Yesterday, I was looking at an old copy of the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) magazine from October 2008. In the column Garden Talk there was an article on garden blogs. I really took offense at what the writer had to say.
He referred to the good old days when gardeners used to write diaries and notebooks, jotting down when things germinated and what the weather was like. Now there is The Blog...Heaven help us. He likens us to thousands of jellyfish lurking off the beach. "Why would anyone want to read about someone else's mosaic virus" he says. Oh, and if someone reads our "ramblings" and the "log jam of drivel" ........ . He has a lot more to say, mostly negative but then he does conclude a blog might "spread a little knowledge"
I'd like to stick him with a spear of my Spanish Bayonet yucca! He just doesn't get it, does he?
Reading garden blogs is turning me into a better gardener. I am learning first hand all about the plants that do well here in my area. I am introduced to plants of which I have never even heard, ( the nursery business must love this) I have met an incredible group of gardeners who has introduced a social aspect to what is often a lone activity. We had a lovely afternoon yesterday, meeting at the home of one of our group to offer suggestions on how to improve a problem area in her garden. We had a plant swap and met more new gardeners. I enjoy the links to blogs which give me ideas on how to design areas of the garden. Jellyfish indeed!
I won't even mention what he said about cats.
Phew! I just had to get this one off my chest.