What a wonderful two years it has been!
You've been to so many places, dear book, it's hard to remember all of them.
You've been on trains, planes, and boats.
You've sat on beaches, benches, and the occasional wild animal.
You've traveled the world and been to places I've never been like England with Cindy, where you were just hanging out in a garden shed at Hidcote when this picture was taken.
Remember when you went to New York City in the fall.
Later, I dressed you up for Halloween.
And don't forget you've been to Estonia!
And St. Petersburg, Russia!
Because our great friend Deb remembered how well you like to travel!
Of course, you've been to other places with me, like Niagara Falls, Chicago, and Austin, Texas.
You've had your share of the spotlight, like this book review in Country Gardens magazine.
Of course, you've been to Disney World!
Remember when you went to a concert with Katie?
Then there was that time I put you on the big screen at a basketball game.
And that other time when I let giant ants carry you off to who knows what adventure!
And yes, even though there are other books now, like Homegrown and Handpicked and The Christmas Cottontail, and soon Seeded and Sodded, you, Potted and Pruned, will always be my first book. The other books can never take that away from you.
Now as you begin your third year, dearest Potted and Pruned, I hope you enjoy even more travels, more adventures, and meet more readers. You have a long life ahead of you. Don't spend it sitting on a shelf or in some dusty corner of the occasional bookstore.
Get out there, plant some seeds of gardening in other people's minds, and enjoy your life, dearest book.
Happy 2nd Birthday, Potted and Pruned!