I’m feeling very fortunate, even lucky, to have found these first crocus blooms in my garden on the last day of February.
If I would have found these two purple bloom-buds on the first day of March it would have set a tone of “lateness” for my garden for this year, and we don’t want that.
It was admittedly a close call. One day sometimes makes a big difference.
If you are feeling lucky these days, or think your luck is about to turn for the better, how about entering or watching for some of these contests I found on the web?
– Kathy at Cold Climate Gardening is giving away six packets of seeds. Enter by March 7, 2009.
– Better Homes and Gardens is launching a new gardening related site and is giving away a car as part of their Spring Awakening online sweepstakes (you can enter once a day until June 1, 2009) and some gardening tools (enter once by March 10, 2009). I’m more interested in the gardening tools.
– Ree, The Pioneer Woman, is probably giving something away. I check her site regularly and always comment if she is giving something away, which she is a lot of the time. You have to be quick about it though, most of her contests only last a day or less.
– Garden Rant, or I should say the gardeners of Garden Rant, have given away gardening books, seeds, a snow thrower and a big garden cart, that I can remember. I love gardening books, and have won two from them in the past. I don’t think they have anything they are giving away right now, but it is worth checking to see if they are in the future. (Update: Garden Rant just announced a short story contest, with prizes!)
– Free memberships to the Society for the Preservation and Propagation of Old-Time Gardening Wisdom, Lore, and Superstition, (SPPOTGWLS or “the Society”). You can indicate you’ve accepted the free membership by leaving a comment the next time I post minutes from a club meeting.
– Free memberships to the Society for Gardeners Age Fifty and Over, (SGAFO), only for those who qualify. Join the group on Facebook! (And if you are on Facebook, consider also joining the group “Embrace Gardening for a Happier Life”.) I got my official SGAFO pin the other day, and I’ll be wearing it proudly at the Chicago Garden Bloggers Spring Fling May 29 – 31. That’s how those of you who don’t know me personally can recognize me. I’ll be the one with the SGAFO pin, because I think I’m the only one who has one, so far. Oh, and I’ll be wearing green.
– Free advice and ideas for gardeners. Lately, I’ve been offering advice on seeds and sowing seeds. Remember, it’s free! I get free ideas all over the web and blogosphere, too. Just yesterday, I read a column online by the Hoosier Gardener about a hybrid bellflower, Campanula ‘Sarastro’, that appears to be the best for this area, and now I want it. Before that, I read a post from Dee at Red Dirt Ramblings about the DVD, Great Gardens of England, and decided I should have that, too. I’ve already ordered it. Yes, the ideas are free, but sometimes implementing them is not.
Finally, I’m giving away something every gardener should give away. No, not plants and good gardening advice based on one’s own experience, but those are good guesses because every gardener should give those away as often as they can. Actually, I’m giving away…
– Good wishes for all that this year your garden won’t be late and it will be your best garden ever.