The past year has been one of many firsts and writing a blog was no exception.
It all started with a bang, quite literally, when I crashed my car. This meant that I could no longer get out in to the garden and as a result of utter boredom and a desperate need to escape intolerable pain Ryan's Garden Blog was born. You can read the full post here. It was my first attempt at blogging and although the start was unconventional, and slightly rough, it's development has been organic and extremely enjoyable.
Following on from the initial post 2009 has heralded discoveries of garden treasure, when I successfully grew several species of terrestrial Orchids, and it also saw the start of my first orchid experiment. I have attempted to grow on laboratory grown seedlings of Cypripedium calceolus, which is extremely rare in the UK and can only be found on one remaining wild site.
I conducted my first interview, launched my first competition and wrote my first blog series about my visit to Sydney, Australia.
The year has also revealed that on the odd occasion I can be quite creative. I've made Welsh cakes and compost bins. I've planted the office, and most recently I've had a go at wreath making.
I have found inspiration from far off lands including the fashion world, in particular the house of Vivienne Westwood, I have found objects at car boot sales which I have later used in the garden and I have utilised the great properties of herbs with the invention of my Bath Bouquet.
All in all the year has been a pretty good one with a wide and varied selection of articles written, much exciting news aired and many more projects agreed and in development. Now all that is left to do is prepare for the new year, archive the old years posts and wish all my readers a prosperous and happy 2010.
Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow,
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.
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