Thanks, Blotanists, for the Blotanical Awards!

The competition for the 2009 Blotanical Awards was much stiffer than for 2008’s inaugural awards at Blotanical, the social-networking site for garden bloggers. Therefore I’m particularly humbled and gratified that my peers awarded “Bloggies” to Digging in two categories: Best Texas Blog and Best Drought-Tolerant Blog.

It appears that my posts about gardening through Texas’s ongoing terrible drought have paid off: I’m known as the dried-up Texas garden blogger.

Just kidding! I’m truly delighted to have won, and I thank each person who voted for Digging. I also offer my congratulations to the other winners and to the very worthy runners-up. In particular, do check out the following blogs, which were nominated along with mine for Best Drought-Tolerant Blog (The Bicycle Garden, Lost in the Landscape, Town Mouse and Country Mouse, and The Gardens of Petersonville) and Best Texas Blog (Great Stems, Aunt Debbi’s Garden, The Bicycle Garden, and Zanthan Gardens). They are excellent and worthy reads. Thanks also to Stuart, Blotanical’s founder, for putting on the awards.

All material © 2006-2009 by Pam Penick for Digging. Unauthorized reproduction prohibited.

38 Responses

  1. Meredith says:

    Way to go, Pam! I’m so delighted for you! Your blog is just top-notch, that’s all there is to it, and you and your blog are absolute assets to the gardening community. Wins well deserved!

  2. Helen says:

    Hi Pam
    Congrats on your drought tolerant award. I love visiting your blog as the plants you grow are so different to me.

  3. Victoria says:

    Very well deserved, Pam. I love your blog – you had my vote!

  4. Jenny says:

    Congratulations on your award. Must check out the others- 2 other Austin winners.

  5. Charlotte says:

    Well done Pam and well deserved. I’ve really enjoyed your blog since finding you on Blotanical.

  6. Congratulations! Well deserved.

  7. Congrat’s on all of your awards at Blotanical;-)

  8. Congratulations on your award at Blotanical. It has gotten me over here to visit – and I appreciate that! :-) Love the cute photo on this post.

  9. Phillip says:

    Congratulations Pam, your blog is wonderful.

  10. Gail says:

    Congratulations Pam! Both awards are well deserved. gail

  11. Aiyana says:

    Well deserved wins. Congratulations!

  12. Congratulations on your well deserved win!

    And wonderful that you mentioned the other bloggers in your category – they really deserve the shout out and show what a stiff competition it was. As a dry-California designer, I can’t believe how much practical information I’ve gotten from you and the others blogs in your categories. (Not to mention the comforting realization that I’m not alone.)

  13. Shannon, another Austin gardener says:

    Congrats Pam, this is well-deserved. Your blog is influential. Barton Springs Nursery definitely benefits from your thoughts – sometimes after reading I run over there and buy plants. :) Blog on.

  14. Pam says:

    Congrats! There really are an amazing number of gardening sites now – it’s quite fun. I especially like seeing gardens so different than my own – you Austin gardeners and your alkaline soils! We also take turns experiencing droughts and floods and freezes – it’s such an interesting community (and if only I had more time to visit sites!).

  15. Red Studio says:

    Thank you for your beautiful inspirational blog and great posts. You truly deserve two awards. You are also amazingly humble, an endearing quality.

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  17. Jen says:

    Congrats on your well deserved win.


  18. Pam, I’m so happy for you. You deserve to be the best drought tolerant blogger, and I already knew you were my favorite Texas blogger (no offense to all my other Texas blogging friends, I just knew Pam first, before I ever posted a word). I love your writing, and consider you the best of friends. You simply must join GWA next year. I’ll be your mentor. It’s in Texas you know.~~Dee

  19. Tatyana says:

    You did it right and got what you deserved! All the best!

  20. Nancy Bond says:

    You were a shoo-in, Pam. You are most deserving of the awards, although as you said, there are so many wonderful sites now — voting required some serious thought! Well done!

  21. Town Mouse says:

    Congratulations! So glad you won.

  22. bangchik says:

    Contragulations Pam… Cheers, ~bangchik

  23. bangchik says:

    opps, sorry wrong spelling. Congratulations Pam! …. cheers, ~bangchik

  24. Kanak says:

    Pam, I love your blog! My votes went to you….CONGRATULATIONS! Well-deserved and truly inspiring!

  25. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    Way to go Pam. Well deserved. Of course I am in agreement with everyone.

  26. Congratulations Pam! Visiting your blog is always a joy.

  27. Congrats, Pam! Digging is simply the best in both category, hands down. I took to your blog right away for its emphasis on the drought-tolerant plantings–not to mention all the wonderful photography. Digging is lovely to look at and chock full of helpful, solid information. I’ll be a fan as long as there’s a “Digging.”

    And thanks for the link love!

  28. Congratulations, Pam! I haven’t been able to log in for months now (in spite of resetting my password multiple times) but I BET it was stiff competition with all of the garden blogs around. Yours is definitely part of the “cream of the crop,” though, so I’m happy to see that you were recognized. :) CONGRATS!

  29. rosey pollen says:

    Way to go, a fabulous blog and amazing blogger as well!

  30. Robin says:

    Congratulations on your Blotanical wins, Pam!

  31. Pam/Digging says:

    Everyone, thank you so much for your kind and generous comments. I am touched by your support. What a great community, and how lucky I am to be a part of it. —Pam

  32. Fran Sorin says:

    Yeah!! You’re one of the best. Am thrilled that you received two awards. Congratulations! Fran

  33. linda says:

    Heartfelt Congratulations Pam!

    All of you Austinites should receive an extra award for surviving the summer of 2009!

    Hugs, Linda

  34. Meems says:

    Congratulations, Pam… always a pleasure to visit your informative and pretty blog. Meems

  35. Oh Pam, I’m just tickled to see you win these awards! Well deserved, my friend! Your photography is simply amazing and though I don’t get over here nearly as often as I’d like, whenever I do, I’m NEVER disappointed. Your agaves alone keep me coming back, you know. LOL! Warm congratulations to you! *hugs*

  36. Pam, I wanted to stop in & tell you your photos are delicious, congratulations on the awards! I look forward to seeing more!

  37. Autumn Belle says:

    Pam, Congratulations! You deserve all the accolades and do keep up the good work. Cheers!

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