I came onto blogger to post one thank you post, and discovered I had been featured as Blog of the Month for November on Jo's The Good Life! So two thank yous are now in order, but I start at the beginning...
I recently won Mark's Seed Giveaway for Winter Lettuce Mix over at Mark's Veg Plot. (One of my favourite blogs). I was totally thrilled, having never won a thing in my life before and because I've never grown any lettuce other than one which didn't turn out to be what it was meant to be, (Though it was delicious, whatever it was!) and so I'm never sure what varieties to try.
Mark not only sent me the Sarah Raven "Best Winter Lettuces Mix" (which contains seeds for varieties "Can Can", "Green Salad Bowl" and "Merveille de Quatre Saisons") but also some delicious looking radishes, which are Plants of Distinction "Cherry Belle". I've never grown radishes before, and in fact I've only eaten one once (It was lovely though) so I'm really excited to grow these beauties. I hope mine turn out as tasty looking as these. It was also great to have some email conversation with a fellow chilli enthusiast! Thank you very much Mark! :)
Onto my second thank you! Jo's The Good Life, (another of my favourite blogs), featured me as her Blog of the Month for November. I'm totally thrilled! Not only did she have some lovely compliments on my blog, but I found it interesting both from her and her commenters, on what aspects of the blog they really seemed to find interesting and enjoy. The exotic vegetables seem to be a point of interest, which is really why I grow them, because they are so interesting and unusual to grow, so it makes a change from the standard style crops, and its fascinating to see how they grow in this climate compared to their native one. It's also given me ideas for a new blog segment, so a huge thank you to Jo for the feature.
Now, for the triple to make sense there does need to be a third thank you. Who would that be? You. My readers! I just want to say thank you for a vast amount of support I've gotten from the gardening online blog community (and some foodie/cooking blogs too). I've never felt so welcomed. As I mentioned in a previous post here when I first entered the online community aspect of gardening I made the mistake of visiting forums, and it was a very closed door, my presence was entirely unwanted kind of experience. I think because in other hobbies the way to communicate with others was only really done by forum, so I figured it would be the same. I'm not saying all gardening forums are horrible, but I think blogging is actually much more rewarding, because you get to really see in great detail how plants have developed for each person growing them, and learn new tips and tricks from everyone's own unique methods. It's so much more personal and I feel like I can ask questions directly so easily and get a useful answer. I'm really enjoying this aspect of the hobby as much as I am the gardening itself. So thank you, all of you! :)