WARNING: This article contains information that could lead to highly addictive behaviour in gardeners. Read at your own risk!
Down the rabbit hole I go. Again. It’s a particular type of rabbit hole only found in gardens, at nurseries, and on gardening websites and blogs. Gardeners are all too familiar with this hole – you’d swear it wasn’t there a moment ago, then Bam! You fall in and down you go with dirt under your fingernails, coming up for air hours later with arms full of plants or head full of ideas.
I’m susceptible to these plunges into the abyss on days when the weather isn’t cooperating for gardening, whether it’s too cold, windy or hot. I get bored and go for a “quick” visit to a nearby nursery or get out my laptop and start a search, and I’m a goner.
My new obsession? The Gardenista blog. “The definitive guide to stylish outdoor spaces, with garden tours, hardscape help, plant primers, and daily design news,” says their website. I clicked Follow, and into my inbox come carefully curated articles sharing lavish images of incredible gardens around the world, ideas for landscaping, water features and garden furniture, tips for growing hundreds of types of plants, and more.
And the shopping! I am not an online shopping addict, but I fear for my bank account if I keep browsing through the offerings in their Plants & Seeds store. From heritage seeds to house plants, garden tools to amaryllis bulbs, historic roses to cut flowers, it’s all here, as well as things you wouldn’t expect to buy online, like Christmas trees. (Who buys their Christmas tree online?) One good thing – most of the sources are American and British, so I’m safe from random plant purchases, as they won’t ship to Canada. Sigh of relief here.
This morning I enjoyed my tea with Everything You Need to Know About Fountains (maybe a small one on my back patio?), then explored Prince Charles’ unusual and eccentric Highgrove estate garden in At Home With Prince Charles: A Garden Ramble (includes a peek at a special childhood play place of young Princes William and Harry). Everything You Need to Know About Cottage Gardens included photos and tips for how to achieve my favourite garden style. Only my mug of cold tea and a need to get off the couch kept me from further browsing. I’ve bookmarked 10 Garden Ideas to Steal From Greece for later – it might have some good ideas to swipe for my own dry garden.
Something I particularly like is that the articles occasionally include historic info on the plants, landscapes and crafts they feature. I love when plant and garden heritage goes mainstream, because most people don’t think about history when they choose plants for their gardens. Check out Heirloom Plants 101 to find out why you might want to add some heritage to your garden.
What’s your gardening addiction? What’s that must-have plant you are jonesing for these days? A favourite garden blog or website? Share in the comments and join the club!
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