The gardener's eye

The Gardener's Eye

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Liebster Blog Heart

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of receiving word from a fellow blogger, Hans of Svanå trädgård, that he had nominated me for a Liebster Blog Award. Apparently, it is given to bloggers who have less than 200 followers in order to spread the word about interesting blogs. Thanks Hans, for recognizing my blog.

Hans is an amateur gardener who lives in Boden, Norrbotten, Sweden with his wife and three children. His blog chronicles his "little garden" where he likes to try different plants to see if they can survive in the harsh conditions of his Zone 4 garden. The first plants he experimented with were from the forgotten garden marshlands next to his village, Svanå, where his blog it its name.

Interestingly enough, Hans selected gardening blogs for the Liebster Blog Award from countries that don't even speak Swedish. I would like to accept Hans' challenge and recommend five blogs, from both far and near, that I find intriguing:

James Golden at View from Federal Twist James eloquently writes about his two gardens, one is large garden in western New Jersey, called Federal Twist, and other is a small urban garden in Brooklyn. Federal Twist is an established 'New American' garden and has a diverse selection of prairie plants. The Brooklyn garden is a work in progress and looks like it will have a modern bent to it.

Jordan Jackson at Metropolitan Gardens: Gardening in Cascadia . Jordan is a professional landscape designer, and has a Zone 8 garden, called the Cascadia Garden, in Seatle, WA. His blog provides information about gardening in northwestern United States. He puts together an excellent list of 'plants of interest' in his garden each month.

Faisal Grant at Gardener in the Distance . Faisal is a garden-maker from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. He is also a poet and it is not uncommon to find his poetry in posts on his blog. I always enjoy finding out what is happening in the southern hemisphere each season.

Joe Valentine at Juniper Hill. Joe is a gardening friend of mine from here in New Hampshire. He has two acres of ornamental and vegetable gardens at Juniper Hill Farm, the 18th century farmstead he shares with his partner-in-life, Paula. He is a bit of a boxwood aficionado and his blog often features guest bloggers from our area.

David Marsden at The Anxious Gardener. David is a professional gardener working in East Sussex, England. He has been blogging about the two gardens he works on for about a year. His blog is always full of both humor and useful information.

The rules to accepting the Liebster Blog Award are:

• Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.
• Link back to the blogger who presented the award to you.
• Copy and paste the blog award on your blog.
• Present the Liebster Blog Award to 5 blogs of 200 followers or less who you feel deserve to be noticed.
• Let them know they have been chosen by leaving a comment at their blog.


  1. Thanks very much for the Liebster Blog Award. Are you aware than liebster means beloved in German? I'm afraid that I am too busy to fulfill all the requirements of accepting this award immediately. I leave for 3 weeks in Iberia in just 3 days. I'll have to postpone this task until I return.

  2. No problem, Jordan. I read somewhere that it meant beloved. Have a great trip!

  3. Thank you Michael - it is always very gratifying to be thought of by other other bloggers. I have though, been awarded the Liebster before - so I guess that disqualifies me. Certainly going to check out the other winners though (apart from Faisal's whose I know and visit regularly).

    Thanks again, best Dave

  4. Thank you, Michael for including me in such an illustrious list of bloggers! I truly appreciate your support!

  5. Michael, you're very gracious. Each week I wonder if I'm going to find anything interesting to post. You may know I've been having computer problems, but as soon as these are remedied, I'll get stuck into a response. Thankyou again.

  6. Dave,
    Thanks for responding. Hope you like the blogs that are new to you.

    No problem, you have a great blog!

    Hope your computer problems get solved soon!



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