Stuart Robinson has always been ahead of the curve among gardenbloggers, and he does it again with his new site Blotanical. But this time he does it big-time, creating the ultimate social networking site for gardeners, especially the ones who blog but not exclusively. An alternative to Daves Garden and Garden Web for gardeners of the world.
My first visit didn’t turn out so well, though. Somehow I "favorited" a Japanese blog and couldn’t "unfavorite" it and then, because my attention for solving on-line problems is extremely limited, I gave up. I decided to sit back a while and let the process unfold that would naturally make it easier for its users.
But just this week Stuart announced a new look for Blotanical, thus tempting me back into his complicated but appealing web of gardening connections around the world. So I went surfing around his world map of gardenbloggers – which you GOTTA LOVE – and noticed in "Oceana" how many of us there are in New Zealand.
Exposed as New Zealanders are to English culture and enjoying a climate similar to the American Pacific Northwest, the place is filled with gardeners
like us – avid ones. Walk down the streets of Auckland or Christchurch and it’s garden after garden after garden. Like walking through towns in the Cotswolds but with more sun. A place I wouldn’t mind living.
Now to end the suspense, there’s exactly ONE of us in all of New Zealand and why the heck is that? Stuart, you’re closer to the situation, being a mere 2-3,000 miles away, right? What’s up with them? (And for that matter, how about the gardening world on-line there in Australia, where there are only 10?) When you Google "garden New Zealand" there’s plenty of sites to choose from, so it can’t be that people aren’t on line.