Garden Blogs of the Month: June 2010
It’s a new month and time for me to highlight some new garden blogs. I have chosen three this month, and each of them was begun within the past few months.
Recreating Eden Landscape Blog is the oldest of the three. It was begun in March, is the work of experienced landscape designer and garden author Sandra Jonas, and is associated with her landscape design business. She designs and gardens in Georgia, and her blog reflects her southern garden experience. At the same time, though, her knowledge and design ideas often transcend region. I love the design of this blog; it is clean and fresh-looking, with a nice mix of images and text. Ms. Jonas has also used very helpful categories to organize her blog posts. Because I have recently added my first clematis to the garden, for example, I clicked to see all the posts in the “clematis” category; they included both beautiful pictures and useful advice. I particularly liked Sandra Jonas’s design idea of planting clematis to grow up shrubs, and this is something I would like to try in my garden.
My Cottage Garden is the blog of a Canadian perennial gardener. Diane, the blog’s author, gardens in Ontario, and her blog chronicles the development of a new garden (a type of blog I often enjoy). This blog is engagingly written, and as she shares her gardening experience, the author also shares design ideas and information about plants. Although the blog was begun in April of this year, the garden was begun in 2007; so Diane has cleverly used her first few posts to review the garden work done in 2007, 2008, and 2009. Since I think reading this back story first provides a richer experience of the current blog posts, Diane might want to put links to these early posts on her front page.
Garden in the Burrow is less than one month old and is the work of self-described Massachusetts “gardening diva” Cheryl Monroe. The “burrow” of the title is an active rabbit burrow under the Monroe’s deck, and it is clear that the trials and tribulations of gardening in rabbit country will be an important theme in this blog. Of the three posts published here thus far, two include a focus on rabbit issues. In addition, the blog includes separate pages for “The Rabbit Chronicles” and reviews of rabbit repellants. My favorite aspect of this blog is Cheryl Monroe’s sardonic sense of humor, which often leaves me laughing out loud. In her first post, she introduces herself and her garden with a 26-item ABC list to explain why this is “The Spring of My Discontent.” In her second post, she ponders the label on one rabbit repellant product, wondering why something called “Fox Urine Granules” has as its only active ingredient – coyote urine! I’m looking forward to seeing more of Cheryl’s garden (or what is left of it) and rooting for her success in her battle with the bunnies. In the meantime, I must admit that her rabbit issues have left me feeling less grumpy about my own war with the woodchucks.
Please do check out these blogs. I’m looking forward to reading all three.