Dressed in my gardening clothes (shorts that are a little too tight and too short, and a tank top that's a little too low cut (clothes that I would never, ever wear in public!), I watched out the window for him to leave so I could open my packages. But instead of ringing the doorbell and leaving like he usually does, he rang the doorbell and just stood there.
And stood there. And stood there. And stood there.
Finally, I decided he must need my signature, so I opened the door and stepped out.
No signature needed. He wanted to talk roses! He and his wife were trying to put in a garden and wanted to grow roses. We talked about all things roses - rose types, rose names, disease resistance, planting, soil preparation, fragrance, etc.
I've never had a complete stranger tell me they admire my garden in person. I was quite flattered.
Oh, yeah - I know you've been wondering all this time what was in the package! Some agastache because of Scott from Rhone Street Gardens. Some liatris (gayfeather) that I have admired in Bluestem's garden in Plano Prairie Garden. A cimicifuga that Stacy from Microcosm suggested for the winter garden. And of course, some other impulse purchases.
Now, back to compliments.
I was also complimented by Kevin of Nitty Gritty Dirt Man. He awarded my blog The Sunshine Award. How sweet! I am supposed to answer 10 questions, pass the award on to 10 other bloggers, and let them know in a comment and link to the post about this award.
I always worry that I will insult some bloggers by not awarding it to them. And if you ever feel that way, I am truly sorry. But even though it is always difficult to name just a few blogs out of the many I read and enjoy, I decided to accept it and continue to pass it along.
10 questions I am supposed to answer:
1. What is your favorite color?
2. What is your favorite animal?
3. What is your favorite number?
4. What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink?
Raspberry tea from Taco Bell, even though I hardly ever indulge.
5. Which is your favorite - Facebook or Twitter?
Well, I don't do either, so I can't answer this question!
6. What is your passion?
Uh - gardening. And since you probably knew that, I'll throw in another. Reading. You probably guessed that, too!
7. Do you prefer giving or receiving presents?
8. What is your favorite pattern?
Who came up with these questions? I have no favorite. I like a lot of different patterns, and love mixing them.
9. What is your favorite day of the week?
Friday. Who could not like Friday?
10. What is your favorite flower?
Must be roses!
And without further ado - drumroll please -
In no particular order, the 10 bloggers to which I would like to award The Sunshine Award:
1. Gardens Eye View
2. Garden Walk Garden Talk
3. Carolyn's Shade Gardens
4. Secrets of a Seed Scatterer
5. The Gardening Blog
6. Pam's English Cottage Garden
8. Red House Garden
9. A Hocking Hill's Garden
10.The Sage Butterfly
Congratulations! Pass it along if you want. Like the Federal Express man's compliment to me, I hope it makes your day.