Tuesday, March 6, 2012

A Versatile Thanks

Tammy at Casa Mariposa awarded me the Versatile Blogger Award. Didn't know exactly where to go from here, so I will say thanks. My description for versatility could be: a jack of all trades and a master of none. However, my wife told me that wasn't true and she thought I was the master of many things. Wasn't that nice?
I suppose being versatile would be having many different talents or skills. Talents such as wardrobe selection, like the garments on this photo. What could be more versatile than a cowboy hat, red shorts, and of course low cut white sock-age with clogs?

Versatility could be my ability when I get the oils out and paint my masterpieces.

And what about my baking prowess with using candles as my main heat source.

And yes my exemplary skills of identifying bacteria under a microscope. Bacillus Cereus?

Training animals to sniff vegetables, how much more versatile is that?

Oh! Almost forgot this one. Passing on my versatility of fine photography to my significant other.
 And the number seven thing very few people now about my versatility, is the ability to play a stick flute while sitting, after shoulder surgery, and with one hand. Ha! How about that?

Anyways that series of unquestionable abilities made me tired, but being so versatile we must go on as I must follow the rules of engagement to receive or is it to live up to the award. I linked back to try and discover the beginning of this award. Six generations as a matter of fact. I finally became weary and gave up. Patience is not in my versatile talents. Maybe someone else can explain to me were it began? Maybe on the 7th day?

I must show the logo: check. Can't really read what it says in the background but it's green and has a flower.

And I must send this award to 15 other versatile bloggers and leave a comment about it on their blog. hmmm. That's not very many (15) as most all garden bloggers are versatile. And from what I can tell a lot of the ones I'm thinking about have already received the award. So for those that have received this award already just ignore my rude comments. lol. And I have left a lot of bloggers out, so all of you in my blog roll count too. How's that for being politically correct.

15 Blogging "Buddies":
1.Tatyanas secret garden in the pacific northwest: MySecretGarden. Tatyana was the first person to comment (besides my wife) on this blog. Her garden is lush with opulent evergreens, perennials, and accessories which are stunning.
2.Professor Roush's Flint Hills prairie rose garden just up the road from me in Kansas. Prof has a gift of gab, loves to write about his roses, hits people in the political nose, and is an exceptional humorous writer. A true garden blogger friend. Thanks Professor! Garden Musings
3.Pamela Penick's Austin garden and writing inspires many garden bloggers. The queen of the garden blogosphere. Her versatility is very inspiring. From garden tours, nursery tours, great photography, exceptional writing, and just a "nice" person to "listen" to. Just planted some Salvia seeds she sent me this spring. Digging
4.Chris at the Redneck Rosarian. A virtual and real life rosarian of the ninth degree. Chris in his Alabama rose garden shares  his true passion for roses. He and Professor Roush may turn me into a rose lover yet. ha. Chris is an accomplished twitterer if that's a word, and has taken this new social media to a high level for roses. Now that's versatile.
5.Provocative would be the word for Benjamin Vogt's blog, the Deep Middle.. Ben is a college professor/writer/garden coach/pollinator raiser with a true talent. He enjoys to stir the political straw on subjects of growing natives, lawn alternatives, and native habitat or lack thereof. Ben's native prairie garden is a fine example for us all.
6.Les @Tidewater Garden. Les's North Carolina garden blog is always a great read. His plant information posts are always top notch. And his tours of east coast points of interest always draws my interest. And his photography skills of wide landscapes along the coast are awe inspiring. (his plant photos are great also). Les is truly versatile.
7.Hoover Boo. On the Internet nobody knows your a dog. Need I say more. Hoov's love for succulents is unquestioned, at least in my opinion. I had to have a California blogger in my list, right? Another great photographer and blogist. Hoover (is that your real name?) also raises Koi and his beloved white dogs.
8.Alistair from Aberdeen Gardening comes from Bonnie Scotland. Alistair is a true Scottish gentlemen. His ability to transfer his knowledge about gardening and his dry wit always make it a pleasure to read his posts.
9.David at the Desert Edge is a landscape architect/garden speaker/xeric practitioner in Albuquerque, New Mexico. David's knowledge of xeric plants is plentiful and very informative. His posts on visiting xeric landscapes in Nevada, New Mexico and Texas are very enjoyable. Right plant for right site.
10.Another David is from Houston. David's Tropical Texana blog comes from the humid environment of Houston, Texas. Living in the Houston area has it's own set of issues, especially this year with the drought. His tropical's, succulents and of course his chickens provide interesting stories.
11.Scott at Rhone Street Gardens is also versatile in his selections of fine plants, fine photographs and is fine commenter on many garden blogs.
12.From the cold north country, Larry with conrad art glass gardens is an artist with his stained glass and his pristine estate garden.
13.Linnie with Women Who Run with Delphiniums continues to make many laugh in her gardening post. Her skills includes communicating to stick people, her dog, pruning roses, growing plants in the her greenhouse and of course gardening.
14.Donna the super blogger extraordinaire at Garden Walk, Garden Talk. Versatile is her middle name. It seems she is always on the go. Good writer, great photographer, blogist, designer, and a activist for her region of Niagara Falls.
15.Jenny with Rock Rose, and Cat at the whimsical gardener. Both bloggers are gifted in photography, gardening in Austin, Texas and providing interesting blog post.
Others who also fit in here with their talents are: Gail at clay and limestone, and of course Carolyn at Carolyn's Shade Gardens. How could you leave them out.

Well, all this thinking, writing, and formatting is killing me. It's taken a month to complete this post.
Happy spring to every one!


  1. My gosh am I honored. You included GWGT in amongst some really great blogs. Thank you and congrats on being awarded. Your post really showed your talents and versatility, in a very humble way too. I am sure you are much greater at these than you let on.

    1. Donna thanks for your comments. You are a great encourager. And versatile too! lol

  2. Huge congrats Greggo on this very deserving award =) Love the camera skills you are passing on there, gosh that pic made me giggle!! Cheers Julia

  3. Thanks for the kind words and shout out! Much appreciated. You have taught me alot about the versatility of plants. Thank you!

  4. Greggo, thanks so much for your very kind compliments about Digging. I'm delighted to be considered so versatile! :-) Your other blog picks are excellent, and I got a good chuckle out of your humorous post too. Thanks!

  5. I am honored to have been included in your picks. Enjoyed your post very much and like you I consider myself a Jill of All Trades. There is nothing I will not turn my hand to. Too many to mention here! As yet I have not raised chickens. Thanks again.

    1. hmm. chickens. Yes, unfortunately me either. My wife had 110 chickens one summer. No chickens here.

  6. Thanks so much for the honor of including TWG among so many outstanding blogs. I'm looking forward to visiting the ones I'm not acquainted with. It's always a pleasure stopping by here for a visit...your versatility shines and I especially love your garment selection of the cowboy hat ;)

  7. Congrats on your award--it's well-deserved! I love the photo of you taking a photo. Are those Tulips really blooming now?!

    1. No they're not blooming. That photo was taken two Aprils ago.

  8. Thank you Greggo you old sweetie you. Love the images, especially the one of you and the camera, and really clogs in the garden are high fashion. (I wear them too.)

  9. High fashion? No. Low fashion maybe.

  10. I agree with Donna, which is why I nominated you. :o) I think you're much more talented than you let on. All your wonderful photos of grasses last summer led to several ornamental grasses being added to the garden party at the Casa. I have the same clogs - mine are red! We rock!!!!

  11. Playing the stick flute with such a disability did it for me Greggo, I mean how versatile can you get. Thanks for the honour and for even thinking of me regarding this. Hope that shoulder feels better.

  12. Dear Greggo, I guessed you were versatile before you submitted 'proof'. Congratulations! P. x

  13. Congrats! I laughed about the photo taken by your significant other hahahaha funny. Quite an honor to have won the award- and very much deserved- always a good read with beautiful photos!

  14. Dear Greggo! Congratulations on the award!!! Your post made me smile! This is one of the reasosn why I like your blog - you have great sense of humor! Love your red shorts! I tried to make my husband buy a pair of red pants after we visited Europe where every other man was wearing red, yellow or purple pants. He refused.
    Thank you SO much for including MySecretGarden into your honorable list! I appreciate it. I am very touched. I love when people notice my blog. I think I also can be considered as a versatile blogger: I write about a garden, dogs, trips... A couple of years ago, I declared my blog award-free blog. You see, it makes my life easy (read - I am lazy). Nevertheless, I am glad you mentioned me. It's an honor! Happy gardening and happy blogging!

  15. Hi Greggo, Thanks for visiting, and id'ing my clematis. I thought it might be Jackmanii as well, but I wasn't sure. I have two other purples that are lighter in color. Not sure what they are either! I'm much better now about labelling. I like your blog and I will be following you via Google Friend Connect. Happy Spring!
    Blessings, Beth

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