2009 had its victories and its failures both in the landscape and the vegetable gardens. The failures are noted and lessons have hopefully been learned. We find out our limits as well as our strengths when difficulties are handed to us.
My wimpiest moments came following the two unusually heavy frosts in January.
When the results were in and the damages calculated a few weeks later all my hard work from 2008 seemed for naught. My battle was fighting discouragement that threatened to squelch my excitement for future projects.
To defeat those pesky spoilers we fight back and drown out the nagging thoughts with sheer determination to proceed. Plans for more durable plants such as the use of more native plants became my quest.
Even though I'm pretty sure my weakness for tropicalesque will never be replaced by a completely freeze resistant garden, learning more and more about correct placement and mixing them in with our Florida-friendly favorites has provided a greater dose of peace of mind.
The adventure and can we say... utter thrill about being an avid gardener and gardening in the climate we live is in learning as we progress. In Florida we have twelve glorious gardening months to carry out this great endeavor.
This fact which includes a spring veggie garden and a fall veggie garden is a challenge in itself. And yet what a blessing for someone who salivates at the thought of fresh, heaping mounds of healthy dirt and expectations of the promise every seed holds.
2010 is the start of a new year and a new decade. My gardening resolutions are many for today let's look at just one. It starts with burning visions for some new projects.
Some visions leftover from 'big ideas' that stir around in the back of my mind on the long list of dreamy wishes; some have been forming recently as a result of inspiration from cooler weather, stirring up my fervor for design with plans and agendas and time-lines. Elements that tend to motivate my passion for gardening without end.
This year, more than ever, no matter what I'm working on, my goal is to breathe in each experience, each precious hour spent in the garden. From the inspiration and creativity to the final load of mulch or the last harvest.
Rather than tackle each project, as I tend to do with tenacious enthusiasm, to get it finished, check it off my list, and move on to the next one... I'm going to step it up a notch to make a conscious effort to settle into whatever it is I'm working on at the time.
You know, linger in the moment. Fully capturing all the experience has to offer.
I'll not let my mind skip ahead to the next thing while I'm enjoying the current thing.
I'll give everything I have to the present and I'll take in everything the present has to offer.
And when the present tries to cheat me or talk me into believing it doesn't have much to offer, we'll turn that around by learning something new or finding something good to take away from it anyway.
It's true, this is not a new goal. I've had this as my goal before. Not just in gardening but in every part of my life. Zeal is great and we won't abandon it. But capturing the essence of each thing we take the time to do and give our energy to makes zeal so much more rewarding!
With great anticipation of good things to come in 2010, and maturity on my side :-), I'm determined to tackle this one goal this year.
You can be my helper. I give you permission to remind me when I wander off track.
Here's to 2010! To learning new things each day, growing with my garden, conquering the challenges, reveling in the splendor, and above all ... peace in my soul through it all.
Happy 2010 to each dear reader and to your own gardens go and capture the precious moments!