21 to love: my oddball list of favorite posts

margaret roach by erica bergerTHE OFFICIAL STATISTICS-DRIVEN all-time best-of list—the 50 stories you clicked on most since I launched A Way to Garden in March 2008—is all well and good, and actually a great place to get acquainted with this site.  But I have my own list of stories I loved the most so far. To celebrate our third blogaversary (blogiversary?) this week, here it is: 21 of Margaret’s Madcap Favorites of all time, in no particular order.

  1. My Life in a Cabinet of Curiosities
  2. Favorite Garden Poem: Why Did My Plant Die?
  3. 10 Tips for Successful Underplanting
  4. Growing Fancy-Leaf Begonias, Inside and Out
  5. Vegetable-Garden Tuneup (Succession Planting)
  6. So What’s This About Woo-Woo? (Video)
  7. Most Passive-Aggressive Andre Doodles: Must Garden Gear,
  8. …or Nice Shoes, Really
  9. Most Tender Andre Doodles: Sowing Hope,
  10. …or I Miss You, Dear Friend
  11. My Growing Fascination With (Yup!) Fungus
  12. What Weed Is It?
  13. Frogfight!
  14. Growing and Storing a Year of Garlic
  15. Botanical Latin 101: Taxonomy Lite
  16. …and Decoding Botanical Latin
  17. Ray of Catalog Sunshine: More Non-GMO Seeds
  18. I Know What Birds Like: 11 Backyard Habitat Tips
  19. My 1989ish Garden Essays (yes, I’ve been at this that long!):
  1. Ailsa says:

    I knew the Cabinet of Curiosities would be first!!! ;c)
    Good calls all. Isn’t it funny, though, how our tops aren’t necessarily others?

  2. Dolores says:

    You came to Tower Hill Botanical Garden in Boylston, Ma.
    Your talk was great and I purchased your new book.
    Your website is the most comprehensive I have ever seen; you just don’t know where to click next………

    1. Margaret says:

      Welcome, Dolores…I remember signing your book, because I asked out loud if it was Del- or Dol- . Yes? Glad you enjoyed the event; me, too. Hope you enjoy the book as well. I am here; visit anytime.

  3. Monica Poling says:

    I’d forgotten the Cabinet of Curiosities! Loved that one! I’m going to work my way down all 21 … Thank you, Margaret, for all you do to keep your blog fun, funny, beautiful, inspiring. I remember reading about your country home and your garden years and years ago in MS Living and being fascinated then … so I was thrilled to find your blog last year and catch up with you!

  4. Bernadette B. says:

    My favorite, by far, is #5 – Vegetable-Garden Tuneup (Succession Planting); the more we plant (and are able to keep the soil happy) the better for our eating success.

  5. Rose Wallace says:

    I love yor website. Your articles and advise have been wonderful. I wanted to ask if you have anything about succulents and/or cacti? I love them and want to explore more options with them in zone 5.

  6. Rich Dowd says:

    I moved up from the city,to orange county ,monroe 15years ago …my soil is quite rocky and clay ridden ..I love to garden however the deer are having a field day with my eponymous,,How do you keep those deer away from your mature plants?,I do love your website especially the picture of you smiling with the red apron while sitting in the mulch..I like your new book especially the title…its as if your willing yourself to have peace ….nice pears…I love sun flowers …..thanks for the cool website…Rich

  7. Gayla Templeton says:

    Thank God they didn’t have this winter in their computers to further skew their numbers. Here in NE Kansas the ground has yet to freeze. The temperature is so unsteady that we have not had more than two day running the same. Yesterday the high was 47, today is to be 53 and tomorrow to be 67. Then it’s to drop back to the 40’s. We have only had two or three days this winter that were normal, with very low tiemperatures with a high in the 20’s. At one time Kansas was considered a part of the Great American Desert and I’m actually afraid it is going back to that cycle. We have not had any snow. The day we had that it only reached the 20’s we had a light unmeasurable powder that blew around and was gone the next day. If this is in fact a pattern developing, we are in big trouble. Kansas has long been considered the bread basket of the world but the cold winter wheat grown here will not produce in this climate. Of course, as a gardener, I’ve been aware something was afoot. I have been seeing things like Cannas that my inlaws in Oklahoma City could leave in the ground all winter to come up again in the spring sometimes happening here where previously if we didn’t dig them we didn’t have them. When you have gardened as long as I have it’s easy to look back and see how much of a change we have experienced. It’s interesting to find out the experts are seeing the same thing.

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