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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Blogging Anniversary


PPPP~Practically Perfect Pink Phlox
Ten years ago today, with equal excitement and anxiety, I clicked the publish button on my first blog post. There was no way I could have predicted what was to come or what an adventure it would be. Since that first brief~seven sentence post~a lot has happened. I've made new and dear friends. I've seen more gorgeous gardens than you can possibly imagine. I've even attended a garden bloggers get together in the UK. Along the way, I've grown as a writer, a photographer, a nature lover and a gardener.

I don't for one minute regret the time I've spent sitting at my desk hunting and pecking my way to posts I was never sure anyone would ever read! I've been one fortunate garden blogger...Because of you, dear readers.

I started blogging to connect with other gardeners who felt as passionate about gardening as I did. What I found were generous, kind and supportive people, many of whom have become very dear friends.

Most of us have only been able to visit each other's gardens through our blog photos and posts, but, that doesn't diminish our connections.

A few of us have been able to visit each other's gardens...What a delectable treat that has been.
Quite a few of us have exchanged seeds and plants.

So my dear friends I continue to blog because it's still important to me to connect with other gardeners; it's still important to talk about native plant gardening for wildlife; and, it's still important to showcase wildflowers on Wildflower Wednesday. My friends, you are all dear to me. Thank you for being here for this marvelous and magical experience.

xoxogail





PS I thought you would enjoy seeing Phlox pilosa the the Practically Perfect Pink Phlox again. I love knowing that many of you have a bit of Clay and Limestone in your garden.

 Gail Eichelberger is a gardener and therapist in Middle Tennessee. She loves wildflowers and native plants and thoroughly enjoys writing about the ones she grows at Clay and Limestone. She reminds all that the words and images are the property of the author and cannot be used without written permission.

28 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you started blogging and that you came to that first Garden Bloggers' Fling! My life is much richer for your friendship :-)

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  2. Your blog was one of the first I discovered when I started blogging. My 10th anniversary is in Aug. and there are days when I am amazed we are still here, still doing this. I rarely comment any more, though I do check in periodically to see what's happening. Congrats on the anniversary and that beautiful phlox.

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  3. Congrats on ten years of blogging. I find it difficult to believe it has been that long. It shows how time does fly. I so thoroughly enjoy your blog. It has been somewhat of a fore runner of the native plant movement. Your blog keeps that issue alive. Well done.

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    1. That Wildflower Wednesday meme has been a spark to keep my blog posts coming.

      Congratulations on your tenth blogaversary!

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  4. So lucky to know you, Gail! And to think that blogging has let us touch fingertips through our keyboards – hands-on gardening friendships. See you soon in Austin.

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  5. Isn't it amazing when blogging has gone on for a decade, and the blogging connections that are made are likely forever? I'm glad you're here, Gail. Keep it up, and happy blogiversary!

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  6. What a wonderful ride! I have learned much from you and your garden and have enjoyed your friendship. Cheers to another 10!

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  7. Hello Gail, i totally agree with what you wrote here about your blogging. I share those feelings with you. You were just ahead of me by one month, so i guess i must write also something during my 10th yr anniversary, I MUST. I smiled when you said you started thinking if anybody will read the posts, that is exactly what i was thinking then. But true, garden bloggers are the most peaceful and kind people in blogworld, and i have felt the positivity and courtesy they all radiate.

    I have joined your meme many times although i normally forgot the 4th Wednesday of the month! I love it as this is the only one of this kind to link with. I will also continue blogging as this made me a writer, a photographer, nature lover, etc...Congratulations to you and happy anniversary.

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  8. Love your blog, Gail, and was so happy to meet you at the blogger fling in Seattle! Happy Blogiversary! Happy Gardening and Happy Blogging!

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  9. Seeing your blog and wildflower Wednesday posts appear always bring a smile to my face. Thank you for sharing your passion and knowledge with us.

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  10. Ah, Gail, congratulations on ten years of blogging and ten years of friendship as a result of blogging.

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  11. Happy Blogiversary, Gail! I'm so glad you are one blogger who has kept blogging. I enjoy it too and love how it has helped me grow as a gardener, as a writer, and as a photographer.

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  12. Congratulations on ten years of blogging! The garden blogging community is such a wonderful, helpful, and encouraging group!

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  13. Congratulations, Gail! I look forward to reading your blog in future years!

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  14. Ten years, and still blogging! Congrats Gail, it’s good to “know” you here.

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  15. Congratulations, Gail! I remember finding your blog when I was just beginning to blog myself. It is you I have to thank for teaching me so much about native plants and awakening my interest in gardening for wildlife. It's been a pleasure to get to know you and to meet you in person. I remember several years ago when I invited myself to see your garden, and you were so gracious to let me tramp around in it--it's beautiful and inspiring! And yes, there is some PPPP in my own garden, thanks to you:)

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  16. I'm so glad you're still blogging! The photography is gorgeous and I really enjoy your posts about native plants and pollinators.

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  17. Thank you for blogging, Gail.

    You spread a lot of joy, inspiration and education.

    Here's to many more wonderful years in the garden! :)

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  18. Ten years, an accomplishment! Wonderful Gail, and nice to know you.

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  19. I wanted to make sure I stopped by to wish you a Happy Anniversary Gail! 10 years is amazing and I still blog for those same reasons....the connections are too numerous to give up!

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  20. Hi Gail! I am so tickled to be one of your blogging friends! I have not been visiting as many blogs as I used to, but did just visit Robin in her nest, and noticed your new post on her side bar. :-) I am going to go check out your first post now. Happy blogging anniversary!

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  21. Congratulations Gail. It seems like you are only older than me y a few days, you are giving me an inspiration to also celebrate my 10th yr anniversary. And i also thank you for the Wildflower Wednesday meme, which gives us a chance to show our wildflowers, even if i usually remember it when it is already late for the month. But tomorrow i will e early, hahaha! More power to us and our blogging passion.

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  22. Wow - 10 years! Happy blogiversary, Gail! I echo your sentiments - blogging has opened up a whole new amazing world, filled with like-minded individuals both near and far, that I would never have otherwise had the privilege of knowing. And, of course, you are one of those people - it's been such a pleasure to get to know you over the past couple of years & am really looking forward to catching up in Austin.

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