The Last Post

I have always felt that there is something special about a garden created by its owner, the passion and love are planted in the soil along with each plant. It’s the sweat equity factor. When a person decides to dig up a spot of land and plant something solely for the purpose of creating beauty, it is the selfless act of love paired with a desire to share and learn that truly speaks to my heart. It was this love of gardening, exploring, learning and sharing that led me to start my website and blog: A Garden For All, in 2012. I wanted to inspire you, rather than intimidate you, so that you would find some level of desire to dig in the dirt and embrace your natural surroundings. And I hope that I have inspired you to create (or visit) such a place, or places, that fill your heart with joy and serenity.

Female hummingbird visits a Mexican sunflower in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer https://agardenforall.com
Female hummingbird visits a Mexican sunflower in my yard. (Photo: Kathy Diemer)

It was fun and interesting (and a bit melancholy) for me to ‘travel back in time‘ and look at my posts through these past years. It was enlightening to see my voice growing stronger and my desire to expand my horizons growing right along with it. Along with plants and design, I started writing about great places to visit, wonderful people to know and some personal stories about myself and what I learned after losing my home to a fire in 2015. Yet all through the years, I always maintained my goal of providing inspiration: inspirational plants, inspirational critters, inspirational places to visit, inspirational people and inspirational ideas.

Fabulous view of the Hudson River at Wave Hill in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer https://agardenforall.com
Fabulous view of the Hudson River at Wave Hill (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

And what wonderful places I visited! What great people I met! I will always remember the excitement I felt as I ran breathlessly around the various locations, taking picture after picture. Completely enthralled with where I was and what I was doing, nothing else mattered except that moment in time. I was so blessed to have this opportunity in my life, to be able to take the time to visit these incredible places and interview these inspirational people. And to share them all with you. ♥

The de Gersdorff Perennial Garden in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer https://agardenforall.com
The de Gersdorff Perennial Garden (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

For those of you that don’t know, I worked for thirty years in the Autobody Industry, as a shop foreman and licensed appraiser for one of the largest shops in Fairfield County, CT. Gardening was an escape from my high-stress job, and an outlet for my desire to create beautiful surroundings. Part of creating this website/blog involved making changes in my life, which started subtly, by cutting my work week from 5 days to 4. I spent almost every day ‘off’ exploring gardens or pursuing other adventures. After the fire in 2015, I decided to leave my job and work full time on rebuilding my home and gardens. I was very fortunate to be able to do this, as it was a huge financial sacrifice for our family. When the house was rebuilt, I decided not to go back into the Autobody Industry and instead started working for my husband’s business, spending more time with family and friends, and pursuing other things I love. I have never regretted this decision.

The same garden only 5 years later in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer https://agardenforall.com
One of my gardens, lush with colorful plants and shrubs. (Photo by: Kathy Diemer)

So, my friends, after eight years it is time for me to say “Good bye.” This was not an easy decision, but the mounting costs for maintaining a website, updates and security, have finally taken their toll. The most recent updates would be thousands of dollars and that just doesn’t feel good for me anymore. This blog was never about making money. It was about sharing my experiences as a hands-on gardener for the last thirty years, and inspiring others with my stories. I believe I have accomplished that. And more.

A bumblebee rests on Geranium's purple petals in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer https://agardenforall.com
A bumblebee rests on a geranium’s purple petals (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

I love gardening, exploring, learning and sharing, and will continue to use FaceBook (A GARDEN FOR ALL by Kathy Diemer) and Instagram (agardenforall) to let you know what I’m up to. I hope you will follow me there. For now, I think it’s time to pursue other avenues and open myself up to new experiences. It is with a heavy heart that I say goodbye to all of my wonderful readers and friends, many who shared their own stories and incredibly kind words of support and encouragement over the years. I will always treasure the time we spent together, and send you love and best wishes for the years to come. Please think of me when you’re out in your garden or special place . . . somehow, I will know ♥



Comments

  1. Dana Slaughter says

    Many thanks for all the inspiration you have given me over the years!! Thank you, Thank you. Keep your followers informed of the next adventures!
    All good things,
    Dana

    • Thank you so much for your kind words, Dana! I am so glad to have given you some inspiration over the years and promise to keep you informed of my next adventures! XO ~

  2. Inspire me, you have! I regret not having found you years before I did but still grateful for all that you provided through this blog. Facebook and Instagram are not part of my on-line activity but perhaps I’ll come across your name elsewhere…I hope so. Best wishes in everything the future holds for you.

    • I am so glad you did find me, Ann, and that I was able to give you some inspiration. Thank you so much for your kind wishes. I sincerely hope our paths will cross again. XO ~

  3. Polly Williams says

    I’ll miss you. I, too, love to garden and have taken great pleasure in reading your blog. See you on Facebook.

    • I will miss you, Polly! It has been the wonderful love and support of my readers that inspired me to write for all of these years. I’m so glad that you enjoyed my blog, indeed, I am truly blessed. See you on Facebook! XO ~

  4. Noooooo. But yes I understand. I will gladly follow you on Facebook. I don’t have your acreage or finances but you are always an uplift and your love for your yard and animals always brings a smile to my face.

    • My cup runneth over, M J. Thank you for taking the time to write and letting me know that I touched your heart. I am so fortunate to have such wonderful readers! See you on Facebook. XO ~

  5. Nancy Benefiel says

    YOU have these experiences that I can’t have because I’m allergic to the outside world now and also partiall disabled – besides being old but I LOVE gardening and the beautiful smell of the soil so I live vicariously through your experiences and I SO appreciate your sharing of them.

    I hope you can continue to love your experiences and I’ll be thinking of you even if you can’t share.

    • How fortunate am I to be able to help someone who couldn’t otherwise enjoy the outdoors and gardening! I’m so very happy to have been able to touch your life in such a special way, Nancy. Gardening and nature bring me such joy, but sharing with my readers brings me the best reward of all. Please continue to follow me on Facebook or Instagram if you can! XO ~

  6. Jeff Stevens says

    I will truly miss your blog, Your keen eye and inspired way with words have always impressed me. I’ll definitely look for you on Facebook and Instagram.

    • Awe, thank you, Jeff! I will miss my wonderful readers more than you know. Luckily, I’ll get to see you next time I’m at your wonderful Meadowbrook Gardens! See you on Facebook! XO ~

  7. I will miss your blogposts but will follow on Instagram. Thank you!

  8. Thank you for sharing your love of gardening. It has made a difference in the way I look at gardens and in my own. I too found your blog a little late. I’ve enjoyed every minute of reading your blog ever since. Thank you for providing such inspiration.

    • I am so thankful for readers like you, Susan, that have let me know that I have made a difference in their lives. It means the world to me and I couldn’t be more grateful. My website will be up until the end of the month, so feel free to search for different subjects and read up before it closes down. I hope to see you on Facebook or Instagram. XO ~

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