I have just celebrated my “blogging” anniversary! Over ninety posts and a year later, I am thankful for this new adventure. My two sisters actually came up with the idea of my starting a floral design inspired blog during Christmas of 2012. I credit all of my floral design inspiration, love for flowers, and gardening to my Mother, Maxine McDaniel Patterson, who passed away in 2010. She generously shared her prize-winning roses for over thirty years. Whether doing weekly arrangements at our church, sharing with elderly or hospitalized friends or contributing to a wedding or community event, she so freely and lovingly shared her talents. With much trepidation, many prayers, and after a couple of failed attempts at getting the proper hosting service and blog design, I finally successfully launched my desire to share my love of floral design as well as to show God’s fingerprints on His creation.
The name of my blog, “Beautiful Gardener”, came from the title of a poem that was given to my Mother by a family friend, Shirley Lowrey, in Pontotoc, Mississippi. This poem was shared at her funeral in January of 2010. My blog’s design header is a statue that overlooks the terrace at our family’s Mississippi home, and reminds me of my Mother each time I look at it. The world of blogging is still quite new to me, and I will attest that I am still very “green”, and have much to learn. However, I am grateful for the new friendships it has opened, while at the same time, some old ties have been rekindled. I am thankful to the many friends who continually encourage me to write and share my ideas and inspiration. This blog has been somewhat therapeutic as I feel free to share personal reflections of my journey with the Lord during all seasons of life.
I wanted to share a pictorial recap of my blog journey over the past 12 months…
“Gently steed our spirits, carrying with them dreams of flowers.”