New blogs, new blood

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Thanks to Don of Hands in the Dirt, I learned of The Garden State. Yes, gardening is a state of mind, but it’s also what New Jersey likes to call itself, and what Suzette quite aptly decided to name her blog. A serious gardener who doesn’t take herself too seriously, she manages to work ” my non-artificial fingernail. It’s not glamorous, but it is still very, very attractive in an understated way” and a plea for the legal preservation of full-service gas stations into less than a dozen (so far, but hopefully not for long) posts. Just wacky enough to keep you off balance without degenerating into over-the-topness, and she knows (and loves) her plants. I bet a lot of my readers could relate to A Natural-Born Gardener.

Following a link from The Garden State, I found myself at Laurie’s Garden. It was late last night and I merely skimmed the first page, but this caught my eye: “I don’t need it, have no room for it, nothing to grow it on, no excuse to acquire one and so you know that that means—Yup. By next year, I’ll have bought one. Never let a little thing like reality slow you down, that’s this gardener’s motto!!” Definitely worth further investigation, and I need to figure out who Mavis and Fang are.

About the Author

Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

In the end, this may be the most important thing about frost: Frost slows us down. In spring, it tempers our eagerness. In fall, it brings closure and rest. In our gotta-go world–where every nanosecond seems to count–slowness can be a great gift. So rather than see Jack Frost as an adversary, you could choose to greet him as a friend.

~Philip Harnden in A Gardener’s Guide to Frost: Outwit the Weather and Extend the Spring and Fall Seasons

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