Saturday, March 28, 2015

Six years of blogging ... and daffodils

Six years ago, in late March 2009, when we traveled to Long Beach, California, to celebrate my birthday with our daughter who lived there at the time, I did not know that I would start a blog.  She encouraged me and designed the blog for me as I was not very computer savvy.  Little did I know that I would still be blogging years later and obtaining so much pleasure from it.

Through the blog I have made good friends - some I have met in person.  Some people have commented that my posts must take considerable time to write.  Most often they don't.  I write titles for each future post subject on a document - as I think about them and to avoid forgetting.  With one post title on every other line my document for future posts is now 8 pages long!  I won't run out of posts ideas for years and don't have time for blog memes or blog challenges.  For example I thought about writing the post on love locks in Paris in 2011 when I first noticed them on the Pont des Arts.  Then, as time passed, whenever I read something about love locks I would add it to my document.  When I finally wrote the post last month, I had accumulated 6 pages of notes and photos, so the post was written very quickly.  I remember most of my future post titles and if I find a postcard or a quotation which is appropriate I make a note of it for later use.

I enjoy reading comments and visiting friends' blogs.  I keep track of all the comments I receive and will eventually go on each blogger's blog to read their posts.  After reading all their past posts I'll write a comment on the latest post so as not to input lengthy comments.  There is such a diversity of blogs that I like to look at new ones and comment on some of them.  If after I have visited a new blog three times and left comments, the owner of the blog does not respond on their blog or come to mine at least once, I stop writing comments.  I feel that to be acknowledged by a blogger is like being invited into the community of that blog.  Just like at a party, if that new person you have been introduced to just says "hi" and walks away, it means that person is not interested in talking to you.  So the same applies to a new blog for me.  If that blog is super interesting, I may go back to it from time to time but won't ever comment again.  How do you handle this?

Most of my posts have been about my travels, old and new trips.  Here are 10 titles, taken at random, that are written on my document for future posts (not including posts about growing up in Paris, my youth there and my family in France) - Johann Strauss, Jr. house in Vienna, Jardin des Plantes in Paris, Return to St. Petersburg, Russia, The Port of Dubrovnik, Croatia, The Pink Lake in Senegal, Old Streets in Malta, Victorian Garden in Halifax, Nova Scotia, A German bakery in San Antonio, Texas, Visiting the Shawshank Redemption prison, and The Potemkin Steps in Odessa, Ukraine.  Sooner or later I'll write on each one of these subjects - but it may take me another six years!  For this post I'll write about something springy and fun - a pretty yellow flower announcing the end of winter.  I give you   the daffodil.

The Daffodil

"I wandered lonely as a cloud
  That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
 A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze ...

Where, may you  ask, did I see this crowd of golden daffodils?  I saw them fluttering and dancing in the breeze in a beautiful garden in the foothills of the North Georgia Mountain this past Tuesday, March 24, 2015.  (Click on collage to enlarge.)

This garden is in Ball Ground, Georgia, about 1 hour north of our house.  It is called Gibbs Gardens after its founder and owner, Jim Gibbs, who after majoring in landscape architecture and horticulture became owner of the award-winning Gibbs Landscape Company in Smyrna, Georgia.  This is what Jim Gibbs says: "I started building Gibbs Gardens in 1980 but my dream of creating a world-class garden in the Atlanta area began many years earlier.  That dream took shape as I traveled all over the world visiting unique and amazing gardens.  Inspired by their beauty and the artistry of their designers, I spent more than 30 years designing and developing the Gardens creating 220 acres of landscaped gardens along spring-fed streams, ponds and lakes, surrounded by hillsides covered with mature woodlands.  With this magnificent scenery as my canvas, I've been committed to achieving a balance between natural and man-made elements to create "the harmony of nature" throughout  Gibbs Gardens."  Below is Mr. Gibbs and the entrance to the gardens.

Since 1987 millions of daffodil bulbs have been planted in Gibbs Gardens.  Now more than 20+ millions daffodil blossoms representing 60 varieties are blanketing 50-plus acres of rolling hills, fields and valleys.  For about 6 weeks early, mi and late-season varieties cover the gardens with blooms ranging from white to saffron including primrose-yellow, yellow, gold, orange and pink.  The American Daffodil Society believes that these gardens have the largest display of daffodils in the US.

In addition, Gibbs Gardens offer 16 designed garden venues, including 40 acres of Japanese Gardens, seven flowering terraces covering 150 feet elevation from the Tudor-style mansion, Arbor Crest Manor House, to the valley, and 10 miles of walking and running paths.  A tram took us to "Daffodil Hills" and from there we walked up and down the path to the Manor House.

Below are maps of the Manor House and gardens, and the Valley Gardens (click on collage to see better.)

The weather was warm (73+ F/23 C) and dry with a light wind.  It was hard not to stop every few steps to take pictures of this great panorama of golden daffodils.  We passed by other flowers too - camellias, and flowering bushes.

We stopped and sat on a bench facing the Fish Pool and Waterfall.

Several stone sculptures were placed among the flowers and shrubs.

We arrived at the terraced gardens around the Manor House and were greeted by a spectacular flowering tulip tree.

At the Cabana and Pool more little waterfalls were flowing into the pool.

A multitude of bright pansies brought splashes of colors.

We sat on rocking chairs for a while, watching Mount Oglethorpe facing us.  A hawk was flying in the distance.

Then we walked around the house, getting glimpses of the interior,

and going toward the sculpture of a child and cat.

Walking downhill we passed by more daffodils, flowering trees and sculptures.

I had brought three cameras with me and wish I could show all the photos I took.  Passing the bear statue we kept going down toward the Japanese Gardens.

The formal Japanese Gardens are best viewed during fall colors with all their brilliant maples.  The gardens cover 40 acres and have seven spring-fed ponds as well as 40 handcrafted Japanese lanterns.  Gibbs Gardens gives a calendar that shows what is blooming each month.  They sell daffodil bulbs as well.

Gibbs Gardens are colorful every season with the Fern Dell, the azaleas, rhododendrons, roses, holly and crape myrtles, cherry blossoms, dogwoods and all the wildflowers.  Below are seasonal views of the gardens, courtesy Gibbs Gardens.

The Monet Water Lily Gardens feature 140 varieties of unique lilies.  In summer the Japanese Bridge - an exact replica of Monet's Garden arched teal bridge in Giverny (near Paris) is covered with wisteria - you can see it in the collage above.  In the spring, the Monet Garden is still lovely bordered by daffodils, or "jonquilles" to use the French word.

Passing by Monet's bridge we walked across several little wood bridges.  There were still many daffodils blooming all around us, flowering trees, sculptures, ponds and more.

We were now back to the gardens entrance but saw that a last tram was leaving to ride to the top of the hill offering views of the North Georgia Mountains.  We jumped on it to get a last glimpse of all the daffodil blossoms covering meadows and hills.

Reluctantly walking to our car, we stopped one last time over the entrance bridge to take a final look at the brook, the pansies and more daffodils.

This had been a feast for the eyes and the senses.  I wished I could take loads of daffodils home, but they will have to stay in my memory.


I gazed - and gazed - but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:


For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils."

-William Wordsworth, 1770-1850

Painted by Ludmila Skripchenko, artist from Yalta, Ukraine

55 comments:

Glenda Beall said...

This is a lovely collection of pictures of spring. Daffodils are my favorite spring flower,but I also love forsythia because of the blast of yellow seen all around my neighborhood. I don't know if I will get to Gibbs Garden, but if I don't I feel I've been there because you took me there with this post. Thank you.

ツ ✽ ღ Nancy ღ ✽ ツ said...

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Oh ! 6 ans de blog !!! BRAVO chère Vagabonde !
J'aime beaucoup ton blog et ce que tu partages avec nous.

Que les fleurs sont belles !!! J'adore !!!!! C'est un joli post. MERCI !

J'en profite pour t'envoyer DES BISOUS ensoleillés d'Asie ¸¸.•*¨*• Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ

Elephant's Child said...

I do adore daffodils, and have planted hundreds and hundreds in our garden. Blood, sweat and tears goes into the garden - but the rewards are huge. Here we are going into Autumn so to see the spring bursting into glorious colour was a real treat. Thank you.
I try and return visits to bloggers who do me the honour to comment.
When I stepped into the blogosphere I didn't realise how much it would enrich my life. It is a privilege to be invited into so many different lives.

Geo. said...

Truly beautiful. I was especially surprised and delighted by the homage to Monet's bridge in Giverny. We have daffodils blooming here too and it makes me think all gardens are related to one another. Your photos are magnificent. Thank you, and congratulations upon six years of blogging excellence.

Valerie-Jael said...

Congratulations on 6 ears of blogging. Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos, Valerie

Kay said...

I do love daffodils and your post certainly made me remember spring. A very, very happy Blogaversary to you.

My life has been very chaotic lately, but I'm glad I could stop by tonight and get a whiff of spring.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Vagabonde - you've taken to blogging with a vengeance - and your posts are packed full of information - the most important thing is that your children and grandchildren will have their records of your many travels and love of life.

This is a great post - lots of lovely photos ... love the Ludmila Skripchenko one .. stunning ...

Have a happy week - cheers Hilary

Nadezda said...

Hi, Vagabonde!
Congrats on your blog 6th anniversary! It's a long way blogging, taking pictures, telling us your recollections and history. Thank you very much!
I loved this park as well, amount of daffodils, different colors and shapes, water falls, fishes, camelias and blooming bushes. Especially I'd like to see the Monet garden with water lilies, maybe one day...
Happy belated birthday!

Mae Travels said...

Your tour of the daffodil garden is superb! I loved reading about your method of creating posts for the blog. I'm looking forward to every one of the new topics on your list. My own method of blogging is entirely different, so your description fascinated me.

Best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen said...

Congratulations on six years of blogging. We started about the same time. I've been amazing at how you find the time to write such beautiful and detailed posts. You've given me so great ideas on how to plan for future posts.

All of your lovely daffodil photos reminded me of my childhood and my mothers gardens. I would flip through her Wayside Gardens catalogs and pick out the ones I loved and voila, next year they were in her garden.

Happy blog anniversary.
Sam

Helsie said...

Wonderful gardens. The daffodils are spectacular. Happy 6th blogging birthday!

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

My daffodils are usually in bloom or about to be in bloom by now, but it has been a long winter and there are no flowers to be seen. However, they will eventually be here and will be even more appreciated. There is something wonderful about delayed gratification, at least, that is what I am telling myself. Meanwhile, I can enjoy your lovely pictures.

DJan said...

How stunning! That is just one of the most beautiful gardens I've ever seen. The daffodil fields near here are laid out in straight rows. These are much more spectacular. I would have been reluctant to leave, too, with such a fine setting and perfect temperature. :-)

David said...

Vagabonde, Congratulations on 6 years of blogging! I've only been at it for about 4 and a half but I do it for the same reasons that you do. Plus it brings out a little creative thought and makes me do some research...and learn new things. Beautiful flower and garden photos and thanks for providing me with another place for us to visit! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Jenny Woolf said...

Happy 6th "blogday" - no, that doesn't sound right! I think the time when daffodils are fully out must be one of my favourite periods of the year. YOu realise Spring is really there. And then there is the lovely smell of daffodils, not necessarily sweet or like perfume but so evocative. I usually plant lots of different types but I was away at planting time last year. I love looking at your array of wonderful photos though.

Nadege said...

Enlightening us for 6 years. Congratulations! Your blog is a breath of fresh and I constantly learn something new.

The Broad said...

You have certainly accomplished a lot to be very proud of in your 6 years of blogging. Every post is so rich in the quality of your photographs and in the intelligence of your reporting. Your description of how you plan and develop your ideas is very impressive indeed and you have given my some very helpful ideas as to how I my implement some of your methods.

The daffodils are just stunning. It's been many years since I was in Washington, but Lady Bird Johnson planted many thousands in the green areas in and around the nation's Capitol and I wonder how they are faring today. I love the flowers and look forward to every year to the sight of them in the gardens, the true harbinger of Spring. Many thanks for a fabulous post -- yet again!!!

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

What a coincidence -- one of my old college friends recently posted a very similar photo on Facebook from the same park in Georgia!

sandy said...

Wonderful post - I'll be back to look at them again - ...I enjoyed reading about Gibbs Garden - and would love to visit there.

We have a daffodil garden in Twin Peaks a few miles from us - where the man who lives there started a daffodil pasture in honor or his wife who passed away from cancer in 2000. Since then thousands of bulbs have been planted. I haven't yet posted photos but might in the near future.

loved your post.

Marja said...

First of all still a Happy birthday :) and congrats with 6 years of blogging!
Love daffodils, a sign of spring and I love to visit gardens. These Gibbs gardens are fantastic; love the sculptures, the little waterfalls and the monet water lily garden.
I also like the way you organise you writing; defining a topic and adding to it as you go. I might adopt that way of working.

Retired English Teacher said...

Daffodils are my favorite flowers. Imagine my sadness when I recently had to move to the garage the beautiful bouquet of them that I had brought into the kitchen. As I've gotten older, I am very allergic to them in the house. I've decided they belong outside anyway. Were they ever really intended to be brought inside for bouquets?

That being said, I love the painting at the end of this post.

Congratulations on your blogging milestone. I found it fascinating to read how you write down blog ideas and then add research to it as you go along.

I have not been blogging much lately. Life has gotten in the way again of such activity. I do remember the lovely note you sent me via email. I've not forgotten you. Just, as I said, life has gotten in the way of blogging and correspondence.

Elaine said...

Congrats on 6 years of blogging. I started in January of the same year you did. That's a lot of photos, but nowhere near the amount I've taken.

The Gibbs Gardens is gorgeous! What a delightful way to spend the day. Although we are enjoying an early breakup here, it will still be a good while before we have blooming flowers, and of course the only daffodils will come from the store, as they don't survive our long winter.

Shammickite said...

Daffodils are my very favourite spring flower. The golden sunshine of spring is there in the petals. What a beautiful garden to visit. Unfortunately spring is very slow to arrive here in my part of Canada, there is still snow in places and it's below freezing every night. So no lovely gardens, not yet anyway.
Perhaps I should go and buy a big bunch of daffs just to cheer myself that spring will come eventually!

Things and Thoughts said...

Happy 6th blog anniversary!!! Combien d'investissement dans ce journal virtuel, combien de merveilleux partages toutes ces annees... Daffodils sont d'une beaute sublime mais ce qui me frappe sont ces etendues pleines de ces fleurs epanouies,elles doivent etre sauvages ou quoi? Jamais vu une chose pareille.I'm speechless!
Bonne nouvelle semaine chere vagabonde.
Olympia

EG CameraGirl said...

I have never seen so many beautiful naturalized daffodils! Absolutely gorgeous!

Paris Rendez-vous and Beyond said...

Darling Vagabonde

A Perfect Post in every way. This is "Stunning Spring" with a Super-capital "S" and to have the words of Wordsworth accompany it made me smile!

Merci beaucoup dear Vagabonde.

I always enjoy your posts....and I think I once said to you that we need more blogs like yours! Thoughtful, interesting...and beautifully written.

In Australia we call those beautiful 'tulip trees' magnolia trees...one of my favourites but difficult to grow in Brisbane as it's generally too hot here for such a tree.

Thank you again....and I do hope you pop into my little blog again when you have the time.

Ciao

R

Denise Covey said...

Hello Vagabonde!

Congratulations on 6 years of blogging. Isn't that wonderful!

I am much like you, okay, exactly like you with visiting blogs as I believe blogging is reciprocal. I may still visit an awesome blog, and sometimes share it on social media, but don't leave comments.

How timely is your post on daffodils and what absolutely gorgeous photos nicely presented in a collage. How proud your daughter must be of you and the way you've mastered blogging technology! I say a timely post because I am teaching Wordsworth's Daffodils to a senior student and she has to write about the poet and his life as well as analyse the inspiring poem. I will show her your post tomorrow when I see her.

I've been to Monet's garden twice and am including a trip in my new novel. I love it there and love the little village to meander around. I'm really amazed that his Japanese Bridge has been replicated so many times.

Enjoy your spring! We are in Autumn but it is still really summer weather.

Thank you again for a quality post!

Denise :-)

Thérèse said...

What a Tour!
Quelle merveilleuse façon de célébrer un sixième anniversaire sous le signe de la jonquille! Bravo.
Difficile de se représenter cet endroit sans y avoir été, mais on s'imagine les allées, les odeurs, les détails, le souffle de Jim Gibbs, la réplique du jardin de Monet cela ne peut émaner que d'un américain :-)
On a toujours l'impression qu'il fait beau chez vous, ce n'est donc pas comme chez nous.

rhymeswithplague said...

Congratulations on your completion of six years of blogging! I have enjoyed many, many of your wonderful posts and I hope you will continue to blog for many more years.

As a neighbor of yours (next county over), I always enjoy the thorough and masterful way you share our beautiful North Georgia with readers in faraway places.

bayou said...

Coucou Vagabonde! Beautiful, beautiful pictures of your strolls. How good it is for the soul to take in all the colours of spring and especially these stunning carpets of daffodils. Here, they appear just in time for Easter, as they are called Easter bells in German (Osterglocken). Les jonquilles sont à la une à Gerardmer - un jour on arrivera à les admirer pendant la fête des jonquilles. Mon fils se marie au mois de juillet pas loin de là dans les Vosges. Par contre, on a visité le jardin de Monet à Giverny, cela fait 6 ans et c'était pour notre lune de miel en Normandie... Bon anniversaire à propos, pour ton merveilleux blog, je l'adore depuis toujours!
J'ai hâte maintenant de voir apparaître nos jonquilles ici et je vais leurs souhaiter la bienvenue une par une et admirer leurs differents visages et couleurs. Joyeuses pâques et grosses bises, Anke.

biebkriebels said...

We can shake hands as I started blogging in 2009 too. I still love to make posts and read other blogs. I sometimes wondered indeed how you had time to make such long posts, but the mystery is unraveled now! Keep going for more many years.
Greetings, Marianne

Frances said...

Dear Vagabonde, I wish you a wonderfully happy blogging anniversary and thank you so much for the joy that your posts have brought me.

I also thank you and your husband for your friendship!

The Gibbs Garden seems to be a magical place. The thousands of daffodils are remarkable in their variety. It amazes me that it seems that you all had this glorious place to yourselves during your extentive stroll.

Just fabulous! xo

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Oh such a beautiful post; we don't have daffodils here in Florida (just a little too hot I guess); when we lived in Oregon they were my favorite flower (well, they still are, but I have to make do with what we have here).... this post makes me want to jump in the car and head north .. Gibbs Garden is my kind of place. And your photos are works of art.

Happy Blog-i-versary!! I do memes because it keeps me on track and provides a framework for my week but I don't join them unless I already have a photo that works... I don't go out looking specifically for a photo for a certain meme. The ones I join are about things I'm already interested in. And I don't do challenges at all. It is fun to read how different excellent bloggers do their thing -- helpful and interesting both.

Thanks for a great post.

Vicki Lane said...

Oh my heavens! What beautiful abundance! I was just putting together a post for Thursday with some of my daffodils . . .

Thank you for showing us this wonderful garden! And here's to many more years of blogging!

sweffling said...

Happy Birthday! Your posts are legendary for their breadth and depth, I wish you many more happy years and your readers the same:)
As for the photos, at this time of year we cannot get enough flowers and colour: a real treat, thank you.

Linda P. said...

Congratulations on your blog anniversary! A lovely post to celebrate the occasion. The host of daffodils in the gardens give much pleasure from every vista. (I never get tired of photographing the daffodils in our Italian garden). Thank you for sharing your day in these beautiful gardens.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

Happy anniversary! I started blogging some time ago, as well.
I agree with your philosophy. I like to visit some blogs regularly, but I usually wait a few days and binge read several blog posts by the same author at once.
I love your daffodils. It makes me think of my dad's garden. He so loved gardening!
It is heart warming to see your photos. We still have a layer of snow!
I tend to find an idea, as you do, and simply create a draft post, getting back to it when I feel like it.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

P.S. I love the quilts, although I've never done one...

DeniseinVA said...

Hello there, I am not sure if I am repeating myself but just in case I haven't already commented I just wanted to say what an extremely delightful post. All your photos are a joy to behold. Thank you so much for sharing them :)

Stewart M said...

Blogging is somewhat addictive I have to say.

I like the big sweeps of spring flowers - we don't get them here, because I trees keep their leaves over winter, so no be pulse of light in the spring.

Glad you enjoyed my wordy post - accent and identity are always topics of conversation.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Yorkshire Pudding said...

I am surprised that this delightful springtime post didn't end with:-
"THIS BLOGPOST WAS SPONSORED BY GIBBS GARDENS. 50% OFF ENTRANCE FEES WITH THE COUPON BELOW".
To see a crowd of daffodils in sunshine really does fill the heart with pleasure as Wordsworth contended.

This is Belgium said...

Happy anniversary!
I am one of the lucky ones.
Ah! Bonne fete de plaques!

Shell Sherree said...

Happy 6th blogoversary ! I can see how much care and thoroughness you love to put into your posts.

These gardens are glorious. What a beautiful way to lose oneself for hours on end.

{Thank you for your lovely comment, Vagabonde. Much appreciated!}

Carola Bartz said...

It must have been a slop like this that Wordsworth saw which inspired him to writing his famous poem! What a beautiful garden! I would probably spend hours there, driving my family crazy. I love the beautiful sculptures, especially the child and the dog. Everything seems to be so beautiful in this place.
Regarding leaving comments on blogs. I usually visit the blogs of my visitors, but sometimes it may take a little while since it can be difficult to find the time. For me it belongs to blog etiquette - as well as leaving more than just a two-word comment. I have found some wonderful online friends through the blog community, and I hope to meet more in person (so far I've met one).
I look forward to your post about the German bakery in San Antonio - sometime within the next six years!
Bon anniversaire!!

This is Belgium said...

Happy anniversary!
I am one of the lucky ones.
Ah! Bonne fete de plaques!

Perpetua said...

Congratulations on six years of fascinating blogging, Vagabonde. You have to be the most organised blogger I know and I'm most impressed by your system of notes and research. I always wondered how you manage to create so many detailed and beautifully-illustrated posts.

Thank you so much for the photos of these extraordinary gardens with their wealth of blooms and vistas. Nothing could more clearly highlight the sheer size of the US to British eyes than the sight of a garden covering 220 acres! That's the size of many farms in our little islands. :-)

Down by the sea said...

Congratulations on your 6th blogging birthday. I love visiting you and going on some of your travels too. Your posts are always so informative. This post is a wonderful way to celebrate your birthday! I have never seen so many daffodils, they look amazing and then there was so many other delights in the garden you visited! Sarah x

Al said...

What a beautiful garden. Happy Blogiversary!

claude said...

2009, c'est sans doute là que nous avons commencé à se contacter par blogs interposés puis c'est en 2010 que nous devions nous rencontrer à Paris avec Nancy.
Ce jardin est vraiment magnifique, les chutes d'eau ressemblent à celle de notre bassin aux poissons.
Les peintures des jonquilles sont très belles, j'adore cette fleur. J'ai des toute jaunes, des jaunes au coeur orange et des toute blanches.
Celles que tu montres sont magnifiques.
Bon anniversaire à ton blog.
Pour répondre à ta question, je fais une petite couverture.
Continue à nous éblouir avec tes posts complets, superbement illustrés.
Je file, il fait beau, je vais aller faire un tour de vélo. J'ai rendez-vous avec le soleil.
Bises

Jeanie said...

Greetings and belated congratulations on six years! Like you, I never expected to blog as long as I have and I wouldn't give it up for anything!

I look forward to many more years of reading your wonderful posts!

The gardens here -- spectacular! I have only seen the first hint of a daffodil bloom here so seeing these in such abundance makes my heart soar with joy! A perfect flower for your anniversary. And the other flowers and grounds are pretty gorgeous too! A place I know I would love!

Cergie said...

Quel merveilleux domaine ! Je ne sais si vous y étiez seuls ou si tu as eu la patience d'attendre qu'il n'y ait personne. En tout cas un endroit qu'il doit être nécessaire de visiter à différents moments de l'année, suivant les floraisons, un peu comme le jardin de Monet à Giverny. Le printemps et l'automne sont toutefois à privilégier il me semble, à cause des bulbes et des vivaces....
Depuis 2009 que tu blogues, tu as sans doute aussi beaucoup été enrichie toi-même non seulement par tout ce que tu as regardé d'un regard plus acéré pour en rendre compte mais aussi par les différents sensibilités que tu as croisées.

Il me semble que je t'ai entrevue autrefois chez Tim (Rice) de Pennsylvanie, un ami cher qui malheureusement ne publie plus (malheureusement peut-être pas pour lui j'espère, il a sans doute trouvé un autre équilibre, il s'intéressait à tant de choses)

Arti said...

Congrats on your sixth blogaversary! And love all these photos of daffodils. Of course, which other poem to relate to than Wordsworth's I Wander Lonely as a Cloud, one of my favorite poems of all time. I can recite the last stanza and just love it. Thanks for all your posts all these years, VB. And I wish you many more blogging years to come! ;)

Reader Wil said...

Merci de votre visite! Votre blog est toujours très intéressant avec beaucoup de variations et belle photos. Maintenant je vais écrire en anglais parce que mon francais est très limité.
You are quite an adventuress. Fortunately you had a good captain on board. What a story!
I love those daffodils or narcissuses.
Have a great week!
Wil, ABCW

Alice said...

Happy Anniversary!

I started in summer of 2010, so I'll be coming up on 5 years in July myself.

It's frustrating when you find a blog you really like and try to interact with the author just to be ignored. I spent an afternoon last summer reading a fascinating series and left a few comments along the way, never to be acknowledged at all. I eventually stopped reading it, as it seemed that the author didn't care if anyone was out there or not, maybe she didn't?

Lovely photos, nice to meet you- I've put your blog in my Feedly.

Pat said...

I feel the same way about visiting other blogs and like to feel I am having a conversation.
I have found this last two years - since my husband died - I have less free time and have had to curtail my blogging somewhat.
But it - hopefully - will always be part of my life an dI value greatly the friends I have made over the last almost 10 years.

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