The other night I was looking through one of my Garden Links after posting my Bloom Day post. One garden link led to another and then WOW I was looking at a post that had me speechless! I have to add here that I am not often lost for words as those who know me would agree.
I scrolled up and down looking at the fantastic range of photos, made a comment and then was compelled to send an email. I have emailed all my links and in a short time have come to see many as friends. There is wonderful growing community of ‘Gardening Bloggers’ with a wide range of gardens, plants and experience. I only have a few Garden Links and add new ones when I am drawn to them in some way – that’s just the way I do it but everyone is different. I thought it would be nice to introduce my links and I have no doubt they will all inspire others too!
Gotta Garden with its Daylily photographs is what had me speechless. I have kindly been given permission to show the three pictures above which are: Main picture, Patterns in Time; Top right, Laughing Skies and Bottom right, Spacecoast Eye Declare. Thank-you once again, Gotta Garden. If you follow the link you will see, not surprisingly, I had great difficulty in deciding which ones to use. ‘Patterns in time’ had sunshine lighting it and that is why I choose that one. ‘Laughing Skies’ instantly became one of my favourites and ‘Spacecoast Eye Declare’ actually reminded of the Auricula Primula which is often shown in garden show displays here in the UK. This garden is in Stafford, Virginia, USA and has 600 Daylilies and many other plants too. I think it is fantastic when a gardener has a passion for one particular plant and shares that enthusiasm. Gotta Garden – I am now considering buying a Daylilies to grow in posts and I am certain you have inspired many others to grow them too. Well done!
Our Little Corner of Paradise with its wonderful wildlife plantings and ponds I discovered through the comments left on other blogs by ‘Wildlife Gardener’. I enjoy reading through the comments on posts of other blogs – conversation really is at the heart of blogs. This garden caught my interest with its photographs of a wonderful garden for wildlife and the interesting stories that accompanied them. However, it was the additional blog of paintings that drew me to add this one as a link– I had a drawing hand once upon a time and would love to paint watercolours of the plants in my garden too. ‘Wildlife Gardener’ likes to remain anonymous which I completely respect and has a garden somewhere in Scotland. I have absolutely no doubt that if you are interested in gardening for wildlife and would like to have a pond you will find inspiration with a visit to this garden. Wildlife Gardener has also appreciated birds for many years and as I am new to them myself I find her comments very supportive. Gardeners are kind people aren’t they?
May Dreams Gardens is where you will find Carol who came up with the idea of posting photos of flowering plants on a particular day of the month. She organises Garden Bloggers Bloom Day and other days too. Carol posts almost every day about her garden and sometimes of her sister’s too. She grows vegetables as well as flowers and her posts are varied and always interesting. She occasionally asks for suggestions too – encouraging the whole community idea. My reason for adding Carol is different yet again – this time it was the reason behind the title. Carol dreams of the days in May when the garden starts again and as my most favourite month is May too how could I not add her to my list! Carol was my third link. May Dreams Gardens is in Indiana, USA and Carol has many gardening friends and clearly enjoys reaching out for more. Gardeners are friendly people too, aren’t they?
Bliss has the most comments I have seen, so far, on any gardening blog! I wonder if a count has been done on how many times the word blissful is used in them all. It is Yolanda at Bliss that makes Bliss with her very inspiring posts on her garden and occasionally other stuff she just fancies writing about! She has many cats which add much interest – I am not a cat person myself but there seems to be many gardeners who are. What drew me to this blog then? Well, I have to say it was the plants! I loved looking at how Yolanda used them, many were similar to my own, and she clearly loves to experiment with them and so do I. She also has a very inspiring kitchen garden and although I only have some tomatoes, beans and potatoes in pots I still enjoy reading about what she grows. I could say so much about this Blog – I particularly like the thought and detail Yolanda puts into every single post – for example she shows the salad vegetables, she picks from her garden, on a plate set at a table with cutlery etc ready to eat. I like to read the quotes she adds at the end of every post – I have seen this on others too. Yolanda also takes the reader through any projects in her garden with before, during and after photos as she did with her shed makeover – her inspiration just keeps on coming! Bliss is in the Noord Brabant region of the Netherlands and I enjoy exchanging chat about the birds in our gardens as much as the plants – gardeners do like to chat don’t they?
Today in the Garden was my first garden link – I came across this garden in Northern California, USA through my searches for private gardens. We shared the same blogger template and again similar tastes in plants and I found it fascinating to see them growing in a garden so far away from mine. Lisa is an artist and gardener and I loved looking through her work in her other blogs – when she mentioned dabbling with PhotoShop a connection was made and it was then that I decided I would only add links in that way. I loved her use of colour. Again, Lisa has variety in her posts but if you scroll through them you will see that roses are a passion for her. I have to admit I was little tentative when I approached Lisa to exchange links but I thought it was worth a try. I was thrilled when she mailed me back so quickly and when she complimented me on my blog I was delighted. At that time most of my posts were of my visiting birds and although I had feedback from birding sites I wasn’t sure I had enough posts on my plants to approach the gardeners. Gardeners like to share too so I need not have worried.
Following the links on other blogs and sites is a great way of meeting new friends and finding inspiration and I would definitely recommend it! The list above reflects the order I added my links and not any particular preference. I would like to thank all my gardening friends for their comments and links and wish you all Happy Gardening.