How Extraordinary - an Award!

I am not certain as to why I should be so honoured but Kilbournegrove, has awarded me with the Best Blog Award. I may not know why I have been honoured, but honoured I feel. Thank you very much. The next paragraph I have lifted from her own Canadian blog Green Theatre. I am certain that this is acceptable behaviour on my part - however, if it is not, then I grovel and beg for forgiveness....
Post the award on your blog along with the name of the person who passed it on to you and link to their blog. Chose 15 blogs which you have recently discovered and you think are great and pass it on to them. Don’t forget to leave a comment on their blog to let them know that they have been chosen for this award.

So, now we know what to do, here are my 15 blogs that I think deserve special mention:

The Gaudy Garden Jim is one of my favourite American bloggers, writing in a sharp and witty way, mostly about roses. He calls a spade a spade. I like him!

Wood Ridge Lynne is another American blogger, aiming for self sufficiency in Virginia. Lynne writes on anything from gardening to recipes to needlework and much else besides. Full of energy, even her thoughts on the American Constitution were interesting - even to an Englishman like me.

The Patient Gardener Written not so very many miles from the secret valley, this is all about plants and plantmanship.

Great Stems This Texan blog - I seem to like American bloggers - has the most amazing photographs. I like following this blog as it inspires me to attempt to improve my photograhy. I live in hope.

Bay Area Tendrils Alice's blog from California is another great photgraphy blog. And it deserves special mention for the fabulous rill in the title photo.

Helen's Blog Helen' s frequency of writing is somewhat erratic (I'm sure she will agree) but is always interesting. And those of us in the UK can follow her readily in her columns in the Telegraph, a national newspaper.

A Chef in the Garden The title says it all - Tim (yes, American again!) gave up chef-ing to become a full time Estate gardener but food is never too far from the blogs.

A Gardener in Progress Another blog with wonderful photos.

Down to Earth An Australian blog this time.

Elizabeth Rhiannon An American desperate to live in England - and who can blame her even with our taxes?

High Altitude Gardening This is the blog that started me off on my blog adventures! Kate gardens at over 7000ft (I would have thought she would be gasping for breath not digging). My favourite of favourites.

My Little Vegetable Garden This is a Malaysian blog, again with beautiful photos. Fascinating to read about gardening in a climate I have no experience of.

Notes From a Somerset Garden Pictures of Exmoor means that I have to include this one!

Plant Tips & Guidelines for the Desert Garden Noelle's blog is another great favourite of mine, partly for the photographs and for introducing me to plants that I am never likely to experience. I do have cousins that live in the New Mexican desert, so there is just the slightest chance...

Welsh Hills Again A very recently found blog and how glad I am that I did find it.

And for those of you that haven't been mentioned, I promise I will on another occasion.

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  1. Hey! Congrats and well deserved. I always enjoy paying a visit to the secret valley.

    With respect to me and the award... Such kind words. Thanks very much! I'm looking forward to visiting the blogs you've listed. :)

  2. Thank you very much for this award. I am very flattered by your kind words. I enjoy your blog and the many plants that I cannot grow. I enjoyed visiting the UK very much and the beautiful green surroundings.

    Hopefully, you will get an opportunity to visit....we are just one state away from New Mexico :0)

  3. Johnson, It amazes me that someone who DOES have the best blog , with wonderful insight and photos that dreams are made, would mention my little "Johnny one note" blog. I am humbled by your mention. However, I do not accept awards or memes. It is the following of folk (the caliber of yourself)and comment participation that is the true award.

  4. Congrats on your award. I really enjoy your blog and seeing the beautiful part of the world you live in.
    Thank you so much for thinking of me, I greatly appreciate it!

  5. What a nice surprise to come back to after a looong weekend. Thank you so much, Johnson. I never ceases to amaze me that anyone would even look at my blog! :)
    With all of my snow at the moment=lots of shovelling, I'll have to round up my list of 15 later this week.
    Thanks again and take care...~ER~

  6. Thank you - I am flattered and delighted that you like my blog so much and very pleased to have found yours. Like Jim I don't really go in for awards but that doesn't mean I don't like it! Great photos on your blog btw.

  7. Thank you, Johnson for your very kind comment (it gave me a very 'Aawww' kind of tear-in-my-eye feeling:) but I have to say you're right on the money, thinking of Calif. (mainly So. Calif.) as sunshine, warmth and ORANGES! My hometown of Orange, Orange County was BUILT on oranges and my grandfather was part of that. My parents have since moved out of Orange Co. and have found another old citrus town, where my retired father rides his old tractor in orange, lemon and olive groves all day. It's very much a part of us. In fact, if you scroll down (way down!) my Blogger page, a couple of the labels on 'Oranges' and 'Orange County' tell a little more about it. As for the sunshine, even though I moved away from Orange County 10 years ago, I'm still in sunny So. Calif. and according to Wikipedia, my current hometown of Lake Arrowhead receives an average of 310 days of sunshine a year! Even though everything is covered in white at the moment, the sky is of the bluest azure and guess what...the sun is shining! Sorry about my ramble, that's what you get when you mention oranges to a native SoCalifornian...well, this crazy one anyway :) Please say hello to England for me...~ER~

  8. Thanks to all of you too! One of the things that has surprised me since I started looking at and writing blogs is how much we can learn from one another.

    Not the stuff of guide books or school lessons but the everyday bits of life that are really important.

    And as we all probably knew anyway, just how alike and yet how different we all are at the same time!

    Thanks Elizabeth R (that title makes you sound like the Queen!) for your comment - California sounds even more wonderful than I imagined. I shall have to visit before I get too old...


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