Eight-year anniversary: best of INWIG 2017

According to Blogger I made my first blog post on March 5, 2010 which means today is my eight-year anniversary!  One of the main reasons for creating this blog was so I'd document everything I did in the garden, and although I've slowed down over the past year with less frequent posts, I've still captured some important moments.Hopefully I have still given some entertainment and knowledge to you, my readers over the past year. (Or several years if you've been reading for a while or went back to discover older posts).

Today, as I've done every March 5 since I started, 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 take another look -- it's still fun! I did this type of post on my previous anniversaries too, and I really like the way they turned out. See them here.


This is an "index" of my favorite posts from the last twelve months (March 2017 - February 2018). This, like the previous "best of" posts, is a great page to start -- if you want to send somebody a link to show them what this site is all about, this is a great one to send.
Click the titles/dates to get to the full posts.


(Please let me know in the comments if I listed any of your favorites here)

Pond Makeover: part 2     10 March 2017

I finish my pond repairs, and there is much muck.

Let's talk bamboo survivial      14 March 2017

I take a look at the winter damage my bamboo suffered, and look at some of the signs of recovery.

Rose Support Finished    5 April 2017

I built an attractive (IMO) support for my climbing rose.

The pond gets new fish     24 April 2017

Adding new goldfish to the pond is so exciting, although this is only the second time I've ever gotten to do it.

Robins    8 May 2017

An eye-level nest gave me a look at a brood of robins, from egg to fledging.

A little allium love     26 May 2017

Photos of my garden's alliums, which are surprisingly satisfying to me.

Fawn Sighting    21 June 2017

A fawn feeds, standing in the middle of the street for 10 minutes!

Opuntia attack!    22 June 2017

I did not know such a thing existed, but I discover the very specialized opuntia bugs.

Driveway Surprise    23 June 2017

Amidst the clutter on my driveway, a sweet surprise.

Some light     3 July 2017

Backlighting motivates me to take some nice macro shots of the front garden.

The best surprise      4 July 2017

I am shocked to discover baby fish in the pond, just a couple of months after I added

RV trip part 2: getting to Utah     26 September 2017

The second leg of our too-short roadtrip out west, where you see the parts of Colorado that are not the Rocky Mountains.

RV trip part 3: dinosaurs     27 September 2017

The Dinosaur Quarry hall of Dinosaur National Monument. Impressive!

RV trip part 4: Green River Campground    1 October 2017

Perfect weather, beautiful views, quiet campground -- possibly my favorite spot of our roadtrip!

RV trip part 6: North Fork Campground    10 October 2017

Up in the Colorado mountains, just a perfect spot to spend a couple of days: mountains, river, forests, aspen grove, and so very quiet.

Victory!    23 October 2017

A text-heavy post, but it describes what I went through to save my blog from oblivion (after Photobucket changed their terms of service and wanted me to pay $400 a year for image hosting!)

Bamboo Planting, part 2    2 November 2017

My second major bamboo planting project of the summer. I hired a neighbor kid to help me, but this task was almost too much for us.

Deer are deer, people are jerks    13 November 2017

I chronicle the conversation I had with a neighbor about a particular deer and what some a$$ did to it.

Bald Cypress Seeds      7 December 2017

I hunt for and find bald cypress seeds.

Wednesday Vignette: bananas     13 December 2017

A close look at the flower structure that my hardy banana produced this year.

Pond Ice      9 January 2018

The ice was thick over the pond this winter, but still so interesting.

The pond, end of January     21 February 2018

I take a look at the junk floating on the pond and discover it is alive.

So that's my selection of the "best" posts from the 8th year of It's Not Work, It's Gardening! I know that 2017 was light on posts, but I still found some

Please browse the site and find more -- I know you'll enjoy yourself. Also use the "Best Of..." buttons near the top of the right column of every page to get to the "best" posts of every year.

Thanks for reading and commenting -- I really appreciate it!

By the way, if you've not commented before I'd love to hear from you!


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outlawgardener  – (March 5, 2018 at 9:29 AM)  

Happy anniversary! Here's to many happy returns of the day! I very much enjoyed scrolling through your favorite posts and remembered reading each of them.

Alan  – (March 5, 2018 at 11:21 AM)  

Some people might be confused because I just recently did my seven year post. That's because I forgot to do it last March. :)

Salty Pumpkin Studio  – (March 5, 2018 at 3:40 PM)  

Happy Anniversary!
Thank you for years of fun and interesting blog reading

danger garden  – (March 5, 2018 at 11:34 PM)  

Happy Blog Anniversary! I’m so glad we’ve had the opportunity to meet in real life too, I’ve learned a lot from you over the years.

Lisa  – (March 7, 2018 at 7:19 PM)  

Well, not sure where my comment went! I'll try again! Congrats on your anniversary - 8 years is a real accomplishment!

Hoover Boo  – (March 8, 2018 at 10:43 AM)  

Time does fly. Fun to look through your history. Gardens and people evolve.

Candy –   – (March 9, 2018 at 7:25 PM)  

Still love the Rose support - a work of art

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