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Garden Blogs of the Month: March 2011

March 5, 2011

In honor of the first week of a new month, I have spent some time trolling the newly listed garden blogs at Blotanical. A rich variety of blogs have been added there in the past month, and I’ve decided to focus on two that particularly caught my fancy.

screenshot - Flower Bulb Crazy Flower Bulb Crazy is a newborn blog, begun less than two weeks ago and boasting 5 posts so far. On a somewhat dreary March day, the look of this blog alone was enough to capture my attention. The design is bright and cheerful, and the blog is full of colorful photographs that are a treat for the eyes. But if it was the spring colors that drew me in, it was the content that kept me there until I had read every post. Gabrielle, the blog’s author, is an experienced gardener and self-described “flower freak” who gardens in Wisconsin and works for a flower bulb retailer. The blog promises a special focus on flowering bulbs, but the early posts have covered a range of core gardening topics such as soil preparation, how to deter four-legged heartbreakers from eating your plants, and container gardening. Already, there is much to like about this blog, and I’m looking forward to more.

screenshot - Microcosm Microcosm is months, rather than days, old and has a very different style and focus. The author, Stacy — who lives, gardens and writes in Albuquerque, New Mexico – began this blog in June and has already attracted a following. Stacy’s experience with serious illness is important in her blog. In some ways, illness has forced her to live small. But living small has also enabled her to live large; and this is the insight at the center of the blog. As she explains in her initial post,

Literally, of course, a microcosm is just a “small world,” and sometimes a small world is exactly that–a tiny, self-contained sphere of activity. But in its greater sense, the diminutive world of the microcosm represents something in the world at large, and it is that sense of nesting worlds, nesting meanings, that I’m interested in exploring.

The writing in Microcosm is highly polished and a joy to read. In its focus on really paying attention to daily life and to nature’s small wonders and then linking those to larger philosophical issues or life lessons, this blog has a sensibility akin to Meredith Wickham’s The Enchanted Earth or Donna Donabella’s Gardens Eye View. It’s a special blog that I’m eager to read more of.

If you haven’t yet discovered these blogs, pay them a visit; you’ll be happy that you did.

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. March 5, 2011 4:04 pm

    Thanks for these suggestions Jean. Will be off to explore later 🙂

  2. March 5, 2011 4:18 pm

    Jean I did find Stacy’s blog…kindred spirits perhaps…will be checking out the other blog as well…thx as always for finding blogs and for your support!!

  3. March 5, 2011 4:56 pm

    Jean, thanks so much for continuing to pick out new blogs every month. These two look special and I will be visiting them both.

  4. March 5, 2011 8:13 pm

    Jean, I really love that you do this. It is so helpful because I rarely have time to experiment around on my own. Carolyn

  5. March 5, 2011 8:31 pm

    Jean, this is so kind of you, and such a lovely thing to do! I really admire the way bloggers support and promote one another and hope to find graceful ways to become the same sort of blogger myself. Thank you as well for really *reading* and for “listening” as you read. That is a rare and beautiful gift. I’m so glad to have made your (virtual) acquaintance.

  6. March 5, 2011 9:25 pm

    Jean, I’m so glad you are still doing this great job of monthly reviewing new garden blogs. The information is very helpful bothways, and do keep up the good work. Cheers!

  7. March 6, 2011 12:46 pm

    Dear Jean, I so applaud your choice of ‘Microcosm’ and will have to visit the other blog you feature this month. Stacy’s writing is so beautiful and, as you say, a true joy to read!

  8. March 6, 2011 2:17 pm

    Have been revelling in Microcosm for a long time. I’m so glad Stacy is now reaching a wider audience to enjoy her writing!

  9. March 7, 2011 10:24 am

    Very interesting post and suggestions.
    Thank you,
    Gisela.

  10. March 8, 2011 12:15 am

    Jean – thanks for sharing these new (to us) garden bloggers! Your monthly feature will always be near & dear to my heart! Now off I go – to check out these new treasures! Thanks again, Garden Mensa…. 🙂

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