Dear Esteemed and Potential Members of the Society for the Preservation and Propagation of Old-Time Gardening Wisdom, Lore, and Superstition (SPPOTGWLS or “the Society”),
I, your self-appointed society president, have taken it upon myself to compile a list of all acronyms currently or formerly in use in the garden blogging world (GBW) to aid all new, current, former and future garden bloggers and readers of garden blogs in the understanding of same as they apply to garden blogs.
Without further ado and discussion the following are presented for the membership to consider. There will not be a quiz.
AGB – Austin Garden Bloggers. Far and away the largest congregation of garden bloggers is within and around the city of Austin, Texas, so they shall be referred to as AGB’s
BIRDS – Bird Information and Reference Deficiency Syndrome. The general condition of not knowing very much about the birds that visit your garden.
BTS – Black Thumb Syndrome. According to Kate from Gardening Without Skills, there are some people whot are afflicated with this. No matter how hard they try not to, they kill green things. They’ve been trying to get the AMA to recognize it as real for years so they can go through their health insurance for therapy. It’s quite sad really.
CCG – Cold Climate Gardening. One of the pioneers of garden blogging, Kathy Purdy named her blog Cold Climate Gardening because she gardens in a cold climate, USDA Hardiness Zone 4. She has already reported frost this year.
CGB – Chicago Garden Bloggers. Though not as numerous as AGB’s, the CGB’s have graciously volunteered to host the next GBSF the weekend of May 29 – 31, 2009 in the windy city, Chicago, Illinois. Please, oh please does the event include a visit to the CBG?
DIPT – Did I Plant This. First coined by Beckie from Dragon Fly Corner, this is nother syndrome some gardeners seem to suffer from which causes them to forget what they planted, and thus they are often happily surprised when a pretty flower shows up in their garden that they didn’t remember planting.
EGG – Egregious Garden Gloating. Identifed by Eliz. from Gardening While Intoxicated, this is when one gardener gloats in the presence of other gardeners about his or her better weather, plants, flowers, climate, soil, etc. An EGG violation is scored from one to ten, with ten being reserved for the most egregious violations. This is very similar to EGT, Egregious Garden Taunting.
GAD$ – Garden Attention Distraction Syndrome, Shopping Version. An affliction that causes gardeners to buy plants and other garden supplies at random, often resulting in spending more money than was originally planned to be spent.
GADS – Garden Attention Distraction Syndrome. An affliction that most, if not all, gardeners suffer from, the primary symptom being the inability to focus on one garden task until it is done. Instead the gardener moves from task to task, as they are distracted by one plant and then another, like bumblebees flitting from flower to flower.
GBBC – Garden Bloggers Book Club. This is a now-defunct book club formed to promote garden bloggers reading and posting about a garden book selection every two months.
GBBD – Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. GBBD occurs on the 15th of every month when garden bloggers post pictures and lists on their garden blogs of what is blooming in their gardens on that day and then leave a comment on the GBBD host blog, MDG, so we can find them and pay a virtual visit to see what they have in bloom.
GBSF – Garden Bloggers’ Spring Fling. A meet-up of garden bloggers from near and far that occurs in the spring. The first GBSF was hosted by several AGB’s in Austin, Texas in April 2009. A grand time was had by all. The second annual GBSF will be in Chicago the weekend of May 29 – 31, 2009.
GR – Garden Rant. One of the few garden blogs with an actual manifesto, they are ‘uprooting the gardening world’ one post at a time.
GRTH – Gardener’s Reduced Time with Horticulture. One of the side affects of not spending enough time gardening is an overall increased in the gardener’s own girth.
GWI – Gardening While Intoxicated. The place to find out about gardening in Buffalo, NY, where EAL swears there is not snow on the ground nine months out of the year. If there was snow on the ground all the time, that would be a good reason to garden while intoxicated.
HHSBP – Horticultural Hypochondriac Syndrome by Proxy. Mr. McGregor’s Daughter suffers from this, the constant worry that something is wrong with your plants.
IGT – Iced green tea. This is the beverage of choice for discriminating garden bloggers! Starbucks brand is preferred.
LAPCPADPOUB – Lets all post cat photos and dire poetry on our blogs. A one time event created by Happy Mouffetard of The Inelegant Gardener.
MCOK – My Corner of Katy. A very interesting cottage style garden in Houston, Texas, this also refers to the Cindy, the gardener there.
MDG – May Dreams Gardens. That’s my garden, also used to denote my blog of the same name.
MSS – M Sinclair Stevens. Also one of the pioneers of gardening blogging, this blogger’s blog is Zanthan Gardens, and she is one of the AGB’s.
MSSGB – Moist Society of Southern Garden Bloggers. According to Compost in my Shoe, humidity breeds more than a slight aroma. I guess that means these gardeners need to stick together.
OGS – Obsessed Gardener Syndrome. Closely related to HHSBP, the primary symptom appears to be constant worry about your garden.
OLOGBA – Official List of Garden Bloggers Acronyms. That’s this list that you are reading right now.
PLANTS – Pleasing, listed, achievable, nature-friendly, time bound, specific. A way to ‘plant’ goals for your garden.
RDR – Red Dirt Ramblings. The wonderful musings about gardening by Dee, who gardens in Oklahoma.
SGAFO – Society of Gardeners Age Fifty and Over. Enough said.
SLOP – Straight Line Obsessive Planting. This is a disorder that some gardeners, especially those who grew up planting vegetables, suffer from which causes them to instinctively plant nearly everything in a straight line. This creates a disaster when the SLOP affected gardener attempts to plant tulips bulbs. At least one garden blogger refers to this as Always Neat And Lined-Up.
SOGI – Someone of Garden Importance. Dee of Red Dirt Ramblings suffers from GVAD when a SOGI is coming to visit. We all do!
SPPOTGWLS – Society for the Preservation and Propagation of Old-Time Gardening Wisdom, Lore, and Superstition. A society for all garden bloggers, the only requirement for membership is to occasionally leave a comment to indicate “present”.
WOO – Window of Opportunity. A gardening WOO is the perfect amount of time for a gardener to actually work in their garden without interruption and feel like they got something done.
WUT – World’s Ugliest Tomato. And yes, I did grow the world’s ugliest tomato this year! Some bloggers may have attempted to compete, but in the end the WUT in my garden prevailed as the one and only WUT.
If any members know of any acronyms that have been inadvertently left off this list, please raise your hand and reply with comment so the missing acryonym can be added to this list, which will hereby be known as the OLOGBA (Official List Of Garden Bloggers Acronyms).
Your Self-Appointed Society President,