One year anniversary: INWIG best of 2010

According to Blogger I made my first blog post on March 5, 2010 which means today is my one-year anniversary! Although I had some trouble the first week or so posting correctly and missed a couple of days, I quickly got into the swing and posted every day after that. One of the main reasons for creating this blog was so I'd document everything I did in the garden, and I have to admit I've done a pretty good job of that. Did I list every detail of every task I did? No, certainly not. I missed lots of stuff, including some important details such as what exact varieties of veggies I planted, spacings, fertilization schedules, etc. but I also shared a lot of things that I would normally have just observed and enjoyed for myself, and have hopefully given some entertainment and knowledge to my few loyal readers.

Today I'm going to take a look back over the past year and list my favorite posts in chronological order. If you haven't seen them before please take a look. If you have seen them already, then think of it as a rerun of your favorite show... or better yet a "best of" clip show. There's a lot here, so take your time.


An index of my favorite posts from the last year. Also, a great page to start on -- if you want to send somebody a link to show them what this site is all about, this is a great one. Click the titles/dates to get to the full posts. Even if you don't click any of the links to see the posts, this page is pretty cool by itself I think.

My first post, 5 March 2010

You should always read the first post of every blog you enjoy. It sets up everything that follows.

Signs of Spring, 19 March 2010

I take a break from posts about cleanup and look around.

Moss! 27 March 2010

I love moss and mossy surfaces, probably because we don't see it here after June or so.

Bamboo shoots, 4 April 2010

The most exciting time of year for a bamboo lover.

Meet the garden cats, 14 April 2010

The first look at the strays that enjoy my yard with me.

Finch nest update, 19 April 2010

My up-close view of a finch family.

Trying to get comfortable, 26 April 2010

You can't plan everything in the garden, as these kittens proved to me. They took over my garage and made gardening a lot more challenging for several months. This was the second post of several about them.

Rain, rain, rain, rain, 16 May 2010

If you like photos of water on plants, this is the one for you.

Kitten update: 5 weeks, 19 May 2010

Self-explanatory, adorable.

Surprise Hatching! 21 May 2010

Baby mantises, unexpected but welcome.

What's on the ground? Sedum! 22 May 2010

Probably the most popular post due to Google searches for "sedum".

A Garden Visit, 8 June 2010

I visit my sister and her "boring" yard in Chicago.

It seems to be Spider Day, 15 June 2010

Several cool spiders found in my garden.

Wildflowers and Annuals, 19 June 2010

A look at this ever-changing flower bed.

Gotta love the coneflowers! 25 June 2010

My coneflowers, before I planted several more varieties.

Beauty without Blooms, 4 July 2010

Foliage plants are often more beautiful than flowers.

Grasshoppers and more, 8 July 2010

Do you like insects as much as I do?

Bees say: "The Tiny Flowers Win!", 16 July 2010

Bees and the flowers they love, at least in my garden.

Bamboo dig rained out, 19 July 2010

Some of my favorite stormcloud images from this past summer.

Mushrooms (part 2), 22 July 2010

I love photographing mushrooms!

What kind of feeder is this? 24 July 2010

Hummingbird feeder visitors.

Tribbles! 18 August 2010

Galls on an oak leaf, fuzzy and wonderful.

Agastache, 24 August 2010

This is one of my favorite genus of plants. Such fragrant foliage...

Time for some butterflies, 26 August 2010

Surprisingly, this post was about butterflies.

Planter box build: day 1, 31 August 2010

I build a bamboo planter box with a friend. This is one of my more popular posts resulting from Google searches for bamboo planter boxes.

Finally, some cool clouds again! 3 September 2010

Another look at some great clouds. I love clouds.

Morning blooms, 5 September 2010

Do you like more photos of flowers? I know I do.

Wet! 12 September 2010

More examples of water on plants.

Look -- a Bee! 16 September 2010

A close look at some bumblebees.

Feeling a little sluggish this morning, 18 September 2010

I saw a slug on a mushroom.

A different perspective, 23 September 2010

I took photos of my garden from above with a camera mounted on a long pole.

"Impressive" bird! 30 September 2010

A bird marks my window.

Bamboo removal timelapse video, 3 October 2010

Watch me remove a bamboo and plant a new one over several days in this video.

Late Afternoon Sunlight, 9 October 2010

The right lighting makes some plants look amazing.

Sunday morning, the garden delights me. 24 October 2010

Some nice photos of plants, late in the growing season.

Bald Cypress. I love this tree! 30 October 2010

A look at a tree that I really love.

Oh dear, slow deer. 8 November 2010

An unusually close look at a sick deer in my yard.

Some seed heads and doing nothing, 10 November 2010

Seed heads abound in my garden.

More fall color -- wow! 12 November 2010

Do you like colorful garden photos? This is one place to find them.

Mites on bamboo, or bamboo mites? 15 November 2010

I put bamboo leaves under the microscope to see what sort of mites they have.

Frost Flowers, 29 November 2010

My first look at this interesting phenomenon this year.

Frosty magical morning, 11 December 2010

Very nice frost this morning.

We are freezing, aren't we? 14 December 2010

I look at the birds and wonder how they stay warm.

Before it was a garden (1990), 16 December 2010

Old photos of my yard. After this I posted for several days about how my yard changed into a garden each year, from 2002 to 2008. All of these posts together are a great chronicle of my yard's transformation. 2006 was a very busy year.

Hawk! 28 December 2010

It's much easier to see these stealthy birds in the winter.

Soil? Soil is for wimps! 7 January 2011

I find lichen to be beautiful and fascinating.

The story of the toads, 9 January 2011

If you like amphibious creatures, this post is for you as it recounts a discovery in May 2009. One of my favorites.

Up too early, luckily. 12 January 2011

A fantastic sunrise on a cold morning.

Miniature garden, unwanted. 24 January 2011

I don't normally like moldy food, but this bread was beautiful.

I like this ice, 2 February 2011

Photos of ice on plants. Quite beautiful in retrospect.

I'm going to end it here. There may be another post or two from February that I could add, but they're too new -- it's hard for me to look at them and think of them as "favorites" when I've written them what feels like a couple of days ago.

Seeing these "best" posts all together, it looks like it's been a pretty impressive year here. I hope the next 365 days of posts will be able to match this! Thanks for reading!

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Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)  – (March 5, 2011 at 11:28 AM)  

CONGRATULATIONS!!! I've admired your drive and energy for 6 months now, and you were the catalyst for me trying to post everyday as well. I'll go through your favorite posts over the weekend because I want to enjoy them all over again.

Thank you for all your contributions!

:: Bamboo and More ::

John  – (March 5, 2011 at 1:46 PM)  

As with everything you do and have done, GREAT JOB!


Christine  – (March 5, 2011 at 2:43 PM)  

Congratulations on your One Year Blogging-versary! And thank you for sharing with us. You inspire me a lot!

Carol  – (March 5, 2011 at 3:47 PM)  

Happy Anniversary of your Blog! Many Happy Returns . . . have a great second year of blogging about your garden.

MAYBELLINE  – (March 5, 2011 at 6:02 PM)  

You use a blog just like I do...try to track and chronicle stuff like a garden journal.

Cat  – (March 5, 2011 at 8:39 PM)  

Your blog really has so much beauty and information. I love how you've created your "best of the year" list for your anniversary. As a new reader, it was really nice to be able to see how far you've come. Beautiful! Happy Anniversary!

Diana Studer  – (March 6, 2011 at 6:04 AM)  

I'd give this post a place of honour on your sidebar, up there with bamboo, discoveries and flowers. Call it 'start here'.

Only now am I discovering what wide-ranging interesting readable posts you write!

Owen  – (March 6, 2011 at 7:36 AM)  

Alan, thanks for your comments on my blog. The liverwort is the flat, smooth plant in the picture. It is a thallose liverwort; there may be a bit of leafy liverwort in there as well, but I'm not as interested in those. You've got a really nice blog here. Keep it up!

Bom  – (March 6, 2011 at 9:01 AM)  

Happy 1st Anniversary! Congratulations on a job well done. More power to you on your 2nd year.

Masha  – (March 6, 2011 at 9:51 AM)  

Congratulations on your blogging anniversary! Thanks for giving me a tour of your blog - you covered a lot of ground in a short time. Your blog is really interesting.

Alan  – (March 6, 2011 at 9:54 PM)  

Thanks everyone for the nice comments and words of encouragement!

Elephant's Eye: I was thinking that same thing!

Meredith/Great Stems  – (March 7, 2011 at 9:28 AM)  

Happy blogging anniversary! I know that took a lot of time to recount your favorite posts, but I'm so glad you did. I got an incredible view of what interests you, saw some absolutely fantastic photos, and saw great changes in your garden over the years. Congratulations!

Desiree –   – (December 20, 2012 at 12:48 PM)  

These pictures are stunning, especially the ones with flowers. Nice work! Congrats.

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