|A surprise I found yesterday - my nerine's been multiplying while I wasn't looking|
Starting a new online gardening project always feels a bit of a shot in the dark, even when everyone gets all enthusiastic beforehand. Deciding to have one when the weekend forecast is a bit grim is quite a nerve jangler too.
Of course it helps that gardeners are a hardy bunch, who are used to being outdoors in all kinds of weather. It's been wonderful to see everyone's contributions roll in over the weekend, 90+ all told, with hundreds of photos and other goodies taken in the process. It's now one of the most successful projects I've launched into the virtual world.
|A surprise I found out pruning on Saturday afternoon - I think stem damage might be the cause|
There's been plenty of mud, water, even snow, with glimpses of sunshine and shots of brightness in the shape of gorgeous spring flowers. I think crocuses and rhubarb just about edged the impromptu 'flower or veg of the moment' polls, though daffodils and leeks possibly came close. It's been particularly good to see the first signs of spring blossom too.
Carefully prepared plots and late winter crops were much in evidence and following the demise of my allotment shed, I'm envious of everyone's garden buildings, no matter how well worn they are.
Spare a kind thought for Annabelle who happily went to her allotment to take her photos for #mygardenrightnow only to find she'd been burgled. It's something many of us have faced at some time on our plots and it's sickening when it happens. There was also evidence of storm damage on some contributions with people showing themselves getting on with their repairs. Others were starting on new projects where the weather was kinder.
|Our front side garden - taken just after a Twitter discussion re the merits of seeing overhead garden photos|
Some took the opportunity to try out something new, such as filming a video of their plot, which was grand. There was even a spot of social media troubleshooting, when a long standing Twitter problem was finally solved with some help from John. It all makes a rich tapestry of gardening life and virtual friendship, not only here in the UK, but also from Ireland, Sweden, Canada, USA and Australia.
We all constantly write, photograph and share our gardens, so it's been wonderful to have a snapshot in time for once when everyone has come together to share what's theirs; whether it's a beautifully prepared plot or completely warts and all.
A huge thank you to everyone who took part. - your contributions are all entered in Saturday's Mr Linky. It's a great gardening feast to look over again on the next rainy day, and each link opens in a new window for ease of browsing. Here I've added a few extra surprise finds from my garden over the weekend as a supplement to my 'official' photo which started it all off.