The Blonde Gardener Turns One

Last July, as I was once again awake at 2am, I realized I had looked up everything I wanted to know on the internet.  My head was full.  There was not one iota of space left for any more knowledge.

Caladium ann Toad House

Caladium and Toad House

That’s when I came up with the idea of starting a gardening blog.


My friend and fellow motorcycle pal, Becky, writes a blog about knitting, family, and random thoughts.  She is a knitter extraordinaire and even knits while riding on the back of a motorcycle.  Her blog showcases her work and her writing is fluid–an example of what I wanted my blog to be.

My cousin had started blogging a few years before me.  She is a teacher, technical writer and now a published author.  I was terribly intimidated by the process of typing words in a post.  My train of thought was to send my drafts to her for analysis and then rewrite before hitting the publish button.   Does a comma go here?, is that sentence too long?, am I making any sense? are my participles dangling?

Dangling is not a good look for me.

I believe I wrote 3 different posts before I accidentally published them.  They popped up on Facebook, my secret was out,  and I had to explain what was happening.

monarch and aster

I announced if anyone wanted to talk about gardening, just follow me to my blog.

Painted Daisy

Painted Daisy

And, much to my surprise, they did!

Allium 'Globemaster'

Allium ‘Globemaster’

And one year later, I’m still talking.  Most of the time about gardening, but sometimes the animals and grandkids demand a post or two.


I would not have continued without the constant support from my Facebook and WordPress friends.  I no longer stress about writing and I’m just enjoying your company.  Thanks for sticking with me. Your kind comments are appreciated more than you know.

So, for all you do, this bud’s for you!



About the blonde gardener

I'm an Arkansas girl born and raised. I garden in the beautiful Northwest part of the state (zone 6b or 7) surrounded by the Ozark Mountains. My favorite part about the area is we have 4 distinct seasons and are able to enjoy a variety of activities. My main passion is gardening but I also enjoy hiking, birding, 4-wheeling and motorcycle trips. Basically anything outside. Thanks for stopping by! Brenda
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23 Responses to The Blonde Gardener Turns One

  1. I love your blog!! Happy one year anniversary!


  2. Barbara says:

    Congratulations, Brenda! What a nice milestone! We’ve enjoyed your year, too. 🙂


  3. Happy Blogiversary, Brenda!


  4. The Dancing Rider says:

    Happy Anniversary. I realy enjoy it ihere. Got a good chuckle out of “this bud’s for you”. 🙂


  5. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Happy first blogiversary Brenda! Here’s to many more!


  6. Happy anniversary! I’m looking forward to future posts!


  7. Seriously, Brenda, dangling is not a good look for me, either. 🙂 You wanna swap some seeds? I’ve got solid yellow coreopsis, yellow and orange cosmos, Alaska shasta daisy, Little Princess shasta daisy (short ones). Will have mixed balsam, purple dahlia, and a really pretty, improved purple coneflower later on.


    • Glad to know someone else doesn’t like to dangle! I would love to swap some seeds. I don’t have any right now, but will in about a month. Anything you are looking for in particular?


      • Would really like to get my grubby paws on some pink Joe Pye Weed, coreopsis other than the solid yellow, mostly perennials. In this post, I liked your Painted Daisy and the purple daisy looking flowers. Does that giant allium produce seeds? They aren’t supposed to grow here but I’d like to play with them if they have seeds.


      • I can’t get Joe Pye weed to grow for me but I will be on the lookout for some. I have never grown the painted daisy before and it is not doing very well in the full sun bed but is doing ok in the afternoon shade bed. I’ll try and get some seeds if it survives our oven heat we’ve been having these past two weeks. The allium in the post does not produce seeds, I usually just divide the bulbs. And the only coreopsis I have is yellow. I’m hoping to walk around the gardens early this morning and see what’s doing well and let you know what seeds I will have.


      • If I’ve mentioned anything you’d like to try, let me know, and I’ll send.


  8. ChgoJohn says:

    Happy 1st Birthday! Cannot wait to see what you’ll be sharing in your 2nd year.


  9. I’m so glad you took the plunge! Congrats on your 1-year mark.


  10. Happy Anniversary…the first one is a huge one and one to be celebrated!! I look forward to reading with you in year two!


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