Garden Blogs of the Month: September 2011
Another month has flown by, and it is once again time for me to dip into the new blog listings at Blotanical and choose a few to highlight as “Garden Blogs of the Month.” This month I am focusing on two.
Landscape Design & Gardening Resource Guide is a US-based blog, part of the website of The Garden Continuum, a Massachusetts landscaping company. Some blogs associated with commercial websites primarily provide portfolios of sample work or specific information about what’s in stock or about sales for customers and potential customers. But other blogs associated with nurseries or landscaping companies are of much more general interest. This blog falls into the latter group and is chock-full of useful tips and information for gardeners. The Garden Continuum group usually publishes posts once a week, on Friday, but these may occasionally be supplemented by additional posts during the week. Some posts are articles illustrated by diagrams or photographs; but recent posts have often taken the form of “landscape field videos.” These are how-to tutorials (typically about 3-6 minutes long) that both walk viewers through some gardening task or process visually and talk them through it with an audio narrative. I have found these an enormously helpful resource. When I arrived back in Gettysburg from Maine a few weeks ago, I noticed that the yew beside the front door was overgrown, blocking both the walkway and the window. As I was perusing this blog, I came upon a recent landscape field video (seemingly made to order for me) on How to Prune a Yew. Sometimes if a subject is too complex to cover in a short tutorial, it will be made the subject of a series, such as the current three-part series on How to Build a Patio. This is a blog that you can follow as you would any other blog, eager to see what you can learn from the topics they cover. But the archives of this blog are also a treasure trove of information about a variety of garden topics, with an index of tags that makes it easy to find what you’re looking for. I have already learned a great deal from this wonderfully useful and informative blog, and I’m looking forward to continuing my gardening education at this site.
The Amateur Weeder is a more traditional type of garden blog, the reflections of an individual gardener on her own garden and gardening experiences. In this case, the gardener is Lyn, the garden is in Australia, and the writing is both engaging and entertaining. Take, for example, this opening of an early post entitled, Border War:
There may be eight million stories in the naked city, but there are lots in the garden, too. Stories of sex, greed, betrayal and ultimate destruction. This is one of those stories…
Although Lyn gardens in a very different part of the world, under different conditions, with different plants than I do, I find that her blog resonates for me. As a self-confessed plant threatener, I had to chuckle at a blog post about her “naughty corner, where plants go to be punished.” And as an obsessive-compulsive garden record-keeper, I was entranced by her recent post The Amateur Listmaker, about her system for keeping seasonal garden to-do lists. Lyn also writes plant portraits, as well as thoughtful and informative posts about design issues like succession planting and the use of climbing vines. This is the kind of blog that I couldn’t tear myself away from once I started reading. I have a feeling many others will have the same reaction.
If you haven’t already discovered these blogs for yourself, please take a look. Each is, in its own way, a special treat.