Every Friday we feature a new site for our Blog of the Week. This week we feature Bridget from Bulb Blog. She’s a landscape Horticulturalist who has teamed up with Holland Bulb Farms to bring you the most current, up-to-date information on gardening with bulbs.
1. What’s the inspiration behind your blog?
As the closing to most of the emails I send reads, my hands are often in the dirt and my head in the clouds. I feel the most centered and at peace when I am outdoors, especially working in the garden. I wanted to write a blog that demonstrated this fact and also gave fellow garden enthusiasts a place to share and read about different ideas having to do with all things “inspiring”, whether that be gardening, cooking, you name it!
2. How long has your blog been around?
The bulb blog was born back in the summer of 2008. After writing my own personal blog for several years about the basic ramblings of my head, I decided it was time to devote a blog completely to my love of the outdoors and, in particular, gardening with flower bulbs.
3. What’s your favorite backyard activity?
I’m sure the correct answer for a person like me to give would be gardening, but in all truth, that’s a lot of hard work! As much as I do enjoy pouring my blood, sweat, and tears into the landscape, my all-time favorite back yard activity would have to be reclining in my anti-gravity chair while reading a great novel. A close second would be anything that involves my adorable 13-month old twin daughters and my black lab, Begonia J.
4. What’s one quirky thing about yourself we can share with our readers?
I absolutely LOVE the smell of freshly-harvested flower bulbs. When I visit Holland Bulb Farms (a company that I work closely with), I sometimes step out into the warehouse just to take in a deep breath of the dirt-filled air. Strange, I know, but it’s like a therapy for me.
5. What’s one of your favorite or most popular blog posts and why?
Another tough question! I’d have to say that my blog post from November of 2009 on Garden Design and using repetition in the landscape has got to be up there with my favorites. It is also an extremely popular post with readers as it focuses in on a common problem with garden areas that have oh-so-much potential but just look a little “off”. One of the best ways to make a good garden look GREAT is to incorporate similar textures or color hues. This is much more pleasing to the eye than a “hodge podge” of your favorite plants with no regard for continuity!