Leibster Blog Award

IMG_3109I was thrilled to be nominated by the multi-talented biking gardener http://thebikinggardener.com/ for the Leibster Blog Award.  Much humbled and flattered by this prestigious award I have prepared a short acceptance speech:

I could not have reached this pinnacle of my career, the inner sanctum of the blogosphere elite, without the support and encouragement of my family, long-suffering other half, friends and colleagues, …….. sorry what did you say, what do you mean it’s not that kind of award?  I don’t actually get a prize, no trophy in the shape of a clenched fist with trowel, or one of those enormous cheques for the short-sighted, perhaps garden centre vouchers?  What nothing?  And I have to answer eleven questions that Mr Bike has prepared and then think of eleven new ones and nominate five other bloggers with less than 1000 followers to do the same who then do the same.  They then link their posts back to my blog.  Are you quite sure?  No champagne, not even a chocolate muffin?  Oh well better get on with it ……

1  What is your favourite month?

I think it is April, such an optimistic month, when most things are still at the fairy tale phase and nothing has had a chance move to the horror film stage yet.

2 Strawberries or raspberries?

Raspberries without a doubt, served with clotted cream and/or ice cream we are talking about eating and not growing here?

3 What plant would you miss most if you could not grow it?

Tricky one this as I am quite a hussy on the gardening front with my favourites changing from year to year.  I think I will say salvias, but that could change by the end of this blog.

4 What crop (fruit or vegetable) do you find it easiest to grow and DO grow most regularly?

Apples, they just need a little pruning and to keep vigilant for the bugs.  We have two in our tiny back garden that crop very well.  This year we had to share them with the jackdaws.  Actually they didn’t share that much the greedy devils.

5 What is your favourite bulb?

I love the species tulips.

6 What is your favourite garden scent?

Smelling (!) is not my best asset but I would probably say a winter scent such as Clematis armandii or Daphne bholua “Jacqueline Postill”. 

7 What has been your biggest garden failure/problem?

At Cliffe it was definitely the deer, they were my nemesis.

8 Have you ever grown flowers for eating? (apart from cauliflowers!)

Not specifically but I do have a munch when I walk around the garden, daylilies, nasturtiums, I suck the nectar from the base of fuchsias…. just the usual when feeling a little peckish.

9 Who was/is your greatest gardening influence?

Christopher Lloyd was suitably irreverent to impress me.

10 Do you use a garden kneeler or knee pads?

I increasingly (as I am reaching my prime) use knee pads.  I think I need to invest in some better ones that don’t slip around all the time.  I am never quite sure which way up they go either!

11 What is your favourite garden insect?

I love grasshoppers and crickets.

Well that wasn’t too painful, I quite enjoyed it actually, so my nominees are:

http://thepaintinggardener.wordpress.com/

http://botanicallyinclined.org/blog/

http://pots-and-polytunnels.blogspot.co.uk

http://islandthreads.wordpress.com/

http://thetattoedgardener.wordpress.com/

OK so now time for my  questions (rubs hands together in pantomime glee):

1   What tool couldn’t you live without (ok you probably could but humour me!)

2  Do you ever listen to music when you work, if so what is your preference?

3  Cake of choice for tea time?

4  Favourite plant to grow from seed?

5  Is there a plant you don’t like?

6  What is the worst job in the garden?

7  To lawn or not to lawn, that is the question?

8  What is the best time of the day?

9  What gardening “rules” do you break on a regular basis?

10  What do you prefer, cold and dry or warm and wet?

11 What other hobbies, not horticulturally related, do you have (Mrs D cannot say painting!)

There you go, do your best and don’t forget to let me know when you have answered.  Actually anyone can answer, just for fun.  Now are you sure you haven’t reconsidered, a tube of smarties perhaps?

15 thoughts on “Leibster Blog Award

  1. I really enjoyed that. My answer to your first question is secateurs and my question is ~ If you could go anywhere in the world to see a garden where would it be?

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  2. April is definitely one of my favourite months. Winter is over and all of the growing season is ahead. Colour has returned to the world. What’s not to like?

    Hobbies, other than gardening and painting? Reading–I always have my nose in a book. And crossword puzzles, does that count as a hobby? Perhaps reading and puzzles are more pastimes than hobbies. I know, I know–bookbinding, of a very amateurish sort. And knitting, sometimes.

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  3. 1 What tool couldn’t you live without (ok you probably could but humour me!)
    I can’t start work without throttling up my multi-tool, strimmer, long reach pruner and hedgetrimmer, probably a touch of machismo in there somewhere, or as others put it, ‘boys toys’

    2 Do you ever listen to music when you work, if so what is your preference?
    Health and safety dictate that I cannot experience that form of enjoyment, but ask me secretly and I would tell you that that I love Porcupine Tree, although I have never seen one in any of my gardens

    3 Cake of choice for tea time?
    Toss-up between carrot cake and cheesecake, like you Gill, I was brought up on clotted cream. I have noticed though an expansion of my waist size, therefore delicacies such as these are only allowed when I have been a good boy

    4 Favourite plant to grow from seed?
    I chomp through vast amounts of salad every day, so it has to be salad leaves, lettuce, especially anything red, I am sure I have snail DNA

    5 Is there a plant you don’t like?
    Ivy, buddleia, Japanese knotweed, mind your own business, bramble and sycamore, I am forever preparing for battle with these deadly foes, usually winning pyric victories

    6 What is the worst job in the garden?
    Hoeing or weeding under dense bushes, trees, etc. you go in clean, hair tidy, no skin problems. You come out bedraggled, filthy and full of scratches, I am sure that is where a lot of my hair is going these days

    7 To lawn or not to lawn, that is the question?
    A bit of garden architecture is fine but I always love a bit of grass, takes you back to your childhood. Good to look at, good for the soul, good for relaxation

    8 What is the best time of the day?
    Morning, only time that I have energy and joie de vivre. See me at 4.30 pm and you may think that outpatients is probably the best place that I should be

    9 What gardening “rules” do you break on a regular basis?
    To save time, sometimes I may use a saw to cut phormium bases, bad boy, i know, no cake

    10 What do you prefer, cold and dry or warm and wet?
    Hate rain at any time, nothing worse than standing in the middle of a 10 acre garden with tons to do, halfway through an important task and wondering why I am a gardener

    11 What other hobbies, not horticulturally related, do you have (Mrs D cannot say painting!)
    Does online scrabble count? At first I used it to de-stress, then I played more and more, now I have a real problem. I am capped at 50 games on the go at one time, so I enter false identities to get more. Don’t tell the Feds. Seriously, I spend a lot of spare time walking with my dog around the coast, beaches and countryside, and occasionally creating a culinary masterpiece

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    • Really interesting David, thanks! I agree with most of your answers, I’m not a big machine fan myself (although I can wield one when necessary) so I’m very pleased that you petrol heads are about! Also not got into scrabble but have been known to sit and stare at sudoku for an age. It’s not a bad life is it? Mind you, now you’ve mentioned it I really fancy some clotted cream, maybe on top of a Harts raspberry sundae ……

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