Sunday, September 28, 2008

Site-related: Blotanical results (with links)

PATSP has received the Blottie (I'm gonna call them that, even if nobody else does) for Best Indoor Gardening Blog. (Full list of winners and nominees here.) I considered going into an Oscar-acceptance parody speech here (". . . and I wanna thank my parents, and Jesus, and all the little people. . . .") but decided that the better way to go was to play it a little straighter than that.

So I'll just say that I appreciate Stuart's efforts to put the awards together, especially considering that the awards and the ongoing feed issues hit at more or less the same time, which I'm guessing means he was doing twice as much work on Blotanical this month as he was expecting, and very possibly four times as much as he usually would. (Stuart's Blog, Gardening Tips 'n' Ideas; Blotanical home page)

I'd also like to sincerely thank everyone who voted, whether for me or not. As a lot of you know, blogging is kind of a weird gig, in that you start doing it before you know whether anybody's listening or not, and sometimes you get feedback about whether you're doing it right, and sometimes you don't. Those of you who voted for me presumably think I'm doing okay, which is nice to hear, and those of you who didn't have just pointed me to four other blogs from which I can steal ideas.


[evil laughter, lightning, crash of thunder]

So but anyway.

Soliloquy doesn't really need the extra attention, as she already won two Blotties (Best Canadian Blog, Best Commenter) and was a nominee for two others (Best Photography, Blotanist of the Year).

Balcony Gardener is, as it sounds, not so much an indoor gardening blog as a small-container gardening blog, but there are obvious overlaps between the two. Neither of us use shovels much, for example. Also some good, solid close-up photography, which is always nice. And Canadian, which I am trying very hard to suck up to as many Canadians as possible until I know how the U.S. election has turned out. (At which point I will either return to my normal level of trying to ingratiate myself with Canadians, which is still high for an American, or redouble my efforts, depending. Anybody who knows of any good Canadian horticultural programs should really, really get in touch with me. No, seriously. You should.)

Houseplants is a friend of the blog from way back, with a particular interest in the early conservatories and Wardian cases and so forth. Plus also lots of orchid pictures.

Indoor Gardener makes me think, well, maybe we could grow basil in here after all. (There was a previous bad experience.) The question is more whether the various Euphorbia, Cereus, Synadenium, Aloe, Pandanus, Coffea, Yucca, Hatiora, etc. specimens could be persuaded to share their window with something edible. I kind of hate to ask (you know how cranky Euphorbias can be). But if I ever were to decide that I wanted to grow herbs and vegetables in the apartment, Indoor Gardener is the first place I'd go to find out how. Until then, the husband and I will just keep eating frozen pizzas.

And finally, since the celebratory Gazanias have been used very recently, as well as the Gerbera of Accomplishment, we're going to have to go with a different flower for this occasion. So: the Streptocarpus of Public Recognition.

Streptocarpus x 'Purple Martin'

In about three weeks, we'll have a blogaversary (blogIversary? Which is it? Neither one looks right to me.) happen, too. When it rains, it pours.


12 comments:

perennialgardener said...

Congratulations! I loved your acceptance speech, lol.

susan harris said...

I'm sure Jesus had a lot to do with your win. Or maybe it was just your incredibly witty writing, and your passion for a subset of gardening that usually goes unsung. Kudos!

Shirley "EdenMaker" said...

Congratulations. I was behind you all the way!
Shirley

Aiyana said...

Congratulations!
Aiyana

Kim said...

Congratulations - great speech. And how could it have been ANYTHING but the Streptocarpus?

Water Roots said...

Way to go! I always vote for you whenever a vote is needed... You certainly deserve this award. Must be your charm and good looks - and sense of humour, of course!

Pam/Digging said...

Nice speech. Congrats on your much-deserved win too.

cherb said...

Congratulations, and I am glad your hard work has been appreciated! Love your blog!

our friend Ben said...

Congratulations, Mr. S.!!! I'm with you all the way (to Canada; can I stow away in your trunk?!). Speaking of stowing away, since we're pirateholics around here, I can't help but give a little credit to the pirate flag, too. A great big victory "YAAARRRR!!!" to you!!!

mr_subjunctive said...

our friend ben:

Well, odds are that the trunk is going to be full of plants. As will the front and back seats, roof, and any spare areas underneath the chassis. (It'll be a wonder if we don't get into multiple wrecks, actually, all bedecked in camouflage like that.) But I'll see what I can do. Possibly if I potted them all together into one really really huge pot. . . .

garden girl said...

Congratulations on the well-deserved Blottie!

balconygardener said...

Congrats on the win Mr. S. And just a reminder we have our own little election going on right now. Your's is by far much more entertaining, but we both might want to be looking for new gardening buddies abroad, just in case it all goes bad.