|hellebores battling on - two weeks ago|
I resorted to blogging about tufts of grass and dirty birdbaths, too afraid that if I took a break I would lose momentum and then stop, never to return again (that's what happened to my parkruns).
On Saturday afternoon, I wandered around the garden taking photos of the plants but they were not worthy of a post, so I thought this would be a short thank-you note ...
Last week I was presented with the Versatile Blogger award by Donna and Holley. I would like to say thank-you by linking their names directly to my favourite posts by them. Both these ladies are prolific writers & gardeners, or is it gardeners & writers? - I can't tell which is their first love. Whenever I type "Essence" or "Abundance", their posts always pop up in my mind, almost as if they have copyrighted these words - you'll see what I mean. Posts which affect me in this way score 5 hearts (top rating in Blotanical) and I don't give 5 hearts away easily.
Then on Saturday evening a few hours after taking the photos, it started to snow gently but persistently so that on Sunday morning the blanket of snow was several inches deep, more like a duvet protecting the plants. The weather forecasters had been predicting that it would snow for a few days, but extreme weather conditions (it doesn't snow here every year) always seem to catch us by surprise in the UK. I realised that I had captured the plants while some were preparing for what was to come, others didn't seem to care and a few were oblivious.
|hellebores on Saturday .... and Sunday|
Some garden bloggers deliver consistently for years, others lose their way or stop altogether with more important things to do during the several hours a week it takes to maintain a blog, but their 5-heart-posts remain in our memories regardless. A time when they were on top of their game, when the response from the blogging community added an extra dimension.
|camellia on Saturday .... and Sunday|
I'm bending the rules of the Versatile Blogger award slightly. (You didn't really want to know 7 things about me did you ?) Instead of passing on awards to other bloggers, I've set up a quiz with some more examples of 5-heart-posts in alphabetical order. I didn't have the forethought to bookmark them systematically through the past year, so I sat here and did a brain-dump into Google of what I could remember and found all the posts I was thinking of.
I guarantee that if you click on any of these, you wont be disappointed ...
This gardener lets his wife choose the plants sometimes : post #1
Who would have thought that Luton could be so exotic ? : post #2
The secret life of snowdrops : post #3
"Blue and Green are never seen". They complement each other here though : post #4
|winter jasmine on Saturday .... and Sunday|
Who wouldn't like to have daisies in their lawn ? : post #5
Fancy eyeing up a world heritage site ? : post #6
How could there possibly be a connection between politics and plants ? : post #7
What would Van Gogh have done with a microwave oven ? : post #8
How to protect your plants for winter (at least until its pruning time) : post #9
|dwarf quince on Saturday .... and Sunday|
A big thought cloud in a small garden : post #10
A braver gardener than I : post #11
A patient study of garden history : post #12
Eloquent advice on family planning : post #13
|daffodils on Saturday .... and Sunday|
We reap what we sow, and this blogger sows a lot : post #14
Watch out for pollinators getting up to mischief : post #15
Is it possible to learn from other gardeners' mistakes ? post #16
Even Parisians hide gnomes in their back gardens : post #17
|crocus in the lawn on Saturday .... and Sunday|
PS. If you were wondering what to blog about next week too ...
Check out Stacy's (unofficial) meme : 13 or fewer ways of looking at a Crocus