Friday, July 1, 2016

some favorite gardening links, resources and instagram accounts

Thank you to everyone for your thoughts and prayers and for the comments on my last post. They mean so much to me. Matthias' surgery went very well. He's back home and on the long road of healing and recovery.


I had an Artist Interview scheduled for today, but unfortunately it did not work out (you can always catch up with the other interviews here), so I thought I'd share some links instead.

Although July is more of a month for being OUT in the garden and not at the computer, I have gardening on the brain and thought I'd share handful of inspiring garden places on the web.

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Even if you're not a gardener you might like to take a look at some of these (especially if you like looking at photos of flowers or enjoy finding new recipes).

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This isn't an exhaustive list (and I'm sure I'm forgetting some), but it's enough to get you started. 

Blogs:


A Way to Garden -- I discovered Margaret Roach's blog after I read her book And I Shall Have Some Peace There. Although I liked the idea of her book more than the book itself (I couldn't quite relate to her), her blog is filled with lots of great gardening information and cooking, canning and preserving ideas, too.

Floret -- the blog of flower farmer and designer Erin Benzakein is simply gorgeous (as is her Instagram feed). If you can stop looking at the flowers long enough to read the text you'll find some wonderful garden advice and suggestions, too.

Hedgerow Rose -- I interviewed Laurie last fall, but if you missed it or if you haven't visited her blog in a while, make sure you pop on over right now. She's been sharing the progress of her new garden (I'm amazed at how far she's come in such a short time). Her photography is always stunning. Her projects and advice always thoughtful and well-explained. She's on Instagram, too (her feed is definitely worth a visit).

Pith and Vigor -- Rochelle Greayer's garden blog has the same name as her newspaper. It's great fun with a bit of a hip, urban feel, but also includes thoughtful articles and posts. And be sure not to miss Rochelle's Instagram feed.

Soule Mama -- Amanda Blake Soule's blog isn't exactly a garden blog, but her garden is always a big part of it during the growing season. This summer she's been sharing garden tours of readers from around the world which has been so fun and inspiring.

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Instagram:


There are many, many, many great gardener Instagrammers. Some with huge followings and some with small followings. I find inspiration from so many of them. Here's a handful (and I apologize to my friends that I'm forgetting to include here!).

bggarden
 -- Yummy food, beautiful flowers, a sweet siamese and a geodesic dome! There's always something interesting going on in Bren Haas's backyard.

charlottegardenflow -- beautiful photographs of flowers and gardens from designer and photographer Charlotte Andersson in Sweden.

clausdalby -- when I first started following the Danish floral designer his posts weren't in English. It didn't really matter as his photographs said all there was to be said.

colegriffin -- fellow Wisconsin gardener shares photos of his gorgeous gardens including many delicious roses.

farmandfolk -- Sara B. Larson describes what she does as "sowing seeds and sewing quilts". Sounds good to me.

himlajord -- Helena Holmgren's Swedish gardens are a delight and Helena is such a sweetie, too.

littlelandsmelboure -- I've been delighted to watch this little company grow (I followed Rachel's blog before she started her terrarium shops) and I wish I lived near enough to visit.

lovisaellapark -- I don't usually understand Louise's captions because they're in French, but her photos of flowers, her garden and her life in France are lovely just the same.

my_soulflower -- I discovered artist Lisa Estabrook's blog and Instagram feed when her garden appeared on Soule Mama as the first of the garden tours. Her focus is on the spiritual meanings and lessons from different plants and flowers and her feed includes her art as well as her garden.

vancleaverose -- Chris VanCleave calls himself a "redneck rosarian" (and keeps a website of the same name). His enthusiasm and passion for roses and rose gardening is absolutely contagious.

wallacegardens -- professional garden designer Nancy Wallace shares gardens, flowers and all sorts of other beauties and joys (including the occasional photo of her rescued greyhound).

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Other:


Help Me Find -- I've used this only with roses, but it also is a resource for clematis and peonies. A warehouse of information about different varieties, especially helpful if you're trying to decide whether or not to add a plant to your garden.

Hudson Valley Seed Library -- seeds and art. What can be better than that?

Kitchen Garden Seeds -- Their catalog is one of my favorites not only because of the elegant illustrations, but also because of the recipes scattered throughout. Looking for ideas on how to cook what's in your garden? Check out the cookbook section on their site.

Monarch Watch -- want to save the monarchs? Plant a garden that's butterfly friendly and get it certified as a Monarch Waystation.

Pinterest -- although it can sometimes be frustrating trying to figure out the origins of some pins, I do enjoy an occasional troll through Pinterest for inspiration. I collect garden ideas on an outdoor-themed board and an indoor themed board (and I'd love to see what you've been collecting there, too).

Seed Saver's Exchange -- a wonderful source for heirloom and open pollinated seeds and a great place for information, too.

One of my favorite garden writers is Tovah Martin. I discovered her books about houseplants when I was living in a fourth floor apartment and desperate for green. I was already nutty about houseplants, but Tovah's books helped push me further over the edge. I fell in love with her book The Essence of Paradise and became obsessed with trying to fit as many fragrant plants onto my windowsills as I could. Any of her books is worth a read as is this article about her "indoor jungle".

begonias, container gardening, orange flowers, gardening, Anne Butera, My Giant Strawberry

What about you? I'd love to hear about some of your favorite gardening resources or where you like to go for garden inspiration.

Have a lovely weekend and if you're in the U.S. a happy Independence Day. I'll be back on Wednesday when I'll be sharing (and asking for help with) a little project I have in the works.

11 comments:

  1. Thank you for all the links Anne. I hope you had a happy Independence Day. I like to come here for garden inspiration and pinterest too! :)

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    1. Thank you, Simone! Hope your garden is growing joyfully this summer! Have a lovely rest of your week!

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  2. So happy that Matthias' surgery went well, Anne. I am not a gardener, but do love flowers, and it is always a pleasure to see such beautiful blooms on your blog! xo

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    1. Thank you, Judy.

      You might not think of yourself as a gardener, but I see you create gardens from fabric and paint. :)

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  3. What a wonderful compendium of garden resources from someone who clearly loves playing in the dirt! Thank you for all the instructions and eye candy I'm sure I'll find through your links. My garden is a bit of a weedy paradise at the moment but that guarantees butterflies and bees, doesn't it?

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    1. Being a little less tidy in the garden is a good thing for the wildlife. :)

      It is amazing how quickly those weeds will threaten to take over when our back is turned. Wishing you lovely flowers, whether they're intentional or not!

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  4. Oh my gosh. I'm super honored to be included in this mix of amazing gardeners! Wow. Thank you so much! :)

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    1. And thank YOU for all the inspiration and beauty you bring to the world, Laurie!

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