This is a legitimate question too.
Seriously! GWGT is known for showing gardens from varied places and in many styles. There have been 800 posts to prove that quite a few gardens are showcased on GWGT. Today’s post is 801. A big number, no?
I don’t see many garden bloggers routinely posting on gardens other than their own, and I really appreciate those that do. Many garden bloggers show their own gardens almost exclusively and there are a few that I love seeing often, two especially. But for the majority, it becomes difficult to find new things to show or discuss. But since that is the norm, it made me wonder if there is a real “market” for posts on visited gardens most could never see firsthand? I find lack of interest in inspirational gardens curious for a garden blog though.
GWGT itself is much more than a garden blog. Birds live in gardens, so they definitely count. It really has been one weird week. I do have to get in garden mode because our GardenFest meetings are underway. I always have garden stuff to post with all the things I do garden related. That is something else many bloggers fail to do, get involved in community garden projects.
A question I received here was if I have shots of “flower fields”? This made me wonder what kind of fields are we speaking? Wildflower fields? Cut-flower fields? Fields of one type of flower en mass? Designed beds of flowers adjacent to fields? I have shown “flower fields” here on GWGT, many of which are natural or designed meadows.
I just don’t own a “flower field” myself.
A garden blog can show varied types of gardens, pass on knowledge, view nature’s wonders, share its beauty, and inspiration. As a designer, I learn from what is found in nature and use that information to inspire and lead the design process. Second nature to me.
Last week I was visiting a few of my professional jobs to see how they matured over time. These commercial designs are on huge properties but were under snow. The flowers are at rest, yet the big conifers and hardscape give the design winter interest. You can see in this post a few properties with large conifers backing the designed flower meadows. Without trees (form, bark, color) and shrubs (twig color, berries, shrub form) to give some structure, designs often fall flat come winter months.
Did you notice the birds in the two fields. The robin and his worm are dwarfed by the buttercups, yet the Egret looks like a giant in a field of yellow and pale blue. The pale blue flower is bindweed (Ipomoea), the yellow, dandelion – opportunistic succession plants – the result of mowing a field. I wonder what is on the Egret’s mind? Like where did all the wildlife go…
On Nature and Wildlife Pics… not a garden but a way of life.