Sunday, 17 June 2012

The Versatile Blogger Award!

Many thanks to Steph of Steph's Green Space for nominating me for "The Versatile Blogger" award. I have only been blogging since January of this year and I consider it a real compliment to get this award. Here are the rules for accepting the award:

  1. Thank the person who gave you the award.
  2. Include a link to their blog.
  3. Select 15 bloggers that you follow or have just discovered who you would consider fit the bill of a 'versatile' blogger.
  4. Tell 7 random facts about yourself.
  5. Include this set of rules in your post.
  6. Inform each of your nominated bloggers of their nomination.
Here are some of the blogs that I read on a regular basis and would like to nominate for the award In no particular order):

1. My Rustic Bajan Garden - this blog features stunning photography of the author's Barbados garden and is a real eye-opener for me to see how my plants would grow if in an optimal climate. The photos are dreamy and will send you to islands!

2. Lotus Leaf - a lovely blog from southern India with some weird and wonderful plants.

3. Fun and Vjs - this blog is all about renovating a traditional Queenslander home in Brisbane, Australia. The author has a lot of quirky furniture and while it is not strictly on gardening, the blog is interesting and unique in its own right. I keep fantasizing about designing a heritage Brisbane garden for the house!

4. bernies garden - this is a well-known blog about a lovely garden in the dry tropics of north Queensland. Some lovely photos and lots of wildlife pictures too. This was one of the first gardening blogs I started following.

5. African Aussie - a lovely blog from Townsville about a dry tropical garden. Some beautiful photography and interesting garden tales too!

6.  - a blog from the far north of Queensland. What always surprises me is despite our vastly different climates, what grows in this garden generally can be found growing down here, too!

7. Plant Fanatic  - the name says it all. A beautiful Hawaiian blog on local gardens in the islands.

8. Missy's garden - another great blog from Brisbane, with lots of interesting photos of subtropical plants.

9. flowerladysmusings -   a lovely blog not just of plants but with recipes and other artistic creations too! Very interesting!

10. Grower Jim - a gardener from Miami with some wonderful pictures of tropical plants and great advice on growing them.

11. Tropical Life - my photo blog of life in the tropics

12. A warm slice of Brisbane - photo blog of Brisbane

13. Past & Present - historic blog of Brisbane

14. Nice garden - a beautifully-done blog about gardening in Malaysia. The author is a lot like me in   that she finds it hard to not plant what others don't want!

15. Year Round Garden - lovely blog from Florida with some gorgeous plant pictures

Some facts about myself:

1. I speak and read fluent Cantonese.
2. I never notice when it is hot but I am very sensitive to the cold.
3. Nature is what brings me true happiness
4. I speak (Cuban) Spanish
5. Since I was very young I always wanted to live in the tropics
6. I enjoy cooking for my partner and family
7. I love cats! I have a furry black feline named 'Milton' (He was named after a suburb in Brisbane).

I want to thank Steph for nominating me and for those who visit my blog. Although I have gardened all my life (literally since I was a toddler!), I haven't shared it with too many people until now - so thanks to all!


  1. Congratulations Adam. It's wonderful to see that, although you've only been blogging for a short while, you already have some fans who appreciate your posts. Keep up the great work.

    Thank you also for adding me to your list of those bloggers you're nominating as versatile bloggers. I appreciate the mention.

    1. Thanks for your support. It is greatly appreciated.

  2. Adam, thank you very much for nominating me for the award which is much appreciated! It is indeed nice to know more about myself from your description. I am delighted to know that you can read and speak Cantonese, my dialect and mother tongue. I'm very curious and wonder how did you learn it?

    1. You're welcome Belle, you deserve it because your blog is fantastic. I used to live in Hong Kong for many years and picked up Cantonese there. If I speak on the phone, people assume I'm Chinese until they see me! It has happened!

    2. My post is up, the link is here:

  3. Congratulations on your award. It is nice to know more about the gardeners we follow. Thanks for mentioning me and also introducing me a few new blogs!

    1. You're welcome. I am happy because I have never shared my passion for gardening until recently because as a child I was taught it was not a good thing for boys to garden.

  4. Wow Adam you speak Cantonese! We are friends!! This award thing has been quite interesting... hmm... I know you a bit better now. Have a great week and keep sharing :-D

    1. I know, I will have to post tidbits about the Chinese influence in my garden. I spent a long time in Hong Kong and picked up the language - even some cultural traits! Thanks for your support; you were the first blogger to join my site and I considered it a compliment indeed as you are from a tropical country. 多謝..我好開心認識你!

    2. same same. Happy to meet you too :-D

  5. Hi Adam. I've just discovered your blog. We grow similar plants and probably have similar conditions relatively speaking. I have to agree with you about loving the tropics.

    1. Hi Missy, I was stoked to discover your blog for the same reason - similar tastes! I hope you enjoy my blog :)


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