is, get over there and look at the stunning, stunning photos of her garden and the incredibly informative posts about plants she highlights and leave some deservedly glowing comments. There’s not much in this garden that I could grow, but her sense of color and placement are so pretty, I don’t care.
    4. Here’s a non-gardnening option by British stone sculptor Jennifer Tetlow, Stone Sculpture Journal. I discovered Jennifer’s work accidentally, but I love her stylized aesthetic. She focuses on smaller stone sculptures of animals inspired by her love and connection to the natural world, which comprise many of her posts. I find that people who garden are drawn to stone, so stone sculpture inspired by nature is irresistible.
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