“You do not fail in life, you only produce results, and you have the right to learn and grow from any results that you produce.” ~Wayne Dyer
As I was perusing my garden photos, I noticed many cherished blooms were absent in 2012. And while that caused some sadness, I remembered that no year is the same in my garden. It is not failure if the results change from year to year. In any given year, I may see a bloom, and then not see it again for a year or more or maybe never. So those blooms must be celebrated in the present when they occur.
But as I look to the new year unfolding, I am thinking about what I will encounter in my garden in the way of plants, flowers and wildlife. Who will visit again, and who will be but a fond memory. I consider these visits and memories joyful. And that joy leads to a time of play in the garden something a blogger friend (thanks Frances@Island Threads) reminded me of recently.
Unfortunately we can let work take over our lives forcing out any playful times and silliness. And what a shame that is. For how can we lighten our load and feed our creativeness without play. It is essential for our health and overall well-being.
Many times I think as we grow up, we are told that being silly or playful is not mature behavior. But how can we truly be satisfied in life without laughter and imagination created by play and discovery. One of my greatest joys in teaching was creating fun, creative activities for children that taught them a certain concept. It sparked their imagination, helped them learn and kept them interested. And I had fun too.
But to keep play a priority we must turn a deaf ear to the naysayers and above all not fear how we may look. I love to sing and dance around the house or doodle and make up silly lyrics. My blog with its words and pictures is my ultimate foray into creative fun. And let’s not forget that a garden should be about play. Without play in my garden it would cease to be. I must have this ultimate creative outlet where I can get on the ground and look at the tiniest of insects and plants, or take pictures sprawled beneath a tree. How many adults do you know who chase after bugs and butterflies with a carefree abandon or talk out loud to their garden and the critters who visit.
I no longer worry what my neighbors think. I am the crazy lady with the big floppy hat who talks to no one, and lays on the ground watching the clouds make pictures…and you know I love it and encourage anyone else to walk barefoot on the grass, and dig in the dirt while talking to a visiting frog.
So in honor of playfulness, creativity and silliness, here are a few flowers I hope to play with again this year….maybe they will oblige, but if they don’t I will not be sad for I have learned that other experiences will come into my garden of life and bring me joy.
Weather played a big role in the absence of these flowers. The constant, daily, unseasonable freezes of April killed the lilac, rhododendron, azalea and hydrangea buds. It also stunted the growth of many tulips or just kept them from blooming at all. And bleeding hearts along with delphiniums refused to come above ground in that frozen environment. Gladioli and dahlias were too parched to bloom with our severe drought. And the awful heat of the summer seemed to keep many predators of aphids at bay causing the aphids to wreak havoc on the water lilies (below) in summer. The foliage recovered in fall but there were few blooms.
I am linking in with Carol@May Dream Gardens for Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day on the 15th as I remember the blooms that never showed up for the spring and summer dance. And as we had a warm up this past weekend, there was a bit of foliage for Pam@Digging and her Foliage Follow Up on the 16th, and Christina@Creating my own garden of the Hesperides for her Garden Bloggers Foliage Day on the 22nd.
“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”
“Grow Your Blog” Party
I have decided to participate in this wonderful event to meet new bloggers from around the world. The 250 bloggers signed up so far are from a variety of different types of blogs. I love finding new blogs and welcome new readers as well.
As part of the blog post you are encouraged to do a giveaway. I have many wonderful garden books that I have decided to part with. Some new, some gently/barely used and some a little more lovingly used. So I have decided to give away away 10 garden books. Look for the post and giveaway on January 19th. The winners will be announced at the end of January/beginning of February. It will be open to all readers.
If you want to grow your readership, or meet some new bloggers I invite you to join Vicki@2 Bags Full for this blog party. You can check out the details here.
Next up on the blog: I have that a special post coming on the evening of the 18th about the Blog Party and Giveaway. I hope you will join me.
Next Monday brings another Garden Book Review. Later in the month will be another post in the Simply the Best series followed by a new series of Wildflower Tales.
I will be linking in with Michelle@Rambling Woods for her Nature Notes meme. It is a great way to see what is happening in nature around the world every Wednesday.
As always, I’ll be joining Tootsie Time’s Fertilizer Friday.
I hope you will join me for my posts once a month at Beautiful Wildlife Garden. See my current post now.
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