Maybe I'm leading the trend for once. A few years ago, I decided I would tie together all the various garden "rooms" of my half-acre by using spheres throughout all the gardens. I even got big round white globes to add to my house and garage hanging lights to pull the house into the theme of spheres (the globes were actually made for fence post lamps, but I found I could turn them upside down for overhead lights). Now I keep an eye out for any round objects. I even have an old basketball, well weather, that looks like a stone ball!
BTW - the cheap gazing balls from places like Big Lots...well, you get what you pay for. They are painted with a shiny paint on the inside of the ball, not made with colored glass. The paint peels off within one or two seasons outdoors. But, even the resulting transparent ball is interesting. Maybe it all stems from my adoration of soap bubbles as a kid? Time for another session with the psychiatrist!
DutchLady, thanks for another beautiful and informative article!