We are getting a Currier and Ives landscape again – bane to Ohio drivers, but boon to those (like me) who get to look through their windows at a winter wonderland. I am so glad I got to heel in those plants last week! Now I can fully enjoy the pleasanter aspects of winter.
In the garden winter pares down the visuals, especially minimal when fully coated or should I say buried in snowfall. For me that is the garden at its most peaceful, since it hides the many chores that are there for me to attend to in the coming growing season. The bones of the garden stand forth as the greenery is stripped off. I made some design mistakes in my garden, and I need to think of what I want to change next year. I do believe I will put gardening on the top of my resolutions again this year. I did increase the renovating efforts, but I want more gardening, with its healthful benefits, and less of the hamster roundabout of life without such priorities. Having made resolutions and updating the progress on my other blog kept me on track, there was only one major resolution that I did not make real advances with, and that was resurrecting art talents of long ago. I will put that back on the resolutions list for 2008, because it is something I have dreamed about for so long, and I want to overcome fear of failure ( which is what I think has been my main barrier in this.)
As for prospects, I approached an old friend with the idea that either my website or this blog could use some collaboration. We will try to give that a trial run in the beginning of 2008. I really hope he likes it, because he had a professional landscaping business for many years and has lots of insight and opinions that would be of such value to others. As many, maybe more, opinions than I have on the topic, and much more wit and humor! What is unsure is whether it fits into his busy life and whether he can get a faster connection and not get frustrated with computing online with dial up ( which I also have… since we both live in fairly rural areas.) I’ve got my fingers crossed. Not the least because I also want to read what he would write and learn more about gardening and landscape in Ohio. You never stop learning in this endeavor. The more you garden the more you feel that you are just beginning!