What an impossible and nearly-miserable task this was! There were only five carts to give and close to 60 entries where other garden bloggers described the five plants they’d put in a cart. I guess I’m lucky there are fewer garden bloggers than in other fields. Anyway, I went through the comments a few times, ruled out those where there was no blog (some added this later, which was fine), or those who declined a cart, and chose about 15 faves. Then I narrowed—painfully—and what I came up with is as follows:
Gina/My Skinny Garden did what she could with my silly catastrophe concept (as did Kitt), but I liked Gina’s “there is no way I could go on in a tomato-less world.”
Both Apple/My Sister’s Garden and Kathy/Cold Climate Gardening linked to their blogs where there were interesting stories about the plants in question. I was very impressed that Kathy had grown a trumpet lily from seed. Beverley Nichols did it regularly, but he had a more forgiving terroir.
Tamra/ Eat Seasonally is a passionate food grower who had some great things to say about red velvet okra and edible daylily buds, among other things, while Vivian/ This is the place also brought passion and memories to her descriptions, but what won my heart is her decision to save dandelions.
Thank you all for writing so sincerely and fascinatingly about your plants. Thanks, Troy-Bilt!
In the event I made a mistake and one of the bloggers above can’t take a cart, I have runners-up in mind, for sure, since really, ALL the entries were wonderful. Oh, and Jim/Art of Gardening, very funny!