Oh, the fun of gardening! We learn so much when we start gardening, like the botanical names of plants and some specialized words used to describe various aspects of the horticultural world. Some of the specialized words haven’t quite made it to the dictionary yet, so I’ve listed them here for reference…
Blogalong: Noun. A plant you learned about through garden blogging and planted in your own garden. If the plant was given to you by another blogger, it is a blogalong passalong.
Gads: Noun. The inclination of some gardeners to bounce around from one garden task to another in a seemingly disconnected or unplanned fashion. Can also be a verb, gadsing, as in “gadsing about the garden…” It originally started out as an acronym, GADS, Gardeners Attention Distraction Syndrome.
Gardenetics: Noun. The study of gardening and genetics combined, particularly when it relates to the study to determine if the genetics of gardeners is different from that of the general population.
Hortonnection: Noun. Short for horticultural connection. This refers to the garden-y connections that gardeners have with one another, making us more connected than the general population is. In other words, I’m more likely to know some of the same gardeners that other gardeners know, without knowing that they know them, too, because we are all gardeners.
Hortothesis: Noun. Any hypothesis that relates to horticulture or gardening.
Hortotropism: Noun. The phenomenon of attraction between gardeners, often noticed in social settings. Over time, gardeners will find each other in a group of people and gradually isolate themselves from the rest of the group to discuss all manner of important topics like “what is your signature squash”, “do you believe compost tea is that beneficial”, or “how do you pronounce Clematis”.
Paradeisosphobia: Noun. The fear of gardens. The fear of gardening is kipourikosphobia, by the way.
If you discover other new words I should add to this list, please let me know.
And don’t forget there is another post with acronyms related to garden blogging, which may also be useful. Let me know if there are any updates for it, too.
Now, go study for your quiz!