Saturday, January 29, 2011

Blogiversary Week, Day 6 - Time to Reflect

One of the things I have enjoyed about this week is going back through my garden pictures.  With digital cameras, taking photos of anything and everything has really changed photography.  We can just snap away...  It's been fun selecting my photos to share with you.  This evening has been a good time to pause and reflect.

I've been amazed at how many photos I have.  Some good, many more not so good.  We'll just leave the not so good back on my hard drive...

How many photos I surprisingly well...  really, really like...

How much I have appreciated all the nice comments from everyone about my gardens.

And how much I am looking forward to spring, summer and fall... all over again.

I hope you too, can take a moment.  To plan, plant and enjoy your garden.

Today's giveaway addition is a vintage tea cup, the latest issue of Country Garden's by Better Homes and Gardens, black tea and white tea, Lindt chocolate and Pepperidge Farm's Raspberry Milanos.

Taking a moment to relax,
Chris at Red Gate Farm

PS - Don't forget to check out Days 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 of the giveaway. And here are rules that I posted on day 1 - Monday, January 24th.

Starting today, and each day until the drawing, I will be adding something NEW to the GIVEAWAY, so each day you get an additional opportunity to enter... by leaving a comment. The final addition will be one week from today, Monday January 31st. This means you have up to 8 times to enter! The winner will be announced on Tuesday, February 1st.

And of course, my followers, well they get an automatic "extra" entry.... for a potential of nine entries.


  1. Hi Chris, I love your beautiful garden photos!... I too am so anxious for Spring and getting back out in my gardens... I also LOVE Milano cookies!... what could be better than eating cookies, sipping tea in that pretty teacup and browsing through a garden magazine? xoxo Julie Marie PS I am a new follower since I found your pretty blog several days ago!

  2. Your photos are beautiful, Chris. I have really enjoyed this series of posts. It is a bit early, but I have been longing and planning for spring. I can hardly wait to get started tidying and planning. Our boys plan to expand the rabbitry, and in our suburban backyard I want to make a few changes to make everything more intentional and organized. Your photos have certainly inspired me even more. Thanks for sharing your lovely gardens.

  3. Chris......I have looked forward to your garden pictures....all so lovely! I am planning my spring garden and cannot wait to get my hands in the dirt...but it will be awhile, lol. Your newest addition to your giveaway is wonderful...that tea cup is simply lovely as are all the other goodies :)


  4. Your photos are crystal clear and extremely crisp. I could look at flowers all day long. Nice post.

  5. your post is making me long for's been too dreary lately but compared to the rest of the country we have it made. Your photos are quite beautiful and I would love to know what the pink flower is (last one). Thanks for sharing and for adding me to the giveaway!

  6. Hi Chris Sweetie...
    Another beautiful share. I love your photos, and the hydrangeas are just gorgeous. I have always loved the pink to purple and blue colors that you can get from each plant.

    Your petunias are sure happy. Yes Spring will be here before you know it. Living here in Phoenix, I have quite a garden now. Everything is blooming, this is the perfect time of year to garden. Gotta love it.

    Thank you so much for the wonderful opportunity at your give away. It is a GREAT one.

    Hope you have a beautiful Sunday sweet friend. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

  7. JoJo,

    The last picture is Larkspur. I found it in pink a couple of years ago and it reseeds like crazy there now!


  8. How special to include these great items to enjoy while planning and admiring your garden-just a perfect addition :)
    Hugs, Amy

  9. I love all your garden photos... you have a great eye for not only a beautiful flower, but also for how to photograph the flower in an interesting way. Thanks for sharing!

  10. The Lindt chocolate is KILLING me, but in a good way!!! Have you tried the white chocolate truffles??? Godness gracious are they ever good!!!!
    you're inspiring me!!! Looking forward to my seed catalogs and seeing what's new.
    Feeling under the weather today, so the rain was very welcome...don't feel like I had to be doing something!!

  11. Wow! your photos is clear and the flowers are so beautiful, it refresh my eyes seeing a so beautiful flowers like that. Thanks for sharing this. I enjoy reading and looking at the photos of the flowers.

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  12. I agree with everyone who posted....your photo's are amazing......Spring can't come soon enough! xoxo

  13. Loving everything in this days giveaway! Someone is going to be in for Christmas in February!

  14. What great inspirations your gardens are! Thanks for all the chances to win. Hope you pick a good one!

  15. I love the garden photos - especially in the dead of winter! WHAT is that purple blue bloom in the first photo?!?

  16. Your photos are so pretty, and I love the tea cup you've added to the giveaway!!
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  17. This has been fun and I have enjoyed your gardens oh so much! Extra special this time of year!

  18. Those special publications and cookies are the best. I can't wait for hydrangeas!!

  19. Oh no! The days fly by and I haven't entered this! Please count me in! Thanks again!


Please, feel free to leave a comment... it really makes my day! Chris