Luck is sometimes a matter of perspective. There are always things one could consider to be pure luck. Like where you were born, and to whom. Loving parents and fortunate location can make the difference in the quality of your life. What you do after that is up to you of course. I have been very lucky lately. The garden makes me feel lucky every time I step outside, or even just gaze out the window, like this view out the back door of the main house of the wall and slope. Hard work and no small expense has created this lucky spot. The luck lies in the soil and climate, even with the drought, things just want to grow here. They don’t need a lot of coaxing.Having your name drawn for a prize is pure luck. My name was drawn by fellow blogger and friend Veg Plotting in the UK to receive a sign donated by her cohort Threadspider. You may have noticed the link at the top of my sidebar to visit VP’s open garden and support a worthy cause in Water Aid. Participating and making a small donation put my name in a hat to win one of many donated prizes and it was a lucky day for me when her hand came upon my name.One of the best surprises in the mailbox is when we get a package. Most of the time it is something we have purchased online, like seeds.
Plants don’t travel via mail so they are never waiting for us in the black metal box at the street. Let’s make that to read *Plants don’t usually fit inside the black metal mailbox”. (Thanks for the correction Mr. Subjunctive!) The surprise is even better when it has been sent through the Royal Mail. It makes us feel like the Queen herself played a part in the shipping. The label with the cute dog and sheep is a bonus.Here is the prize, a lovely little sign that can be hung on the door to let people know that we won’t be answering the knock knock because we are toiling away in the garden. That is a perfect sign for me, because as much time as possible is spent in the garden. Thank you VP for making the extra effort and expense to send the sign over the ocean. And thank you too for working hard to raise money and awareness for the need for clean water in less fortunate places on this earth we all share. We applaud you with a standing ovation.Our luck began earlier this year when once again a hand pulled our name out of a hat to win a prize. This time it was a book written by fellow blogger and friend Jodi of Bloomingwriter. Please forgive the lateness of this acknowledgement, Jodi. I did take photos of the arrival of your package, also via royal mail. I just cannot locate them. This contest was for participants of a wonderful get to know each other idea called The Garden Bloggers Geography Project. The assignment was to write about where you live and garden. Our post can be seen here. This wonderful book, The Atlantic Gardener’s Greenbook, is full of information and lovely photos about gardening on Canada’s east coast. There are plenty of useful planting tips and ideas for gardeners in all locales however. We especially want to send Jodi our best thoughts and wishes as she deals with an unlucky health issue. Get well soon, my friend. I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone reading this post. Blogging has enriched my life in so many ways, but mostly it has been getting to know you all that makes me feel the luckiest of all. Thank you.
My name is Frances and I am a lifelong gardener, having lived in various parts of the USA over many years. I am now gardening in USDA Zone 7a east Tennessee. From 2000 to 2014 I was gardening on a slope in a small town in Tennessee. I have been blogging about my gardens since December of 2007. Thank you for visiting!
The slope in spring
The slope in fall
The slope in winter
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Older Posts Of Interest:
The story of the day a throng of cedar waxwings descended upon the garden, shown in the header image. (2009)
An awkward title that explains about making those very tall asters, mums and others shorter by cutting them down by half in May. Now is the time! (2011)
A book inspires the growing of lilies from seed. (2009)
How ten lily bulbs became hundreds. (2010)
A rant about the mistaken thoughts of non-gardeners. (2009)
There was something hidden in the forest and we were lucky enough to be able to see it. (2011)
Dreams turn into reality, in a way. The Green Man/Leaf Man faces live well in my garden now. (2011)
A yard without a lawn. (2010)
A history of all of the faire gardens and a couple of choice tidbits about me. (2009)
Very difficult to only pick your six favorite plants, some of us bent the rules a bit. (2009)
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