Thursday, December 18, 2008
Annual Christmas Letter from May Dreams Gardens
I’ve been very good this year. If you also think so, I’d like a compost thermomet…
Oops, wrong letter...
Dear Friends and Family in the Garden and out of the Garden,
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from May Dreams Gardens!
It seems like it was just a year ago that I wrote my first annual holiday letter for my blog. And what a good year it has been.
First there was the end of winter, when I obsessed over the first bloom in the garden, a tiny crocus. I posted so much about it that I probably should have renamed my blog temporarily to Crocus Dreams Gardens.
Then once the crocuses really started to bloom and were joined by the daffodils, early tulips, and tiny little irises, I flew down to Austin, Texas, for the first Garden Bloggers’ Spring Fling. That sure surprised my friends and family, and me, too, as I don’t normally take off and go places like that.
(We garden bloggers all had great fun that weekend and plan to meet again in Chicago, Illinois, USA, the weekend of May 29 – 31, 2009.)
Nearly as soon as I got back from Texas, it started to get really busy in the garden, beginning with the first lawn mowing of the season and continuing right up to the last lawn mowing of the season.
In between, I planted the vegetable garden, battled the rabbits, won some blogging awards, got called a rock star, confessed that I might be a bit of an eccentric gardener and posted faithfully every month for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. Oh, and Annie in Austin wrote a song about my garden!
What else happened this past year?
Well, there was the first (and probably only) Garden Bloggers’ Hoe Down. That was loads of good clean fun with hoes of all sizes, shapes, and ages.
And all year I kept telling everyone to embrace stuff, stuff they didn’t like. It started with weeds. Then there were insects, botanical names… whatever I thought someone might not like, I told them to embrace it!
At this point, I ought to embrace the end of this letter. I told myself to keep it short, sweet and simple, like a Twitter tweet.
Gads, I’ve just gone on and on from topic to topic, haven’t I?
So I’ll wrap this letter up with these wishes and hopes for all…
I hope that the Christmas Cottontail hops off Santa’s sleigh and visits your garden on Christmas Eve, to ensure a good show of spring blooms.
I hope that 2009 is your best year yet in the garden, with abundant blooms, bountiful harvests, blue skies, and plenty of rain.
And I hope that you’ll always find delight and joy in your garden and all that grows there.
If you ever come around here looking for me, I’ll probably be in my own garden, thinking of all the friends I’ve made through garden blogging, watching out for those garden fairies, planning the next meeting of the Society, and thinking of more things for everyone to embrace.
Yours in gardening and holiday joy,
May Dreams Gardens, December 2008
P.S. I almost forgot to mention one of the highlights of the vegetable garden, the WUT, which led me to introduce my first video on this blog! Isn't it amazing what growing tomatoes causes otherwise normal people to do?