An Anniversary, a Plan and a Treat

An anniversary: would you believe I began Rambling in the Garden 11 years ago today? No, me neither! What a great experience it has been, what a lot I have learned and what a wonderful group of people I have met and can consider friends. Thank you all for your friendship and as always thanks to Friend R, who introduced me to WordPress and blogging in the first place.

A plan: following the successful virtual meet-up of some of us last November, I am proposing a follow-up on Sunday 16th April, time to be arranged. Look out for further details in due course.

A treat: February visitors to our garden missed out on seeing hellebores at their peak, and they have been absolutely glorious! However, you are lucky and have the treat of being able to watch the following video which will give you a flavour of them – rather than accompany it with music, you have the original birdsong instead, sadly with occasional heavy breathing thrown in…


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35 Responses to An Anniversary, a Plan and a Treat

  1. Eliza Waters says:

    Fabulous hellebores, love the birdsong. Happy 11th blogiversary, Cathy.

  2. Rosie Amber says:

    Enjoy your celebration, you deserve it.

  3. bcparkison says:

    Lovely visit and congrats on your anniversary. Not as good as an in-person visit but close to it.

  4. Tracy Perez says:

    Love the birdsong. Great hellebores, especially the bright yellow one. And i enjoy your blog very much.

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you Tracy. I took the video fairly early in the day when there was warmth in the sun and the birs were very chatty – it clouded over later and they were a lot quieter!

  5. Cathy says:

    Congratulations Cathy! Love the hellebore video – such a lovely collection. And I will look forward to another meeting in April. 😁

  6. Anna says:

    Oh many, many congratulations on the anniversary of your blog Cathy – so glad that our paths crossed 😀 Hope to see you on the 16th. What glorious hellebores!

  7. tonytomeo says:

    Congratulations! That is quite a long while!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Tony – doesn’t seem that long, of course

      • tonytomeo says:

        Oh, I get it. I have not blogged for long, but have been writing the garden column for almost a quarter of a century.

        • Cathy says:

          They must like you Tony, with that writing record!

          • tonytomeo says:

            Well, the original newspaper group stopped using it just a few months prior to the twentieth year. I continue to write only because other papers use it now.

          • Cathy says:

            Must be a challenge to have fresh material each time – can readers ask you questions?

          • tonytomeo says:

            There are plenty of topics. I just do not have time for writing about them, since I enjoy my other work so much. I have not answered questions is a long time, but some of the papers may have the ability for readers to do so. I feel very badly about it. I rarely answer questions on the blog, and almost never respond to social networking.

          • Cathy says:

            But you stil have time to comment on other’s blogs Tony, and are very generous with your knowledge

  8. Happy Anniversary! And thanks for sharing the beautiful video!

  9. Kris P says:

    Happy Blogiversary Cathy!

  10. Happy blogversary!!!!

  11. croftgarden says:

    Congratulations Cathy. I don’t know how you’ve managed to be so consistent and create a fabulous garden. Most of all it’s been fun and a great pleasure.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Christine. At least I stopped the daily blogging after two years and kept it at a more manageable and sensible 3 or sometimes 4 posts a week. And replying to comments is invariably blitzed at certain points in the week, although I loyally tackle all IAVOM comments and links on a Monday as long as they arrive before I switch my laptop off 😉 I have learned such a lot through it and enjoy being able to share my knowledge or experiences and motivate others

  12. Made a lovely change to see the hellebores live!

  13. Fabulous as always Cathy, thanks for sharing. 11 years is amazing, what an achievement! I would love to join the virtual meet-up, it would be great to put faces to some names! 🙂

  14. Going Batty in Wales says:

    happy Anniversary. I shall look forward to many more years of enjoying your garden and learning from you.

  15. Heyjude says:

    Congratulations on the blogoversary. I had to go and look up when I started my travel blog and was amazed to see the first post was 25th February 2013! Ten years. Of course it has evolved in all that time, particularly now that we barely travel out of the county never mind the country. Lovely to see your hellebores and to hear the birdsong. Life doesn’t get much better than time in the garden.

    • Cathy says:

      Ten years for you Jude – that must have crept up on you! As you say, our blogs evolve over their lives. When I took the video it was fairly early in the day but it was sunny and surprisingly warm and the birds were having a field day! 😉

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