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Pardon our confetti – we have been celebrating. You see, it’s been four years since we started dreaming up the idea for plant lust.

We wanted, for both selfish and generous reasons, to hunt for our plant wish list from all the fantastic independent nurseries we could find – and then some. We wanted to know what our plants would grow to look like. And we wanted to be able to search for whatever weird plant obsession had currently possessed our thoughts. The velvety, the odd, or just plain smelly. I can’t explain it, I just find them fascinating.

It’s been a fun but exhausting four years. Building the site, starting out with our first guinea pig nursery, Gossler Farms who were up for our experiment. Researching and cataloging 24,000 plants. Adding catalogs of 55 more independent nurseries. Collecting 45,000 photos from all those lovely photographers who share our plant photography OCD, and were kind enough to share. There’s plenty more to do, and we have no plans to slow down.

I can’t believe how much we’ve learned in the last few years, how many plants we’ve stumbled upon, and how many new nurseries we’ve met. It’s been so much fun. And now, beginning our fifth year, we’re kicking off the blog so we can share our favorite finds with fellow plant geeks.

There are three of us, thank goodness, because I could not have done any of this without my partners. If I can brag a bit, I think we have the perfect team.

Many people already know Loree of Danger Garden fame, but if you haven’t checked out her latest inspiring tour from her garden, you are in for a treat.

Our other partner, Patricia (full disclosure, also my mom) has done the heavy lifting on our plant research over the years. While Patricia claims to be winging it in the garden, she recently moved her previous gorgeous garden and is putting down roots in a new one. Even in early stages of the new garden, it appears her design talents are not a fluke.

I’ve had my nose to the grindstone since we started plant lust, but some may remember my previous blog, nest maker from back in the day. My garden has taken a hit this year from various workers, puppies, and neighbors, but its opened up the opportunity to do some long overdue hardscaping and rethinking, so it’ll be an exciting year.

Looking forward to this!