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.

Both calendars arrive in South AfricaBoth calendars arrive in South Africa

Unpacking “A Year at Curbstone Valley Farm”Unpacking "A Year at Curbstone Valley Farm"

Curbstone Valley Farm – June 2012Curbstone Valley Farm - June 2012

Curbstone Valley Farm – November 2012Curbstone Valley Farm - November 2012

Unpacking Carolyn’s Shade Gardens CalendarCarolyn's Shade Gardens Calendar

February 2012 – Carolyn’s Shade GardensMarch 2012 at Carolyn's Shade Gardens

March 2012 – Carolyn’s Shade GardensMarch 2012 - Carolyn's Shade Gardens

My favourite – April 2012My favourite - April 2012

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!