Every season I notice certain trends in the world of gardening. Not like the ones that the marketing people write about—mine are more personal. These have to do with how I interact with other gardeners and bloggers, how I find new plants or learn to appreciate old ones, and how the cityscape around me gets greener.
So here is my 2010 in review—the "Encores!" and the “Enoughs!”
MORE activism on behalf of community gardens, such as that described in a guest post by the Flatbush Gardener (our friend Chris) about the New York City Community Gardens Coalition.
LESS orange, red, and bright yellow echinaceas. Sorry. What I love in a dahlia I can’t abide in these plants—and they don’t do well for me anyway.
MORE blogger get-togethers. The Buffalo get-together was so much fun. And my wish has been granted. We’re all meeting in Seattle July 21-26. If you’re a garden blogger, leave your name below so I can invite you to the Facebook group, or wait for the blog that will soon appear for the Seattle get-together. We’ll be announcing it.
LESS bankrupt nurseries. The Plant Delights newsletter was full of them all year, while such industry journals as I happen to see have had equally sad reports.
MORE heirloom bulbs and plants. The recently published Bizarre Botanicals celebrated nutty annuals, succulents, and tropicals, while another new title, Heirloom Bulbs for Today, extolled such oldies but goodies as Roman hyacinths and Grand Primo narcissus. The best part is that I can buy all these from such splendid vendors as Old House Gardens and Select Seeds, even though I can rarely find them locally.
MORE crazily huge and weird colocasia. Thank you, Tony Avent. These plants are along the few that do well in the dankly shady parts of my garden.
LESS roses that have no fragrance and boring flowers. Down with them. No matter how low-maintenance they are.
LESS fancy tags, ornate packaging, and high mark-ups; I can't afford designer plants any more than I can afford designer clothes.
MORE fantastic resources like the recently announced Plant List, run by the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Royal Botanical Garden, Kew. They had me at “a complete list of all known land plant species on earth.”
And what about you? (other than LESS end-of-year lists)
Clarification: To be added to the Seattle blogger meet-up Facebook group, I need your FACEBOOK name in comments. Thanks!