Garden Blogs of the Month: July 2012
Another month has rolled around, the garden is in high gear, and so is the garden blogosphere. When I checked the blogs newly listed at Blotanical in the month of June, I was amazed at both the quantity and the quality, making it difficult to narrow my focus to just a few. In the end, I chose three to highlight as garden blogs of the month.
Reed’s Garden Ramblings is the newest blog in this grouping, only a few weeks old, but author Reed Pugh has already set a high standard for quality of content. Reed is a professional landscape designer who works and gardens in the US suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts, and his blog posts draw on both professional knowledge and personal experience. Some of his posts chronicle what is currently happening in his garden; others provide portraits of favorite plants, including trees. His post on Some of My Perennial BFFs is a great way to get to know both him and his garden. What I appreciate most about this blog, however, is Reed’s talent for explaining basic garden science in a clear and engaging way. I would recommend his post on mulch (Mulch? This Is Not Mulch!) to anyone with questions or confusion about that topic, and I found his explanation of Garden Degree Days (in Ticks, bugs and disease, Oh my!), a concept that was new to me, both useful and intriguing. Only a few days after I first found my way to Reed’s Garden Ramblings, this blog has become a go-to source for garden information that I trust.
|Ursula’s Cambridge Garden is another blog that is only a few weeks old, this one focused on the author’s home garden and allotment in Cambridge, England. The “About” page on this blog is a must-read; it provides not just a brief biographical introduction, but a statement of gardening philosophy:|
I am a completely organic gardener, and, as I live in one of the driest counties in England, I am attempting to grow only plants that can tough it out through drought conditions….I do not artificially irrigate my garden at all, except to water my few pots with my watering can. This is a very fascinating challenge – nerve racking if the rain takes ages to arrive, but very gratifying. Somehow the fact that your plants have survived without artificial watering gives you a feeling of pride – like seeing your children out in the world, fending for themselves….
Ursula’s blog focuses primarily on happenings in her garden, but it also includes occasional forays out into the larger gardening world. Her review of the show gardens at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show (Off to the Chelsea Flower Show) was the most interesting and engaging I’ve read, giving me a sense both of individual gardens and of larger trends in the world of high-level garden design. It made me wish I had Ursula by my side when I visited the Chelsea Garden Show more than a decade ago! I look forward to reading more about her own plants and gardening experiences and her reflections on gardening more generally.
Sunil’s Garden, another UK garden blog about the personal gardening experience of a gardener in Cambridgeshire, was begun last September and is a more established blog than the other two. In it, Sunil Patel chronicles the development of his first garden, which he characterizes in the blog’s subtitle as “a tiny plot crammed with flowers.” The very first post, about planting 1000 snowdrops, gives some sense of just how crammed! Sunil is an IT professional when he’s not in the garden, so it’s not surprising that this blog is beautifully organized. The home page includes a menu of links to both gardening and non-gardening information. Click on the “gardening” link, and you get a drop-down menu that includes a page on the characteristics of the garden, another on the back story and history of the garden, a plant list, and portraits of a few “special plants.” I have not yet read every word of this blog, but I probably will; Sunil’s writing style is very engaging, and I find myself scrolling from one post to the next, unable to tear myself away. Visiting this blog is like repeated visits to the developing garden of a talented friend.
If you’re looking for some excellent garden reading, check out these blogs; they’re a special treat.