Overwhelmed, In A Good Way

Spring time can be overwhelming for a gardener. New buds, new blooms, new leaves, and new sprouts all shout out to the gardener "It's spring! Get busy!"

And so we get busy! Digging, pruning, planting, cleaning up, and blogging about it all.

Everyday, there is something new in my garden to see, to do, to watch for. And each day gets warmer. I love spring!

Do you know what else is overwhelming for a blogging gardener like me?

When nearly 100 other garden bloggers join in for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day and post about what's blooming in their gardens on the 15th of the month.

I have learned so much about what gardening is like in other climates through all the bloom day posts. I know how beautiful central Texas is this time of year and that there is still snow on the ground in Wisconsin. I know that it's not just central Indiana experiencing a slower spring, blooms are slow in Chicago, too.

Thank you to everyone who posted for bloom day yesterday! I've visited about half of the blogs and will continue down the list to visit each one, until I've been to all of them. Then later in the week I'll post the-last-ever link list (unless someone has an easier method to create a list with links) to make it easier for others to visit these blogs, too, without going through all the comments.

Yes, we'll have another Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day on May 15th, my favorite month of the year, and each month thereafter as long as people continue to join in. If you missed posting yesterday, but want to join us in April anyway, no problem, just post now and let me know via a comment so I can find you.

And I hope in between this month's and next month's bloom days, many of you will join in for a one time event, the Garden Bloggers' Hoe Down on May 3rd, a great chance to show off your hoes or any garden tools you have. And yes, rakes are also invited.

But that's not all that overwhelms me.

I am also overwhelmed by being nominated for six Mouse and Trowel garden blogging awards, including Innovation in Garden Blogging, Garden Blogger You'd Most Like As A Neighbor, Post of the Year for the post on GADS, Garden Attention Distraction Syndrome, Best Writing in a Garden Blog, Best North American Garden Blog, and Garden Blog of the Year.

I would like to thank all those who nominated me, truly I am at a loss for words on this one. Overwhelmed. Please head over to the Mouse and Trowel website between now and May 13th to vote for your favorites in all the categories.

Thank you all for making this week, this spring, a very memorable one for me and May Dreams Gardens!


  1. Awards well deserved! Your post on GADS is one of my all-time favorites, from the entire blogosphere! Speaking of Bloom Day, I just put up another post...my brain was on a coffee break before. :) That Hoe-down sounds fun...can shovels play?

  2. Hi there Carol and well done you :-D

    All your nominations are all well deserved and I am delighted to see you received so many :-D

    Enjoy the rest of your week :-D

  3. You darned right you deserve all of the nominations Carol. I hope you are overwhelmed with all the positive vibes coming your way. You give so much to the blogging community with your upbeat way of keeping us all thinking about our gardens. I always look forward to your posts. You are truly gifted in the way that you think and write about gardens. I so envy your seemingly endless thoughtful way of expressing yourself in the garden. Keep up the good work.

  4. I second and third it, Carol ! I can only imagine how overwhelming six nominations are but they just go to prove that you are worthy of each of them.

  5. Congratulations Carol! Enjoy the acolades. You've got a great blog!

  6. Way to go, Carol! I enjoy coming to read your delightful, informative, and inquisitive posts. Always a treat!

  7. Congratulations, Carol - six nominations is wonderful! And the GADS post sure was fun!

    I think you had less than 25 posts for the very first bloom day - more than 100 must mean it's become a genuine tradition. You and Elizabeth Lawrence are a killer combination ;-]

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

  8. Your GBBD idea has been lots of fun. Mine is finally up... only a day late! :-) Congratulations on all the recognition. You are so very kind and conscientious.

  9. That's wonderful. I love to celebrate seeing someone get something so well deserved. All the blogs I visit are such good quality. it makes you have more faith in the world and see such beauty. It's better than watching bad stuff on the news all the time.

  10. Congratulations, Carol on all your awards--you deserve them! Your blog was one of the first I read when I started, and you have provided an excellent example of interesting, entertaining, and informative writing. The tremendous response to this GBBD is due to your hard work.
    And I was glad to see on Twitter this morning that you actually got some sleep last night--I was beginning to wonder!
    BTW, check out Beckie's post yesterday at dragonflycorner when you have time.

  11. Carol, you deserve each and every one of those nominations. Congratulations! Feel the love!

  12. Wow! That's a lot of nominations! Congratulations to YOU! I've just recently started blogging about my garden - heck, I just recently started gardening! I've lived in this house for 30 plus years, dreaming about when I could move to the country and start growing things. When my husband finally told me we were never going - I went out in the yard and started digging it up - and told him I was going to create a park. My neighbors are now referring to me as "la seƱora de las flores" and making comments about my botanical gardens - so I think I've accomplished my goal. Of course, that just leads to more ideas for projects. . . another trellis to put up, another plant to fit in. I am now fully addicted to both gardening and blogging.

  13. Congrats on your Mouse & Trowels! (Now do you believe what we've been telling you? you're a garden blogging celeb.)

    I wouldn't overwhelm yourself with making a GBBD link list. That is what the comments are for. Now that there are so many participants, I prefer jumping off from the comments anyway because I can't possibly read all of them and the comment gives me a bit of a preview.

  14. Carol,

    Congratulations on your well-deserved nominations! It's writers and gardeners like you who inspire the rest of us.

    Looking forward to the next GBBD and the hoe down too!


  15. Congratulations on the nominations, Carol.

    My garden is finally waking up with this warmer weather. I love spring too!

  16. Congratulations on all your nominations - they are well deserved
    Carol. Yours was one of the first "Gardening blogs" I found and via your blog I have spread my wings.

  17. Congrats, Carol!!

    Couldn't have happened to a nicer gardenblogger, and, even more, a nicer person.

    Good luck in the final voting!

  18. Hiya Carol,

    You made it into one of our UK National newspapers' blog:
    Take a look

    I'd already replaced my own page with a skeleton one, thinking it was only for one day. I hastily put it back.

    Others better do too.

    We can't let our adoring audience down, now can we? :-)

  19. You so richly deserve it.

  20. I know you put so much into your blog. You deserve the nominations, and I hope you win. Whew over 100 people? I remember when it was 20 or so.

    And, now you're being linked to in newspaper blogs. Wow.~~Dee

  21. Carol, you certainly deserve those nominations (if not winning at least one of them). You are putting so much love and effort not only into your garden, but also into your blog -- it's alway enjoyable to stop by.

  22. Congratulations on all of the nominations, Carol. Wonderful recognition for the passion that you put into gardening and blogging!

  23. Thank you, everyone, for your very nice comments and congratulations. I love gardening and blogging about it to share with others has made it even more fun than I ever thought it could be!

    Carol, May Dreams Gardens

  24. Carol congrats on all your nominations, it's very well deserved! Good luck in the final voting!

    BTW all these nominations seem like an April Dream to me, perhaps you should change the name of your blog? ;-)


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