Being Versatile

I am so pleased to share I’ve been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award!

The kind and creative Elaine from thoughtfully nominated my blog for it’s very first award. Thank-you Elaine! I so enjoy your creations at rainyleaf.

The timing couldn’t have been more perfect either as I find the middle of Spring demands versatility from a gardener. For me, early Spring is relaxed and I get so much joy in seeing signs of new life unfold daily. Poking around to see what survived the winter, what didn’t and what I might now have room for!

Alas, the days seem to speed by faster and faster (how can this be since daylight is increasing) until a time comes when I realize I have about a jillion garden things to be done and they should all be started  – now. That’s where the versatility comes in since I can’t drop my other ongoing duties and commitments. (Sure, the kids could and would eat pizza for a week freeing up a bit of time but still not nearly enough!)

So I’ve been in extreme versatility mode in the form of:

My 'Elberta' peach right before bloom in need of a major pruning

After the pruning...sad to chop off so many flower buds but at least it is now open and should be in good shape if I get some fruit this year.

  30minutes of pruning here…get dinner started

Lots of veggie and flower seeds starting indoors

20 minutes of planting there…then take a kid to a practice

Transplanting tulips to make room for a new tree

15 minutes of transplanting…get to a meeting

Getting steer manure-based compost on apple trees, raspberries and rhubarb.

10 minutes…get a shovelful of compost here and there

An experiment of a cilantro and calendula bowl

5 min…check outdoor seedlings for water

60 seconds… pull a few weeds on the way out the door

This is versatility with a capital V and I imagine it is representative in some way of how many of us handle the “heart” of Spring.  Mind you, this is not a complaint about the busyness of Spring gardening, just a strategy to keep everything moving in one’s life and have an amazing food and flora garden too!

Now to the details of the Versatile Blogger Award.  Here’s a quick rundown of the “rules.”

– Include the Versatile Blogger button in your post
– Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to them.  (Thanks again, Elaine!)
– Include 7 random facts about yourself
– Nominate 15 other bloggers and notify them by leaving a comment on their blog
Seven random facts about me:

1. I am part Basque with dark skin, hair and eyes

2. I am tall (5’11’) and that does not go with looking Basque

3. I have always loved cities and an urban vibe

4. I grew up on a cattle ranch

5. I have always wanted to own a double lot in a large city to have enough space to garden to my heart’s content while the hum of the city surrounds me.

6. If I happen to notice the movie “Remember The Titans” on the television I’ll drop everything I’m doing and watch it to the end.

7. I don’t like to watch movies more than once.

My nominees (alphabetically) for the Versatile Blogger Award

I enjoy reading these blogs as each creator has a unique talent and perspective they offer to the world in a beautiful, engaging format.  Most of my nominees cover gardening but there are a few in my favored list that cover fashion, travel, food and more.  So have some fun and explore a bit to see if you may find a connection with one of these great blogs just as I have!