Did any of you read the first one - Germination? Anyway many thanks to my faithful readers and those who comment on what I write. In particular I must mention the tireless two, Mark and Gaz from Alternative Eden who started me on this and almost never fail to leave a comment - thanks guys! Then there's dusty David from The Desert Edge who also responds to my writings - appreciated! And 'Anonymous' Chad who has on many occasions corrected my shaky nomenclature - carry on! Shall I drop in a deliberate mistake to see if he's still reading?
Incidentally if you don't normally comment on blogs please start! We bloggers lead sad, solitary lives and love to get some human response, even if its to disagree with us! If you want to comment on here, you don't have to join, become a follower or recognise any annoying gibberish to prove you are real! Just write a comment!
Over the year there have been 101 posts. When I started this I promised you gardening topics from two climates and I guess I've fulfilled that. I've certainly posted lots of pictures and know that many have been appreciated. Sunny desert landscapes and dripping UK gardens - lots of the latter last summer. I've enthused about the Huntington Garden, The Eden Project, The Van Dusen Botanical Garden, The High Line Park, Will Giles' Exotic Garden and some wonderful small gardens.
My favourite plants have featured; tulips, aroids, Cercis, Agave, Ricinus, Fremontedendron, Euphorbia, Sinocalycanthus and the oh so unfashionable bedding plants. Although who could really dislike the flower beds at Tatton featured in the Best Butt Award!
I've probably bored you with the occasional accounts of my running - incidentally over a year, I've probably run around 780 miles and got nowhere - isn't that pointless! But I've seen some interesting gardens and plants in passing. We shared with you our wonderful trip on the Queen Mary and our marriage in New York. And despite my barbed comments about my partner Philip, we are still happily together after 17 years, also celebrated last week.
I've certainly had a few rants; bad pruning, noisy machines, poor design and I feel another coming on when I see the tree pruning in this area. The inclusion of some cooking hasn't really happened. My failure to get an audition for 'The Great British Bake Off' and Philip's inability to eat cheesecake every week, rather dampened that. My new passion for watercolour painting took a debut a few weeks ago and maybe you'll hear or rather see more of that in future weeks.
So as we enter the second year, I have to face the return to the UK in chilly February, followed by a busy season judging at Chelsea and several other shows, followed by East Midlands in Bloom in late summer. Tell you all as it happens! My next blog will introduce you to our new home here and my new garden, although landscaping that will have to wait till I get back next October - a fun filled year ahead! Just to whet your curiosity and hope you'll read on, the following pic is just a corner of the beautiful development we have just moved into - more next time!