I didn’t realize how much I enjoyed Blotanical and all of the wonderful gardeners who call it home until one day it didn’t work. I felt like a 6 year old whose best friend just moved away. I was lost. Now some of it was my own doing. I didn’t keep up with my followings on Blogger or keeping up my blog list. I grew lazy because it’s always more fun to read posts and marvel at the wonderful pictures than do blog maintenance.
Well, I am a persistent person and still found ways of keeping in touch with Blotanists. Jodi at Bloomingwriter, Tatyana at MySecretGarden and Jean at Jean’s Garden all had great work-a-rounds. Thank you everyone who had any information in their posts.
The calamity that was Blotanical's temporary hiatus showed how much of a community we are. Gardeners from all over the world helped each other out. I attempted to pick new gardeners' posts to let them know that there were friends out there itching to see their blogs. What was funny and gratifying, at the same time, was that there were others doing the same thing.
The reason I’m writing this is because after less than optimal experiences with brick and mortar garden clubs, I feel welcome and at home in Blotanical where everyone who shares a love for plants is welcome. I wanted to make my thank you to Stewart in public for all the blogosphere to see. Thanks Stewart for keeping Blotanical up and running and making it a welcoming place to hang out in.
Jim from Cleveland