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Monday, August 02, 2010

Dear Friends and Gardeners August 2, 2010

Dear Dee and Mary Ann and Gardening Friends Everywhere,

This letter post is my 1,500th post on this blog.

I thought about delaying this letter and writing something else to mark the occasion, but then I realized that this weekly letter which usually has an update on my garden is a fitting way to mark this occasion.

When I first started blogging, somewhat tentatively back in 2004, I posted a grand total of seven times between 2004 and 2005, and prior to that I deleted the first blog I started. During those first few years of blogging, it felt like I was planting tiny seeds in a giant field and it was hard to see amongst the vastness of the field if my little blog seeds were germinating or taking root. Did anyone see them? Was anyone out there? Hello? Can you hear me?

It seemed a bit futile.

Then in 2006, I started to see my little blog seeds germinate more frequently. I saw them grow and realized, through comments on my blog, that others were watching my seedlings grow, too. So I planted more blog seeds and sometimes plants. I watered them and pruned them and could see some of them flower.

At the same time, I stopped looking just at my little blog seedlings and found the blog seeds and plants that other garden bloggers were sowing and planting, and I started to help them water and nourish theirs, too. We helped each other! We told each other how much we admired our blog seedlings and plants and whole gardens. We encouraged one another.

And that’s why this letter is a fitting post for my garden blogging milestone.

Garden blogging, as it turns out, is not so much about sowing and planting blog seeds and plants, i.e. posting on your blog, as it is about making connections with other gardeners and encouraging them in their own pursuits of gardening and writing, and living.

And that’s what these letters symbolize. Connections to not just Dee and Mary Ann, but truly connections to gardening friends everywhere.

Thank you to all who have encouraged me, humored me, and admired my little blog seedlings and plants and helped to nourish them along the way to this milestone of 1,500 posts. It truly has been a blessing to garden and blog with each one of you, to read about your gardens and lives, to learn from so many passionate gardeners and to even meet in person!

Carpe hortus,

Carol
May Dreams Gardens

All year I dream of the days of May when the sun is warm, the sky is blue, the grass is green, and the garden is all new again!

28 comments:

Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp said...

Carol -- you've definitely been an inspiration. Thank you for your pioneering spirit.

Frances said...

A huge hug, applause and bowing to your blog seedlings, dear Carol! May you have 1500 more, and more after that. An astounding number, and all of them interesting, funny and pertinent to gardening and gardeners and most especially garden bloggers. It is about the connections, so true. I love that it was your letter. :-)
xo
Frances

Diana said...

Thank you for looking back at the beginning. My blog is in it's second year and I'm still in that phase of "is anyone besides my mother reading this?" It's good to know that I have a chance to have my voice heard, if I persist and continue to improve my postings.

And major congratulations on your 1500 post!

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Congratulations Carol, it's wonderful that you have kept going.

Eileen

Gail said...

Carol, Congrats on reaching 1500 posts~You have entertained, delighted, educated and encouraged us all with your writing. What a wonderful community garden bloggers

have fostered~ Gail

Helen Yoest @ Gardening With Confidence.com™ said...

Congrats of 1500 posts. H.

Layanee said...

At the forefront of the garden blogging movement, you have inspired, informed and entertained many of us. Congratulations on 1500 posts. That is quite an accomplishment.

Vetsy said...

Congrats Carol 1,500 post Wow!..
You bought education, entertainment and laughter to us all I really enjoy it!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I am so glad you kept at it Carol. Your blog is such a great read. Congrats on 1500.

~ jackie said...

......and what a blessing it is to us gardening friends......

Elizabeth Barrow said...

Many congratulations on 1500 and best wishes for many more!

Peeoknee said...

You have been an inspiration everytime I come to your Blog...I love your musing and posts and well everything. I learn something new all the time from Garden bloggers like yourself. Congrats on 1,500.

Dee @ Red Dirt Ramblings said...

Congratulations on such an amazing milestone. How do you find subjects to write about so frequently is what I wonder. Thank you too for being my friend. My letter will be up in a jiffy.~~Dee

rambleonrose said...

Congrats on this great milestone, Carol!

Cindy, MCOK said...

Carol, it's not just that you've written 1500 posts, but that they have been thoughtful and/or entertaining and/or intelligent and/or humorous and/or insightful and/or informative AND/or on and on ... you're an inspiration to many of us. I look forward to many more years of growing with you!

Pam/Digging said...

Yes, it's about the connections we make. Good advice to newbie bloggers, and a reminder to us old-timers who sometimes feel too busy to leave a comment. I still read a lot of blogs but have less time to comment than before. I'll try to do better with that, to help water those seedlings!

Leslie said...

Congratulations Carol! I've enjoyed your blog so much over the years and I'm glad you now have help from the cast of characters that frequent May Dreams Gardens. This really is a major milestone and you should be really proud of yourself...I'm certainly impressed.

Connie said...

Enjoyed your post, today. Wow, what a log of blogging! I have been enjoying peeking in on your blogs, so keep up the great work.

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

Thank you for sharing your garden and all its wonders. Yours was one of the first blogs I read, and it's still as fresh as in 2007. Congratulations on this blogging milestone!

Mary Ellen said...

Wow you have had alot to say! Congrats on 1500 posts! You have a great blog!

bee blessed
mary

Anonymous said...

Congratulations.....well done.

I still think a book is in you.

Robbie said...

Congratulations! What a wonderful milestone! Always enjoy catching up on your news.

Mike said...

Hi Carol,

I've just found your blog for the first time, since I've just started to blog about gardening just recently. I feel your passion and sincerity about gardening, and you are an inspiration to me. I've been a Nursery man, for many years, but I've got a lot of work to do to improve my blogging.

Thanks for your service, and your inspiring ideas to your fellow gardeners.

Sincerely,

Mike

Annie in Austin said...

Congrats on the 1500, Carol - you have been an inspiration.
Your garden blogs do seem to have grown according to the classic horticultural pattern, didn't they? Sort of first stage Sleep, second stage Creep, third stage Leap... guess in this fourth stage you Reap the rewards of your diligence and patience.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Commonweeder said...

Carol, your blog was one of the first I found when I barely knew what a blog was in 2007. You were a constant inspiration and teacher - as were people like Kathy Purdy at Cold Climate Gardening. the great joy of this summer was meeting so many of the bloggers face to face in Buffalo who have been so important to me in the garden, and in my writing life.

Anonymous said...

Hi... I just stumbled accross your blog while looking for information on cue ball zuchinnis. I noticed in your post that you mentioned that you (like every good gardener that I know) foist veggies off on visiting friends. I would like to put the proverbial bug in your ear that perhaps you and your gardening friends might consider, in addition, donating your surplus garden produce to homeless shelters or food banks. We are growing a large garden this year (our first garden) and will be donating all of the produce to a homeless shelter for families near our house. All of the food donations that they currently get are canned and boxed and they never get any fresh fruits or vegetables. Who could appreciate the fabulousness of your fresh delicious, produce more than people who cant get any on their own?

Denise said...

What wisdom from a blogging old-timer -- 1,500 posts! Congratulations. It does seem like a vast field sometimes, but I shudder to think of going back to gardening alone again, without blogs. Thanks for all you write, Carol.

VP said...

Congratulations Carol - such an apt post from someone who's been instrumental in ensuring there's a great big garden blogging community for us all to join in :)

Just catching up with your posts after holidays - aka vacation ;) after weighing all the evidence (organising Malvernmeet, carrying a digital camera at all times, starting Out on the Streets etc etc) I fear I must be amongst the geekiest of all garden bloggers - and proud of it!