Thanks for the Blotanical Awards

I see hummers in my garden every day, and when I have my camera handy I always try to get a shot. They’re skittish, though, and don’t appreciate the paparazzi. I should be more patient and lie in wait, but inevitably a weed will catch my eye, and I’ll abandon my hummingbird stake-out.

While taking a rest break from agave wrestling on Friday (more on that later), I managed to shoot this zippy guy—or at least his backside. My camera isn’t fast enough to capture the beating wings; there’s only a shadow where they should be. Well, that’s how they appear to the naked eye, and I suppose it will have to do here as well.

Knowing well my own limitations in artistry, technical ability, and even patience, and the talent of my fellow garden bloggers, I am honored that Digging was chosen for Best Photography, Best Drought-Tolerant Blog, and Most User-Friendly Blog in the first annual Blotanical Awards. Many thanks, fellow Blotanical users, for your votes! You’ve put a little zip in my step today.

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18 Responses

  1. I expect this is because you put zip into the step of your readers – for giving them a professional and friendly blog which is well written (with humour) knowledgable, interesting to look at and with wonderful pictures (like this one).

    The humming bird is jumping up to congratulate you – (sans wings)!


    Thanks, Lucy. I’m blushing! —Pam

  2. Judy says:

    Well deserved! I visit your site everyday.

    Thanks, Judy. I appreciate your regular visits! —Pam

  3. Samantha says:

    I had never seen that type of Salvia until I went to Chuy’s on friday. I love the fuzziness and the pure white against the lavender purple. Thanks for your post!

    The Salvia leucantha, commonly called Mexican bush sage, is a wonderful fall-blooming perennial. And Chuy’s is one of my local favorites too. ;-) —Pam

  4. Racquel says:

    Congratulations Pam on your Blotanical awards! What a beautiful picture of the hummer on the Salvia!

    Thanks, Racquel. I’m glad you like the hummer pic. —Pam

  5. Frances says:

    Hi Pam, that shot of the hummer is wonderful, the little feet tucked up into her body is priceless. And many congrats to you on your wins. That photo says it all for best photography.

    Aren’t the feet cute? They were the first thing I noticed when I got the photo onscreen. Congrats to you on your big Blotanical wins too, Frances. —Pam

  6. Kim says:

    Pam, your Blotanical awards are well deserved! Congratulations!

    Gracias, Kim. —Pam

  7. vanillalotus says:


    Thanks, Vanillalotus! —Pam

  8. Nancy Bond says:

    Congratulations, Pam! Your awards are well deserved!

    Thank you, Nancy. And so are yours. Well done! —Pam

  9. Aiyana says:

    Congratulations on your well-deserved awards.

    Many thanks, Aiyana. —Pam

  10. Jenny says:

    Congratulations Pam. Your blog is one of my favorites. Great use of native plants and great photography.

    Thanks so much, Jenny. Your garden is one of my favorites, and now I have the pleasure of your wonderful blog too. —Pam

  11. Robin says:

    It was quite an honor to be in the Best Photography category with you! You are most deserving of each reward. Congratulations, Pam!

    Robin, your photos always wow me, especially your wildlife shots. Keep inspiring us all. —Pam

  12. Jenny says:

    Congratulations on your awards! I loved your little hummer pic, it is so neat they way they tuck their little feet up.

    I love those feet! Thanks, Jenny. —Pam

  13. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    Well deserved Pam. Congrats.

    Thank you, Lisa. —Pam

  14. linda says:

    Congratulations Pam!

    Thanks, Linda! —Pam

  15. Hearty congratulations, Pam, on your acknowledgments at blotanical! You were one of the first gardening bloggers I began to communicate with early on and found your blog to be a welcoming friendly place. I’m sure all would agree.

    Many blessings on your move and new home.

    Kathryn xoxo

    Many thanks, Kathryn. The garden blogging community is a welcoming, friendly place, and I’m happy to be a part of it. So glad to know you too! —Pam

  16. carolyngail says:

    WELL, Miss Thang, you certainly got my vote. I’m a sucker for all those gorgeous succulents and colorful flowers so artfully displayed on your blog. Seriously, well deserved. I just read that you’re moving? Sorry I’m out of the loop on this news, I’ve been under the weather and having computer problems.

    I need to catch up with your blog posts. We also hope to see you in Chicago next year.

    Thanks, Carolyn Gail! Yes, we’re moving, not out of town though. It’s bittersweet to leave this garden, but change is good. And I will definitely be in Chicago for the next Spring Fling! Can’t wait to meet you. —Pam

  17. Kathleen says:

    Congratulations on all your awards Pam. They are very well deserved. I’m always so inspired when I visit here (even tho my garden is not water wise!)

    Many thanks, Kathleen. I’m glad you find Digging of interest even though mine is a different sort of garden than yours. —Pam

  18. Anne says:

    Hi Pam, and congratulations! I’m just starting out in the blogging world, and its getting addictive — so many beautiful gardens and great folks out there! You have a delightful blog, and that picture of the little hummer made my day!

    Hi, Anne, and welcome to the garden-blogging community. Thanks for your kind comment. You’re right—blogging is addictive and fun. Enjoy, and happy digging! —Pam