Friday, February 3, 2012

A Much Appreciated Versatility Award

I am truly pleased and honoured to have received "The Versatile Blogger" award  from T.S. at Casa Mariposa.  It could not have come at a better time with the February blahs at my heels.

It seems that there is a ritual involved with this award which is to bestow it on fifteen other bloggers whose blogs I enjoy. Also I am to tell you 7 things about myself. 

So let's start with me:

1.  I never realized I liked 'history' so much until I began this blog.

2. I read quite a lot, and not just biographies on ladies of our past. I am a huge A.S. Byatt fan, love the Lord of the Rings and some science fiction.

3. I have a certificate in horticulture and do my best to use it well in my garden of just under one acre.

4. I have mostly had cats as pets, some goldfish and turtles when a kid.

5. My husband and I used to enjoy camping but now a comfy hotel room has its lure.

6. I am a real art and craft admirer and have a knack for knowing which piece is of the highest quality.

7. Macaroni and cheese is still one of my favorite things to eat.

   I happily bestow the Versatile Blogger  award to the following wonderful bloggers:

Jennifer @ Three dogs in a Garden for her wonderful cottage garden. She manages what I aspire to.    

Bom @PlantChaser who shares an interest in history and his magnificent plant macros

Carolyn @ Shade Gardens for her native plant suggestions and inspiration

Charley @  365 Things I love about France for helping me live in France from afar.

ts @casamariposa for her fun and humorous posts - Thanks again!

Denise in Japan for her wonderful bird photos

Donna @gardenwalkgardentalk whose 'magazines' are truly amazing

Diana @elephantseyegarden for showing me parts of South Africa I may never see

Julie @ TrulyUseful for her myriad of ways of helping one understand social media and for being a great librarian

Helen @ Masteringhorticulture who knows way more than I do and has a knack for making the science of plants easily understandable

Rob @ ourfrenchgarden who has a beautiful spot in the French countryside and who is presently tackling building stone walls

Helen @patientgardener in Malvern Hills whose trials and tribulations I can sympathize with as my own


  1. Thank you Patty, I am honoured. I live in the Netherlands. But I do love Japan!

  2. Denise is in my Reader. I also revel in her bird photos! Going back to sort that link, now I have found your post. Thank you for including me here.

  3. Patty, Thank you so much for honoring me with the Versatile Blogger award. You have been reading my blog for a while so I am especially happy to receive it from you. Carolyn

  4. I have updated today's post to include you so you might want to check it out.

  5. I don't camp either. I much prefer a bug free bed and a warm shower. :o) I grew up with four cats and a few dogs as a kid. I hope more readers discover your incredible blog. They don't know what they're missing!!

  6. Patty, thank you for including GWGT on your list and sorry it took so long to get back to you. For some reason I thought this was on your other blog. I am the same as you. I used to love camping, now give me a hotel room any day. I can be out in the woods all day, but now have no desire to be in it at night.

  7. Your comment about Moisture Max potting soil and rain was spot on. Years ago I used a similar soil and after a ton of rain, one of my plants heaved right out of the pot. The soil was so saturated it was overflowing the pot and pushed the plants right out. But this year, I had a plan! I completely saturated the soil before planting, waited for it to expand, and then stuck my plants in. Fingers crossed! :o) All those pots will look great next to my grass!


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