08 January 2014

New Year's Resolutions

There are ten New Years Resolutions for the garden and the garden blog. It is winter, after all, and there is little garden to blog about. Now that the holidays are behind and the garden catalogs hint of fascinating and exciting things to come, visiting other blogs and comparing plans for the growing season are anticipated.
  1. Post thoughts and gardening results on the blog more than once a month, even if no one reads them.

  2. Start working on getting the poinsettia to bloom earlier in the fall, to be sure it blooms in time for Christmas, instead of later at New Year's.

  3. Same goes for the amaryllis.

  4. Keep working in the garden into August, instead of losing ambition, telling myself I need to sit back and enjoy it, while slowly watching it wane.

  5. Create a map of where things are planted instead of planting items on top of others that have not come up yet, or slicing into dormant bulbs with planting trowels when planting annuals.

  6. Clean my garden tools after using them instead of thinking they will be used again soon, or thinking cleanliness doesn't matter, or thinking they will clean themselves.

  7. Keep trying to grow those uncooperative and challenging flora that have never succeeded in my garden but do in others, instead of giving up and moving on to something new.

  8. Finish development of the Garden Inventory page of my blog.

  9. Develop New Year's resolutions at New Year's Day, instead of a week later.

  10. Don't develop ten resolutions if ten resolutions are not needed or can't be kept.

6 comments:

Jan said...
I gave up New Year's resolutions...because I can never stick to them! But I have started a new blogging practice of posting every day, for a 365 Days of Thanks approach. All posts vary and don't have to do with gardening, but I'm sure as the season starts to change, I'll bring in more gardening topics! I am so bad about cleaning my tools...hardly ever. They are a mess, truthfully. As far as getting your plants straight (both in the garden, and on the blog), that is something that eludes me, as well! Although, this past year, I worked obsessively putting metal plant markers on everything. Hopefully the critters won't move too many of them. Don't beat yourself up if you don't get the blog plant list the way you want it, mine is not completely up to date, and I can't seem to ever get it that way!
flwrjane said...
I'm with you on the August slump and the tool cleaning....

I read your blog and would love to do so more often!

Also resolve to post flowers in the house next Monday.

xo J
Swimray said...
Jan,
I look forward to reading your daily posts. I know you slacked off this past year, then came back. I missed you.

Jane,
It's a good thing we are not in a year-round garden climate. We need that winter break to hit the reset button on ambition.
Gail said...
Good resolutions! I love #10. gail
Casa Mariposa said...
I considered adding a plant inventory section of my blog but found it so daunting the thought perished in a matter of seconds. I'm bad about cleaning my tools, too. Does dragging them in the grass or scraping them on the edge of the patio count? I hope so! Have a great new year and please feel free to join Dirtworks at any of our meetups. :o) I'll have the site updated very soon!
Swimray said...
Wow, looks like lots of gardeners don't clean their tools. (I bet they don't floss, either.)