Welcome to my first ever blog. My best friend Beckie of Dragonfly Corner introduced me to the world of blogging about a month ago. I must admit I thought blogs were just for chatty teenagers or sportswriters, and I have since found some unusual ones. So far, the blog about the questionable use of quotation marks has been the strangest I have found. (My blog might be cited later on the overuse of exclamation points!) But when I saw Lisa's Greenbow blog and then all the other wonderful gardening sites, I was hooked and decided to attempt my own. Please bear with me as I begin to navigate through yet another new technological experience.
First of all, although I do love gardening, I am truly a novice gardener. I began my first perennial bed about six years ago and have slowly become a little more knowledgeable about the world of gardening through trial and error. Reading gardening magazines and internet articles has also helped, so I am excited about reading all your blogs and learning so much from them as the season progresses. Already I am indebted to Carol of May Garden for her very helpful article on sowing seeds indoors. Ironically, just a few days before, I had purchased a few packets of seeds and some seed starter cells to try to banish the winter doldrums. With Carol's helpful tips, I may actually get some flowers to grow!
A little bit about myself...I recently retired after 34 years of teaching high school English. That will help to explain today's title--I firmly believe there is a Shakespearean quotation for every situation in life. I am enjoying my newly found free time, but most of all, I am looking forward to actually working in the garden before June! I have always lived in east central Illinois, but three and half years ago we moved to the family farm which is on the outskirts of the small town of St. Joseph. Our house sits back quite a way from the road, as you can see below(or above--I must learn how to insert pictures!) in the view from my living room window.
Obviously, I have lots of room to plant! That's the problem--I have grandiose plans, but not the energy or the wherewithall to carry out all of them. I have started on a very small scale and hope to share some pictures of my flowerbeds once they begin to bloom.
I have been so impressed by the gardening blogs I have read; the beautiful pictures, the articles, not to mention the mechanics of posting these must take a lot of time. I am afraid I may not be so faithful in posting blogs, but I will do my best. I am especially looking forward to sharing ideas with all of you and taking advantage of your expertise. In fact, my next blog will pose a couple questions for you experts, so I hope you will read it.