What is that saying about how time flies? Oh, yes, that’s it…
My. How. Time. Flies.
Two years ago today Hoe and Shovel was launched as a way for me to “talk” about my love for gardening. Soooo… in honor of this Happy Blogiversary I’ve poked around in the archives a little bit to help us reminisce from whence we began our blogging life ... in June 2007. Seeing these photos reminds me how we've gradually removed more and more of the lawn grass to make way for more and sometimes just bigger planting beds.
My super-creative, smart, and talented daughter is the one who actually pushed me off the diving board with the idea to blog. Always my biggest cheerleader for every endeavor I’ve undertaken, she came up with the plan to start a blog for me. I chuckled at the thought at first. Said I didn’t have time to blog. HA! I still don’t have time to blog but somehow I make time for it. I have to admit, blogging has been an experience that I never (not in a thousand years) would have thought I would like. It has turned out quite differently than that first thought.
July 2007 (couldn't find this view in June)
Humoring my good friend and sweet daughter I gave her the go ahead to set up my Blogger template. She is the one who came up with using the pseudo-name Meems. I’m not so keen on sharing with the entire Internet world my given name. Meems is actually a nickname my grandkiddos – and now kiddos and spouses of kiddos – call me on occasion. We do that in our family… start with one name and end up with several. In case you don’t know already, Meems is an adaptation of my grandma name, Mimi. And now you know me as Meems, too.
June 2009 (same view as above)
As far as the name Hoe and Shovel. Well, that's been discussed thoroughly already and you can read about that here if you’d like.
My first post ever was June 16, 2007. For some reason (probably because I didn’t know how) I didn’t even upload a photo. My daughter was the only anonymous commenter. I had no idea there were other garden blogs when I first began. NO idea I’m telling you. It took a couple of months before it was realized there actually were garden blogs all over America and the world, too. Not too many in Florida at the time, however.
Anyway, blogging has been an eye-opening experience to say the least. I’ve learned so much from my blogging friends. You have encouraged me to try new plants and new methods and inspired me to take risks. Your knowledge has sparked my interest in Native plants, bulbs, seeds, cuttings, and bare root possibilities.
April 2008 First Veggie Garden EVER
With so much help and excellent support at my fingertips it was blogging that first and foremost gave me the courage to start a vegetable garden last year. A desire I’d had for many years but just hadn’t taken the plunge until spring of 2008.
In the spring of 2009 I tripled the size of the veggie garden. Truly my greatest thrill has been adding this element to my gardening experience
Blogging has been a wonderfully creative outlet for me to play with photographing the garden and all the creatures that live there. Being behind a lens and capturing what you want a photo to “say” is one of those things that I didn’t realize how much I loved until I started blogging.
Gardening is such an integral part of what moves me. I will always go to the garden with my heart open wide to possibilities and potential. There are daily lessons to be learned, sounds of life to cheer my soul, peace to center my being, smells to delight my senses, designs to lure my creativity, and the thrill of soil for my hands to work.
To each and every one that has traveled along this blogging/gardening journey with me it has been my privilege. Whether you are a new reader or a long-time loyal reader… just the fact that you take your time to come here is appreciated more than you can know. Your input and your friendship (some of you off-blog…some of you face to face) has been so very enriching. Thank you!