What fun it was when many bloggers set sail with me to a Desert Island back in the cold days of January 2009. Thanks for the reminder, Karen :-) Our challenge was to bring just three plants with us. After some email invitations and bloggers kindly spreading the word it really was a fun packed day trip for us all. What a blogger buzz there was that day and thanks once again to everyone who joined in :-)
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner was organised by Veg Plotting the next month which was a great indoor event for the weary month of February too. Yes, it was good company and chat we needed then before our gardening year really kicked in. It was hard deciding who not to invite, you can see my final dinner guests here.
Oh dear… so I’m a tad nervous to suggest another couple of Blogger Days especially when there are so many regular meme days now (I’ll try to avoid dates to as many as I can although I’m only familiar with a few - details at end of post). For the moment, I've whittled the days to two hoping that one or the other might attract the interest of fellow garden bloggers.
What do you think? Do you fancy joining me again and spreading the word via your blogging friends and visitors too? I completely understand if not as I know how time consuming blogging can be. As per last time, if you wish to, please feel free to copy the invitation images below (if you have difficulty just email me and I’ll send you them).
For a suggested GARDEN BLOGGERS’ QUESTION DAY this Tuesday, I was thinking along the lines of we could all post a maximum of five garden/blogging questions in a blog post. Answers would would be invited via comments to that post. If this does catch your eye and you publish a post, do leave a link on my Tuesday post so more bloggers can visit you seeing any questions you might have.
I have found gardeners and bloggers very generous with help and advice during my time blogging and I’m thinking this could be another fun day... lol or my idea might just sail out to a Desert Island to join my plants thriving there now ;-)
Question categories are up to you – you might be considering growing vegetables for the first time and want to know what ones other bloggers have had success growing in pots. You might want a plant ID/suggestion. Equally, you could be going on a holiday/day visit to particular area and wondered if other bloggers have recommendations for garden visits (perhaps they have posted on visits already).
It could even be a technical blogging query you’d like advice on. I’ll have to put on my thinking cap here myself… Mmm… I'm sure I've plant photos I'd like an ID on ;-) Perhaps, there isn't enough time for you before Tuesday but if this is something that interests you we could run it again at a later date :-)
For a suggested GARDEN BLOG PREQUEL DAY the following Tuesday, I was thinking along the lines of what your garden was like pre blogging about it. Maybe your garden is new to you or it isn’t that different since you began blogging. However, perhaps through blogging and reading other blogs you have been inspired to get an allotment for example and were a completely different gardener before. Perhaps, like me, you didn't feed birds and now you can’t imagine your garden without doing so.
Pre gardenwatching, I was a very different gardener. For example, I’ve just seen 1st bumblebee of 2013 fly towards my window and it caught my eye! I have a small heather (shown below) in bloom just now and my reason for planting it was solely to feed early emerging bees for the year. Pre blog I would never had considered this… I’m not a heather fan either.
Pre blog I was a serious foliage fan and I’m hoping to tell (in as short a post as possible) how my garden/gardening style has evolved since I took my ownership of my present garden 21 years ago. I’ve had quite a few plant interests over the years. Oh yes, whittling down this story is going to be my most serious challenge to date! Lol… it wouldn’t be fun if it was easy would it ;-)
Not fun and a serious blogging irritation is past posts with videos that are missing. Actually that’s not entirely true, my time consuming irritation (taking me away from the fun stuff and making this post later than planned) is working through original Google uploaded videos (some 124!) that have been made private since the the Youtube-Google merger.
To say this has been painful doesn’t come close, not only do I have to find which posts they belonged (they were all merged en masse with the same date last October) but I’ve to add my earlier, poorer pre HD quality footage and basic captures as recent ones to my Youtube Channel. I'm actually considering just deleting some old posts but the problem is that they link to a list I have of blog vidoes when I was trying to be organised!
Rant over :-) I'm wishing I hadn't discovered this recently. However, if you have previously embedded Google uploaded videos to your blogs you might want to check them out as they won’t be viewable and you will have a black screen and need to take action too :-(
Many regular blogging memes/days known to bloggers include Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day (GBBD) organised by Carol at May Dreams Gardens on the 15th of every month (my February contribution is my first crocus open for 2013 and a heather in bloom) which she has been hosting since February 2007 making it 6 years old this month! Happy GBBD to everyone taking part :-) This one attracts many new bloggers helping them meet up in person too via Flings in the US and even in the UK too.
Foliage is also celebrated in the Blogging world with Pam at DIGGING doing a Foliage Follow Up to Carol’s Meme on the 16th of the month. Christina at CREATING MY OWN GARDEN OF THE HESPERIDES does another regular date of the 22nd of each month with Garden Bloggers Foliage Day which she started back in September 2011.
End of the Month Views (EOMV) is hosted by Helen at The Patient Gardener’s Weblog - at the end of each month. I like the idea of this one :-) Katarina over at Roses and Stuff has a new meme inviting everyone to join her on 15th of each month to post "a shot of one particular motif, in order to document the changes of the seasons". Then there is Wordless Wednesday which is another favourite with garden bloggers and it’s not easy to guess why ;-) The list goes on…
My intention has not been to start a new meme with the 5 questions post day. However, if other bloggers like the idea then I could give it a another go but in truth I don’t think this is likely. Personally I like the fun of a one day blogging event/theme anyway :-)
Wishing you all a great week ahead. If you have any comments or feedback on my suggestions I’d love to hear them. If you can’t leave a comment just drop me an email with your thoughts. See you Tuesday :-D
P.S. Hahaha… I’ve lost complete blogger (of six years and three months) credibility now with this post by messing up your blog readers. Sorry, by accident, I hit publish instead of preview earlier… oops!
This post was eventually published with text by Shirley for shirls gardenwatch in February 2013.