Gardeners' World hits the magazine stands today, so a big welcome to those of you who've hopped over here from page 22 to have a look at what Veg Plotting's all about. It was a lovely surprise to be mentioned amongst the great and the good of the garden blogging world :) My Open Garden blog will give you a general introduction to my 'normal garden and allotment' - click on the picture in the sidebar if you'd like to go there. Or do have a look at some of the key articles listed in my New Reader section on the right to help get you orientated here. In particular Where am I Veg Plotting? is a general introduction to Chippenham and Why do I Garden? is a quick summary of what motivates me. The 2008 review shows you some of my gardening highs and lows with links to the posts I wrote about them at the time. One note of caution - 2008's allotment plan turned out to be a complete work of fiction as usual: I'll be posting 2009's very soon ;) Otherwise, do dive in right here for all those hints and surprises you've been promised!
January's Gardens Illustrated magazine has Dan Pearson as guest editor. He's come up with the gardening equivalent of an enormous box of chocolates to devour in front of a crackling fire. There's a sneak overview of his own garden, due out in book form next year, plus a selection of his must-have plants and nurseries to supply them. We also get an insight into some of Pearson's key influences - his landscape sized project in Japan is fascinating, especially the subtle changes made to shape and form to entice visitors to explore. The work of landscape architect Teresa Moller is also featured, which I suspect (and hope) will generate some debate on the value of showing pure hardscaping amongst natural landforms in a gardening magazine. There's also an article on prairie planting, turned on its head by highlighting a conservation scheme in Illinois instead of the usual 'get the look' feature. It's the first time Gardens Illustrated has had a guest editor and I for one, am looking forward to the next after this edition's treat.
This post was going to be my final end of year review today, but I see that The Garden Monkey has pretty well summed up my own take on blogging already. The only thing I'd like to add is a big thank you to everyone who's visited this year, especially to those of you who've left a comment or decided to Follow this blog. Here's hoping for a great 2009 for all of us, especially in the garden.