Garden Blogs of the Month: November 2011
Events overtook me last month and made it impossible for me to write a review of garden blogs. The result is that I have a lot of catching up to do this month, and I have relied on the past two months’ new listings at Blotanical. From this wealth of possibilities, I have chosen three garden blogs to focus on here. Although all three are new to the Blotanical listings, they are not necessarily new blogs.
Garden Wisdom is a Canadian blog published by West Coast Seeds in Delta, British Columbia. It is the work of West Coast Seeds’ resident author/ photographer, Mark Macdonald and was begun more than 18 months ago in March 2010. The blog carries a wealth of information, from local events and initiatives and updates about what’s growing, to features about plants, pollinators, and plant pests and diseases. Even information targeted primarily to the local area, though, is often presented in a way that is useful to those of us a continent (or more) away. Thus, those who cannot attend classes at the nursery can still learn from the summaries of those classes in the blog (for example, Listening to Brian Campbell Talk Mason Bees). I have found the posts on plant diseases like late blight and rust (complete with helpful diagnostic photographs) particularly informative.
Garden Adventures is another Pacific Northwest garden blog, but this one from the US side of the border in Duvall, Washington. And this blog, too, was begun in 2010. Blog author Karen Chapman is a garden designer; and while this blog includes a variety of post types, including plant profiles and information about available cultivars, my favorite posts are the ones that focus on garden design. These combine photographs of design features with clear explanations of the principles involved. Among Karen’s recent offerings, I particularly loved the post on how to create Monochromatic Foliage Combinations.
Garden Photo of the Day, also a US blog, is a more recent addition to the blogosphere. It comes to us from Martha Smith Tate, a long-time garden columnist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the former host of the television series A Gardener’s Diary (which enjoyed an 11-year run on HGTV back when the ‘G’ in that network’s name actually had some meaning). Although it is named “Garden Photo of the Day,” this blog is not primarily a photo blog. Instead, each photo is the touchstone for an accompanying essay. The essays, which focus primarily on gardens and gardeners that Martha Tate has visited, are wonderful – beautifully written and engaging. My favorite posts are those about the garden of 95-year-old Margaret Moseley (for example, It Might As Well Be Spring), which manage to be simultaneously plant portraits and inspirational character portraits. (Who among us doesn’t want to be still enjoying our gardens and transplanting our own shrubs when we’re in our nineties?!) In scrolling through this blog, I had trouble tearing myself away; I just never found a single post that didn’t interest me.
I am once again humbled by all the fine garden blogs available to readers. I know it’s hard to choose among them; but please do take a look at these three. You won’t regret it.