A look back at our garden in 2012 and a glimpse of my blogging experience in the past couple of years.
Just felt like taking a break from my Plant Profiles this week and do what so many other garden bloggers are doing at this time of year.
A look at how the garden was in 2012. It was a strange year, the Winter was rather mild, Tulips which were in tubs and left outdoors started to bloom in late February early March when we had temperatures much higher than usual and even reached 21c/70f.
Then from late Spring things went downhill and we ended up with a most dreadful cold wet Summer. Nevertheless the garden often looked good in spite of this.
Today I may ramble on a little about my blogging experience, finding Blotanical and whatever else may be lurking in my mind.
Many gardeners in recent times have been considering lifting their lawn. I kind of like the idea, look at all those extra plants, sweeping paths running through the whole garden with seating areas where it can all be appreciated.
Helen of The Patient Gardener who in fact introduced me to Blotanical has this in mind at the moment.
Before I proceed with this post I would like to take part in my first meme, long overdue. Dedicated to Diana of Elephants Eye. A dozen for Diana.
Diana has now embarked on a new journey, find out at Elephants Eye on False Bay.
Although I have always said that I didn’t like collages, this is my meagre attempt .
The plants from top left.
Azalea Luteum—- Begonia Flamboyant — Brunnera Jack Frost
Camellia Donation — Aruncus Aethusifolius — Aster Frikartii Monch
Astrantia Maxima — Auricula Irish Blue — Abutilon x Suntense
Anemone Blanda — Anemone Honorine Jobert — Aquilegia Fragrans
Oh, just about forgot, there have been so many plants in our gardens, I decided to start choosing the first of our dozen favourites from the beginning of the alphabet. Perhaps at a later date I should continue where I left off.
Now, lets get back to last year and whatever else.
What’s your view? I think if we want to get noticed – we have to interact with others and there’s no better way, than reading and commenting on other gardeners blogs. I know, we keep a blog for our own satisfaction and all that stuff, however I am sure we would get bored of it much sooner if we didn’t have any visitors.
We do of course have to guard and take care of what we say when commenting, even more so than what we may have to say on our own blog posts.
For instance, you may spot an error on the post you are reading, you know the blogger would want to rectify it but you hold back as you don’t want to come across as a right smart arse. Personally, I like to have what may be seen as a mistake brought to my attention, it gives me the opportunity either to rectify it or perhaps disagree.
I am feeling quite confident regarding the set up of my blog these days. As for the content – well, lets say I do have to work hard at it and would probably appreciate a mentor who could guide me towards improvement.
It stands to reason that you want to come across as complimentary when commenting.
however having a difference of opinion can be expressed in a way that is not offensive.
I often take too long pondering over what to say, some folks may be happy for you to use their first name and are pleased enough for you to have a generally chatty approach whilst others may prefer a more formal approach. Well, whatever is in my comments to you, it is all done with good intention, although at times I realise I may have gone over the top.
I don’t know how often I have posted a comment and then read it back only to think, what a twit. (help, delete it!! edit it!! don’t approve it, that’s not really what I meant to say.)
Too late and hard luck its your own fault ha, ha.
Ah well until next time.
How do you go about deciding on which blogs you are going to comment on?
Well, I keep a list of the bloggers which I like, and visit them regularly. If you comment on my blog it is more than likely that I will visit your site within the week and do the same on yours.
Some may see this as too much tit for tat, and say that they only comment on posts which really appeal to them. I sort of get this, but not enough to make me change my habit.
Talking about keeping a list of the bloggers which we visit. all of my visits to your site are reached through blotanical.
Sticking with this community of garden bloggers has taught me so much.
I started Aberdeen gardening seven years ago, deleted most of the early posts, didn’t have a clue what I was doing, which is apparent if you go to my archives.
On the day I publish a new post I start my commenting regime which is done over a period of four days usually. That doesn’t mean I am sitting glued to the screen for all of this time.
So, I log in to Blotanical, open up the blog of the first one which I added as one of my favourites, and post my comment, then I always go and pick that post, a system that I guess shows your appreciation of their work.
I now continue through my whole list and comment on them all, unless the subject is way out of my comfort zone.
Now, where were we, ah yes, I realise that my commenting system may be too regimental for some of you, but it works for me.
I don’t have the quantity of favourites on blotanical that some do, reason for this is that I like to comment on them all which I have faved. Just cant do this if you have too many.
The blogs which you have faved, do you keep them on your list, if, unlike yourself they never comment?
As much as I aim to stick with Blotanical, it does now seem to be rather tired. Are some of you drifting away?
Take the picking thing, I just noticed a couple of weeks ago after being the 82nd person to place a comment on a post, I found only six picks had been placed on this post.
Blotanical had all systems go for an update some time ago and unfortunately for Stuart the owner of the site,the whole thing fell through. Very disappointing for all, but we will keep our fingers crossed, further update on the progress would be welcomed by all.
I am so glad that I found this blogging thing, it adds yet another dimension to the gardening which I have always been fond of.
I have to admit to being very particular regarding the appearance of my blog.
Continually I mess about checking how it looks using other themes from wordpress.
I got carried away last week when I searched on google for premium themes. The site I came across had the most fantastic choice, and eighty of them were available to download for £30
Well I couldn’t help myself. Problem was when I activated them on my site, they were just a mess. Turned out, to develop them further you had to be an expert on css – html and all of that stuff. Managed to get a full refund though.
Well that’s it for now, I will keep my current theme going for the time being.
Next post, I will profile a plant which is very dear to Janet of Plantaliceous.