Imagine sending a fan letter to someone you admire. You know, like fan mail to a rock star. Then imagine that the very next day you receive a personal and thoughtful response. Well, that is what happened to me!
Meems is a garden blogger. To me, she is a backyard rock star. After lurking on her blog for the past year, yesterday, I sent her this note minus the picture:
Subject: earth day 2008 & 2009
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2009 13:17:30 -0400
Last year for Earth Day I decided that I wanted to "find" a garden blog from a Floridian. I am not sure exactly how I ran into yours, but it was love at first sight. I have truly enjoyed each and every one of your posts and look forward to them. Gardening is relatively new to me. I have a lovely herb garden that was started just over two years ago. However, I live on a large piece of property in central Florida that is quite daunting to try and manage. Since I retired from teaching school in January, theoretically, I should have more time to tame at least the parts nearer to our home. I am trying to be patient and move forward a little bit one day at a time. In the meantime, thank you for sharing your projects, wisdom and musings. I am very grateful that you are part of my life. Happy Earth Day!
This is part of the response I received from her this morning:
Subject: RE: earth day 2008 & 2009
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2009 07:26:00 -0400
I guess one never knows who all is reading a blog and how they are being influenced. Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know you like following along.
I can imagine a large piece of property being daunting to a new gardener. I have to chuckle at "theoretically" you should have more time since retiring. I've not been working for two years now and there is never a dull moment. Admittedly, I do spend many, many hours in my yard.
The best approach in my opinion is whittling away at one section at a time. Ask yourself which places you benefit from the most. Is there a place you like to sit outdoors or is there a place you view from a favorite spot indoors. When I got serious about gardening I concentrated on the front entry because it is what gives the first impression to me and to passersby. From there I made the view around the back patio very inviting to my own eyes. I worked my way out from there to make the view from my kitchen window (which extends from the back patio) one that drew me outdoors (not that I really need any help in that area).
Herb gardens are a perfect way to start. Believe it or not I didn't have one until I started blogging. I'm not sure why except I just wasn't confident about creating one. I've learned a great deal from other bloggers which has given me inspiration to try many new things.
It's great to have you along as a reader...Happy earth day and happy gardening to you. Are you anywhere near the Tampa Bay Area?
Meems has a wonderful blog at www.hoeandshovel.blogspot.com