Tuesday, October 28, 2008

One Year in the Virtual Garden

On October 28, 2007 I wrote my first post. In the beginning it was like a newborn colt staggering up for the first time. Small posts eventually got larger and more in depth as the blog developed. I was never one who enjoyed writing in High School or College but strangely I started a blog anyway and have come to really enjoy the compositional aspects of writing as well as the interaction with other people across the world. It's really amazing when you think about it, people have visited and left comments from all sorts of places. All continents except Antarctica have put in their 2 cents worth or at least visited this little corner of the gardening world.

Why do people enjoy blogging so much? I believe it's the chance to express themselves with like minded individuals. I know that, at least in my case, my family has some interest in my gardening obsession, but their interest doesn't quite match my intensity. Garden blogging is a way to get more of that "gardening fix", and trust me, it's very addictive!  You learn about new plants you may never have seen before or tricks and ideas that might work in your garden.  It's like a constantly evolving gardening encyclopedia.  There is always a new garden to discover, or at least a new aspect of a familiar garden.  From the macro pictures of a single flower to the broadly sweeping landscape photography there is always something new, something fun, and something fantastic.


What will the second year of this blog bring?  Hopefully you'll get to see my garden as it matures.  As I've mentioned before it was a completely blank slate except for the initial builder's landscaping.  The Japanese hollies were destroyed by the Great Freeze and Thaw of 2007 and most of the plants in the landscape were added by us since then.  I'll continue talking about plant propagation as I experiment with new and different plants.  Hopefully I won't blow up any more mowers but I'll share all the significant experiences of our gardening adventures!  The sky is the limit, or maybe the soil is the limit.  Whatever the case things will keep chugging merrily along in our little garden.

I would like to thank everyone who has read this blog and continues to come back for more!  It's very gratifying to see the comments and suggestions that people leave everyday.  That's really what keeps a garden blogger coming back to write more, the visitors with thoughtful and insightful comments.  After all have you ever met a gardener who didn't like to talk about plants?  Not me, I guess that's why I'm here!

Thanks again to everyone for a fun and exciting first year!


Dave




12 comments :

  1. I knew your one year was coming up very soon. CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yours was the first garden blog I really explored. And let me tell you I read every single post and commented on quite a few too as I recall. Still here too! It has been great talking to you this past year, even better meeting you and your family. The gardening fix is a BIG deal. Do email everyone about what we talked of and see if we can't get an even bigger fix. Here's to your second year Dave! I really enjoyed your perspective on it all. Can't wait to see Frances', and Gail's who should be coming up soon. Then everyone else's. ttyl

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  2. Hi Dave, here's wishing you many many more posts to come! There are a lot of us that started around the same time, it seems like so long ago! I think you and your writing have evolved in a wonderful way, I love hearing about your family's reactions to your blogging and gardening. It strikes a chord that all of us share with our non blogging spouses. ;-> We just can't get enough garden talk and have to seek out others with our strange affliction. The best thing is how many of us there are out there all over the world that have figured out that blogging fills so many needs! LOL
    Frances
    http://fairegarden.wordpress.com/

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  3. Congratulations Dave. You know you were very instrumental in my beginning to blog! Thank you so much! I love stopping by to see what new plants you've added to your growing garden, to read your perspective on garden subjects, to get suggestions on propagating and to laugh along with you and Jenny. Btw, did you clean out the garage? I hope the next year of blogging for you is as exciting and fulfilling as this one has been...please, no explosions over there! Warmest wishes, Gail

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  4. Although I've only recently discovered your blog, I am enjoying (following) your posts. Congratulations on 1 year!

    Yes, blogging is addictive. My gardening blog started in early 2007 as a way to show my son the garden progress while he was in grad school in archaeology in London. It evolved, and will continue to evolve.

    Cameron

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  5. Congrats Dave on your one year anniversary! Blogging has given me an outlet to discuss gardening with other like-minded individuals. It's fun to be a part of something bigger than us. :)

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  6. Way to go, Dave! I've very much enjoyed reading your posts and following the progress of your garden and propagation projects over the past twelve months. May there be many more years to come!

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  7. Conga Rats, Dave on your first anniversary! I enjoy your blog very much. I particularly like this: "...the chance to express themselves with like minded individuals." I do believe that's one of the simplest and most straightforward answers to the ever-circulating question of why we blog. Kudos!

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  8. I enjoyed your perspective, Dave. I've enjoyed your garden, and you have helped me understand why I'm wading into these waters, too. Congratulations on your first year, and I wish you many more happy blogging and gardening years.

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  9. CONGRATULATIONS, Dave. I read your blog but don't always comment. I hope you have many more blogs for us to read & learn from.

    Great project, Dave. For the pictures from all over the world.

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  10. Hiya Dave,

    Happy anniversary.

    Sorry I missed the first year, but that means a lot of great catching up. Gardening lore never dates and recycling of posts is always worthwhile.

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  11. Congratulations on your blogaversary! It seems that quite a few of us decided to jump in the pool last year, and what a year it has been. It's great to share with other like minded (garden obsessed) people.

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  12. I've been busy and a little neglectful this week but I wanted to thank everyone for your comments. It's been a lot of fun and I'm looking forward to many more days ahead of Botanical Blogging! As for the garage it will have to wait until the 10 bags of insulation have been installed under the house this weekend. Jenny would rather me do that first anyway!

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