The votes have been counted and the winners have been named for the 2008 Mouse and Trowel awards for garden bloggers.
Here is a list of the winners:
**Blogging Categories**
Best New Garden Blog: Faire Garden
Best Garden Blog Design: Digging
Best Photography in a Garden Blog: Digging
Innovation in Garden Blogging: May Dreams Gardens
Garden Blogger You’d Most Like to Have as a Neighbor: Carol from May Dreams Gardens
Garden Blog Post of the Year: “Garden Attentions Distraction Syndrome – Do You Have It?”, May Dreams Gardens
Best Writing in a Garden Blog: Garden Rant
Best International Garden Blog: Bliss
Best North American Garden Blog: May Dreams Gardens
Garden Blog of the Year: May Dreams Gardens
**Web Site and Podcasting Categories**
Best Gardening Podcast: Wiggly Wigglers
Best Forums: You Grow Girl
Garden Website of the Year: MyFolia
Faire Garden wishes to thank Colleen for her masterful motherhood and still finding time to handle the awards, each and every voter who picked us for best new blog, and also we wish to thank every voter who did not pick us, but voted for the other fine nominees,
Mr. Subjunctive’s Plants are the Strangest People , and
Gardening Gone Wild , a group effort by Fran Sorin, Nan Ondra, Steve Silk and Saxon Holt, professional writers and photographers.
To all of the voters and to all of the readers, faithful, occasional or this is your first visit, please accept a piece of my scotch moss heart!
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36 Responses to Thanks

  1. Catherine says:

    CONGRATULATIONS FairyGardener!!
    That fist shot~the close~up of the Dianthus is fantastic! Also love the heart shaped moss too..:)
    Have a beautiful weekend!!

  2. Frances, says:

    Hi Cat, thanks for the congrats and the kind words. We are thrilled and honored. You too, have a gorgeous weekend.

  3. Gail says:

    My dear,

    You are so very welcome.

    It has been a joy to not only read your blog but to get to know you… Your sense of humor, love of nature, the respect with which you greet your readers and the love and respect you have for your family leaps off the monitor in brilliant technicolor.

    Have I poured it on enough? I wanted to make sure you knew how much I believe you deserve the Mouse and Trowel Award for Best New Blog. AND, how much I value getting to know you!


    ps Edit this if you want to!

  4. Frances, says:

    Why thank you back Gail, pretty, glowing words. No surprise after reading your comments on the many blogs that we both visit. I am amazed at the ways you pay your respect to the efforts of others. No editing needed!

  5. Jane Marie says:

    Congratulations, Frances. You are very deserving of the award. I love reading your blog as I’m sure others do.

  6. Frances, says:

    Hi Jean Marie, thank you so very much. I love writing the blog and hearing from the readers like you.

  7. Carol says:

    Congrats, again, Frances. Your blog is a welcome addition to the garden blogosphere. It’s a treat for us to learn more about Faire Garden!

    Carol, May Dreams Gardens

  8. Frances, says:

    Hi Carol, many thanks for the warm words. And a super congrat to you for the bg five awards you garnered, much deserved BTW.

  9. garden girl says:

    Congratulations Frances! Visiting your beautiful garden through your blog is always an inspiration.

  10. mr_subjunctive says:

    Thanks very much for the link and the praise. Many people have noted already that the Mousies serve the purpose of introducing people to blogs they wouldn’t otherwise have paid enough attention to, and it’s definitely been nice to notice and be noticed.

    Of course, I also enjoyed the extravagant cash prize for being one of the three finalists. But coming across good new blogs is nice too.


    (Kidding about the cash. Obviously.)

  11. The Garden Faerie says:

    Hi Frances, congratulations! I love the heart!
    ~ Monica

  12. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    You are Moss welcome for the Moss deserved Mousie. Good for you Frances.

  13. Phillip says:

    Congratulations – you certainly deserve the award. Your blog is always one of my favorites.

  14. Frances, says:

    Hi Linda, thanks for your support and friendship, it means a lot.

    Hi Mr. Subjunctive, there has been a lot more traffic here since the mousie nomination, not necessarily more comments though. All good. My family asked, what do you get for winning? A badge for the sidebar and more readers is plenty of prize, I tell them. ;->

    Hi Monica, thanks, glad you liked it. Pam at Digging gave me the idea with her green fuzzy heart leaves.

    Hi Lisa, Moss-ly I want to thank my loyal readers… have been a steady comment leaver since the beginning, thanks.

    Hi Phillip, thanks and your blog is always full of lovely photos, a dream garden.

  15. Ewa says:

    Dear Fairy Gradener 🙂
    Congratulations 🙂 You and your garden approach make this blog special, so you got the award very well deserved:)

  16. ourfriendben says:

    Ha! That moss heart is the best! Your blog and your garden are so wonderful, they’re an inspiration to us all! (Not to mention, of course, that thye’re located in my home state, the great state of Tennessee!)

  17. Frances, says:

    Hi Ewa, thanks for your long time support and friendship, I appreciate you.

    Hi Ellie, Glad you liked the heart, it was fun putting it together, then planting back onto the step risers from whence it came. Even though I am not a native Tennessean, it must be admitted that there is something magical about the way things grow here. Like no where else we have lived. The plants want to grow and the conditions are so conducive, no gardener is necessary. Thanks for your enthusiastic support!

  18. Esther Montgomery says:

    Hopefully, you can’t have too many ‘well dones’ and ‘congratulations’ – because I would like to add mine.

    Esther Montgomery

  19. Frances, says:

    Thank you Esther,for thosekind words, there is not such a thing as too many of those.

  20. Rose says:

    Congratulations, Frances! I just started visiting your site a few weeks ago (don’t know how I missed it before), and didn’t realize for awhile how new you were to blogging. Your posts are so informative and well-presented, and you are so knowledgeable about gardening. In fact, I’ve not only gotten tips from comments you’ve left me, but also from comments you’ve left on others’ blogs.

    A well-deserved award!

  21. Frances, says:

    Hi Rose, that is so sweet of you. I enjoy your blog and am happy to have given any help, that is a high piece of praise. Thanks for your support.

  22. Nancy says:

    You’ve done a wonderful job, blogging, commenting on other blogs and photographing your garden. You’re always kind and have something positive to say!

    It’s been nice getting to know you and all the other gardeners.

  23. Pam/Digging says:

    Congratulations, Frances, on a well-deserved Mousie win. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog since day one. You are so into the garden-blogging community, and I loved it that you signed on for the Spring Fling right away, and then I got to meet you in person. Way to stand out in your first year of blogging!

  24. Linda Lunda says:

    CONGRATULATIONS FairyGardener!!!! You are so worth it!!!!!

  25. Cinj says:

    Hi! I just wanted to stop by and congratulate you on your win. With all of the readers and comments you get one would guess you’ve been blogging for years! Keep up the good work.

  26. Amy says:

    Congratulations Frances! An award well deserved. Love that scotch moss heart 🙂

  27. Kathryn/ says:

    Dearie Fairy Frances, Many congratulations for a well-deserved recognition of what you offer your readers. Well done!

  28. Frances, says:

    Hi Nancy, the garden bloggers are a wonderful bunch, that’s for sure. I appreciate those sweet things you say, thanks for your support.

    Hi Pam, you know I couldn’t have done it without your kind mentoring, you are an excellent role model! Congrats back to you.

    Oh Linda, that is very kind of you, thanks so much.

    Hi Cinj, thanks for visiting. I have been reading blogs for a few years and am so glad to have joined the very welcoming club.

    Hi Amy, thanks so much. The moss heart was fun to put together with help from my dear daughter in law, glad you enjoyed it.

    Hi Kathryn, I appreciate those kind words, especially coming from you!

  29. EAL says:

    It was so great to meet you and chat during the Austin meet-up. This award is assuredly well-deserved.



  30. Piondröm says:

    Your blog is intresting,fine foto and you seams to be a nice person.
    Al that makes a good winner.

  31. Frances, says:

    Hi Elizabeth, thanks. It was a thrill to meet you too, along with Susan. Garden Rant has been on my must read list from its inception. Congrats to you both, plus Amy and Michele for your well deserved award also.

    Hi Ken & Carina, thanks for those sweet words. I love your blog also, your primulas are the best and your concrete sculptures are wonderful. Thanks for being loyal readers.

  32. Dave says:

    Congrats Frances!

    A well deserved honor! Go Tennessee Bloggers!

  33. Frances, says:

    Hi Dave, thanks a bunch, and thanks for being a loyal reader and leaving comments.

  34. James says:


    Also – I noticed that you have linked to us, and thanks for that. One correction – it is my wife & I that run Double Danger.

    James & Shala

    Thanks and congrats again on the achievements!

  35. Frances, says:

    Hi James and Shala, thanks for the heads up, it is now fixed showing both of your names. Thanks for your support!

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