This is the one year anniversary of Fairegarden. To celebrate and stoll down memory lane it seemed appropriate to show the very first words written for all with access to the internet to see. It was a scary but exhilarating experience. I remember my heart pounding fast and feeling slightly nauseous as the publish button was clicked. It was so easy to jump in, just the click of a button and there you are. I am including the comments on this one, since it was my first post, published December 7, 2007.
Hello out there in the blogdom. I am jumping into this without forethought to just get started.
Please excuse any errors in protocol. I will try and learn by trial and errors, which are bound to happen.
First, many thanks to Pam @ digging for her helpful and encouraging advice. You are an inspiration, along with many other bloggers that help me get through the day.
This blog may change in tone and mission over time, but for now it is planned to be a journal of my garden and a correspondence for any readers, gardeners or not. We will see how it progresses.
Thanks to all for reading and commenting. I have been told the comments are especially rewarding. So feel free to comment!
Yours, Frances at Faire Garden
So far, so good. Here is a little background info about me and my garden….My present garden is in southeast Tennessee. We have been here about seven years, but have owned the property nearly ten. We bought the house for our daughters to live in while attending a nearby college. At that time I had a very small landscaping business in another town. I had a blank slate to work with here. First hemlocks and pyracantha were planted at the back of the lot along a chain link fence we had installed for privacy. They were one gallon plants and looked pretty delicate at the time. The planting was done by our semi-adult kids. The side and front of the house was planted with ‘Victor’ red crape myrtles, dogwood seedlings from my own garden, which were miniscule, ‘Rose Glo’ red barberries, ‘Blue Star’ junipers, caryopteris, variegated liriope, green leaf heuchera, and black mondo grass. During the years before my husband and I came to live here, the garden only received attention during our familial visits. A marathon weeding and pruning session would occur and the garden would fend for itself until the next visit. Amazingly, the plants not only lived but thrived, despite college parties and major neglect. Three years later we moved into the house ourselves and did a renovation which included buying the house next door, knocking it down and building a garage there. Now it is attached to the main house, one big happy dwelling. The additional land from the house next door really allowed me to garden my little heart out. The whole backyard is a steep slope so lots of paths and steps were needed just to get up to the edge of the property line. Much work has been done and more is still needed. As with all gardens it is never finished and will forever be a work in progress. This will be its story.
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9 Responses to “Foreward”
Pam @ Digging says:
Frances, you are most welcome. I’m always happy to see another garden blogger I can visit.
Your garden is lovely, and so large compared to mine. I look forward to seeing more of it here.
FYI, to “join the conversation” more quickly, you might consider listing your blog with a couple of blog directories. Blotanical at http://www.blotanical.com/ and Kathy Purdy’s at http://www.coldclimategardening.com/garden-blog-directory/ come to mind. Happy blogging!
Pam/Digging said this on December 7, 2007 at 3:29 pm (edit)
Pam, thanks for commenting. It has been exciting starting my very own blog and you have been so helpful. There is a lot to figure out technically, but learning new things will be fun.
Frances said this on December 7, 2007 at 6:25 pm (edit)
Frances I certainly learned by trial and error. The technology now makes it pretty easy. You can keep it as simple as you want or make it much more elaborate. What ever you want.
Your pictures are a very good start because already I want to see more of a new neighbor’s garden.
Christopher C. NC said this on December 7, 2007 at 7:30 pm (edit)
Christopher….Thanks for leaving a comment. I have a lot of pictures of my garden to post but some are not as good as I would like. Viewing other blogs, the draw is always the pix though, so keep watching, more to come.
Frances said this on December 7, 2007 at 8:13 pm (edit)
Cant wait to read more about your garden life
rmbuck said this on December 7, 2007 at 8:25 pm (edit)
rmbuck….thanks for the comment semi
Frances said this on December 7, 2007 at 8:28 pm (edit)
Great start. And to think I knew you when you avoided computers!
Seeing all these pictures is instructive and makes me want to come visit.
When you are taking pictures this spring, I’d include additional closeups like the crocus. That shot is great.
Laurie said this on December 8, 2007 at 9:34 pm (edit)
Laurie,..So glad to see your comment. There are closeups in the files just as good as the crocus. I wanted to give a tour of the big picture first, with a ‘money shot’ to draw people in. There will be pictures taken with the blog in mind instead of just as record keeping for the location and blooming times of plants now that this blog has been started. Always learning something new though.
Frances said this on December 8, 2007 at 9:40 pm (edit)
Welcome to “blogdom”. I look forward to reading about your garden and gleaning from your obvious plant knowledge.
Robin’s Nesting Place said this on December 9, 2007 at 11:11 pm (edit)
Everyone was so nice, it brought tears to my eyes then, and still does. Thanks to one and all for a glorious first year of blogging.
(The top photo was taken April 22, 2008. The photo in the inaugural post was taken April 3, 2007.)