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Thursday, 2 August 2007

Seven random garden facts

Recently both Christa of Calendula and Concrete and Fiona of The Cottage Smallholder tagged me for seven random facts about me and my garden and then "tag" seven other garden blogs – I feel like the new kid in the playground where everyone has already been "It"!

So here goes with my seven random facts:

1) I like big, tall plants - Giant Golden Oat (stipa gigantea); Colewort (crambe cordifolia); Angelica; Lovage; Hollyhocks . . .

2) My gardening heroes are Joy Larkcom because when I read her books on vegetables, salad crops, oriental vegies and potagers I always learn something new and Piet Oudolf who orchestrates plants like no other garden designer - awesome!

3) The garden I'd most like to swap with mine is at Sooke Harbour House on Vancouver Island - it has everything I like a garden to have - unusual edible plants, wildlife (sea otters play in the borders near the beach!) and sublime views (the Olympic Mountains across the Juan de Fuca Strait).

4) If decorative plants need special soil or extra water to survive in my garden I don't grow them.

5) Picking vegetables, fruit and herbs from the garden, cooking them, then sitting in the garden in the sun and eating them is my idea of heaven.

6) I learnt the names of wildflowers before I went to school.

7) I like weeding.

And here, in no particular order, are my choice of blogs:

i'm over broccoli for the moment. it's all about the rainbow chard, baby! a cool name for Princess Veggie's blog

mostlymacro insects are beautiful too!

Mustardplaster beekeeper and heritage veg grower Miss Hathorn's blog

Musings of a textile itinerant an artist and gardener in Australia

Cherrapeno yummy recipes

Nourish Me more yummy recipes - veg gardeners always need new ideas to deal with a glut of courgettes!

shirls gardenwatch wildlife in a Scottish garden

The rules:
Each player starts with 7 random facts/habits about themselves. People who are tagged need to then report this on their own blog with their 7 random facts as well as these rules. They then need to tag 7 other garden blogs and list their names on their blog. They are also asked to leave a comment for each of the tagged, letting them know they have been tagged and to read the blog.


  1. Hi Celia,

    You've sent me a challenge in tagging me - you've included four points that I might have made!

    I'll see what I can do.

  2. Weeding has such a bad rap ... I've never minded it. It is relaxing and I feel a sense of accomplishment when I have a bed weeded.

    That is so cool - learning the names of wildflowers before you went to school.

    Ah, Vancouver Island ... I would love to live and to garden there!

  3. Thank you Celia for tagging me.
    I'll do my best to write something, but can't promise to tag anyone else at the moment - I think all the ones I know have been tagged already.

  4. Thanks for playing along with the meme. That garden on Vancouver Island sounds extraordinary. What a treasure.

  5. Thanks everyone

    Holler - remember, you only get the edited highlights on the blog (I keep the scruffy overgrown bits under wraps!)

    Shirl - I'm looking forward to seeing the birds visiting your garden over the months

    Kate - weeding certainly keeps me sane - but I read a report recently about things in soil which make you feel happier, I'll try to find it

    Nicisme - yes it gets a bit difficult to track down un-tagged garden bloggers - but I found shirl's blog and wouldn't without doing this

    Hi Christa - the Sooke Harbour House garden has been my inspiration since seeing photos in one of Joy Larkcom's books - it's the only garden I've ever travelled round the world to see and it was worth it!

  6. http://princessveggie.blogspot.com/
    I tagged you back! Thanks for the meme!


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