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Friday, April 27, 2012

Looking at My Blog's Statistics

Thanks to Blogger statistics, we can see what posts attract the most attention to our blogs. Among the MySecretGarden blog posts, there are several absolute leaders. Who could guess that there are so many people gardening on a slope! Post  Slope Garden Extraordinare written in August 2010 has more than 8 thousand pageviews.
Garden of Terri and Ron
 The owners of that featured garden, Terri and Ron, did a great job. Colorful, deer- and drought resistant, the garden looks great from both the house and the street.
Other popular posts are three entries showing pictures of creative vegetable gardens in Washington state and Alaska (10,500 pageviews).
Sprucing up a Vegetable Garden part 1,
Part 2
Part 3
Garden in WA
Layout of a vegetable garden, type, shape and size of raised beds, type of mulch around them, support for climbing plants, containers for growing vegetables, ways to make vegetable gardens not only practical but also attractive and other aspects of vegetable gardening - this what 'Sprucing Up a Vegetable Garden' is all about.
Garden in Alaska
As for the posts about my own garden, one of the posts that scored high is Front Flower Bed Summer Transformation. I love that plantbed myself. I remember how two landscape designers, who worked with our builder, showed me their plans for that bed. Their designs were beautiful. They involved a large number of several varieties of plants, 20-40 of each type. I appreciated their vision, experience and time, but decided to do the job myself. Step by step, I planted shrubs and perennials which I loved. I got a specimen garden as a result.  It might not be a textbook garden, but I am pleased with it.  I posted the view of it from above, and got many e-mails and comments about it (Front Flowerbed. View From Above).
This picture was taken on the 19th of August 2011.

Some people asked me to name the plants in this bed. Here they are:
Melianthus major, Hardy Fuchsias, Euphorbia, Cotinus, Japanese maple, Stella D'Oro Daylily, Rose Mr.Lincoln, Stachys byzantina (Lamb's Ear), Liatris (Gayfeather), Astilbe, Spanish Lavender, Geraniums, Helleborus foetidus, Tradescantia virginiana (Virginia spiderwort), Zonal Geraniums in pots, Hebe Quicksilver, Boxwood, Dwarf Japanese Garden Juniper, Sungold Threadbranch Cypress, Canadale Gold Euonymus.

Returning to statistics, it helps to see what other gardeners are interested in and follow up on those subjects. For example, I hope to again visit the slope garden of Terri and Ron this summer and will be happy to ask Terri questions on your behalf. So, you are welcome to leave your questions related to her experience of taming a slope.

***Copyright 2012 TatyanaS


  1. Holy crap, I don't even think I have 8,000 page views combined. For all my posts.

    1. You're kidding me! I've looked at your turtle post 8000 times already!

  2. Tatyana, I can only dream that some day our slopes will be half as beautiful as that first photograph. Gardening on slopes, especially if they're very steep, can be a tremendous challenge, but the effect is gorgeous! I love your little cucumber ladders too. I have plans to make something similar to sit over our raised beds this summer. I just need more hours in a day ;)

    1. Clare, I should say that that particular slope is not very steep. It's pretty big although!

  3. Татьяна, ваша клумба перед входом в дом восхитительна! и по цвету и по фактуре. А как эти растения смотрятся по высоте?

    1. Nadezda, я рада, что вам нравится клумба, спасибо! Самые высокие - это роза и пион- пожалуй, чуть выше метра. Остальное - 30-60 см в среднем.

  4. I'm jealous of a little slope, if done right the effect is stunning. I'm in a constant fight with the flats around here.

  5. I can see why that post on the sloped garden is the most viewed - that's one of the most gorgeous gardens I've ever seen!! And so many people are confronted with the challenge of gardening on a slope - me included. Some great posts!

  6. Blogger stats are amazing. I've been surprised at a few of my biggest posts but it does help you see what people are looking for.
    You have great info so I'm not surprised you're seeing so much traffic.

    1. GoSS, It's fun to look at it and see what key words people use.

  7. I enjoy all your posts and I think blog stats are rather misleading. I post what I love and that is the most important thing.

    1. Hermes, I agree that it can be misleading sometimes. But, when I see the search words which led people to this blog, I see strong connection with statistics.
      Anyway, you are right that we blog about subjects that are interesting for us!

  8. I am always surprised which posts are popular and which arent. It seems to me that readers are interested in how people deal with specific problems such as your slope, the ornamental veg garden etc and there seems to be little in the books or magazines which help with this.

  9. My own slope, an effort at wildflower gardening, is a disaster. It is difficult to do it right, and many times I have wished I had just planted juniper. Your slope garden post is insprational!


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