Today marks the first anniversary of A Walk in the Garden. I started this blog one year ago today at the encouragement of my dear friend Stepheny Houghtlin, a fellow gardener, grandparent, and writer. Her blog was the inspiration that got me going. Little did I realize what fun it would be. Little did I anticipate what a challenge it would be. Little did I realize how much I would learn. And little did I forsee making so many new friends across the “blogosphere.”
I did not start A Walk in the Garden to produce a “successful” blog. How does one measure success in such a venture? Success wasn’t my goal anyway. I envisioned writing the blog, and still do, as a means to express the joy I experience from gardening and to share that joy with others. I have never met a selfish gardener. We love to share plants and ideas and encouragement and solutions and sources.
In my first post I wrote the following about my objectives:
“I look forward to sharing my gardening observations, spiced I hope with a dash of experience, a dollop of opinion, a slice of irreverence, a spoonful of love for plants, and a cup full of memories.”
This is posting number 163 in A Walk in the Garden. Your responses…your views and likes and comments…over this first year have been heartwarming. The list of followers for whom I am grateful continues to grow. I have learned so much about gardening in other areas of the US and around the world. You have shared your triumphs, your losses, your lessons learned, your creations, your suggestions, your dreams, and your photographs. I’ve learned what a “meme” is and been invited to share weekly, monthly and annually (In a Vase on Monday, Wordless Wednesday, Weekly Photo Challenge, GBFD, GBBD, etc.) in various expressions of our interests. I have been blessed to follow a mutually supporting family of gardeners, writers, and photographers.
I have also learned that there are a number of undercover agents out there who are invaluable to our gardening efforts. I have my Arranger, but what would our community do without the Golfer, the Undergardener, Monsieur, Judy the photographer, Fishman, and others who work behind the scenes? The heavy lifting roles may often go unsung but please be assured that they are not unnoticed.
Here are my four favorite photographs from year one:
My sincere thanks to my readers for making my efforts so rewarding personally. I hope you will continue to join me for A Walk in the Garden.