Whatever Wednesday - time in the garden


I managed to spend a little bit of time in the garden over the weekend.   Just a bit of weeding and dead heading and a little bit of head planning to fill in the holes that the fading springtime blooms will leave behind.   I see a flat of zinnias in my very near future.  These last few days of warm temperatures has the garden looking a bit parched already and those sun loving colorful petals are just what's needed to bring the flower beds back to life.

impatiens in the garden

I don't know about you but a couple of days outside with the sun shining in my face and on my
back will brighten up my attitude and lift my spirits quicker than almost anything else.  After a week of a melancholy heart, I am feeling a bit more like myself with each passing day.

There are still so many things on my mind but the desire to sleep it all away is diminishing and in it's place a healthy dose of "let's get something done" has begun to creep in.  I feel really lucky to find such peace, comfort and inspiration in the garden.

It felt good to ignore my to do list and just spent my time taking each moment as it came...the good, the bad and the ugly.  Sometimes that's the most productive thing we can do...step away from the busyness and just spend time doing that thing that centers us.

While I think it was important to listen to my body and slow down, I don't think I'm wired to do that for long periods of time.  Not doing anything can start to become my "to do" list if that makes any sense.  I will actually start planning my down time after a while.

So this morning I took out my planner and plotted out some cleaning and organizing projects as well as some fun creative things I would like to accomplish this week including sprucing up the patio and it felt good.  Those changes and concerns in my life are still there but now they hold their proper place in the scheme of things and I am at peace with them...for now.

xo, Patty

If you enjoy spending time touring cottage gardens you might like my post on how to achieve the look of a cottage garden.

My favorite outdoor looks for the patio from Cost Plus World Market...


  1. I do the same thing when my heart feels a bit too heavy......I make a list, get busy, and tackle a project or create something! In fact, today is the day I set aside to fertilize all my yard plants, potted plants and hanging baskets and also take a load of donated items to the thrift store. Keeping busy helps me more than anything :) I hope you have a great day!

  2. A kindred spirit . . .
    Always my first reaction is to "sleep it all away". I do think the processing that occurs during sleep is, in the end, helpful. Thanks for your thoughtful post. Ready now to "get something done"

  3. Your garden is beautiful. Right now my to-do list is overwhelming me. But I am determined to have it all done by the Fourth of July so I can spend the rest of the summer sitting back and enjoying myself. Wish my luck because I am going to need it.

  4. Patty, my heart was feeling heavy the past few days, as well. Not sure what it was, but the fog is starting to lift. I started my day with worship music (my son's song, of course) and reading my Bible. That got me off to a good start.

  5. Patty, Glad being outside has helped. Your gardens are looking pretty. I am headed out myself to work on the porch. I need to finish up my flowers. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

  6. The garden is a big pick me up, maybe because it makes me slow down and I often spend time talking to God out there. No distractions except the beauty He has made. I hope your heart feels lighter and your worries resolve themselves Patty. Whatever is bothering you, God has it, and you, in His hands.


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