A Gardening Year

The adventures and misadventures of an heirloom gardener

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Happy Birthday!

A Gardening Year was born one year ago today. It was something I had wanted to do for a while, but it felt "right" to wait and begin with the new year. Initially, I was writing for an audience of one, myself. I didn't think that anyone else would be interested in my efforts, written or horticultural. How wrong I was! One year later, my blog is read by people not just all over the country but also all over the world.

When I am working in the yard now, I feel I am not alone. There are other gardeners peering over my shoulder, offering advice, cheering my successes and consoling me over my failures. When I am finished working in my own gardens, I stroll through their gardens via their blogs. I've learned so much from those blogs and gotten lots of great ideas from all of the pictures. If you happen to see anything familiar in my gardens this coming year, remember: imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!

Last year at this time, we were enjoying balmy weather. I had snowdrops blooming by the birdbath. The weather is much colder this year, but still warmer than normal. I didn't go outside at all today like I normally would. Someone spilled a drink on the dancefloor last night and I slipped and did something nasty to my hip. Ironically, it's the same leg I injured in the fall down the stairs in October. Once more, I am having difficulty walking around. Age is catching up with me.

Thankfully, I have plenty of seed catalogs to pore over while I recuperate. My favorite, Select Seeds, hasn't arrived yet. I've been looking through their catalog online. I much prefer a hard copy though. And I have been perusing the rose sellers' sites. I've found a new one, High Country Roses. They offer container grown roses, not bare root like I am accustomed to. Does anyone have any experience with them? They seem to have good prices and varieties.

I would like to end this post with a big "THANK YOU" to everyone who has been reading and commenting on my blog. I feel that I have become a member of a very special community of people. I wish everyone the very best in 2006.


At 1:10 AM, Blogger Beverly said...

Happy New Year Oldroses. And Happy Birthday to A Gardening Year:)

At 2:20 AM, Anonymous my secret garden said...

First of all, Happy New Year and secondly, your blog is really interesting to read. Interesting by my standards on how you communicate well your thoughts, ideas and the beauty of gardening. So keep posting!

At 1:54 PM, Blogger Nancy said...

Happy Blogday to you!

Thanks for the links on the seed sources. My DH and I are looking through different catalogs and trying to decide where and what and how to plant all the things we want to grow.

I wish my garden were bigger!

At 5:25 PM, Blogger Kathy said...

My Select Seeds already came (just within the last week, though). Sometimes they send them out in batches so hopefully yours isn't lost in the mail.

What kind of dancing do you like?

At 6:10 PM, Blogger OldRoses said...

Kathy, I am ashamed to admit that on New Years Eve I do the "I've had one too many margaritas and I'm feelin' really good" dance!

At 7:01 PM, Blogger Stuart said...

Happy Blogging Birthday - A Gardening Year. Always great to read your posts and see your photos. Looking forward to another great read this year.

At 10:06 PM, Blogger kerry said...

Happy Blog Day to you! The older I get the shorter a year is.

At 4:31 AM, Blogger Alice said...

I do hope your leg/hip will soon be fully functional again. At least you have a few weeks before getting out into the garden in earnest, so I'm sure you'll be fighting fit again by then.

At 11:39 PM, Anonymous Judith said...

Happy New Year & Happy Blogiversary--a year already! I enjoy reading your blog & the fact the snowdrop is back again is wonderful. Feel better! Isn't it nice it is getting lighter & all the seed catalogs are arriving every day?!

At 10:05 PM, Blogger Sylvana said...

Happy Blog B-day!


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