There is a web site (blotanical.com) for garden bloggers where we post our writing, and there is great interaction and friendship (most gardeners are very friendly people). I wanted to participate, but a web site does not function nor qualify as a blog. (Even though many people tend to call mine a blog, it is not.)
That was no problem - all I had to do was whip up a new blog and apply to have it accepted at blotanical, which it was. The first thing was: give it a name. That was easy: “Barbee’s Blog”. Next comes a description: hmmmm… instead of writing something I decided to show them with a picture. It is spring so I selected a spring photo that husband/best friend/chief photographer took a few years ago, spring 2006; that was the spring the new tulips bloomed. Those are the Queen of Sheba tulips that I wrote about planting in the back yard.
He was standing near North Path (barely visible right hand side of photo) looking down the path away from the house. What you see in the photo are the tulips, dark green foliage straps of other bulbous perennials, white dogwood trees, pink dogwoods, redbud trees, whitebud trees, and several early spring greens as new growth on trees and shrubs.
Once the photograph was up, looking at it, I thought, “That looks like a window.” Ah, Ha! A window on my world! And, so it is. My writings and photos are a window on my world. My current plan is to change the photo with the four seasons if I can find a suitable photo for each one. But, there is no question about it: this one will be the prettiest.
So, there is a new blog up, and it is running copies of my new posts on the web site. When I publish a post on my web site, I copy it and paste it into my blog. To you bloggers reading this: most of the photos on my web site were made in The Garden At Crocker Croft, and most photos were taken by family members. Photography credits are listed in the sidebar of the home page.
I am not much of a photographer. I consider cameras to be machines; machines and I have waged a life-long battle. I do the writing (all except the quotes) and others do the photos.
I am not fooled; I know people come here for the pictures, not the writing, but that is ok. I still think it is a rather good deal… don’t you?