A blog milestone – February is looking better

What a difference a little fresh snow and bright sunshine make!  Suddenly February doesn’t seem so gloomy.  While the mid-Atlantic states were dumped on again, here it snowed from sunrise to after sunset but only piled up about 6-7 inches … just enough to clear dank, grey cobwebs out of this gardener’s soul and make her look back.  It was a year ago, at about this time, when I ventured into blogdom.  It seems like only yesterday, yet like a lifetime ago.

I started with a passion for writing, thinking, learning, and doing all things gardening, and a need to better feed this passion during times that did not lend themselves to hands-on plant work.  Sound familiar other garden bloggers?  Like so many who dug into the world of garden blogging before me, I’ve let my roots spread.  After my first year I don’t feel so much like a new transplant any more, but like a young perennial just beginning to grow.  The past year’s growth did not occur in a vacuum though – it never does – and my constant quest for topics to write about has opened my eyes and my attention to many cool projects, people, blogs, ideas, and opportunities:

  • I’ve befriended and followed many fellow bloggers –  garden-variety and others (thanks FLXrs ).  Debbie at A Garden of Possibilities deserves a special shout out as she and I started blogging at about the same time and became friends as a result.  So does my first-born at Morning Buzz, who has been blogging much longer than dear mom and keeps said mom on her toes.   I learned invaluable lessons from Jane Boursaw’s blogging class.  I discovered the great and supportive bloggers at Blotanical and the constant stream of wonderful photos, information, and ideas they share.
  • I’ve learned about blog memes (see a lengthy list at Gardening Gone Wild) and started a meme of my own – GOOPs – fashioned after the fantastically popular Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens.
  • I followed the White House vegetable garden and the People’s Garden Initiative; Project Budburst, Save the Frogs Day, Frogwatch, Firefly Watch, and the Lost Ladybug project … all worthy programs Sam the citizen scientist oe Joe – or Joene – the gardener can learn from or participate in.
  • Avery 2-2010 Those who have followed all along, such as my faithful friend and neighbor Gail, have shared my constant struggles with deer and voles, how I deal with slugs (not pretty, but amusing) and powdery mildew, and in the arrival of our family’s new joy and hopefully my new gardening buddy, Avery.  Trust me, as soon as she is walking and no longer stuffing everything into her mouth, she’s getting her first pair of gardening gloves and tools.

 DSC_7342 EcopyWmI’ve learned how to take better photographs under the constant and steady tutorage of my favorite photographer – who also, by the way, listens to my rants and ideas, quietly provides his guidance and support, and makes my flower arrangements shine– like he did with these peonies and Lady’s mantle blossoms.

And, I’ve embarked on a new quest – becoming certified as a landscape designer – with the full knowledge that I have support from friends and family (some I’ve already tapped, others watch out).

With all this, and the fact that spring starts in 37 days … did you get that … 37 days … my frequently frowny February outlook is definitely much improved.

13 comments for “A blog milestone – February is looking better

  1. February 11, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    Many congratulations on your first blog anniversary Joene and here’s to many more 🙂 Roll on spring !

  2. ralph
    February 11, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    It’s been a year, really? How can time fly like that when if often feels to be standing still? Well I like how the Blog has progresses and I love the new watermark on your photos. Looks like a brand name.

  3. joenesgarden
    February 11, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Thanks, Anna.
    Yes, Ralph, it has been a year.

  4. February 11, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    Happy Blogaversary, Joene. How smart of you to begin your blog in the middle of winter to provide something to celebrate each February! I love the way you’ve been sharing your landscape design lessons with us all. I look forward to another year of posts from Joene’s Garden. -Jean

  5. February 12, 2010 at 1:25 am

    Will you promise me that spring starts in 37 days? Because that sounds nice…better than May, which is about when I figure spring will make its appearance in Alaska.

    Christine B.

  6. joenesgarden
    February 12, 2010 at 7:59 am

    Thank you, Jean. I look forward to cementing my design lessons into my brain by writing about them here.

  7. joenesgarden
    February 12, 2010 at 8:02 am

    I can guarantee that the calendar will tell us it is spring in, now, 36 days Christine, unfortunately I don’t have the power to promise what the weather will be. The weather is so topsy-turvy this year, maybe Alaska will be warmer than New England.

  8. February 12, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    Joene: I’m glad I found you on Blotanical… another Conn. gardener! (I’m in Bloomfield) You certainly have a lot to celebrate at this first anniversary. I’ve been wandering through your older posts and marveling at all you do and are connected to. The landscape certification will be awesome, I hope top hear more. Love the GOOPs and will share mine eventually. I certainly have plenty, as I’m a self-taught gardener / landscaper, learning a ton, mostly by making mistakes. I’m enjoying your blog!

  9. February 12, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    Wow, it’s hard to believe it’s been a year already. Thank you for the special mention, I count our blossoming friendship as one of the highlights of my blogging venture too. You covered alot of ground this year and provided lots of beautiful photos of your garden along the way.

    To quote an old commercial (shampoo? cigarettes?) ‘You’ve come a long way , baby!’

  10. February 13, 2010 at 12:57 am

    Garden blogging has certainly expanded my own horizons! I enjoy your posts, and I wish you a happy blogging year to come!

  11. joenesgarden
    February 13, 2010 at 1:08 am

    Thank you, Laurrie. I look forward to sharing garden stories and experiences with you.

  12. joenesgarden
    February 13, 2010 at 1:09 am

    Thanks, Debbie … onward and upward.

  13. joenesgarden
    February 13, 2010 at 1:10 am

    Deborah, I’m so happy you enjoy your reading here. Thanks for the good wishes.

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