Saturday, January 1, 2011

Words of Wisdom for the New Year

Happy New Year!

As we think about the passing of 2010 and the new year upon us, I wanted to share some thought-provoking words of wisdom from this little book that I received as a gift.

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Begin early.  But it's never too late to start.

If it doesn't work, try something else.

Life is fragile.  Protect it.

Life is enduring.  Trust it.

Life is daily.  Water it.  Weed it.

Life is indescribably beautiful. Enjoy it and say thank you.

Growth takes time.  Be patient.   
And while you're waiting, pull a weed.

There's something for everybody -- 
different blooms for different rooms.

Pruning hurts. Pruning helps you grow.

Sometimes the tiniest flowers smell the sweetest.

To everything there is a season. 
But know what season you're in.

Dream big.  
But try not to let ambition turn your joy into drudgery.

Grow what you love.  The love will keep it growing.

You reap what you sow.  But there will be surprises.

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I wonder what I will learn from my garden -- and all my gardening friends -- this year :-)

All the best in 2011

Toni :-) 

P.S. Check out the Garden Bloggers' Muse Day at Sweet Home and Garden Chicago


  1. Great quotes. I liked, 'Grow what you love. That will keep it growing.' Happy New Year and Happy Gardening 2011.

  2. Thanks for sharing this wise quote. Enjoyed it! Liked, "while waiting for growth, weed." Happy growing in 2011! And thanks for visiting my blog.

  3. Great words... I will look for that book. Happy New Year!

  4. Words to live by...and worth several readings! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Love it! That sounds like a very good book and a great gift! I am looking forward to reading about your garden adventures in 2011. Happy New Year!

  6. Oh I love these words of wisdom! This looks like a wonderful place to be! The before and after pictures on the sidebar have me hooked Toni! Thanks for finding my blog!

  7. I've been a fan of Emilie Barnes for many years. Love her life story! Great words of wisdom!

  8. Wonderful quotes from a delightful book! I love the one about knowing what season you're in! The garden is truly a source of inspiration for daily living and teaches us so much if we will pause to think about it.

  9. One of the best blogs from anyone I've read all year. Great thoughts Toni.

  10. I love the garden on the cover of the book! I like the 7th and the last quotes the best.

  11. Hi Tony... thought I'd respond to your Wisconsin zone question... we used to be zone 4/5 but I would say we are pretty much zone 5 these past several years... your family must be quite far north... we are east central near Lake Winnebago. loved your post!! Larry

  12. Toni, Great advice for a gardener and us humans in general. Happy New Year, Carolyn


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