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2012 Calendars and Happy New Year

Last year I had one tiny calendar that lived on my desk, always seemed to be buried in a pile of paper and never in sight when I needed it. I don’t enjoy using the little calendar on the computer and I can’t get used to using my iPhone as a calendar or diary. I’m obviously showing my age here – but for many things I still prefer writing on paper and turning actual pages, to typing and scrolling through computer screens. So it was quite fortuitous when garden blogging friend Clare of Curbstone Valley Farm in California launched her 2012 Calendar with wonderful images I’ve enjoyed seeing on her blog throughout the year. Easy, one-click ordering from and one great calendar was on its way to me.

About a week or so later, Carolyn of Carolyn’s Shade Garden in Pennsylvania launched her 2012 Calendar. What to do, I’d just ordered one. But this one also looked nice … from no calendars in 2011 to two calendars for 2012 – with a few mouse clicks the second calendar was on its way to South Africa. Both Calendars have now arrived in time for the new year to start and I’ve had lots of fun going through them and remembering seeing their lovely photographs on their blogs throughout the year. The Curbstone Valley Farm calendar is in our kitchen being used for noting holidays, special events, birthdays … all the things families need to remember and Carolyn’s Shade Gardens calendar is in my office – no more rummaging through piles of paper every time I need a calendar.

The Calendars

I thought I’d share some of the photographs of the two calendars highlighting my favourite pages.

[one_half]Both calendars arrive in South AfricaBoth calendars arrive in South Africa[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Unpacking “A Year at Curbstone Valley Farm”Unpacking "A Year at Curbstone Valley Farm"[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Curbstone Valley Farm – June 2012Curbstone Valley Farm - June 2012[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Curbstone Valley Farm – November 2012Curbstone Valley Farm - November 2012[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Unpacking Carolyn’s Shade Gardens CalendarCarolyn's Shade Gardens Calendar[/one_half]

[one_half_last]February 2012 – Carolyn’s Shade GardensMarch 2012 at Carolyn's Shade Gardens[/one_half_last]

[one_half]March 2012 – Carolyn’s Shade GardensMarch 2012 - Carolyn's Shade Gardens[/one_half]

[one_half_last]My favourite – April 2012My favourite - April 2012[/one_half_last]

Criticisms? Ladies, neither calendar has your website addresses on them or even any contact details! Just a thought – I’d think your customers in particular would expect to see these details somewhere! I would definitely use the calendars as a branding exercise and share these details on every page with your logos! (Just my opinion).

If you don’t yet have a calendar for 2012, click on the links above and order! Delivery was fast, the calendars were well packaged and arrived in perfect condition. I’m thrilled to have them!

I wish you all a Happy New Year and a Stunning Garden in 2012!

By Christine

Dominated by large trees on a medium sized property, my garden is very shaded. With no “full sun” areas I have to plant shade and partial shade loving plants. I love shrubs and flowers including camellias and azaleas but Roses and Irises are my favourite and getting these to thrive is a challenge …

5 replies on “2012 Calendars and Happy New Year”

Christine, I missed this when you posted it over the holiday break. Thank you so much for highlighting us, and I’m honored the calendar has pride of place in your kitchen, as does our own copy, where I can peruse the schedule over coffee.

I’m so glad the calendar arrived safe and sound. It’s always so much fun to see where in the world these end up! I agree, a place for the URL would be nice. I may have to factor it into the cover image next year as the Lulu template doesn’t provide a place for it. Fortunately, our farm name is unique enough, it’s easy to google 😉

These are such great ideas and perfect marketing tools – as Christine suggests! Well done both of you!

I agree with you Christine, to make the calendar useful it would need the information you suggested. Not so much for friends as yourself, but as a marketing tool for a nursery or in the case of bee farming, a place to order honey if that is offered. I made a yearly calendar for my clients and those of the nursery to send out at Christmas and the sole reason for sending it, (besides a nice gesture) really was for the exposure in advertising and marketing of the design and wholesale nursery. I did it for years and it was surprising how many new customers were generated, especially at the nursery. I don’t produce it now because we have more work than we can handle, but it really is a great tool to establish a client base.

Christine, It is nice enough that you ordered the calendar but it is wonderful that you profiled it. Putting together the calendar was a real learning experience for me, and I got started late and rushed through it. I never saw a place during the creation process where I could add the info you mention, which I would like to have appear somewhere on the calendar. I would do captions next year too, although there is only one option for placement and it seemed to detract from the photos. A list of captions is in my calendar post if you want it: Thanks so much for your suggestion–it is very helpful. Happy New Year, Carolyn

Both the calenders look very special with stunning photos, Christine. I always get a couple as presents and I use my computer one most of the time. But I will make a note to myself for next year to get them for other people as they would make beautiful presents.
Look forward to reading your blog in 2012.

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