Raise your hand if you have at least one plant in your garden with roots in garden blogging.
In my own garden, I recently purchased and planted three perennials that I would not have found out about if it were not for garden blogging.
The first one, pictured here is calamint, Calamintha nepeta supsp. nepeta, which I first saw as a nicely rounded plant, not yet in bloom, growing in the Lurie Garden at Millennium Park. I visited that garden this spring with other garden bloggers attending the Chicago Spring Fling. My calamint is just a wee tiny little plant right now but I look forward to the summer when it is a nicely rounded shape without having to prune it.
I also planted the Oxford Orphanage Plant, Kalimeris pinnatifida ‘Hortensis’, also called the Double Flowering Japanese Aster. Why did I seek out this plant for my garden?
Because I read a post by Allen Bush on the Human Flower Project blog/website about how the garden designer/writer Elizabeth Lawrence gave him a start of this plant as a passalong plant when he visited her garden in 1982. That’s a good reason!
Finally, I planted Salvia ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ because of all the Salvia blooming in the Lurie Garden this spring. It’s not one of the varieties they had planted, but it was one that the nursery that I ordered the other plants from had so I got it.
Still on order are some spring flowering bulbs that I saw blooming at the Chicago Spring Fling, including Quamash, Camassia leichtlinii ‘Blue Danube’, and more ornamental onions, Allium. They should arrive with some other bulbs for species tulips and all kinds of bulbs for indoor forcing that I read about on Elizabeth L’s, blog, Gardening While Intoxicated. And if there is still time this fall, I'd like to find some of those new Igloo Mums that the Hoosier Gardener wrote about.
Previously, I've purchased spider type daylilies after reading about them on Red Dirt Ramblings and Clematis ‘Rooguchi’ which I found out about via a bloom day post from Blackswamp Girl and had to have for my garden. In fact, most Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Days when I read all the posts of what’s growing in everyone’s gardens, I end up noting one or two or more flowers that I want to grow in my garden.
Some I end up planting, others I don’t. Those that I do plant will be forever linked to garden blogging and garden bloggers as blogalongs*, in much the same way that flowers passed along to me by other gardeners are forever linked to them as passalongs.
Does anyone else have any blogalongs in their gardens?
* Blogalongs (BLOG-a-longs) –
1. Noun., plants discovered by reading garden blogs.
2. Adj. as is in blogalong plants
(If you've actually gotten some plants through garden blogging; those are called blogalong passalongs. I've gratefully received a Stapelia from Annie in Austin, Colchicums and a double-flowering blood root from Kathy at Cold Climate Gardening, Oxblood lilies, Rhodophiala bifida, from MSS at Zanthan Gardens and double-flowering tulips from Elizabeth via Garden Rant.)