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Introducing our Blotsprouts

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
John’s Blotanical Plot:

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:
Mario’s Blotanical Plot:

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
Angel’s Blotanical Plot:

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

By Christine

Dominated by large trees on a medium sized property, my garden is very shaded. With no “full sun” areas I have to plant shade and partial shade loving plants. I love shrubs and flowers including camellias and azaleas but Roses and Irises are my favourite and getting these to thrive is a challenge …

10 replies on “Introducing our Blotsprouts”

my brother created an account a whole back and then stopped using it, i think mainly because of its lack of integration with other platforms like facebook, twitter and gmail, unless this has changed now?

i guess it would be good to meet new garden bloggers but is there no way it could be linked to any of the above for ease of use? or am i asking too much? 🙂

I had no idea Blotanical was doing this. I’d heard the term Blotsprouts on a few blogs but really didn’t understand what it meant. Obviously not spending enough time on Blotanical lately! Great idea to introduce people to the community.

Congrats on making it to Guru! So glad you guys stuck it out with Blotanical, I’m so happy to have found your blog through it! Welcome to the newbies I can’t wait to check out your blogs and hope you enjoy Blotanical. Cheers =)

Thanks Julia – you are so right – its through Blotanical we found you too! We both love your blog (and I envy you your gorgeous garden!).

I am so delighted that you did battle thru the feed problems way back when, was sad when you wrote ‘Blotanical is not for us’ but you hung in there and – kyk hoe lyk jy nou!!

Will be back later to explore your BlotSprouts – I would have missed all 3 without your gentle prodding ;~)

We have you to thank for being part of it! Without your prodding I would have given up. And now … well we love being a part of it!

PS: Now you are one of my “gardening mentors”, so the mentoring hasn’t ended 🙂

hi christine!

i really appreciate your introduction. thank you so much. it’s really nice of you. i’m so happy having you as my mentor. have a blessed day!



Many thanks for the introduction and write up, Christine. It’s good to be a part of something with such obvious community spirit. I’ll add some garden shots to my blog for the next post to give everyone a better idea of my style and interests. In the meantime I can’t ID your tree from the previous post – but it definitely looks like an Acer of some sort. What’s the bark like?

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