Yes, I’ve been blogging here for six years, and this is my 800th post! I thought this year I’d throw you a challenge. I’ve got four plants that I bet you can’t identify. I’m going to let you have fun trying, but I want to keep it interesting. The two prizes below will be awarded to two commenters randomly chosen, even if they don’t correctly identify any of the plants. I have both these tools and can vouch for their usefulness. The Fiskars pruners fit better in my small hand than standard size Felco pruners and are suitable for light pruning jobs. Sometimes my kids want to trim briars and these are the pruners I let them use.
The Planter’s Buddy has worked well for me getting out tap-rooted weeds and planting small cell-pack starts. I think it will also come in handy planting bulbs in between established plants. And I used the serrated edge to help divide some perennials this spring. The Planter’s Buddy was donated by the National Gardening Association. Have you been to their website? They have a Weed Library, a Zone Locator, various calculators and a whole bunch more information. They also work hard to interest children in gardening.
Can you identify these plants?
Yes, anyone who comments is eligible to win one of the above prizes. But I have a special double prize for the first person who manages to identify all four of these plants. Nancy Ondra will autograph a paperback copy of her book, Foliage, for the plant savvy person who identifies all four of these images correctly, and Debra Prinzing will send a signed copy of Stylish Sheds and Elegant Hideaways: Big Ideas for Small Backyard Destinations. So whether you’ve got brains or luck, you stand a chance to win something. Contest is over Tuesday, September 9th at midnight Pacific time. Are you ready to see the plants?
You didn’t think it would be easy, did you?
Past anniversary celebrations
It’s always a challenge to come up with a meaningful way to commemorate these blogging milestones. Two years ago, I did a series on Garden Blog Pioneers. If you want to learn more about some of the first garden bloggers, and what it was that made them go bravely forth where no gardener had been before, you’ll find the series fascinating. And last year I turned guinea pig and let my readers interview me. I think that was eye opening for everyone, but if you have a question that wasn’t answered in that interview, you can ask it in the comments below–along with your plant i.d. answers.