Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Three years, Three things blogging has taught me and Three gifts…
I hadn’t planned to post about this occasion, but then I realized not doing so went against my strongly held belief that all birthdays are special and need to be celebrated. So after stopping to give myself a little pat on the back for posting at least 5 days a week for 3 years running (no vacation or sick days!), I stopped to consider what I’ve learned in my 3 years…
#1 Every gardener suffers from zone envy…or maybe more accurately plant envy. And I live in a pretty damn fine place to be a gardener. Californians yearn to grow Hostas and Spring blooming bulbs, Arizonians want to grow Gunneras, Texans desire Japanese Forest Grass, and Canadians lust after Agaves. Here in Portland I can grow all of these, plus I have a riches of fantastic nurseries to shop at and our weather is relatively good to gardeners (no drought, no single digit winter temperatures or regular triple digits in the summer). Of course you will still hear me complain about the weather here in Oregon on occasion, but blogging has helped me realize how good I’ve got it.
#2 You never know who’s reading your blog and where those “introductions” might take you. Because of blogging I met my plant lust business partners Megan and Patricia, my friend JJ whom I’m going to San Francisco with, and Pam from Austin, TX who came to Portland last summer for a visit. Through our blogs I met Ryan, Derek and Scott with whom I’ve gone on two fun-filled horticultural adventures (and we’re planning our third). I’ve met local plant and nursery celebrities and gotten to visit amazing private gardens. Blogging can open doors, I've had fun stepping through them to see what’s on the other side.
#3 Always have your camera with you. You can never anticipate how your readers will react to a post. Blog for fun, if you’re not enjoying it what’s the point? Okay I cheated a little with three points for #3…oh well.
Now it’s time for the best part of birthdays, the presents! (everyone loves presents right?) First one for me…I went back to Garden Fever and bought the ‘Frosty Blue’ Agave ovatifolia…after all I couldn’t disappoint you guys!
And now presents for you…I’ve been the lucky recipient of more than one “swag bag” in recent months. While all of the contents are appreciated some just haven’t been a great fit for me. Since I imagine are plenty of people out there who could be enjoying them I’m giving away one copy each of:
the naturescaping workbook: A Step-by-Step Guide for Bringing Nature to Your Backyard, by Beth O'Donnell Young and Karen Bussolini
My Garden, the City and Me: Rooftop Adventures in the Wilds of London, by Helen Babbs
Fruit Trees in Small Spaces: Abundant Harvests from Your Own Backyard, by Colby Eierman
Click on the title to be taken to the Timber Press website where you can read more about each book. To be entered in the drawing you must live in the continental United States (sorry!) and comment on this post with the name (or names) of the titles you would like to win. You can name one, two or all three…just let me know which drawing(s) you want to be a part of. If I draw a name that has already won one book in this contest I will discard that name and draw another, that way three different people will win. Drawing will be held on Friday the 16th, winners announced on Saturday the 17th.
Good luck and please keep coming back for more dangerous gardening adventures as year #4 kicks off tomorrow. I wouldn't still be blogging if not for you all!