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Garden Blogs of the Month: October 2010

October 5, 2010

The first week of the month is the time when I review garden blogs that have recently come to my attention and choose a few to recommend. This month I have limited myself to blogs newly listed at Blotanical, but I found so many delights there that it was difficult to choose just a few. In the end, I decided on one new blog and one more established blog that is new to me.

Screenshot - Flaneur GardeningFlaneur Gardening is a just a few months old and tells the story of a new garden at a summer house in Denmark. Soren, the author, is a wonderful story teller. And the story he tells – of a house in the country that he experiences as a haven, of gardening and garden blogging as forms of relaxation in the midst of life’s troubles – really resonates for me. I love the verve with which Soren approaches gardening. For example, when he comes home to the city after a weekend away and finds a notice that work will begin the next day on the new landscaping behind his apartment building (Back in Denmark), he rushes out with the only implements at hand – a small trowel and a bucket – to rescue some of the plants that are about to be torn out. Even with the limitations of his equipment, he manages to come away with a rose bush, irises, peonies, anemones, and columbines! And he’s not too proud to haul all this up to the summer house the following weekend via  public transit, although he acknowledges that he probably looks a bit “weird” with his bucket of perennials and a rosebush in a plastic shopping bag. I am completely charmed by Soren’s story, by his vision for his new garden, and by his style of writing. I found it hard to tear myself away from this blog once I began reading.

image The Gardens at Melissa Majora is a more established blog, first begun in 2008 to chronicle author Kris’s creation of a bee sanctuary on her 1.25 acre property in northeast Ohio. The title of the blog is inspired by an episode from “Dr. Who.” Although the main focus of both the blog and the garden is on creating a bee-friendly habitat, posts also focus on other pollinators, on birds and other wildlife that visit the garden, on plants, on the trials and tribulations of gardening, and on that perennial favorite topic of gardeners everywhere, the weather. This blog is an entertaining read, but it is also jam-packed with useful information. The blog includes separate pages highlighting posts about the flowers in the garden, the vegetables growing there, plant propagation, and garden projects. In addition, there are numerous links to resources on pollinator sanctuaries, bee conservation, and the dangers of invasive plants.

Please do visit these blogs and prepare to be charmed, entertained, and informed.

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. October 5, 2010 9:50 pm

    Thanks for the review. I guess I hadn’t really considered it “story telling”, just rambling entries, but I’m very flattered and will do my best to keep the blog updated.

  2. October 6, 2010 4:30 am

    Philosophising and gardening; it’s a good read either way. Well spotted, Jean!

  3. October 6, 2010 7:54 am

    Oh my goodness! Thank you for visiting my blog and your kind words about it! I’m glad to know that readers might find my gardening adventures entertaining, even helpful at times. The blog gets updated regularly as I’m usually “up to something” and want share the story. Thanks again and good gardening to you! 😀

  4. October 6, 2010 10:19 pm

    Jean,

    You do such a wonderful service to us all by showcasing these wonderful blogs each month 🙂

  5. October 7, 2010 5:04 am

    Jean, I love your monthly posts featuring different blogs! This time you’ve highlighted a new and an established blog…nice! I’m not familiar with either one, and both look really interesting. Thank you so much for supporting bloggers as well as finding great blogs for the rest of us!!

  6. October 7, 2010 7:56 am

    Great reviews Jean! I look forward to checking them out soon. Hope work is going well and that you are not missing your Maine garden too much. ;>)

  7. October 7, 2010 8:21 am

    This is such a wonderful element to your blog. So nice to be introduced to new blogs through your words. Thank you! Hope all is well with you and that you’re feeling settled in with the new school year.

  8. October 7, 2010 4:28 pm

    Jean,
    Thank you so much — this is so wonderful that you do this. You have such a sharp eye and such a way with words.
    Elizabeth

  9. October 7, 2010 9:46 pm

    Love the monthly favorites! Hope I can visit the October picks this weekend…

  10. November 5, 2010 6:26 am

    Great blog, thanks for posting!

    You certainly know your stuff and your blogs are always a good read, excellent 🙂

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