The Dragon’s Loyalty Award


I’d like to thank Lonnie Miller, the Belmont Rooster, for nominating me for this award. He is a real inspiration to me as a blogger who is very involved in the world as well as his blog. He advocates for causes he believes in and also covers a huge range of plants in his blog about “gardening, and plants, and maybe more”, as he puts it. And that “more“ is what makes his blog so wonderful to me. He engages me with his style and he tells stories along with his plant impressions. His wit and humor shine thru his writings. I’m very honored to receive this award from Lonnie because it’s such a very special award and he so embodies the qualities of loyalty with his comments and likes that I think of with this award. More on that soon. I highly recommend you go to his site and view his work. You can find him at: and I encourage you to visit him and enjoy his posts. Thanks so much, Lonnie!

The rules for this award are as follows:

  1. Thank the person who offered it to you and link to their site.

  2. Display the award on your site and write a post about it.

  3. Present 15 or so other bloggers with the award and let them know about it.

  4. Write 7 things about yourself.

  5. List the Rules.

I’d like to say a few things about this award first. I’ve read that it’s a combination of the Versatile Bloggers Award and the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. That’s a very cool reason for it. But the reason for it I like the best is that it’s given to people who have commented or liked or followed your site and it’s a way to thank them for being loyal fans of yours. Thus the naming of Loyalty and the memory of Dragons who stay true to their ways. I think this is a very interactive award and I really appreciate the chance to thank these folks I’ll nominate for being willing to visit me and comment or like my posts or for following my blog and reading what I have to say. I’ve cut my list down to a manageble amount as I couldn’t possibly list all those who have liked my site, so if I haven’t mentioned you don’t worry. I still appreciate you and hope you’ll continue to come visit me as I will you. It’s about connections as I see it and I feel connected to these folks in a good way thru these blogs.

So here are my choices. Feel free to accept or not as you choose. This is meant as a compliment to you and not a chore, tho it may seem like it when you try to do the work. But frankly I think it’s worth it to encourage those connections we have with each other and be good netizens and bloggers. If you want to take this award and put it on your site please do and follow whatever of the rules you can. I hope people do accept this, as I’ve given awards to others who never even contacted me back and I wonder about that. I know people have different opinions of awards and mine is that they’re a good thing and need to be treated with the respect with which they are offered. I hope you take it this way when I offer this to you. I sincerely do thank you for being a friend to me in the last couple of months I’ve been back on line. So a big Thank You to you incredible people and bloggers. Peace and love to you all!

Jane Adams Art:

Mix and Match Meme:

Palm Rae, Urban Pottager:

Apothecary’s Garden:

White Rabbit’s Gallery

Arthur in the Garden:


A North East Ohio Garden:


Cancer Killing Recipe:

The Talking Violin:

She Brings Me Water

Sandra Danby:

Karen Ellis Blog:

Edwin Colon Pagan:

So that’s my list. Now I need to start contacting you so that you know I’ve given you this nomination. I wish the best to all of you and hope you know how much I appreciate each of you. Thank you for brightening my world with each visit you gift to me. I’m very grateful.

Oops! Almost forgot to list 7 things about myself. I suspect a lot of people almost “forget’” to do this one… 🙂 It’s always hard to talk about yourself isn’t it?…

  1. I’m a Scorpio with a Sag Moon and Gemini Rising, and I act like it…

  2. I Love the Fall of the year. It’s when I was born and I have an affinity for the “Time of Falling off and Dying”, as I’ve heard it called.

  3. I have Bipolar Disorder, and I do well despite it, or maybe because of it, who knows?

  4. It only rains in Seattle some of the time, right? (I’m a cynical optimist…)

  5. I want to live long enough to see the trees I planted get big. I’ll only be in my 80’s then so why not?

  6. I’m lucky to be in love with the most wonderful man on earth.

  7. I like to explore the limits of what is known as “reality”.

OK, that’ll do, as an old friend used to say to his sheep dog. Works for me. Time to go now.




23 responses to this post.

  1. Thank you for your nomination – so very much appreciated. I am enjoying following your blog for you connect us to nature, to the earth, to the garden which sustains us all. I am looking forward to Blogging 2014 and our ongoing dialogue! 🙂

    Happy New Year!! All the very best to you and yours…



    • You’re very welcome for the award. I also enjoy your stories of the Industrial Revolution and the many facets of it you write about. I’m glad my gardens can help sustain others as well as myself. 😉 It’s great connecting with you!
      All the best in the coming year,



  2. How kind of you to nominate me for the award. It is always nice to know you are appreciated by other bloggers. I like reading about and seeing how you make things grow. I can only make a plant grow by writing a poem about it. lol
    Thanks for also being loyal to my blog. 🙂



    • I very much appreciate you, and your blog about so many diverse and interesting things. You make great gardens with words 😉 It’s always a pleasure to visit you and have you visit me. Thank you for being so seriously fun!



  3. Hi Steven, thanks for the nomination. It’s really great to get one as a blog-reader! I’ve enjoyed reading your gardening tips, I find I am always drawn to blogs by the photos first and then start reading. Thanks again, and Happy 2014! SD



    • You’re most welcome. I do really appreciate your visits and also enjoy my trips to your blog. I’m glad you like my photos. I’m not much of a photographer but I have great subjects! 😉
      Wishing you a great New Year!



  4. Hi Steve. Again, Thank you so much for the nomination! I don`t know if you have already received my post, but here`s the link- It has been a pleasure getting to know you, and I look forward to reading and sharing more down the road as the adventure unfolds beneath our feet. Have a wonderful year Steve.
    Peace, health, light and abundance to you and yours.



    • Hi Dan. You’re very welcome for this award You deserve it so much for your loyalty in commenting and liking my blogs and being a friend in general. I’ve really liked getting to know you better lately and I value that relationship a lot. I look forward to more of your work as well and hope that this coming year will be a good one for us both. It better be! 😉
      All the best to you in all ways,



  5. Rewrote the post.



    • I think I understand why you did this. I mention it in a comment on your blog. I did read the previous version tho and liked it a lot. Just so you know… 😉



  6. Awesome!!! That’s about all I can say. Thanks for the great compliments. Have a great and successful 2014!!!



    • You’re so very welcome Lonnie. You’ve been an inspiration to me. I wish you a great 2014 yourself. It’ll be wonderful to get dirty again won’t it? 😉
      All the best to you,



  7. Thank you so much, Steve, for nominating me! I will be writing to you about it. And I visited your other blog too, and will be Following. Just have to clear up a few household matters this week. Yes it will be a wonderful feeling for you when the garden suddenly starts happening again! All my very best to you both, for 2014



    • You’re so very welcome, Jane. I really like your blog a lot and appreciate your visiting mine. I’m glad you found NN because I think you’ll find some things of interest to you in it, I hope… Thank you for the good wishes for gardening in the New Year. I’m sure it will be wonderful!



  8. PS – one of the things I want to reflect on, concerning the Award, is the way we make connections to each other often through others in a similar way, and this sparks off things. Like Dan talking about Naked Nerves. I shall take a morning very soon and travel with you.



    • I really agree with you about this. We make connections in so many ways, like we do here on WordPress. It always thrills me to find a new blogger to follow or read about by seeming random connections, just like Real Life! ;). It’s amazing… I look forward to your visits at NN.



  9. […] loyal readers, as a thank you for their support throughout the year. And I have to thank Steve at Gardening in Greenwood for this nomination. I can’t remember how I found my way to Steve’s blog, but I love the way he […]



  10. Congrats on your award! You have an amazing blog, and those of us that are “loyal” are here because your content + spirit are reflected in your blog—:-) HAPPY NEW YEAR! Look forward to reading your blog in 2014:-)



    • Thank you so much. I really do appreciate your visits and I enjoy mine to you as well. I look forward to continuing to get to know you. Hoping you have a great year in 2014! 😉
      All the best,



  11. Thank you for the nomination. 🙂
    Congratulations, too.
    Keep the posts coming,



  12. […] The Dragon’s Loyalty Award is a broad thank-you to followers and friends.  What makes dragons loyal?  Are we friendly to our dragons?  It is a hot, prickly, lonely business being a dragon, guarding pearls and maidens from galloping gung-ho heroes, and pondering our blogs. […]



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