Without An ‘Itch

Today is the 7th anniversary of Rambling Round the Garden… good grief! where have those seven years gone?! As far as blogging goes, they have flashed by without any hitches or itches, although after posting every day for the first two years I did take myself in hand and reduce the number of posts which had become longer and chattier and were beginning to take over my life. Now I post as and when there is something I want to say or show but always, of course, on a Monday for my IAVOM meme which was hatched in November 2014 and has a birthday of its own.

The blog has dutifully served, as originally intended, to record progress in the garden and I often refer back to earlier posts to find out when something was first planted, when it flowered or sometimes what it was called, so I find the ‘search’ button invaluable as I do the ability to search by month or category. If you don’t have these on your own blog already I can heartily recommend them, for your own use and for other readers as I periodically search other blogs for something I want to re-read or check up on. The blog also triggers the occasional poem, although not as often as I had hoped because my muse is on part-time hours only.

It has also enhanced my gardening knowledge hugely – of plants, of practices and of gardens – but even more importantly it has made me intimately acquainted with my own garden, forging a deep and symbiotic bond and an intuitive understanding of what makes it tick. This has all been encouraged and boosted by the support of my numerous and varied blogging friends, the unexpected bonus that blogging provides (certainly within the garden blogging community), without whom my life and my garden would have been very much poorer. I use the word ‘friend’ in its real sense as the bonds that have been formed are very real, despite the distances between many of us; distances, however, have not been so great as to prevent some of us meeting up and so far I have met 17 of these special friends, mostly on their home territory. Such a joy: not just friendship but wisdom, support and a steady and generous supply of seeds, cuttings and plants!

None of the little snippets making up the 7 of the opening photo have come from blogging friends; instead they were all chosen because they haven’t yet featured in a vase this year. This ‘flat lay’ shows them more clearly. We have:
top row: Hellebore ‘Ashwood Single White Picotee Dark Ovaries’ (Ashwood are not very emotional when naming their hellebores), a recycled narcissus from one of last year’s baskets (probably N ‘Rip Van Winkle’), a fancy primula from the Coop, Pulmonaria ‘Trevi Fountain’, native primrose
middle: Camellia ‘Nobilissima’ (planted in completely the wrong place even this one bloom is a miracle), Corydalis ‘G P Baker’, species Tulipa ‘Turkestanica’, blue Anemone blanda, Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’
bottom: recycled pink hyacinth, seemingly perpetually flowering Veronica peduncularis ‘Georgia Blue‘, the first Bellis perennis, ditto Fritillaria meleagris, Scilla siberica ‘Alba’

Last year’s anniversary fell on a Monday and the blog’s birthday vase, comprising 6 cardboard cut outs of my rose and peony gravatar attached to cornus stems, is still sitting on the dresser in the kitchen, looking pretty much the same apart from a layer of dust. Today’s blooms won’t last as long but they were still popped into a little vintage creamware pot (when they had finished posing and lying around) where they will give pleasure for a few days; the pleasure brought by this blog and my blogging friends, however, will last much longer, so thank you everyone for rambling in the garden with me.

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41 Responses to Without An ‘Itch

  1. bcparkison says:

    Oh how sweet. These little flowers remind me of the fist full my young son would bring in,slam on the counter and run back out saying,Here Momma”.Sweet times to remember.

  2. AlisonC says:

    Beautiful. They look so pretty twined together.

  3. Heyjude says:

    Happy blogoversary! I’m about a year behind you, though my first blogs were mainly travel and photos. Love the pretty spring posy πŸ™‚

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Jude – my first entries were very short with just a tiny photo and it was quite a few months before I realised how interactive blogging could be and found other garden blogs almost by accident πŸ˜‰

  4. Many, many congratulations on your blog anniversary Cathy! Thank you for inviting us to ramble round with you – it’s been both a joy and source of inspiration getting to know you and your garden. I’m with you about search buttons – they are worth their weight in gold πŸ™‚

    • Cathy says:

      Aw thanks Anna – I had no idea where blogging was going to take me when I started and it has enriched my life hugely. Thanks for all your support along the way

  5. Brian Skeys says:

    It has been a pleasure.πŸ˜€

  6. Eliza Waters says:

    Happy anniversary!

  7. Kris P says:

    What a wonderful floral display to celebrate your 7 years of blogging. Happy anniversary, Cathy!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Kris – and I was surprised how pretty and spring-like this motley collection looked when I popped it into the pot

  8. Congratulations! I have learnt so much from you and your followers. Thank you Cathy.

  9. Happy anniversary! And very true about blogging friends, near and far. They bring so much pleasure.

  10. Sam says:

    It’s not an exaggeration to say that blogging and in particular IAVOM has saved my sanity and introduced me to many wonderful people (even if only virtually). Thank you so much, Cathy, for your encouragement and inspiration. Here’s to many more years of your lovely blog. Sam xx

    • Cathy says:

      Oh thanks Sam; I am so pleased that you have felt supported by our blogging community, as this is something I care about greatly.

  11. Chloris says:

    You have chosen such lovely flowers to celebrate your anniversary. Congratulations on 7 years blogging, what an achievement. Our blogs make a wonderful garden record, but more importantly, they are all about a shared interest and friendship.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Chloris – this motley collection of blooms has been a delight to look at after I posted this, and so spring-like. You can’t be far behind me in your blogging career and have been a wonderful asset to our community with your inexhaustable plant knowledge πŸ™‚

  12. johnvic8 says:

    Cathy, I love your blog and add my congratulations for your anniversary. You are certainly among the most generous of gardeners…in sharing your vases, your flowers, your construction projects (with special thanks to the Golfer), and your hopes and dreams. I look forward to the next years as an ardent follower.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks John, and I always think of you on Mondays wondering how you and Mrs V are getting on in your gardenless flat. Thanks for your kind words and, as always, I will pass your best wishes onto the Golfer

  13. Cathy, congratulations for your seven years of blogging! In the short time I have been there, I have learned many things in the updates of your garden and in your projects. Today’s flowers are small but lovely and with them I learn new flowers and names. Thank you Cathy for your blog and for many more years. Congratulations. Greetings from Margarita.

  14. Christina says:

    Many congratulations, what would we do without blogging. I’ve really enjoyed rambling with you. It was also a pleasure to meet you; hopefully one day I’ll actually get to walk around your garden with you.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks you so much Christina – I had no idea blogging would take me on the path it has. I was so pleased to have had the opportunity to meet you down in London as sadly I will not be venturing out to Italy, but it would of course be lovely if you you were able to ramble in person with me here

  15. Happy blogging anniversary. Your lovely collection of flowers/foliage illustrate why it’s always such a joy to visit your blog. Each arrangement is a cheerful unique nosegay.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks so much Beth – I was really surprised at just how many things were in bloom, even if there were just the odd blooms on some things

  16. I also enjoy rambling with you and love the blog world and gardening friends, so enriching to my own garden and life. Happy Anniversary and many more. I hope I appear in your garden someday.

  17. tonytomeo says:

    Congratulations. Mine is not much more than a year old, but I have been writing my gardening column for twenty years. The paper I started writing it for dropped it just a few months prior to the twenty year anniversary, but others still use it.

  18. Cathy says:

    Congratulations! And may you have many more anniversaries too! A beautiful collection of flowers and I am glad they all fitted in a vase together. I do enjoy rambling around your garden with you Cathy and hope I will have time one day when in England to pay a ‘real’ visit. Happy blogging and happy gardening!

  19. croftgarden says:

    Sorry I’m a little late with the congratulations. Is it really 7 years? I hope that I will be continuing to read your garden blogs for many more years. Thank you for sharing your garden.

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