Honest(ly) Scrap(py)

I’m nauseous.

And maybe I am secretly thrilled.

I’m also troubled.

Wendy from The Greenish Thumb, a blogger who I admire tremendously for her hard work, (is she crazy, she built a wall) and her secret alter ego (landscape architect extraordinaire) has awarded my an Honest Scrap award. Then, before that news even had a chance to sink in, (and before I could call everyone I know) Jean from Jean’s Garden also gave me one.  She is such an amazing and hard-working gardener (did you see that path she built) never giving up, no matter what kind of adversity she has to go through. I could learn a thing or two from her.

This is my first award, notwithstanding that Nobel Peace Prize and I am giving it all the attention such a prestigious award deserves.

As usual, when you are given anything for free, it is not free. It  comes along with a number of rules,

A. Brag about the award. I am not sure if that means, brag about me getting the award, or brag about the award itself, but consider it bragged.

B. Link back to the person, Wendy,  and Jean who gave it to you.

C. Share 10 honest things about yourself. Wow, honest eh!

 D. Give the award to 7 more bloggers who inspire you. OK, I will give the award, but I’m not sharing the prize money. (What do you mean there is no prize money?) By the way, you should let them know that you have picked them, they are not mind readers you know!


1.My mother was born in Scotland and my fathers grandparents came from Scotland as well, so I am mostly Scottish, with a dash of French, German and English blood just to keep things interesting. 

2.I met my husband when I asked him out on a date. He didn’t know who I was or what I looked like, I just called him up and asked him out.

 3.Every house that my husband and I have owned has had a principal room painted red.

4. I read way too  fast. We actually had contests when I was in grade school, and I always won. The bad part is I read so fast I forget half of what I read shortly after.

5. I am obsessed with vases. Do you ever find yourself buying the same thing over and over again. That is the way I am with vases, plant pots, urns, I love them and feel that I never have enough.

6. I am also obsessed with books and magazines. I have over 500 gardening books, 1,000 hard covers and many, many magazines. Have I read them all? No.  But, I keep buying them.

7. The highlight of my life, (besides marrying my husband) was moving to England. I am a devoted Anglophile, and when my husband told me we were being transferred to England, I was over the moon. Every day was a blessing when we lived there, no one could have appreciated it more than me!

8.I have dyed my hair red since I was 20. It started when I was a model in a hair show. You have to sign a release, and they can do whatever they want to your hair. Luckily they decided I should be a red head. I received so many compliments I never went back to my natural dark brown. My husband has never seen me with brown hair.

9. When I was 16, I saw the movie Jaws. It has effected me for life. For years, I would not go swimming. I could not even stand to look at a picture of a shark. My husband would like to go an a sail around the world adventure. All I can think about is , there would be sharks!

10. I hate my name. When I was little, I got Debbie. That wasn’t so bad until, “Debbie Does Dallas” came out, needless to say, I don’t use Debbie anymore .When I was 18, I took a new job and tried to change my name then. My last name was Combe, so I told everyone that my nickname was Honey. Get it, Honey Combe. (I was very young). Well, I couldn’t remember to stick to it, and my real name came back into use very, very quickly (like 2 days). But, I still hate my name!


These are the bloggers that I would like to award for their courage and dedication to making the world a better place for us all.

Rebecca at In The Garden- she is a true friend (and thinks that I am brilliant, lol), a new gardener, but with very good taste.

Teza at Teza’s Garden  -what can you say about Teza, a dedicated father to his kids, unselfishly devoting himself to educating us in rare (and blue) plants

The Garden Ms S of Gardening with Latitude- butterfly lover, mother of the cutest tiger ever, she takes brilliant photographs, hopefully, one day, she will let me in on the secret of how to do this.

Julie of My English Country Garden-I want to live in her garden. If I could design a garden for myself (wait, I did,and it doesn’t look anything like hers, boo,hiss..) this would be the garden I would want. Knowledgeable about all things from Austen to topiary, she is extraordinary.

Jack of Sequoia Gardens-his garden is amazing, the dedication and work he puts in is inspiring (and a little tiring), I could learn much from this man, he is a kindred spirit.

Barbara from Gardening in Mannheim,Germany-a new blogger that I have just started reading, but it seems like we have the same vision. Must do something about that, I already need glasses.

Midgefarmer from Midges Moss and Mud  -another new blogger, cat lover with the most beautiful cottage garden. She has a generous spirit.

32 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    myenglishcountrygarden said,

    My goodness! How lovely….I’ve not had award like this before and I’m just stunned.Thanks, Deborah.Or Honey Combe……;-) It was really interesting to read those little morsels about you that have not been given to us via your garden writings before 😉 Off to ponder…….

  2. 3

    catmint said,

    Glad to learn more about my partner in smokery!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. 5

    Racquel said,

    Fun post Deborah. We have some things in common like #2,, #4, and #6. 😉

  4. 7

    Barbara said,

    Thank you so much for “scrapping” me! I accept and will do my best to fulfill the requirements, write ten things and name 7 bloggers (of whom you would have been one – can I still take you even though you’ve already been scrapped twice?). Should I do that on my own blog, and can I just reproduce the Honest Scrap logo from your blog? Is this the bloggers’ version of chain letters? LOL

  5. 9

    Tatyana said,

    Very interesting! Number 2 is double interesting! And the number of your garden books – wow! If you read them all, you probably wouldn’t have enough time for gardening! Thank you for lifting a theatre curtain a bit for us!

    • 10

      Step behind the curtain, Tatyana, I have been collecting those books for 30 years (started at age 2, lol). The winter are long in Owen Sound, my husband goes snowboarding, so it is me, a book and the fire!

  6. 11

    Hello, how should I call you then, Honey?? I think you received a very deserved award… and I love that you shared your husband never has seen you with your real hair… how great!! He thinks you are red haired!!!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog
    Muchos cariños
    María Cecilia

  7. 13

    Joanne said,

    An interesting read. Congratulations on your award.

  8. 15

    Anna said,

    500 plus gardening books – my collection now seems small in comparison. I’ve got the same habit too of buying more – almost as compulsive as my other habit of buying new plants when there are still lots of others waiting to be planted 🙂

    • 16

      Anna, when my husband was posted to London, I went on a buying spree. Our very tiny flat became crammed with books. Everywhere I went there were charity shops or second hand book shops selling gardening books. When we were transferred back to Canada, there were 5 boxes of books that came back with us.
      I do have that second compulsion of yours, that is why I designed my Kitchen Garden. I can just bung them in and pretend that they are planted.

  9. 17

    Mary Delle said,

    You are one crazy lady. All those books and magazines and you keep collecting. I must admit buying new or used books is addictive to me. I’ve had to curb my tendency. Fun to read about you and your alias and your red hair.

  10. 19

    I couldn’t even take a bath after seeing Jaws. Still have flashbacks every time I’m in a body of water.

    Congratulations on the award. What fun.

  11. 21

    Wendy said,

    So did you know what your husband looked like when you called him up??!! Cute story!

    I also did a hair show. But it did NOT go off as I’d hoped. They took my long hair and cut it off on stage, then razored it so I looked like the mom from Brady Bunch. I forget what the style was but I wore hats for about 2 months.

    My husband was also afraid of sharks after Jaws – and he grew up in Florida!

    I love honey combe. That’s so cute!

    • 22

      Wendy, no he did not, although I found out after he used to have the central teller of the bank where he worked, buzz him when I would enter the building. Everytime I walked past his office, he would always be at his door! But, he didn’t know it was me when I called him up and asked him out.

  12. 23

    Congratulations on your award! I would love to have the opportunity to live in England, if only for a little while. I have visited twice, but clearly, that is not enough. It was nice learning more about you and I do like your name ;0)

    • 24

      Noelle (I like your name better), living in England was a dream come true. We were only there for two years, but enjoyed every moment. One time when my mother in law came to visit, we took her to Paris for lunch. (Can you imagine!)

  13. 25

    I enjoyed your post, Honey:-) My paternal grandfather’s extended family was from Scotland.

  14. 27

    Deborah, We share (besides other things) the same vase obsession… into which I seem to carry a need to own jugs. Yes, jugs. Far too many jugs. It started with the saltware jugs inherited from my grandmother. Congratulations on this deserved recognition.

  15. 29

    I can’t believe I haven’t replied here yet!! Sorry for the delay, thanks so much for the honour, I’ll try to come up with something clever & interesting for my Honest Scrap post. 🙂

  16. 30

    Thats OK, Rebecca, I was surprised at how much time it took me to think of 10 things.

  17. 31

    I love your web site, Deborah. I’m wondering how old you are. Every other girl was named Deborah when I was growing up. In college, there were seven Deborahs on my floor in the dorm. My roommate was also Deborah – everyone called us collectively as “the Debbies”. Actually, Deborah is a pretty name if it is pronounced correctly, which it never is. You ought to hear what it sounds like coming out of an Alabama southern drawl – yuk!

    • 32

      Deborah, I actually have never heard my name pronounced by someone with a Alabama drawl, so I will take your word for it.
      I always had a lot of Debbies in class, we had to go by our last name initial as well, I was Debbie C.
      I left you a message on Blotanical.

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