Friday, March 6, 2009

Have You Ever Been Geode Hunting?

You will soon find out what this has to do
with gardening in my yard! :-)
Click here.

26 comments:

Meems said...

Hi Shady,
No, I haven't. Clicked over to your link and I still don't understand what it is. Looks like a rock and I guess this one is going in your garden? Pardon my ignorance but what is the significance?
Enjoy your weekend!
Meems @ Hoe and Shovel

Shady Gardener said...

Hi Meems, I can see I am guilty of providing too little information and in hurrying to make this post. I'm so sorry! I've added a little information about geodes themselves in the linked post. I've also explained what having a geode has to do with my garden. ;-)

My apologies. I didn't mean to be 'shady!'

Grace Peterson said...

My gardening buddy is also a rock fanatic so I've learned a few things from her. I'll have to show her your post. She belongs to a rock group which schedule regular hunting trips. I have a few of her finds in my own garden. Now I'm as crazy for rocks as she is. :)

bobbie said...

Have never been. But I have seen some. Some are beautiful as flowers.

Mystic said...

Geode hunting looks like a fun thing to do Shady. It's nice to see all ages involved, and a good learning experience for the younger ones. I like your rock!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I have hunted geodes. Never in my garden though.

Gail said...

Hi Shady, Technically no..but I have found small geodes when digging around the yard! We have a lot of rock here! Hope you are keeping busy! gail

Shady Gardener said...

Grace, They are beautiful, aren't they? I'd go again! It was fun. You are fortunate to have a buddy to go with. :-)

Bobbie, I know you'd enjoy the hunt! There are geodes of ALL sizes! Some are Way too large to carry and some are very, very small.

Mystic, It was fun. We were on private land, however. Our local park naturalist led the tour, so she had special permission. I would love to go again! :-)

Lisa, This is the only geode you will find in my garden. ;-)

Gail, That would be fun, to find them while you're digging in your yard! But, you Really Do have the rocks I'd love to gather.

truewonder said...

I am so thankful to find another geode lover...I have been hooked since youngster-hood while mushroom hunting in Pike County Illinois, many, many geodes haved graced my gardens and have undone many a mower blade. I think they are fascinating finds, every one. Take care-

Shady Gardener said...

truewonder, Thanks for your visit! We had a wonderful day and I anticipate going again! :-) There is a club here in SE Iowa to which many people belong (and drive many miles to attend).

Kerri said...

I learned something new :) The geode hunting sounds like a fun family activity, with so many mixed ages in the group. I like your new garden treasure :) Glad you had such a fun day.
It's spring-like here today. Yay!

Shady Gardener said...

Hi Kerry, It's Springlike here, too... if you have to remember that Spring has a lot of rainy days. ;-) We had a noisy night last night with a lot of lightning and thunder. But, you're right! Yay! (The rain is a good thing.)

Kylee said...

I've not gone geode hunting, but my mom has a beautiful one she got from a friend who goes. Yours is beautiful!

troutbirder said...

There are lots of these geodes in the Black Hills and I keep my eye out for them when I'm flyfishing. Here in limestone hills and valleys of Bluff Country we look for fossils. Its the treasure hunting aspect of it that's so fascinating.

Rose said...

I've never been geode hunting, but I used to collect rocks when I was younger. I always loved the geodes because of the surprise inside--the sparkling beauty covered by a very ordinary exterior. This will look great in your garden!

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

Not geode hunting, but I have been spelunking -- does that count?! :)

Northern Shade said...

It looked like a fun adventure, hunting for geodes. I like natural decorations, like rocks in the garden, and the wonderful interiors of geodes make them especially decorative.

Shady Gardener said...

Hi Kylee, I know you'd like it... don't you do the cache finding? That would be a great treasure!

troutbirder, having been born and raised in extreme north central Iowa, I can relate to fossil hunting! I also have done a little arrowhead hunting - with limited success. :-)

Rose, You're right. It does look good out there in the garden. :-)

Monica, Spelunking? How fun would that be? I love visiting caves. We've been in quite a number of them... they're each so different. True spelunking might be a little crazy, though...

Northern Shade, it was a very fun adventure. I know you would enjoy it!

joey said...

Though an avid rock, shell and fossil hunter, have never hunted for geodes but sounds like I'd love it, especially with my grandboys. Thanks for the info ... another new hobby, just what I need :)

Shady Gardener said...

Hi Joey! Yes, another new hobby! :-) And You would take great photographs!

Iowa Victory Gardener said...

Hi Shady,
How lucky you are to have such a nice geode in your garden! We'd love to have a big one in ours, but they're not easy to come by (as you know).

I'm sure you've given it a spot of honor, haven't you? :-)

Shady Gardener said...

IVG, Hi! I do feel fortunate. I hope I'm able to do this again sometime. My young friend who was so generous as to give this to me was pleased to see the posting. And yes, it's right in the front yard!

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

My spelunking consisted of wandering in secret underground tunnels at both the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University some, erm, 25 years ago!

MrBrownThumb said...

Shady,

I've always wanted to be a rock hound. What a cool gift you got there and the friend must be thrilled that you gave it a prominent spot in the garden.

Bob said...

Love the geodes. I think its the best kind of garden art is to have something that' natural. Plus every time you see it your well be reminded of a fun outing.
All the best, BOB

Shady Gardener said...

Monica, Let me know if you're going again! ;-)

MBT, I know what you mean. Yes, he's a 4th grade student and he's thrilled. :-)

Bob, Absolutely! Thanks. :-)