Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2013: In Plant Photos

I spend the first day of the new year getting caught up with all sorts of things. This has been an odd holiday season, I must say. I felt overwhelmed, disorganized, and was just not in that holiday mood to the point where I was kind of avoiding people. YIKES

I didn't feel on top of work and I was (and still am), thinking and worrying too much about what needs to be done, what I should be doing, etc. etc.

The new year is suppose to be a fresh start, but when you've got your own business and you've overseeing every aspect of everything that it takes to properly run it, it's hard to just flip a switch and say you're in "work mode" or "personal mode". Often times, it blurs together and that's where I often run into trouble.

New Years resolutions don't work. I just told a friend on Facebook that "I'm still working on New Year's Resolutions from 25 years ago!" and, in a way, it's kind of true. You accomplish great things in life and you falter, crash and burn from time to time and learning to accept both is a challenge for many people.

What has helped is looking back at last year and taking pride in all the wonderful events and experiences that took place and, for me, NOT to compare and tell myself "you need to be better and do more", but instead say, "WOW, that was awesome! Now look forward to some new things and some old things that you love and just do your best!"

At times, it just takes a closer look at what you're doing: ignoring the distractions that cloud and strain your judgements and, instead, capturing the essence of a simple moment while rediscovering the love of nature and all that it has to offer.

January: Gunnera

February: Edgeworthia

March: Donahue Sculpture

April: Iris and Convallaria

May: Tulip

June: Rosa

July: Sanguisorba and Nasella

August: Lilium

September: Dahlia

October: Fall Arrangement

November: Fall Arrangement with Tillandsia

December: Beesia

Happy 2014 Everyone!



  1. sound a lot like me, Riz. I love the Holidays...and always try to make them as nice and festive as possible...but it's one of the most stressful times at work every year...and I often end up cranky and exhausted by the end of each day (hell, sometimes I START the day that way)! Here's to trying to find that "balance", if it really exists! I totally agree about finding those little moments, those shots of beauty and grace in our gardens. Even if that's not the express reason we create them...they are still therapeutic for us...balm to the weary soul. Happy 2014, Riz :-)

    1. Thanks, Scott! You're so lucky to not be working in the industry. I often wish I could just garden like you and have a regular kind of job, but then I wouldn't of had the many opportunities I had and, honestly, I can't imagining doing anything else outside of plants and flowers.

      We'll be crossing paths more this year, I'm sure!