Barbie and I would like to take this opportunity to introduce our “Blotsprouts” to the Blotanical Community … 

We’ve raved about the Blotanical Community and about being “Blotanists”*. As you become more involved in the Blotanical community and spend time reading other Blotanists posts, sharing info, communicating with and getting to know other gardeners around the world, you accumulate points and progress through the ranks. You start out as a Blotanist, then become a Fellow, then Master and finally, one day you become a Guru Blotanist. Finally we have progressed through the ranks and are now considered “Guru Blotanists”. (When I say Guru Blotanist, let me be quite clear here – That makes me a Guru only within the Blotanical website and how it works only – I’m by no means a guru in anything else garden related – Far from it!! I’m still just your average newbie gardener trying to find my way around the world of gardening …)

As a Guru Blotanist one can choose to become a Mentor to others who are new to the Blotanical community. Getting “into” Blotanical can be a bit of a learning curve. And having a friendly mentor to guide you and encourage you to join in and make use of the various features definitely helps. Our Mentor was Diana from Elephant’s Eye. I’m pretty sure we would not have become as involved (or derived as much benefit) if it had not been for her gentle prodding and help with features. So when the time came for us to be a “guru” to new Blotanists, we nervously accepted the challenge and have become “Mentor” to three new Blotsprouts**.

Please join us in welcoming our Blotsprouts to the Blotanical Community … (We’ve added links below to their “Blotanical Plots” specially for Blotanical members who would like to find out more, follow or “fave” them – but remember, you need to be logged in to Blotanical to get there).

John & Maria’s Garden Pages

BlotsproutsA blog that is mostly about my gardening interests in South West England. I am interested in exotic, sub tropical styles of gardening, insect and other wildlife photography and houseplants“. John is a semi-retired IT Trainer who lives and works in the UK. His interests are varied and include gardening, photography, dogs, technology, science fiction and music.  I enjoy John’s writing and the photos on his blog are great.

John has also published an E-book entitled “Carpeting your Woodland Floor”, which I promptly downloaded to my Kindle and am currently reading. I’m redoing my shaded back corner garden and want to create something like this so am absorbing his ideas and advice. I’m finding it extremely useful and well written. Visit John & Maria’s Blog at http://johnrichmond100.blogspot.com/
John’s Blotanical Plot: http://www.blotanical.com/php/my_plot.php?pId=4911

Hortus 5

BlotsproutMario Mirelez is an Advanced Master Gardener as recognized by the Purdue Extension Master Gardener Program and is an active member of the American Boxwood Society, American Hosta Society, The Indianapolis Hosta Society and the Marion County Master Gardener Association. “This is a gardening blog by a guy whose new-found love is horticulture. Join me as I write about my processes and inspirations from my “Zone 5” point of view“.

I was a bit intimidated at first by Mario’s blog and almost decided to leave his “Mentoring” to an experienced gardener, but I couldn’t tear myself away from his blog as it is well written, each post is accompanied by great photographs and he obviously “knows his stuff”. So whilst I may be his Blotanical Mentor, his blog will undoubtedly become one of my “Go To” blogs whenever I’m researching or just want a good garden read! Its a winner! We are privileged to have his blog listed in Blotanical. Visit his blog at: http://www.hortus5.com/
Mario’s Blotanical Plot: http://www.blotanical.com/php/my_plot.php?pId=4908

Angel Turned Blogger

BlotsproutFrom the Philippines, Angels Blog is the blog of a a stay at home wife married to her best friend (who works as a full time medical transcriber). Angel is a leisure gardener and blogger who loves anything to do with DIY, going green, simple living, playing with kids, flower blooms, feel good movies, and good food. When I was browsing through Angel’s Blog I was drawn to her post on the homemade shishi odoshi which is a Japanese garden accessory / device used to scare animals away from the garden. She shows how they built it and how it has evolved into a lovely feature in their garden. I’m enjoying her posts in which she shares the lovely flowers she has in her garden. Visit Angel’s Blog at http://angelturnedblogger.blogspot.com/
Angel’s Blotanical Plot: http://www.blotanical.com/php/my_plot.php?pId=4905

Please join me in welcoming our “Blotsprouts” to the Blotanical community!

*Blotanists – Members of Blotanical
**Blotsprouts = new Blotanists, i.e. new members of Blotanical

Happy Gardening
xxx