Don't know about you, but I find December quite a reflective time garden-wise, what with the dark, the rain and most things going on indoors.
That being so, I thought I'd take a look at the gardening blogs out there.
Clearly, for all but a few, keeping a blog going is a 'challenge'. So many of the ones you find online are, let's put it kindly - 'resting', with a last entry in 2012, or 2009, or a promise to write more later in the summer ... then radio silence.
I think the big problem is lack of encouragement. If you read a blog, do make a comment beneath it. The writer will be chuffed and inspired to do more.
Contributions are even thin on a forum like Talk Gardening at this time of year, despite there being many more readers and writers. But at least if you write a post here it won't be long before another one comes along to keep it company. On your own blog spot your golden last words can hang there forlornly and comment-less for months waiting for the next instalment!
Blogs are personal and there's no one way to write them. But tell a good story, share something interesting or useful and put your personality into it and you're on your way. Good photos are great to add too.
Here's a shining example in my view from one of our bloggers, Rachel the Gardener, about setting fire to Pampas grass. She never fails to inject spirit and know how into her posts. Or another from Wrightrhodos for a fascinating piece about Victorian greenhouses. Or one on a rant by John Walker, Join the awkward squad. Or lastly (and perhaps cheekily) one from me - the story about the marvellous Mrs Marrow.
And here are some blogs from 'out there' that I found worth the read - in no particular order. Do add your own recommendations, if you have them, in comments below.
The photo of the lovely Helleborus is courtesy of Linda - not surprisingly they've been early this year.