I've spent the last 10 days going through my 491 previous posts, double checking to see if I had documented every plant in my landscape, which was my original intention when I started this blog. As I checked off the photos and posts against all the plants, I found that I had, indeed, finished my original goal. Actually, I finished this task many months ago, and have since taken and posted photos of the various flowers associated with each plant.
Try as I might, I haven't been able to come up with much of anything new happening in my landscape, especially this time of year, except my cleaning up all the mesquite beans that drop from the trees starting in June. No new insects, butterflies, birds, odd growths or diseases; no new yard art to write about, no new and interesting pots--absolutely nothing new--not even weeds!
I've resisted going off subject, and other than maybe five posts, I never have. So, now I'm stuck. It's decision time. Do I start going in a different direction on this blog, or keep this blog "pure" and just start another blog with a different theme if I become inclined. Or, just leave things as they are and post when there's something new going on in my landscape. I guess it's a decision that I'm going to have to make soon.
I've had several faithful followers who began visiting quite some time ago. Julie at A Succulent Life is probably the longest lasting regular reader and commenter, then next is Claude at Random Rants and Prickly Plants, who never fails to leave a comment when I have a new post. Pudge at Pudgeduck's World doesn't comment every time, but I know she reads every single post. Participation in Green Thumb Sunday brought many more visitors, and when that meme became inactive for the most part, I got involved in Ms. Green Thumb Jean's Bloomin' Tuesday meme, which brought new and different visitors. However, the vast majority of visitors to my blog come from folks who have used a search engine to find information on various desert plants. The two most frequent searches have been for Desert Museum Palo Verde tree, and Desert Marigold. Another popular search is for Boxwood Beauty Natal Plum of all things!
Although I may not post as regularly as I have these past few years, I certainly intend to continue to follow the 40 or so garden blogs I've enjoyed reading. If I decide to start another blog on another subject, I'll post the link. Thanks to all my blogging friends for their comments and visits in the past two plus years. This is not a goodbye, but an explanation as to why my posts have dwindled of late. I may be down (as far as posts) but I'm not out yet!