I used to be one of those blog-writing slackers who rarely remembers to visit and comment on other gardening blogs. Then Elizabeth mentioned that
she uses Google Reader… and it changed my life. I just use the feed
symbol in my Firefox browser, clicking on it to subscribe to each blog I want to follow. Then it’s SUCH fun visiting my Google Reader page
and seeing who’s posted something new – like finding little gifts here and there. I even pop in on a few nongardening
blogs, like the family friend who got me into blogging back in 2005. (And guess what HER score was on the Cuss-o-meter? A whopping 45.9 percent! That should put GardenRant’s prim 4 percent in perspective.)
So, sorry about my slacker behavior
these last 3 years, everyone. I was waiting for this feed thing to get
super-duper-easy, and it has.
GOOGLE IMAGE TO IDENTIFY PLANTS
Okay, this only works if you have some leads as to what a plant’s name might be. But if someone gives you something that could be X or Y, just put X and Y into Google’s Image search and voila! Of course you can’t just grab those photos for your blog, but for any other purpose – like your own garden records – it’s cool. While you’re at it, Google-Image yourself – it’s fun!
FOR LOCAL GARDENING INFO
Now all of YOU GUYS know this but just in case someone ELSE is reading this, here’s a comment that was left on my 3-year-old post about HGTV’s Gardener Guy Paul James:
My wife and I are moving
from Malibu, CA to Montreal, Canada, (long story don’t ask, ha, ha ,ha).
What are the growing zones in Montreal, and what are the best shrubs,
flowering plants, and herbs/vegetable plants to grow in the region? And,
yes, loooong winter is also correct there too. Looking for advise for my
wife, hope you can help.
Sincerely, Desperate Husband Keeping
Relocating Wife Happy
What are the odds this desperate husband is going to make his wife happy by writing to some TV guy in TULSA, OKLAHOMA to ask about growing conditions in Montreal? Honestly. If only he’d found the Regional Garden Gurus’ Upper Midwest page, huh? But this guy simply didn’t try very hard because a quick Google search for "gardening Montreal" would have sent him to this meaty-looking site by the Montreal Botanic Garden. How hard was that?