After Five

Iberis sempervirens (Candytuft)

Iberis sempervirens (Candytuft)

Five years ago today my initial pbmGarden entry, Garden Regeneration, began with these words.

The garden has been neglected the last few years. Too many frustrations: deer, noisy surroundings, drought, and life’s distractions. Time again to focus on what is important and to create a peaceful setting.

I began a garden blog on January 7, 2011, as a way to document some planned renovations, while also establishing some post-retirement discipline for myself. I never imagined at the time how much enjoyment it would bring.

Because of writing pbmGarden I have watched more closely the cycle of seasons, listened more keenly to bird song and call, and felt sincerely the friendships of readers from many parts of the world. I am glad you are part of my life and I thank you.

The perfect garden has proven to be elusive, but it is easy to spend a good day in the garden and to know a peaceful moment.


Fooled by temperate weather in December and despite below freezing temperatures this week, hyacinths are bursting forth with color. The weekend is expected to be very warm again and wet.

Hyacinth orientalis

Hyacinth orientalis

 

In January I usually write a review of the previous gardening year. I am starting with images of my Monday vases from 2015.

 

39 thoughts on “After Five

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thank you Beth! It will be interesting to see if the hyacinths get a chance to fully develop this year. All the plants are really being put to the test with this back and forth weather.

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  1. An Eye For Detail

    We all know the time and energy and care it takes to blog!!! So, many congratulations for five years and looking forward to so many more wonderful posts as the real garden season starts up again!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Libby. Five years went by quickly in many respects, but you’re right–it does take a lot of time and energy to blog. Looking forward to your posts as well and a get-together soon.

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  2. Christina

    Congratulations Susie, five years is certainly worth celebrating! Your vases, seen together, are worthy of a professional florist; it is lovely to see them all together. The friendships formed through blogging have amazed me and enriched my life in ways I couldn’t have imagined when I began; thank you for being a part of my world, your comments are always valuable to me.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks! Christina, your comments and insights have been so helpful to me these past years. And I’m so happy we got to meet in person. Your visit was a highlight of the year.

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  3. Cathy

    Congratulations! I shall be working towards my fifth bloggiversary this year too. Time flies, doesn’t it! I loved seeing all your vases again – such an achievement when you view them all together on one page. Happy blogging Susie!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Cathy! Congrats to you too then! I’ve so much enjoyed getting to know you through these past years. It took longer than I’d imagined to gather those vases on one page, but now I’m glad. Interesting to see what flowers were available throughout the year.

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  4. Chloris

    Oh well done, 5 years of blogging is an achievement. I loved seeing all your beautiful vases again today. I do agree that the great and unexpected delight of blogging has been the friendships which develop with gardeners all round the world. Looking forward to seeing what 2016 brings to your garden.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks! Conversing with you and other fellow garden bloggers is sustaining. Without that interaction I might not have made it to the 5-year point.

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  5. bittster

    Congratulations and thank you, I’ve really enjoyed watching your gardens change and develop. It’s always a process and thanks for inviting others along. All the best for 2016!

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