Dear, dear readers,
Today I was quite giddy with excitement at the thought of picking a winner out of my son's apple-green gardener's hat.
I would like to thank you ALL for participating in my first giveaway with such relish and enthusiasm.
There were one hundred entries.
I called upon my dear son Tristan to pick out the winning paper this afternoon as I know he can be counted on for sharing every crumb of excitement.
He did well.
With a flourish he pulled out a little green slip...
|Grapes devoured by Angélique|
The winning blog name is revealed in the first verse of a poem taken from:
Garden Poems, edited by John Hollander (Alfred A. Knopf, 1996)
(Simply take the bold letters in the order they appear and string together the name of the winner.)
The Garden in September
Now thin mists temper the slow-ripening beams
Of the September sun: his golden gleams
On gaudy flowers shine, that prank the rows
Of high-grown hollyhocks, and all tall shows
That Autumn flaunteth in his bushy bowers,
Where tomtits, hanging from the drooping heads
Of giant sunflowers, peck the nutty seeds;
And in the feather aster bees on wing
Seize and set free the honied flowers,
Till thousand starts leap with their visiting:
While ever across the path mazily flit,
Unpiloted in the sun,
The dreamy butterflies
With dazzling colours powdered and soft glooms,
White, black and crimson stripes, and peacock eyes,
Or on chance flowers sit,
With idle effort plundering one by one
The nectaries of deepest-throated blooms.
(There are two more delicious verses.)
Congratulations dear Vanessa! Although I know she has taken absence of leave from blogland for a fortnight.
The winner of the Nursery Rhyme giveaway will be announced in a few days when a little beauty will be finished and the stage will be set for the winning rhyme.
ps Do You Mind If I Knit? is the winner ;-)