Monday, March 3, 2008

Thank You For the Warm Welcome!

Well I de-clare! Gardeners are just the nicest people. I've been discovering that as I've been connecting with gardeners and plant people here in my area, and continue to discover it as I've discovered garden blogging. Authors are right up there with gardeners in my book. It makes sense since gardening and reading are two of my greatest passions.

Thank you to everyone who's visited my blog. As you can see I'm a green, wet-behind-the-ears blogger. I'm having fun with it, and I'm tickled you decided to visit. I had no idea bloggers reciprocated like several of you have done by checking out and commenting on the blogs their commentors (commenters?. . . where are you spell check, when I need you????) have. It's really nice.

I'm not over feeling honored each time a blogger I admire stops by and comments here. I feel honored that you take the time to read something I didn't expect to have readers for. I thought this would be more like 'talking to the void.' Meeting new people and having readers though, is fun!

I had no idea there were blogs all over the internet - author blogs, garden blogs, sports blogs, and pretty much every other kind of special interest blog a person can possibly imagine, not to mention all the journal blogs, and then there are the hoax blogs. . . oh my goodness! I didn't know there was an active, passionate garden blogging community here on the internet. I'm not only new to keeping a blog, I'm new to the entire concept of blogging.

My husband showed me Dooce a couple of years ago, and every so often, I'd check out her site. Then my daughter started a blog. Then she didn't do anything with it for a while. Then she started posting again. It was kind of funny, but you all with kids probably will know exactly what I'm talking about. She and I hadn't talked for a week or so. The day after she'd posted to her blog for the first time in about 6 or 7 months, I happened to check it for the first time in 4 or 5 months. Does this happen to you with your kids? It's a connection sort of thing that causes 'coincidences.' I get it alot, ever since my kids were babies.

I read and I think commented on my daughter's first new post in months. I noticed her blog roll. I checked out a couple of the links. I think that was November or December, and since then I've become a regular reader of a few of them, and found a few more.

Then I started this blog. It was an impulse, almost an inspiration. (I hope that doesn't sound sappy or overblown, but it really was kind of an inspiration.) It's not even like I woke up one morning and decided to start a blog. It was completely un-premeditated. It almost felt like the blog started itself, and when I 'woke up,' there it was. I hope some of you may know what I'm talking about and that I'm not getting weird here or new-agey, cuz I'm not really new-agey. (I'm more like old-agey.)

Thank you to everyone who's stopped by to read and comment on my new blog. It makes me feel excited to continue it, to continue reading yours, and to fit this fun new thing into my life.


  1. I know exactly how you feel because that's how I ended up blogging. It just sort of happened. (I've been blogging since August 2007.) I can't identify with reading my kids' blogs, because they aren't into blogging yet (that seems more like a teenage thing). If they did, I be checking it every day.
    The garden blogging community was a surprise to me also. I'm in up to my neck now - I'm even going to the Austin bloggers Spring Fling. My husband thinks I'm nuts. Welcome & I hope you continue to enjoy blogging.

  2. Gardeners are the nicest people! I had never intended to blog either, but now I can't imagine not blogging.

  3. You're right about the network - clicking on your name in a comment you made at May Dreams is how I got here, Lintys ;-]

    I've spent the last 8-and 1/2 years in Austin, Texas, but gardened in Chicagoland for more than 25 years. I love to read the Illinois blogs. Yours looks like it's going to be fun to read!

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

  4. Like Annie, I arrived here via Rosemarie's blog and your comment there.

    The garden blogging world is a wonderful one - it's great fun. It is always a treat to welcome a new blogger too!

  5. Mr. McGregor's daughter, I'm glad you know what I mean! The spring fling sounds like a blast! I'll be looking forward to hearing about it.

    Robin's nesting place, I can see how this could become a habit! I have a robin story to tell here sometime. I followed your link and checked out your blog. I enjoyed it and I'll be back!

    Annie your blog looks very nice too, and I'll be back to read more.

    Kate, thanks for the welcome. I found your blog only in the past week and have been enjoying it too!

    I can see I need to find more hours in the day to keep up with everyone's gardens. Thank you all for stopping by to visit!

  6. You know in "real life" gardeners are some of the nicest people, sharing seeds and seedlings and all kinds of garden goodies with one another, so I wasn't surprised that it is this way on the Internet, too.

    I went back and read your comment reply to my comment on your business venture. Keep us posted on how that goes. You would be living my dream!

    Carol, May Dreams Gardens

  7. You are going to do really well cause you already talk like a seasoned blogger--from the heart. Welcome and we look forward to hearing more. Your blog looks pretty and I like the heart.

  8. Carol, I'll definitely be doing some updates here on how I do with my business venture.

    I agree with you, most gardeners I know are generous with goodies from their gardens. I just haven't known many gardeners most of my life except in the family. I've always been the gardener in the neighborhood sharing goodies, seedlings, and plant divisions with neighbors who admired mine but didn't do much more than grow a few annuals or tomato plants.

    Aw, thank you Anna! I see you're working in the plant business too. Good luck with your new job! I stopped by your blog this morning, and I'll be back. Looks like our blogs have similar names -maybe I should have done more research before starting and naming my blog. I had no idea there were so many garden blogs!

    My blog is named after my business, which is named after some teasing I got when I was a kid. My family had a humongous garden and a couple of kids on the school bus took to teasing me about it, calling me garden girl to harass me. Our house was on a corner lot and the school bus passed it every day.

  9. I am so glad you did. And it's great you have a niche crowd too because of the gardening. Keep at it. :) I'll always stop by, unless I'm in surgery or something. ha!

    - me

  10. Thank you Hinsley!

    And you've got a faithful reader in me. I love your blog. Please stay healthy - I need my daily Hinsley fix!

  11. Hi Linda,

    That's my sister's name - Linda, so it's an easy one to remember !

    I worked in corporate for 30 years and quit to take up my two passions-garden design and art. So if you need any sage advise feel free to ask me.

    Good luck with your new venture and keep on blogging !

  12. Carolyn,
    That's wonderful to know! I have a lot to learn. I'm just tickled discovering this great community of gardeners.

    Thank you for visiting my blog. I've been enjoying reading yours. You and I started gardening at the same age! Neat, huh? Although I came from a family of farmers, I didn't grow up on a farm as you did.

    I was 10 when my family moved from the north side to our own home in the south suburbs, and we were planting our first (huge) garden within less than two weeks. I don't think we were even unpacked yet! It was a family affair. We all were expected out there in the garden on the weekends, and some evenings after dinner as well. I've been gardening since!


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