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Giveaway to Celebrate Six Years of Blogging

Seeing Flowers

Six years of blogging and I’m celebrating with a Giveaway. It hardly seems possible. Six years of documenting my garden, mostly, but also family events. Because of my blog I have met gardeners from around the country at Flings.  All you have to do to meet some of them is click on the Buffa10 badge on the right side of the page.

Over these six years and 1,406 posts I have learned that gardeners have a wide range of interests.  My post about bee balm remains my most popular for another year. Did I insert some SEO magic inadvertantly? Is it because it reviews the lesson Elsa Bakalar gave me about color? I don’t think I will ever know. This year hydrangeas and heritage wheat also won a big audience.

Timber Press is helping me celebrate my blogoversary.  They will Giveaway a copy of their beautiful book  Seeing Flowers: Discover the Hidden Life of Flowers with amazing photography by Robert Llewellyn, and written by Teri Dunn Chace. I wrote about Seeing Flowers here,  but I cannot say too many times what a stunning book this is, providing us with a closeup view of  each blossom, a view we could never get in real life. There are all manner of fascinating facts, some of which are sure to put a plant on your must have list. For example, did you know that the milky latex sap of euphorbias is toxic and will cause stomach upset? This means deer won’t eat them. A whole new family of plants is newly attractive to me!

Along with Seeing Flowers I will giveaway a copy of my own book, The Roses at the End of the Road, which is the story of how we got to the End of the Road, the roses and life we found here.  Kathy Purdy, who was so generous with technical advice when I began blogging, writes Cold Climate Gardening and posted a review here. All you have to do is leave a comment before midnight on December 12. It would be lovely if you would tell me the name of your favorite flower.  Especially if you have a favorite rose. I will choose comment at random and announce the winner of the Giveaway on Friday, December 13.

 

17 comments to Giveaway to Celebrate Six Years of Blogging

  • I don’t need a book, but I DO NEED to congratulate you. I look forward to your posts in my inbox and hope they continue for years to come….

  • Happy Blogaversary, Pat! Both books would be wonderful prizes, but I mainly want to congratulate you on this milestone. As for my favorite flower, that depends on the situation–peachy roses would probably be my favorite in a bouquet. But overall I’d have to say the purple coneflower is my favorite in the garden–those cheery blooms make me smile every summer, not to mention all the butterflies and bees they attract!

  • Hello doll – I met you through last year’s AtoZ and have been following you ever since.

    On Black Friday, I got a great deal on seeds AND a purple tiger floribunda rose. That one is my current favorite.

    I am also redoing my flower garden to make a separate rose cutting garden. I’ll be busy this weekend doing all the preparation.

  • Oh, and I forgot to wish you a Happy Blogiversary!

  • Lisa at Greenbow

    Congrats on your blogiversary Pat. I know someone will enjoy your book, I sure did. The other book also sounds intriguing.

  • Susan SanSoucie

    Congratulations. Always enjoy your writings. Happy blogiversary.

  • Pat

    Thank you all for commenting and becoming eligible for the drawing. Of course, I am very happy to know that new rose gardens are in the making.

  • Pat congratulations on 6 years….what a wonderful giveaway and you remind me that I still need to get your book. My favorite flower is hard to pick but I will choose echinacea.

    Here’s to many more years of reading your blog posts!!

  • Barb

    Hi Pat,

    Congratulations to you, on six wonderful years of your blogiversary. I want to Thank You for all the fantastic posts…..as I have learned so much from reading your blog over the years. One of my favorite flowers is the Gladiola. As a child that was one of the first flowers I ever planted and way back when we had the old fashioned ruffled variety. I am excited for a chance to win either of your great giveway books.
    :)

  • A very happy 6th year anniversary of your wonderful blog! Hope there are many, many more! My favorite flower is iris :)

  • So glad I found your blog. I love the information you share and your photos are lovely. I am so jealous of your lovely roses. I look forward to six more years of wonderful information.

  • Laura

    Hi Pat! Happy Blogiversary – and many more!
    Elise bought your book for me, and I read it cover to cover. Loved it!
    Right now I am liking the Hellebores with their dusky flowers and winter-resistant, glossy foliage. Rosa Rugosa is my favorite type of Rose.

  • Betsy Johnson

    Hello Pat . . . do enjoy your writing and can’t recall how I found your blog. I am close by in Williamstown. I have been to the Heath Fair, a couple of times and I visited the garden of Elsa Bakalar many years ago. Tough to pick one flower . . . but I do love Rosa glauca. Keep up the good work and Happy Holidays!!

  • Happy, happy blogiversary, Pat! I think I’d have to choose Linaria maroccana as my favorite flower because their delicate but colorful blooms make me smile when I see them in spring! I may see them a little sooner this year … I spotted buds on a couple of eager seeders!

  • Kathy

    I found your site just by wanting to see a picture of a particular king of bush. I don’t remember which one now. But I’ve stayed ever since. So glad I found you.

  • cate

    hi Pat, had just started reading B. Potter’s garden book when I saw your review in the paper…it is everything you said and more a wonderful book chock full of photos and illustrations…a delight to read and will bring out the child in us all..

  • jon

    My favorite flower is mallow. I don’t know why except that they brighten up dreary roadsides on a hot summer day.

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