One of the joys of blogging has been the sharing of successes and failures with other bloggers and the realisation that we are all in the same boat, bobbing about on the sea of uncertainty that gardening is, reliant on the vagaries of the weather and the reliability of seeds and plants amongst other things. When we post pictures of our nicotiana which germinated brilliantly (unlike last year when it didn’t germinate at all) but then sits and sulks for the rest of the season and shows no intention of producing any flowers, and of our single spindly cosmos which HAS flowered, but only a few tiny flowers that have barely opened – well, when this happens I haven’t yet come across any blogger who has been called incompetent or a failure. We get words of encouragement, tales of similar failures, suggestions for future years, but no implication that these sorry situations are down to the gardener. Gardening magazines tend to show perfection, or aim at perfection, but our blogging community seems to recognise that we are human and are gardening in an imperfect world – we can thus admit to our failures without fear of reprisal.
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