Guest Rants

The rants that made you rant, part II


We regularly invite and post guest rants, but in 2009 Susan had the great idea to devote the last couple weeks of summer to guest rants. It gives us a break and you a chance to let it all hang out. Our guest ranters have written some fearless and fascinating posts—and we love it! All the guest ranters here will receive special badges for their sidebars (as they did last year). Please click on their posts to see what all the fuss was about and link back to their blogs. Comments will be closed on these posts, but you can continue the discussion here.

10.  Guest ranter  Ginny Stibolt doesn’t mince words about P. Allen Smith’s lame tree-planting photo.

9. Tee Riddle explains why seed packets suck.  

8. The normally mild-mannered Graham Rice is mad as hell about HOA required plant lists

7. Tom Alexander is curious—why doesn’t the GWA recognize the growing of certain plants as gardening

6. Benjamin Vogt finds flagpoles and their plantings of questionable benefit in the domestic landscape.

5.  Barbara Pintozzi asks IGCs to shape up or lose her business. 

4.  Shawna Coronada maintains that the health care reform bill promotes a gardening life.

3. A city in Illinois mows down someone’s easeway garden without notice. Can they do that? Yes. Should they do that? Michelle Clay thinks not.

2.  Susan Hampshire dares to take on whimsy. You can guess the rest.

1. Robin Ripley suggests that aesthetic quality control can be applied to vegetable plantings as well as to ornamental gardens. 

Posted by on December 31, 2010 at 4:59 am, in the category Guest Rants.
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5 responses to “The rants that made you rant, part II”

  1. Laura Munoz says:

    Well, the garden whimsy rant certainly brought back memories. In my comment there, I mentioned the “Flamingo Lady” whose yard I enjoy. Previously she had some 100+ plastic pink flamingos in colored boas and hats decorating her backyard. Update: This Christmas, she had the flamingos pulling a sled like reindeer. It was funny, and I’m actually happy she thinks outside the box. ‘Course she isn’t a gardener that I can tell.

  2. hampshires says:

    I remember almost all of these, great list. Who can forget the “whimsy” firestorm. It got something of a bad rap, though. After reading the post again, it wasn’t so much about having whimsy as it was people having the exact same stuff in the gardens as everyone else.

  3. Marte says:

    Thanks for posting these! I missed a few the first time and it was fun to read them.

  4. Thanks for the opportunity to rant here. 😀

  5. Yes, thanks for providing a broader platform for posts that don’t necessarily work on our own individual blogs.