A nice surprise today when I received a nomination for the Liebster Award for new blogs from The Long Garden Path (thelonggardenpath.wordpress.com)
It is all a bit complicated so I will precis the explanation from her page!
When you accept the nomination, you have to link back to the person who nominated you, and then you have to answer their set of eleven questions. Then you pass it all on by nominating five other bloggers of under 1000 followers. If they accept, you have to set them all another set of eleven questions. And so on! *
So, to answer the questions I have been set!
1. How would you describe your gardening style?
This is really difficult to answer because my garden style is as complicated as me! I used to be really offended when one garden I looked after was described as ‘natural’ – I always heard that as a sign that it was scruffy! I think that the most important thing to me is that it is done well, whether natural, formal or exotic. Being a frustrated nurseryman I don’t mind rows of plants and I enjoy formal bedding as much as a border overflowing with companionable plants. Because I like to ring the changes and push the boundaries I suppose my style is ‘experimental’.
2. What is your favourite colour in the garden?
Another tricky one and it is easier to say what I don’t like – pink and yellow; together! But I think it would have to be blue – but only just!
3. What is your most loathsome pest?
There are so many! And they change according to the season! But even though I hate slugs, lily beetle and vine weevils I think the answer has to be red spider mite because it is so insidious and so very difficult to control.
4. What is your favourite national style of cuisine?
Although I don’t eat much of it I think I would have to say Thai!
5. Gardening gloves or bare hands?
On the whole bare hands, especially when weeding because you can feel the difference between the plants and weeds, but gloves are necessary sometimes!
6. What is your highlight of 2014?
I suppose I was most pleased with the sweet peas which, for once, got the attention they deserved and they repaid me for the extra effort.
7. And have you any gardening New Year’s resolutions?
Well in the veg garden it is to get the timing and cropping right so there are lettuce every day and to get a decent crop of peas here which have eluded me for the past two years. And the most exciting seed I have to sow is Persicaria orientalis (kiss me over the garden gate) which I have wanted to grow for yonks.
8. What would be your “Desert Island” disc?
Without a doubt it is Beach Baby by The First Class! I think I was fed a Pop Tart when I was 3 and thought I should have lived on the West Coast ever since. This song was in the UK Charts in 1974, the summer I went on a field trip to the Lake District and my first taste of being away from home! I know it is a British band and a sort of Beach Boys rip off, and I love the Beach Boys too, but this song makes me think of what life would have been like if I could surf, was blond, blah blah! Anyway, if you don’t know it – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XG8MQ8f4nF4
9. What is your most and least favourite gardening task?
My favourite task is either seed sowing or taking cuttings – there is something that I still find magical about growing a plant from a seed or a stick! Least favourite has to be weeding I am afraid. It goes back to when I had a weekend gardening job when I was at school and the reward for knowing what was a weed and what was a plant was being continually set weeding the rockery!
10. What was your favourite subject at school?
This was probably botany – no surprises there! I was always in trouble in biology for my homework when comparing plants and animals because I would write pages on the botany bit and a short paragraph on the animal part! I did learn that you can only get half marks if you only answer half the question though!
11. What is your favourite garden that you have visited, and why?
Although this is a really tricky one, and although I haven’t been for many years, and my apologies to Wisley, Kew, etc, it has to be The Old Vicarage, East Ruston. This is a ‘new’ garden that has been created on a lavish scale and the standard of planting and horticulture is extraordinary. It is a great garden, done well. http://www.e-ruston-oldvicaragegardens.co.uk
* So, here are my nominations of blogs that I visit regularly and enjoy.
And the questions:
1 What is your favourite month?
2 Strawberries or raspberries?
3 What plant would you miss most if you could not grow it?
4 What crop (fruit or vegetable) do you find it easiest to grow and DO grow most regularly?
5 What is your favourite bulb?
6 What is your favourite garden scent?
7 What has been your biggest garden failure/problem?
8 Have you ever grown flowers for eating? (apart from cauliflowers!)
9 Who was/is your greatest gardening influence?
10 Do you use a garden kneeler or knee pads?
11 What is your favourite garden insect?
Thank you to everyone that has visited my blog over the past year. I hope I can keep the interest up for the next year and hope you join me on my journey through my last year in Ireland.