I've also fired up the old scanner and shared some photos from my life including one or two of me being an incredibly dorky kid! Now that's entertainment!
|Kayaking in Michigan as a kid.|
A nature lover since childhood, Steve was destined to be a great garden writer from the beginning. In preschool he once spat in the class tadpole tank to "provide algae for the tadpoles to eat", and was promptly sent home by a horrified teacher. His courtship with nature continued in the playground, where Steve dodged baseballs and soccer balls while observing flowers and butterflies on his belly.
|Still a kid, checking out the geese.|
|Camping with my soulmate!|
|An illustration showing the love of Steve's life with the love of her life.|
|An original photo by your favorite blogger, painted by his mom.|
|The garden in its first year|
Every week, Steve makes the forty minute drive from his apartment to "The Rainforest Garden" at his parent's place. He's also packed his own balcony full of tropical plants, and uses it as a staging area to start new plants that will eventually be planted across the St. Johns river, in his parent's garden.
Nancy Asbell still sells her landscape paintings at galleries, and is also slated to record a track for a lupus benefit album alongside Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20, Julian Lennon and others.
Steve's mom is now walking, in utter defiance of even the best doctor's predictions. For short periods at a time, she can now step into the garden that she once only saw from the patio. Check out her art at Fine Art America and follow her blog at http://nancyasbellarts.blogspot.com/
|One of Nancy Asbell's Florida landscape paintings.|
Steve has won many awards, none of which reflect his writing skills in the least. Mr. Asbell won a few awards in a community college art show, recently won some giveaways online, and once found a hundred dollars in a parking lot which he promptly wasted on a game boy. The other day he won a dollar on a lottery scratch-off ticket. He then spent it on another lottery ticket and lost.
Here's what (real) critics have to say:
That is why your garden and 'collection' look like a hotel/motel entrance, only the flamingos are missing: Nursery shopping. - Antigonum Cajan, a respected blogger
Good info but so lacking in good photography... More (and better) pics please,this is a VISUAL medium:) - Constructive criticism from Lila, a commenter on a guest post at Life on the Balcony. (Joking aside, I really appreciated this advice... thanks Lila.)
Your blog sucks and I hate your stupid face. - Steve Asbell. (I am my own worst critic.)
I hope you've enjoyed my tongue in cheek bio! A shorter version without photos has been added to my 'about' page.