In and Around the Garden in 2011

January 1, 2011

Walking in and around my garden this morning, here’s what I noticed on the first day of 2011:

Splash . . . it’s raining again.

My hydrangea has buds.

Trick or treat . . . I still have a pumpkin on the front porch.

It’s no longer pitch-black at 5:00 p.m.  . . . actually, I noticed this a few nights ago.

Hate it when this happens . . . every shallot planted in one section of the garden has disappeared.

Surprise-surprise . . . there’s a dozen Alpacas in the neighbor’s field, next to my chicken pasture.

Well, blow me down . . . the one-trillion leaves in the perennial garden don’t have a clue how to drift onto the neighbor’s property.

For the first time in a long while . . .   I read these words on the my blackboard:

“What an opportunity . . . to confront change rather than simply react to it, to shape the rest of my life.”—author unknown

What have you noticed in the New Year?



  1. What have I noticed in the New Year?

    * Seems like there will be more rain than last year.
    * The weather is colder.
    * Economically things seem a little better but folks are still losing their jobs and some cannot find jobs.



    • I hear you on all of these. I hate being cold and wet but we need it. Work in my household is hit and miss, with paycut and loss of benefits, but I’m THANKFUL it’s not worse. Very thankful. Thanks for sharing, Ray.


  2. Well put Dianne. What a delightful tour of the ‘newness’ of the New Year. I too, like to walk around my garden examining my plants with the scrutiny of a detective looking for new growth, and hopefully not seeing an infestation of bugs or the beginnigs of decay.

    Yes, by all means, “let’s confront change to shape the rest of our lives,” the time is right, not only for new growth in the garden, but our personal growth as well. bernadine


  3. It seems I have been gone or too busy to really take a good look at my garden. Also the weather has not tempted me to go out there!!

    A saying that has helped me, that I have written up, and I keep on my refrigerator is:

    You can’t control everything that happens…….
    You can only control your reaction!
    We react to NOT what happens in our lives……
    But to WHAT WE THINK about what happens in our lives!

    I hope this saying helps some of you in this new year of 2011.


    • Thanks, Valerie. I’ll be sure to add this to my blackboard. This is going to be a good year. I can feel it in my cold, wintery bones.


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