This is has been the 2nd Blotanical Awards and I’d like to congratulate all the winners and nominees! What fun this has been following the competition and meeting new bloggers… there’s been a wonderful buzz around our growing garden blog community.
Stuart, the founder of Blotanical, has done a magnificent job this year and always looks to make improvements with both the awards and the site. On the results page he thanks the Blotanists for making this year such a success. However, it is you Stuart and the team at Blotanical that has made this a success and we thank you!
The success of Blotanical, without a doubt, is due to Stuart’s continual requests for feedback from the Blotanists over the way it works. He then responds to this. He is working on changes now… soon to hit our screens! He is also thinking about next year’s awards:
“As for the 2010 Blotanical Awards, we shall endeavour to make these bigger and more exciting than ever. If you have feedback or suggestions then you can email me at stuart[at]blotanical[dot]com.” All the best Stuart… we all really appreciate the work you do!
This year, I was thrilled to see the category for ‘Best Gardening For Wildlife Blog’. I do believe Stuart responded to feedback on this one… thanks again Stuart! Thanks again to all who nominated shirls gardenwatch in this category taking it into the final five. I was well chuffed!
Feedback, and in this case votes, from other Bloggers means a great deal. I am absolutely chuffed to bits that other bloggers saw shirls gardenwatch worthy enough to win this category. This really does mean a lot and I thank you all 😀
New bloggers have already popped by via the awards so I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome you and any new visitors who’ve strolled by via links and searches too. Perhaps this is an ideal time to introduce my newest garden project for wildlife. I wonder if you have guessed by the photos?
This is something I had hoped to do earlier on in the year but time just didn’t permit it. From a little online research this time of year seems a better time anyway. I already have a small pond with wonderful mossy rocks sited in a shady position. It is tiny with many rocks around and in the water. I see it more as a rock pool really. So let’s just say for my new project I am stepping into some deeper water with…
…a wildlife pond. This is something I have considered for over a year but not been brave enough to start. As you can see above… it begins! I have absolutely no doubt it will be a challenge and as yet I don’t have a master plan. At the moment I am clearing the site and relocating the larger plants. I cannot imagine what this area could be like next year at this time…
Back to today, reality and another big job… our Leylandii hedge awaits further trimming. We have made a start but the weather doesn’t always coincide with free time to do garden jobs. I moved plants the other day in the rain (mega muddy it was too) but a wet hedge and an electrical trimmer just don’t work!
All photos above were taken on Ocotber 1st 2009.