In honor of my first blogiversary, I'm re-posting the first entry of The Garden Blog (of a gal growing Southern):
We have a huge fence covered with succulent, tasty honeysuckle, but where do the aphids and fungi like to dine? My rose bushes, of course. I'm trying the "Safe" brand of insecticide and fungicide. I have a environmental guilt complex, so it seemed like the right thing to do even though I'm pretty sure it's a hoax. How could it be so safe, while the small print on the bottle says something like, "Will kill animals and small children" ?I tend to be one of those the-glass-is-half-empty-and-I'm-going-to-kill-the-bastard-who-drank-my-milk type people, so of course yesterday when I was tending my rose bushes I was focusing on the aphids and didn't notice the newly formed blossom until I'd already drenched the plant in a special "safe" cocktail of fungicide and pesticide. Then I noticed the perfect, white blossom. The chemicals glistened on the flower like morning dew and I followed the instinctual urge to smell...Fungicide.Well I haven't lost any limbs today, so I guess that stuff is safe after all.
Today, a year later, little has changed. I'm still battling the leaf spot on my favorite rose bush, and it's still rewarding my effort with beautiful blooms.
The first plant featured on The Garden Blog (of a gal growing Southern), 1 year later
And yet so much has changed!
On 6/1/06, I was still searching for a new job, as I'm reminded from a post from when I was gardening in exhile. A year later, I've just finished my rookie year at a new job, and it's obvious from my entry on post-traumatic student stress how good this change has been for me.
On 7/27/06, I first watched a yellow swallow-tailed butterfly while gardening in the dark, and I've been hooked ever since. This season I've added several new types of plants to my garden especially for attracting and nurturing butterflies, and lately I've eagerly observed caterpillars devour my fennel. Over the past year, I've started to change from a plant-centric gardener to a gardener who has an obsession with plants but is starting to admit that some animal critters are a bit fascinating.
A few months later, I started avidly reading and commenting on other blogs. (See the blogroll to the right) Thanks, I've learned so much from all of you in the past year! I also found encouragement from blogs that had nothing to do with gardening, like Neil's "Thank your First Commenter Day" post. Neil then became my first commenter on Thanksgiving Day . The days of just writing for myself, and possibly Mom, were soon over.
And of course the biggest change of all was first recorded on my blog in April, when I first heard the heart beat of our baby. And don't be concerned, this May 31th I'm *not* inhaling any fungicide fumes. My husband is in charge of spraying any chemicals this summer.
What will the next year bring? Keep clicking on that "The Garden Blog" bookmark to find out...