May 23, 2008

Finally several of my interests converge into a single outlet (sort of). You see, during the day I’m a software developer. At home, after being Dad, I love gardening. Technology and gardening don’t often intersect (aside from this spectacular exception) but I have been delighted and inspired by so many gardeners who have chosen to share their passion through their blogs. I’m not starting this blog on the assumption that I have anything useful/interesting to share but rather a place for me to record my trials, surprises, failures, and successes in gardening. There may occasionally be something useful here for the larger gardening community but that is not my purpose.

So why ‘geek’? Many would classify my choice of career as pretty geeky (writing physics/math/visualization software) but I’m talking about a broader definition of geek: I like the details. The big picture is great, and even helpful at times, but for me the details are where it’s really at. My wife can attest to this as I spend a (borderline unhealthy) amount of time reading plant encyclopedias and books on gardening. You might say I’m obsessed but it’s really not that bad…

Almost forgot. I love taking photos (I don’t think this is uncommon amongst garden bloggers). I will also use this blog to share pictures from my garden as well as the diverse flora that grow wild here in Southern Oregon (I’m a sucker for wild flowers). Keep in mind though, I like details, don’t expect to see any award-winning landscape designs on this blog. Besides, I’m a visual thinker and I believe that every blog post worth reading needs at least one picture. Here’s one of our native Trilliums growing happily in my shade garden.