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Charlotte at The Galloping Gardener   was kind enough to give me a MeMe award – which gives me the opportunity to write up some of my favorite blogs. The Galloping Gardener will reward you with spectacular photos of gardens from around the world, and some of the people who live near them.

Of course the problem with naming seven blogs is that there are so many to choose from. If I’ve named your blog, please don’t feel obliged to accept the award; not everybody has the time or inclination to fit a post about blogs, with all that linking, into their blogging schedule. Just know I really like your blog! And if I haven’t named your blog, it doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate it; it just means that my memory is only so good and this list is only seven blogs long, and I read –and enjoy- a lot more than seven blogs.

If you do want to accept the MeMe award, it works like this: link back to the person who gave you the award, reveal seven things about yourself, choose seven other blogs that you want to nominate, and post a link to them. Then let each of your choices know that they have been tagged by posting a comment on their blog. Finally, let the tagger know when your post is up (glad I revisited Charlotte’s site, I’d forgotten that one!).

Seven things about me:

I go barefoot whenever possible

A friend once said that a city penthouse would be hell for me. True. At least after about two weeks to a month of theater, concerts, nightclub music, opera, bookstores, libraries, botanical gardens, museums,  and restaurants…maybe it wouldn’t be such a nightmare, after all.

Dark chocolate is the only real chocolate – a precept I live by.

I read everything, including product labels.

I love the dark.

I leap into any living water I can possibly manage, including some that’s near freezing.

My ideal spots combine woods and ocean.

And now for the real meat of this article, the blogs:

Whenever I need guidance and inspiration on foliage, I go to Northern Shade. She always has some new combination to tweak my fancy. Plus, she’s my go-to for campanulas, a genus I love.

Lost in the Landscape  looks at the details, whether it’s sidewalk plantings, Luther Burbank’s farm, or a book on low-water gardening. I like getting the full story, plus there are gorgeous artistic photos, to bring out even more detail.

Another waterwise gardener with interesting design ideas is Steve Snedeker , who is my go-to guy for all things stone.

Barbee at The Garden at Crocker Croft  has years of garden wisdom, lore, and experience to offer. “I suspect the day I have to stop gardening is the day I start dying.” Barbee, I know you’ve had enough of the MeMe thing, but I just wanted you to know I appreciate you.


Susan Morrison (aka garden-chick) gets into really green gardening on her Blue Planet Garden Blog “Plant right; water less; garden more.” She’s also a landscaper with design ideas.

Frances at Fairegarden  ranges from lyrical to laugh-provoking, with beautiful photos to point up the narrative of her extremely diverse garden (I get a lot of plant lust when I read her blog).

I love keeping up  with Chandramouli’s Indian garden at In Art Lies My Heart .   He’s an inveterate experimenter, and you can tell he really loves Plantville, and his human family, too.

If I get another award like this one, it will give me an opportunity to name seven other blogs just as deserving. As for comments: how about letting me know what some of your favorite blogs are? You don’t have to name seven; one or two will do.

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  • Frances August 26, 2009, 1:58 pm

    Thanks so much Pomona, I am quite honored. I have done a *things about me* post last year in a similar meme. Let me look for it. Ah found it. http://fairegarden.wordpress.com/2008/07/25/tagged/
    I do so much appreciate your kind words about me and my blog and will figure a way to place this on the awards page. :-)

  • Northern Shade August 26, 2009, 2:13 pm

    Thank you, Pomona, for thinking of my blog. It was kind of you.

    I’m with you on that leaping into water trait. I grew up on the Great Lakes, and I love swimming outdoors. After a hike in the mountains, I enjoy wading barefoot into a mountain stream that is just a few degrees warmer than the melted glacier that is upstream.

  • tina August 26, 2009, 2:48 pm

    Well you should’ve gotten this award many years ago! Your have a wonderful blog and congrats! Too funny on the water thingy:)

  • Steve August 27, 2009, 7:57 am

    Thanks, Pomona. I am such a chicken when it comes to tagging people online. I would tag the gorgeous Frances and Barbee, myself, as well as James at Lostinthelandscape almost any time. With you, that would make 4 taggers I would have gone with right off the top. So now I need three, lol. Anyway, let me work on it. I do accept your kind award and appreciate it dearly.

  • Cyd August 28, 2009, 5:41 am

    I love all of your seven things. It is hard to name all the wonderful blogs you like. Yours is my fave, of course. I love to read Daffodil Planter and Kris at Blithewold and James at a Photographers. You all kept me sane in the winter so I really enjoy you all.

  • Pomona Belvedere August 28, 2009, 10:53 am

    Very nice to hear from all of you; glad to have found at least one fellow lover of cold water.

    Tina, your blog plus Daffodil Planter and Kris at Blithewold are two of the blogs I could have named; I don’t know James at Photographers so I’ll have to ask you where he is.

    I recommend Frances’s secrets to any reader, and she may be interested to know that I once played a gig of all train songs.

  • lostlandscape(James) August 29, 2009, 10:40 am

    Thanks so much for the award, Pomona–It’s a lovely compliment! I do have a tell-all meme post somewhere in my deep dark past: http://www.soenyun.com/Blog/2008/07/15/ive-been-tagged/
    and reviewing that I notice that I’ve got a line on chocolate, and another on reading, as do you! Ah, great minds…

  • BeWaterWise Rep August 31, 2009, 3:03 am

    This is an excellent initiative of awarding informative blogs. Bewaterwise is a site which gives some very helpful tips for saving water in your homes and gardens. Hope this site is useful for bloggers looking for information on water conservation. Here’s the link http://bit.ly/u9egT

  • Steve September 16, 2009, 8:03 am

    Your post was timely. You may pick up your hardware from getting tagged back at my blog.

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