In my Garden Notes column for Country Living I have a link to my blog and also recommend other blogs to the readers – as we do here with our Blogroll. Some come through personal contact, but I like to search far and wide putting phrases like ‘20 Best Garden Blogs’ into Google. I’ve come to realise that many of the listed blogs were brief shooting stars that have left their trail across the blogosphere but will not return, so we are doing a bit of an edit on our blogroll and blogs that have not been active for a year will be disappearing.
Elsewhere on the Web
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If you love gardening, plants or gardens then gardening blogs are a great place to turn for inspiration. There’s so many fantastic blogs out there and featuring them all is going to be near impossible. To start with here’s a small list of my favourite gardening blogs which are well worth dipping into. No statistics have been used to rank these – I just happen to like them.
- The Galloping Gardener – Charlotte has compiled a comprehensive list and reviews of spectacular gardens to visit throughout the UK and beyond.
- Blackpitts – horticultural musings from the gardener James Alexander-Sinclair
- Wisteria and Cow Parsley – another blog that shares a passion for gardening and cats
- Ryans Garden - allotment keeper, writer and urban gardener Ryan Lewis
- The Guardian‘s aptly named ‘gardening blog’ – Here you’ll find regular contributions from well known bloggers and writers including Helen Johnstone (of the Patient Gardener – see below), Allan Jenkins, Blanche Vaughan and Caroline Foley amongst others
- The Patient Gardener – amateur gardener Helen Johnstone writes from her garden set into the Malvern Hills
- The Inelegant Gardener – everything you need to know about growing garden produce through to cooking it
- Jean Vernon’s Blog – the highs and lows of rural gardening
- My Tiny Plot – Gill Carson’s popular blog on growing your own fruit and vegetables
- BBC Gardening Blog – horticultural inspiration from some of the best known names including : Sally Nex, Bob Flowerdew, Jim McColl and Alys Fowler
- Otter Farm Blog – as head gardener at River Cottage and owner of Britain’s only ‘climate change farm’ Mark Diacono has alot of interesting things to write about
- Gardeners World - Regular contribution on all manner of gardening topics ranging from broad topics such as composting to more specialist articles by experts in their fields such as Jekka McVicar
- John Grimshaw – fascinating horticultural views from a fellow author and plantaholic
- The Enduring Gardener – a bit of shameless self promotion
If that’s not enough to keep you out of mischief then you might want to check out Blotanical. This universal garden blog directory allows you to search by country. The mapping feature also enables you to pinpoint gardening blogs near you.
I’d like to add that this list is by no means complete. If you feel that your blog deserves a mention let us know with your comments below :
If you have a penchance for flower or landscape photography take a few minutes to explore Sue Bishop’s new website which you’ll find by clicking the image below.
Seed company Thompson & Morgan have come up with clever alternative to those less-than-attractive green patio planters. They have printed them with a basketweave pattern. They really are so much nicer, the colour and the patterning is subtle and they look surprisingly realistic. They will be available in the spring.