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Monday, June 25, 2012

The Versatile Blogger Award on My 3rd Blog Anniversary

1. My Pink Pentas flowers

June is my 3rd blog anniversary month, so I am extremely thrilled to receive The Versatile Blogger award from 3 fellow bloggers. It is indeed nice to read other bloggers' views about me.

1. Thank you very much to James Missier of Garden Chronicles for giving me this award on June 15th, 2012. James is an empath and plant rescuer who loves to inspire others and enjoys singing.

To James - I love singing too and I like to karaoke or whistle the tunes of songs but my family members say I am tone deaf.

2. Thank you very much to Aaron of Aaron's Gadening Blog for giving me this award on June 16th, 2012.

To Aaron - I think you are an "A Level" gardener, All-rounded student and Amazing teenager!

3. Thank you very much to Adam of Growing Paradise for giving me this award on June 17th, 2012. Adam who speaks Cuban Spanish and Cantonese, cooks, gardens and love nature, cats and living in the tropics.

To Adam - I am quite ashamed to admit that although I can speak Cantonese (my mother tongue), I can't read/write it. So, actually I speak Malaysian Cantonese. However, I cook, garden, love nature, cats and living in the tropics too!

2. Bougainvillea - bicolour flowers and red bracts from my 4-in-1 plant. Notice that the petals are heart-shaped!

Here are the rules for accepting the award:
Thank the person who gave you the award.
Include a link to their blog.
Select 15 bloggers that you follow or have just discovered who you would consider fit the bill of a 'versatile' blogger.
Tell 7 random facts about yourself.
Include this set of rules in your post.
Inform each of your nominated bloggers of their nomination.

3. Fruit berry from my Asparagus / Foxtail fern

Throughout the 3 years, I have "travelled round the world" and met many brilliant, interesting and amazing bloggers. I have many favourite bloggers because I read many blogs. This time I have randomly selected the nominees from the many blogs that I like to read.

The 15 blogs that I would like to give the award to (in no particular order) are as follows:
  1. Jama of Sweet Memories - My sweetest memories of Jama are her beautifully captured macros.
  2. Perla of Mama Nene's Garden  - She's a lovely grandma who's a plant collector and avid gardener.
  3. Monica of The Extra in the Ordinary - I love the way she writes.
  4. Kalantikan of Pure Oxygen Generators - Actually she's Andrea of Andrea in This Lifetime blog, a dear special friend I have never met.
  5. Lotus Leaf  of Indian Flowers and Herbs - A beautiful blog about tropical Himalayan plants.
  6. Hardinars of Simple Garden Thoughts -  A gardener who talks to plants and believes that the best fertilizer is a gardener's shadow.
  7. Sean of Half a Pound of Treacle - I have learnt a lot from his advices and I am intrigue by the blog name.
  8. Sharon of Elephants and Mangoes - An interesting blogger who is waistline wise!
  9. Ann of My Walk with Food and Beautiful Plants and Flowers - I like to read about her NZ stories here.
  10. Kelvin of Kelvin Wong Photography - I like his point of view that being a successful photographer does not necessary need to have expensive equipment.  
  11. Mom on Blog of I Eat with Scoops, Shovels and Spades - she's a wise gardener and great cook.
  12. My Garden, My Hobbies - I like the motto "Gardening is a blessing, teaching others is a responsibility, but to enjoy gardening and teach others is priceless".
  13. Elaine of Ramblings from Rosebank - A dedicated gardener growing edibles and flowers in her beautiful cottage garden.
  14. Arija of Garden Delights - A nature lover like me.
  15. Mac of MacPlanting - A journal about his beautiful garden in Canberra.
Note: I do sincerely like you to have this Versatile Blogger Award and I understand that it is quite time-consuming to select and link back to 15 other bloggers, hence you may choose not to participate in the chain of events or participate partially. 

4. My Arundina graminifolia - our native wild orchid

The 7 random facts about me:
  1. I love kimchi - with plain sticky rice, fried rice or in soups. I'd recommend you to say "kimchee" instead of "cheese" when  smiling for the camera!
  2. I enjoy watching "So You Think You Can Dance" 
  3.  I think there is a symphony orchestra in every garden. While I miss the cockerel's morning awakening call, I welcome the wildlife that visit my garden everyday. The chorus of frogs that croak at night, the buzz of busy bees during the day will provide the background instrumental music.  The birds are the solo artists that serenade me with their impromptu songs while the city crows provide the backup vocals. With moths as the props, the butterflies hip-hop,  salsa and waltz to the ever-changing melodies of nature. Ain't this magical?
  4. I love old trees and my favourites are Christmas (pine) trees. 
  5. I love wildflowers and think that many weeds are in fact under-appreciated wild flowers. 
  6. I want to know the name of every plant I see, weeds included.
  7. I write a few blogs because I love to share my experiences and in the process I discover that I have learnt a lot from others too. 
5. My pinkish-white anthurium

Finally, this heart-shaped anthurium with heart-shaped leaves is for you my readers, 458 followers, 121,426 visitors from 197 countries who had clicked on my blog 471,800 times.   

Thank you very much for your support and encouragement. Meanwhile, it is time to take a break to reflect back on my blogging; the past, present and future. 

I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks.
 ~William Shakespeare

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. 
~Mark Twain

How beautiful a day can be
When kindness touches it!
~George Elliston

Until then, BYE !
Autumn Belle


  1. Atumn I agree with him too...Your blogs are always fabulous! You deserve the award and plenty of compliments.

  2. Hello my dear friend i haven't see too! It is only through the heart that one can see wisely, what is essential is invisible to the eye (The Little Prince-Antoine de St Exupere). So...Happy 3yr Anniversary. I can say through all those years we've been together (in blogging, haha), we've been through good times and not so good times, but we savored the lovely times with laughter and excitement. And we helped each other in some low times, most especially when we seek information from each other, and we laughed at everything we don't know and we missed, or those we forgot. Honestly, those are wonderful, kind, supportive, loving times, and i thank you so much for being always there!

    Now, about this post, i think you are joking about that bougainvillea because it is made of satin! I wonder how many will tell you about that, i consider it as a naughty mischief, haha! And about the award, i received the German award and a few of this Versatile Award, but i am not ready to accept them yet, i just don't feel like doing things in there. I am grateful to those who gave me the award, but i cannot respond favorably to the challenge of putting the 15 and things about me! Maybe not just yet. Take care!

    1. My dear friend, thanks for the happy memories and wishes! I first met you as Andrea and now you are Kalantikan, hehe ^-^

      I always think of you and your comment whenever I type a species name in italics! The Versatile Award is for your blog to generate more oxygen. It is easy to tell us 7 things about yourself but time consuming to name and link to 15 bloggers.

      By the way, the bougainvillea picture here is taken from my 4-in-one bougainvillea plant. The flowers are real!

    2. OMG, you got me there, i didn't read the caption! I just looked at the flower and they really look different from the usual, having different flower colors too, even when the bracts are the same color.The edges really looked frayed as if cut in satin! When i see that grafted bougainvillea again in garden shows, i have to check their flowers!

    3. Don't worry my friend. Actually I inserted the captions later! I mean after your comment about the flowers being made of satin, hehehe. The intention is to prove my innocence and to avoid being misleading ^-^

      I find the flowers very unusual from the normal white. Also the colour scheme of one flower is different from the other. There are only 3 bracts in this bougainvillea. I have always thought that the flowers are all white or pale yellow, never seen one as beautiful as these before.

  3. You definitely deserve the triple award. Your blogs have always been very informative and inspiring to look at. Thanks for the award, will work towards giving the award to the next 15.

  4. Aww..thank you, Autumn Belle ♥ Congratulations. You're a fabulous blogger and I love your posts because it brings a sense of serenity to me.

    1. Sharon, thanks for telling me about me! BTW did I tell you that I like the name of your blog? I like Elephants and Mangoes. Elephants are messengers of good luck. They also remind me of the movie "Haathi Mere Saathi (Elephants My Friends)" and the song "Chal Chal Mere Haathi". I like the mango tree ...

  5. Hi Autumn Belle,

    I love kimchi too! Especially with plain rice. I agree that what many people call 'weeds' are in fact under-appreciated plants; we have a lot of people in Australia who are quick to label anything that grows fast a 'weed' - even coconut palms! Anyway, I really like your blog with its beautiful pictures - it always makes me feel so envious!

    1. Adam, I wonder if you like samgyetang and bibimbap too? Regarding the weeds, in Malaysia, many traditional folk medicine are made from weeds :)

  6. Congrats Autumn Belle - a beautiful blogger like your name. I've been following your exotic posts for as long as I can remember and wish you many more years.

  7. Congratulation!
    Your blog really inspire me!
    Seems like you are really jovial & nature loving person! ( from your interest!)

    1. Malar dear, thanks for your 'inference' about me! You are now more productive in vegetable gardening than me :P

  8. Happy Anniversary to you, Autumn Belle! May your blog continue to inspire many, with words so beautifully written by a person whom I always admire and you deserve the award. In some way, I find a friend in you... Thank you also for nominating me, words are not enough to describe how I feel when I saw my name in your post and it's always an honor for me whenever you visit my blog... :-)

    1. Hardinarang nars, thank you very much for the nice, sweet words! You are an inspiration too. We share the same love for nature, the garden, food and our family.

  9. You deserve it Ms Belle!! And I'm so very happy for you :))
    Keep up the good work and may more beautiful surprises awaits you.

  10. Congratulations for the award... the photo of the bougainvillea is really nice...

    1. Prof, thanks! I wonder if bougainvillea is popular in Japan?

  11. Congratulations. You definitely deserve this award. And it is always nice to read more about the people who create the blogs we read.

    1. Mary, thanks! You are one of my new finds. I love your blogname MUSE and that using nature as your muse is a great idea.

  12. Thank you for accepting the award.
    And glad to know a little more about you.
    Thank you for all the support & encouragement in gardening & blogging.
    I truly cherish & appreciate it.

    1. James, thanks for the award and your comment about me and my blog. You were one of my first commenter when I started my blog and still comments here until today! I have learnt a lot from you. Keep blogging!

  13. Congratulations for your deserved recognition!


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