I've been lurking and posting sporadically, and just found this intro forum, so I decided to post.
I got into gardening and growing orchids after an illness put me in a wheelchair in 2005. When my recovery plateaued we decided to buy a ranch-style home in 2009, and I started to go a little insane over orchids, and then my garden.
We used to be boaters, and I was accustomed to spending the entire summer outdoors, but had never had an interest in gardening. Now I grow (in no particular order): peonies; clematis; roses; blueberries; tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, shallots and herbs; woodland wildflowers like trillium; lilacs; and a variety of perennials for hummingbirds and butterflies. Oh, and I have over 250 orchids I grow indoors under lights in the winter and outdoors during the summer.
Along with the gardening I have developed an interest in birdwatching and photography to memorialize my birdies and my blooms.
Gardening and has provided me with great enjoyment and some personal peace. I also enjoy sharing photos and experiences with cyber friends!