I was pleased to notice that Annie in Austin was one of several local gardeners interviewed by the Austin American-Statesman for an article today on gardening resolutions. She resolved, “In 2007, I’ll try to spend as much time actually working in the garden as I spend photographing it and garden blogging about it!”
Well, Annie, that’s all well and good, but I hope you don’t cut back on your blogging time to do so. I sure enjoy your insightful, witty posts and your frequent, encouraging comments all over the blogosphere and especially here at Digging.
Another interviewee was Deborah Hornickle, whose formal rear garden—remember the pear allee, the lemon tree, and the trellised dining area draped with sky vine?—drew admiring crowds at Austin’s Open Days Tour last October. Her resolution? “Next year will see big changes in my own yard, as I am planning a house addition that will invade a large portion of the rear garden. I have my fingers crossed that this garden I love so dearly will find a way to coexist with my new living space in an aesthetically pleasing way.”
Deborah, after seeing your gorgeous and creative garden, I am confident that you’ll create a wonderful new garden once the dust has settled on your remodel. I look forward to seeing it when it appears on the next Open Days tour.
I’m not one for making resolutions (my track record on keeping them is woefully unimpressive), but since everyone else is doing it, why not? In 2007 I would like to enjoy my garden more than I do—actually sit in it and look around and appreciate the beauty to be found there. Usually when I try to do this I see the garden’s flaws and weeds and find myself popping out of my chair to find the pruners or shovel. So, I hereby resolve to find more peace in my garden and fewer chores.
Happy New Year!