If you want to be truly inspired, food-wise, rush on over to Lucullian Delights. Even if you don't like Italian cooking, you'll like the photography, which includes some garden and floral themes from time to time between the sumptuous food shots.
Posting is light this weekend. #1 son is up from Florida for some end-of-season skiing. After the first day of spring dawning at a cool 4 F, we've had mostly 50s and 60s and the snow has pretty much retreated, except for drifts in the veggie garden. I've got more spring ephemeral pictures that won't get processed or posted for awhile.
I'llÂ admitÂ thatÂ I'veÂ onlyÂ beenÂ visitingÂ thereÂ forÂ aÂ fewÂ weeks. But Rick hooked me. Â That's because he does some things well thatÂ IÂ think allÂ usÂ gardenÂ bloggersÂ shouldÂ strive to emulate:
Interesting original content not found anywhere else.
Content that extends far beyond one particular garden, including many posts of historical interest. Â (I wish more bloggers would help sieve through that stuff and glean the best for the rest of us.)
And most importantly: Consistently interesting graphic content. Â (For example, these colorful options for visiting Quito.)
NotÂ treatingÂ graphicÂ contentÂ as an afterthought is especially important for those of us who come to bloggingÂ primarily as writers. Gardening is largely a visual experience. Â Reading online is a chore. Looking at pictures is easy. And Rick's pictures carry a lot of thought-provoking content. It's no coincidence that he's a landscape-design professional.
So when you can't read any more, head over to the WCI and page through the old posts. (Check out his series, 'An Appreciation of Stone.') You'll find images that make you want to start reading again.
In my day job, I work as a communications specialist in the Department of Horticulture at Cornell University. I take on freelance jobs from time to time. More gardeners than I can remember have given me plants and freely shared their wisdom. I try to do the same.