I have been slow to post some of the little essays I had in mind for this site and others..all because I have been upgrading some software for my garden website ( Ilona’s Garden ) None of which makes a difference much in what you see on the front side except when it won’t work!!! and wrote a post on good bugs. Just had a heck of a time on that upgrade, but writing about the bugs was fun.
I started another article,but it
isn’t live yet… needs work:) the essay on New American Garden style is up and running ( which is more than we can say for me! )
As for my garden, well, that needs work too, but I only have a small window in the morning, so not much has been done, and it isn’t so cool in the morning either. I still have those photos and the report on Innis gardens… that will have to be later, since we have to have groceries, and yep, I am the designated grocery-going person. But the pictures are some of the best I have taken so it should be good when I finally get it all posted here! Just hate to let the readers down…let’s see, what value can I add in here?
Well, for one thing I see that the New York Times calls us “the dirty-fingernail crowd”. I forgive them for that considering they give this very good advice and observation about garden writing in their article, Summer Reading:
“caveat emptor is the name of the garden book game, and serious browsing is essential for determining which authors know more about their subject than they do about getting their name (or photos) into print.”
I do think that garden writing should at least consist of a little bit more of personal gardening experience than journalism experience, unless you are up-front about the fact that you are a newbie. I know I had an eye opener when writing about gardening for my website: at first I called myself a gardener, then an Ohio gardener, and now, Central Ohio gardener. The range of knowledge required to write those broad spectrum gardening books now amazes me. I have nothing but admiration for the likes of Tracy DiSabato. And it put my own writing in perspective. I don’t know what California or Oregon gardening is like, in that I am just an armchair gardener when it comes to their climate and conditions for gardening. Which isn’t bad, just a bit humbling. “Getting your hands dirty” applies here!
Check out this great site with pages on Australian style gardening, yes AUSTRALIAN. Very informative. I found it while looking up some quotes on American garden style, and they have really gone off in their own branch of garden ideals… they just need a version of van Sweden to popularize it.