In Celebration of A Year of ‘Garden Speak’ and More…

Today is the one year anniversary of igardendaily! A year of ‘garden speak’ (in the Blogosphere) has happened right before my eyes!  And what a fun year it’s been…pursuing writing for the first time ever, getting creative with a camera and sharing thoughts and moments with fellow gardeners around the world.

Also a year of exploration, discovery and reward.  I’ve explored new growing methods and improved my practices by attending garden classes and discovering local experts.  I’ve become interested in entirely new species of plants by reading other garden blogs and learning from their experiences, both good and bad.

And I’ve been rewarded with your comments.  It has been a thrill to read each comment and develop a sort of ‘garden fellowship’ with all of you. Many thanks…

To celebrate my one year BLOGAVERSARY I’m hosting a raffle to win a $30 gift certificate to the FABULOUS Joy Creek Nursery located in Scappoose, Oregon.

I’ve teamed with Joy Creek nursery for this special giveaway because it is one of the best mail-order nurseries I have ever purchased from.  The Joy Creek retail nursery (Scappoose) is well-stocked and beautiful BUT my real testimony to Joy Creek is due to their mail-order service.  I’ve purchased plants from Joy Creek while living in Oregon, Pennsylvania, California and Idaho and have always been extremely happy with the quality and healthiness of the plants upon arrival and once growing in the garden.

There are several ways you can enter the igardendaily giveaway (U.S. residents only, so sorry).  For each one of these activities you will get your name or email address added to the drawing.  If you choose to do two of these activities you’ll get two separate entries in the drawing and so on…   More is merrier, at least in terms of winning a chance to pick out some fab new plants for free!  Here’s how to enter:

-Become a subscriber to igardendaily

– Become a Facebook Fan of igardendaily

– SHARE a post from the igardendaily FB page with your FB friends

– Leave a comment (including easily recognized identity) at the end of this post about what gardening means to you.  Anything from why you do it, to what you want to learn more about, to your projects or challenges for this growing season. You know, just some good ‘garden speak’.

Join me in celebrating another year of gardening (and the arrival of Spring) and enter to win! Raffle is open between Mar. 21 and midnight, April 1.  Drawing will be held on April 2 and winner announced April 3rd.

Joy Creek Nursery offers an amazingly large selection of perennials and flowering shrubs.  Another speciality is Clematis so even those of you with small spaces that may need to grow vertically can join the fun!  Look for more information on Joy Creek Nursery in an upcoming post.  

Additional notes from a year of garden blogging:

My favorite post: “How Do You Like Them Apples!”

Your favorite posts:  “Friday Favorite: An Inspirational Garden in the Rugged Owyhee Mountains“,  “Apple Espalier Makes The Day!

My Favorite guest blogger and post: Karen, San Francisco garden gal, “Tribute Gardens Connect Us With ‘Loved Ones

New Discoveries: I’ve discovered these specimens over the year and will be including in my garden this year.

Ruellia brittoniana ‘Purple Showers’ (common name Mexican petunia) Thanks Christine @ The Gardening Blog!

Mina lobata, Ipomoea lobata  (common name Spanish Flag)  I spotted this growing in Leon, France.

Clarkia rubicunda  ‘Shamini’  Thanks Scott @ Rhone Street Gardens!

Fellow garden blogs:  I’ve updated the BLOG SWAP section to show some of the garden blogs I’ve enjoyed throughout this year.  Discover and enjoy…

Family: Thank you to my loving family for always being supportive, especially when I’ve asked them to get involved with an idea for a post!