- Naturally any rant about leaf-blowers is bound to provoke collective outcry from readers and this one didn’t disappoint. It’s called Let’s All Go Hollywood
- Hoping to milk those leaf-blower passions, we asked Christopher C. if he had anything to add in defense of landscape workers
and boy, did he. The extraordinary comments included a defense of
plumbers and somehow, the maligning and defending of Master Gardeners.
Lively? You could say. Check out Who’s Getting Blown Off Here?
5th HOTTEST (20 comments)
- My mere mention of the now-infamous Garden Guy: Will Work for Heteros Only brought
outpourings of outrage and some speculation about the guy’s real
motives. Don’t miss Christopher’s howler of a comment about "homa sex
4th HOTTEST (22 comments)
- Kathy Jentz gave us a comprehensive report on the hot issues raised at the GWA convention in Garden Writers on Blogs: "Say What?" or "Steal from ’em". Our commenters revealed themselves to be law-and-order types on issues of copyright. Don’t mess with gardenbloggers!
3rd HOTTEST (27 comments)
- In Top Ten Reasons Why I Hate Houseplants,
Amy outed herself as a houseplant-hater and Michele and I immediately
joined her in that camp. Subject closed? Hah! Who could have
predicted the passions that are stirred by little plants in pots?
2nd HOTTEST (29 comments)
- In The Myth of Planning Michele got a lot
off her chest, beginning with a quote by Donald Rumsfeld, followed by
her defense of "whims" and the assertion that there’s "no substitute
for the actual experience of your terroir." Christopher explained that
it’s all part of the "palpable antagonism between some avid and newbie
gardeners and landscape designers." Oh, yeah, and we were palpating,
And the NUMBER 1 HOTTEST GARDENRANT OF 2006, with 33 comments is – drumroll, please:
- Stars and Stripes Run Amok, in which Elizabeth Licata revealed that she’d OD’d on the American flag
as a garden ornament, especially after receiving emails "urging – nay,
demanding – that I display a flag." Trey weighed in on giant
inflatables and the Halloween craze. Jane from Scotland, where "the
flag thing doesn’t really apply," asked innocently: "What are the
flags to signify?" Then we learned that many native Hawaiians fly the
state flag upside down as a sign of distress. Robert&Michael
recalled a "big honkin’ ass Lincoln" driving by with two tattered flags
a’waving. And it turns out we have sticklers for proper flag treatment
in our crowd of rabble-rowsers – who knew?
Congratulations, winners. You can pick up your complimentary GardenRant T-shirt on the way out.
Now some closing words before signing off for the year – our Thank-you’s.
- To our readers, especially the ones who leave comments. You’re
awesome. We love your passion, your insights into the meaty issues of
the day, and your civility toward us and each other.
- To our guest bloggers for your generosity, and of course for
your talents as writers and ranters. (Did you notice that 4 of our
top posts of 2006 were authored by guests?) We GET that it takes a
village to create a great site, and you guys are amazing villagers.
Keep those rants coming!
- To guest photographer Sandy Saunders for helping to brighten our ever-changing sidebar.
- Finally, taking advantage of my role as scribe here, a big
thank-you and virtual hug to my partners in crime, Amy and Michele.
Ladies, blogging with you has been the most fun I’ve ever had with my
Happy New Year from GardenRant!