It started when Fern linked to a post of mine about black garden plants. At some point this past summer someone using the name "Karen Platt" replied to the linked blog post and left a comment that reads in part:
...I worked with Proven Winners from 2001-2005 to set up a black plant range, they took the plants along with their sister companies but never really came up with any payment of any sort, though they still sell the plants and make an awful lot of money...
The commenter goes on to spam the comments section of my blog with a plug for a book and website. Normally, I delete comments on my blog(s) that are self-promotional in nature, because self-promotion is what Twitter and Facebook are for, amirite? Anyway, I left the comment up because I was partially aware of the bizarre exchange between garden author and garden blogger and thought it was kinda funny that it started because of a post I wrote.
What isn't funny is that now the author is threatening to sue Fern Richardson. You can get all of the details in Fern's post: The Great Black Plant Scandal of 2009 (Black Plantergate?)< link opens in a new window.