03 January 2012

Happy New Year from Bloomingwriter and Bloominganswers

Here it is only the third day of 2012 and I've already managed to pull a bit of a post together! I learned some years ago not to make resolutions, so that I don't have to feel guilty about not keeping them. Instead, I do the best I can. As Master Yoda would say, "Do, or do not--there is no try." He had a point, didn't he, and not just his ears.

Mostly I wanted to take the time to say thank you to all those who have already signed up at bloominganswers. It's still very much a work in progress, with some facets that are confusing to me when I'm working behind the scenes to make things as easy to navigate as possible. I'm delighted that we have members from the United States and the UK as well as from across Canada--this is a site for any gardener, whether indoor or out, whether in the tropics or in the tundra.

It's been nearly six years since I started writing this blog, so actually it's entering its seventh year of posts. Much has changed during that time, especially in terms of my personal, physical abilities. Yesterday, since we were having yet another overly-mild day, I finally got the last of my bulbs planted, a task that would have normally been done by mid-late November, when I was laid up after my knee surgery. But bulbs are tenacious, and they were in good shape when I plopped them into the soggy ground, and they will mostly all bloom come spring. I remind myself that I'm also tenacious, and that others have far more serious ailments than I do, so I need to be grateful and carry on.

It's important to me to thank my readers, both online and in the publications I work with, and those who have bought my books. Also I thank everyone who comes out to the presentations and workshops I do from time to time. One of the greatest joys about gardening is the sense of community it fosters, and the sharing that goes on between gardeners, between friends across the miles.

I have several potential projects in the works along with the new website, and so I shan't promise to blog every couple of days, or even every week. Nor will I promise to get to everyone's blog as quickly as I used to. There are so many now, which is exciting because it's great to see the passions for planting and how people do things differently. There are also so many other social media demands on our time, from Facebook to Twitter to Google+ (whatever that latter is--I don't know yet) and it can become overwhelming. I remind everyone that we garden for pleasure, and that reading and participating in garden sites ought to be for fun too. No stresses, please--we have enough of those in the other parts of our lives.

So here's to 2012, and more garden adventures, wherever you are, whatever you plant. For me, I'm hoping winter will arrive soon, to cover up the wet yucky yard, and to bring on the snow buntings!


  1. Here's hope for good health and flexibility in 2012.

    I think it would be easy to be thoroughly overwhelmed by Google+ and have avoided it in consequence. Don't like Facebook either and have recently been thinking the proliferation of social media sites will fragment the blogging 'community' - even that I might be side-lining myself by not making use of them all. But one could spend one's life communicating instead of doing.

    Very best wishes for everything you are doing.


  2. Congratulations on your new website, Jodi! This looks like a great way for gardeners to get information. I haven't joined yet, but I've bookmarked it and will head back over when I have a little more time.

    Glad to hear you are doing well and finally got those bulbs in. You're so right about the growing social media; it's so hard to keep up with all of it that I don't even try. Even my blogreading has become hit and miss, so it's been awhile since I've visited. I hope you had a merry Christmas, and wishing you all the best in the coming New Year! And good luck with your surgery--I know you'll be happy you did it once it's all over.

  3. Hi Jodi! I've been MIA for some time but today is my Catch Up Day to see my blogging buddies! Congrats on the new website - I'll check it out next. As always, love your blog and photos. Happy New Year!!! XO!

  4. Happy New Year to you too, Jodi. I'm excited to see how your website develops - I've recently joined so am looking forward to learning lots from it.

  5. I am glad you are still doing some reports here, since I was going to miss the cat updates, which I didn't think would fit in BloomingAnswers!

  6. I am always amazed that you manage to blog or be on FB at all, with all the commitments you have. You must be one very organized person.

    Have a wonderful upcoming year, a really good one!

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams


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