I started blogging in October of 2007 . It started because I was looking for something to pass my time for the the winter that was fast approaching. I am a sunshine person that dreads winter coming every year. Hey, after the first snow I am so over the whole thing.
Since I loved flower gardening I started looking for other gardeners that were blogging and sharing their gardens. They seemed few and far between then until I happened to run across one blog that had the Blotanical button on it. Following the link I found just what I had been looking for.
There is where I found many great and knowledgeable gardeners with giving hearts.
After blogging with them over the years I have become attached to them and consider many of them my friends though we have never met. If they do not blog for a while I get to worrying about them and wondering what is happening.
When I have a down day they lift me up with encouragement and prayers. We all care about our blogging buddies and feel their hurts, losses and are ready with prayers in their times of hardships.
I appreciate you all so much and want to thank you for the years of enjoyment and your giving hearts.
Over the years these wonderful gardeners have shared their seeds and plants with me and I am thankful for every one.
Last year I started a ‘Friendship Garden’ where I plant the flowers from the seeds they have given to me.
To my horror I have not had all of those seeds germinate.
Yes, it really troubles me when this happens and I feel that I have let them down. But I realize that we all have those times when not all our seeds germinate like we want them to.
But when they do germinate and take hold I am always one relieved and happy gardener. LOL!
In the friendship garden are these beautiful pink hibiscus that are now blooming. The seeds were given to me from Dirt Princess (aka April, Bilbo’s Mom) at “The Trials & Tribulations of a Southern Gardener” two years ago and now I have four of this beauties in different spots of the garden.
Thank you April!
Patsy from “ The Smith’s Bennie & Patsy” sent seeds from her Blackberry lilies and believe me I sweated bullets over getting this to germinate. LOL! Several of them are now growing in my test bed behind the Friendship garden and will be transplanted after they get big enough. She also gave me some Moonvine seeds.
My luck with getting this vine to grow had been zero in so many attempts that I had given up.But thankfully I got Patsy’s seeds to germinate and several vines are slowly growing in the garden. Pictures will be posted when they bloom.
Thank you Patsy & Bernie!
Meanwhile some fellow Buckeye’s from (that blog that I could not pronounce its name) which meant , there is no horse too dead to beat, (that’s a mouth full and what does that really mean anyway? LOL!) which has now became “Pat & Jim’s Gardening Adventure” (yeah!) generously sent some seeds from their beautiful Ligularia’s. I sowed the seeds in the woodland bed and they are growing in several spots there now. They also sent some Ligularia plants which I planted in my Shade bed and I am loving the yellow blooms at this time of the summer.
Margy from “Vintage Gardens & Distressed Life” sent Purple Columbine seeds and now I have a whole row coming up in the test bed that will be transplanted into the Friendship garden and other beds. I cannot wait to see them bloom next spring.
Thank you Margy!
Some other fellow Buckeye’s , Joe and Linda, from over at “My Quality Time” gave me several packets of seeds from their trip to Monticello. One of the packets was for these Dames Rockets that I just love to see blooming in the spring.
Thanks Joe & Linda!
Veronica Blue Ice now blooms in the Friendship bed from Catherine at “A Garden in Progress”. I am sorry about the bad picture but the blue flower spikes are beautiful.
From Darla at “More Family & Flowers” I now have Liatris or Gay Feathers blooming in the Friendship Garden.
These never came up last year and I was sick thinking they were goners. I was thrilled when they started coming up this year. (and relieved, LOL!)
From Becca at “A Southern Garden” I have yellow Four O’clocks and zinnias growing in the garden. They were late getting planted because of our spring here and I am waiting on the blooms but they will get there. Pictures to follow.
Foxgloves in the spring from Tatyana at “My Secret Garden”.
My regret was that I never got the Poppies to germinate.
Thanks to you all for these flowers that are growing in my garden and never think that they and you are not appreciated.
Everyone Have a Wonderful Weekend