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!


12 thoughts on “Being Versatile

  1. Thank you so much for the comment on the bike, and the support. What a lovely award be nominated for, you have written a great post describing your ability to go with the changes that spring is bringing on.

    Unfortunately I don’t have the time to participate in awards, so I will keep this one close to my blogging heart, and thank you for thinking of me.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

    1. Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I actually pruned the peach tree in late March right before it was about to bloom in my area. I was a little late with pruning as I think it is to be done when buds are “fat” but sometimes I worry about cold damage since my area (Boise, ID) can still get quite cold (freezing) in March and April. Last year I didn’t prune the tree and it grew massive so this year it was time to “open it up” and give some structure. Do you grow peach trees?

  2. I love this post! Spring is so busy and there is so much to do! I wish we could stop life and just garden, garden garden until everything is just the way we want it. But alas….we fit it in when we can. Today I planted my potatoes….I’m content….for now.

    1. Thanks Elaine! I wish that as well but I’m sure I would always find something else to do…I am growing potatoes for the first time this year but I just have to figure out the right location. Are you growing them traditionally in the ground or in a more unique method?

  3. Jenny Woodburn

    Congrats on your recognition… that is awesome! I can only image being an Idaho gardener does require a lot of versatility! On a personal note, you have always been pretty versatile, I think you taught all of us (siblings) what being versatile was all about, for that I am forever grateful!

  4. azplantlady

    Hi Andrea,


    I just want to thank you so much for nominating me for this award in return. I am very flattered and so happy 🙂

    Thank you again!


  5. Andrea, thank you so much for nominating me for this award! I’m a little behind on internet/blog stuff, so I’m sorry I didn’t respond sooner. My grandfather’s mother was Basque, so there’s a little part of me that is too. I’m short though, didn’t get any tall genes on either side of my family. I hope you’re having a great weekend!

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