Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Post #202 - For the love of Blogging and my Readers

I meant to share this a few posts ago (for #200), but I have been rather caught up in trying to finish my succession planting series from 2011 before the bulbs really get going in this earlier spring! (So far I have done the Hill, Cherry Corner and the Shade Path... only three more to go... whew.)

Firstly, I want to say a big THANK YOU to all of my wonderfully encouraging and gifted readers from this past year!! You are scattered across the globe, but I have felt your warm wishes in Pennsylvania. I have so enjoyed the interactions that we have shared through comments and emails. It has truly been my pleasure to share a bit of our small garden "paradise" with you.

Peonies in June 2011
Wife, Mother, Gardener started a bit slowly at first, with only a handful of posts in its first year in 2010. My husband was the instigator from the beginning, and he finally assailed me a year later with pleas to beginning writing about what we were doing here in our gardening. It was his idea for me to write my first series of posts on our 2010 season in January of last year (see Part 1). Once I really got rolling in February, I have not looked back. So, I would also call this my one year garden-blog anniversary.

Blogging has become one of my major creative outlets: a place to put together both photos and the story of our garden and home-life.  So thank you to my Sweetheart for stretching me into it!

Also I want to say thank you to Donna at Gardens Eye View and Karen at Southern Meadows for mentioning me in their Versatile Bloggers lists! I so appreciate you ladies for all of your encouraging words this year, and for sharing your gifts in your wonderful blogs as well!


Here are seven things I hope to do better in my garden this year:
  • Keep more seeds from damping off
  • Grow more sun plants in our new sunnier backyard (more info on that to come... but so sad)
  • Walk in the garden more and enjoy it!!
  • Read a garden photography book and use it
  • Think about stretching my plantings further in color and form
  • Add more ornamental grasses!
  • Have a garden party in early summer and add another in fall (more fun, yes?)

As another nonconformist, I am also going to bend the rules a bit. Here are some posts by other blogs that I have enjoy recently that you might also like to take a look at:

I hope you all have some chocolate to enjoy today! I am going to try whipping some up for us this evening... perhaps you will want to try it too? Molten Chocolate Cake with Raspberries... yum. 
Happy Valentine's Day!

9 comments:

  1. Oh Julie you are so welcome..I love your gardens and blogs and have learned so much from you...Happy Valentine's Day!!

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  2. Congratulations on your blogoversary! The award is well-deserved--I would have listed you on my list, too, but someone had already picked you. But you already know your blog is one of my favorites! Those Peony photos are luscious!

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  3. Congratulations on your blogoversary! The award is well-deserved--I would have listed you on my list, too, but someone had already picked you. But you already know your blog is one of my favorites! Those Peony photos are luscious!

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  4. Thanks for the mention, Julie. I feel like you that I have become 'friends' accross the world; congratulations on your well-deserved prize. Christina

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  5. Thank you so much for the mention. I love your list of things to accomplish this summer and I definitelyI look forward to spending more time with my camera as well - I have a lot to learn!

    Happy anniversary...I look forward to reading more and more from you, your blog provides a cheerful interlude to my days!

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  6. Thankyou for the mention aswell Julie and congratulations on your blogoversary.

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  7. Happy Blogaversary! You have a beautiful garden - so glad you husband convinced you to share it. A garden party sounds fabulous! You will be able to share the love of gardening, and have fun, too!

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  8. Many thanks Julie, and happy anniversary!

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