To Begin With…

View of the entrance to the back Garden

I’ve been Gardening since I was a small child and now in my 60’s I finally have a small Botanical Garden around my home. I hope to share some of what it’s been like creating and living with it in these pages. I’ll do my best to post pictures of what it looks like and to explain why things are the way they are. I’ve recently labeled my whole collection with garden markers denoting the names and origins of each plant. It’s been quite exciting to do this and has given me the impetus to try to share this with a larger audience thru these pages. I hope you enjoy what you see and read and that you’ll share your feedback, and your own gardens, with me as you can.

Thanks for visiting and I’ll try to keep in touch.

Steve

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44 responses to this post.

  1. AWESOME BLOG!!!

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  2. Congradulations! I have just nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Here is a link to my post for you to accept the award:http://thebelmontrooster.wordpress.com/2013/11/25/my-very-inspiring-blogger-award/.

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  3. Lovely plant composition above, great colours!

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  4. What a wonderful hobby to enjoy. I don’t garden. I really don’t plant a thing. There is not a plant in my home. A few bushes around…but that’s all. I have a friend who loves getting her hands dirty. She calls it therapy. I have never felt the need for dirty fingernails. lol
    But I will enjoy watching you. 🙂

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    • 😉 Well some of us just have had to get used to dirty fingernails… I guess I just like getting dirty… It is therapy, but so much more. Thank you for your comment. It made me laugh and that’s always nice. I like your blog as well. Thanks for visiting me and following my blog.
      all the best,
      Steve

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  5. A charming garden. I’ll be interested in hearing about its contents. We have a very small vegetable and fruit garden in the back and a native plant one in front. Both give s so much pleasure.

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    • Thank you for your kind words, and I welcome you back to visit any time! I’m happy you have your gardens you enjoy so much. They are very healing to live with.
      Best to you,
      Steve

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  6. Posted by hakesplace on December 28, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Steve, hope you and yours had a festive holiday–and many a health on this coming New Year! Much peace and love, Iliana

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  7. Hi! I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Please get the badge at http://wp.me/s32YrK-evoke and get more info. Have an exciting New Year, Blessings, belsbror

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  8. Greetings! Awards time, fellow blogger!
    I nominate you for Being a Light in the World Award.
    You can check .http://wp.me/p32YrK-JC for more details.
    Have a wonderful day!
    Blessings,
    belsbror

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  9. Posted by White Rabbit's Gallery on April 10, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    Guess what? You’ve been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award! You do not have to accept the award. Simply know that I think you deserve it because of your blog’s content and hope I made you smile. 😀 If you do choose to accept the award, follow the rules found here–> http://hakescafe.com/2014/04/10/the-versatile-blogger-award/. Thank you for your blog!

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  10. Thanks so much for visiting my blog! I appreciate it very much. 🙂

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  11. Posted by White Rabbit's Gallery on April 12, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    You have been awarded the Yoda Inner Peace Award! If you accept, please visit –> http://hakescafe.com/2014/04/12/inner-peace-award/ Congratulations! 🙂

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    • Oh this is so ironic. The last thing I feel right now is inner peace. This is a joke right? No, I know it’s not, and i appreciate your kindness in offering me this award. It’s very sweet of you and I’m grateful. Just a bit overwhelmed right now… And so it goes… 😉
      Thanks again,
      Steve

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      • Posted by White Rabbit's Gallery on April 13, 2014 at 4:36 pm

        It’s not a joke Steven. The last thing I feel is inner peace also. But, to me, the point of the award it that although we feel that chaos within, we continue forward, knowing it may always be as so but still taking the time to ground ourselves in that dirt, appreciating Mother Earth and everything upon it–your gardening, your trips…sharing it with people like me and others who appreciate it because it helps bring such inner peace, if but for a moment…that’s all that’s necessary sometimes. Love ya’….and at your leisure. XXOO 🙂

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        • You’re so right of course. I know that it’s keeping on when you’re not doing well that is a true measure of inner peace. I have that I know, I’m just a bit fried right now and I write what I feel, usually… I am grateful for this look at myself from your perspective and will do my best to take it in and make it real for me. Sometimes I just get too hung up in my own problems ya know? 😉
          Thanks for your words of wisdom…
          Steve

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  12. Posted by White Rabbit's Gallery on April 19, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Hello Steve! I’ve done it again–I’ve nominated you for the Butterfly Light Award. Go get your badge at http://hakescafe.com/2014/04/19/another-butterly-light-award/.

    I know I’ve lavished you with many of these, so please take you time creating a post. Do not feel obligated. This is my thank you for motivating me to garden my anxiety away. 🙂

    XXOO

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    • Thank you so much for this award. As you can tell I haven’t gotten to the others yet, tho I’ve put the badges on my site as a start. I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed by them all and may do a single post for them all in one, except for this one that doesn’t allow it. I can’t refuse such kind generosity but I may do them my own way, as usual… We’ll see…

      I’m very honored that I’ve had a positive affect on your desire to garden. That’s a lot of why I do this stuff ya know – to turn people on to the joys of it all. I hope it’s a good thing for you… I think it will be. Just have fun and don’t stress about it…!

      Thanks again! 🙂
      Hugs,
      Steve

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  13. Stunning garden! Absolutely gorgeous.

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