Every time I think I'm finding my blogging groove once again a nasty thing called time pulls on me with it's finite limits and fickle interruptions and before I know it a week or two has passed me by and I have failed to put words to page once again.  But short of rewinding the clock (and I have yet to figure out how to do that and if I would care to any way) I need to let go of my lack of perfection in the past and just pursue the possibility of today.

I have decided 2018 is my year to "grow".  As a gardener this has me excited in so many ways but
mostly because it presents the chance for any tiny seed of a dream to sprout into one more flower in the beautifully imperfect and willy nilly garden that is my life. 

One of the things you quickly learn when you try to grow things in the ground is that not all seeds will bloom to their fullest.  Some will remain dormant beneath the surface, some will peek out only to be pinched off before they are big enough to flower, some will grow and be crowded out by weeds and others will burst forth in places you hadn't intended and put on the biggest show of all.

But that is where the excitement of gardening lies, isn't it?  Being brave enough to cast the seeds and having faith to know that if they are well watered and fertilized a few of them will blend into the tapestry of a truly deep and varied garden full of unexpected pops of color and yes, an occasional weed that needs to be pulled.

If we wanted perfection, we would settle for a beautiful but stagnant painting.

There was a time when I thought that was the goal, the ultimate dream...a safe and pretty life.  But now I can look back and see that those imperfections, those weeds, are what has made me see the beauty of the flowers that have sprouted in my life's garden all the clearer.

Here's to a 2018 full of growth!  May your flowers be many and your weeds be manageable and few.

xo, Patty

If you'd like to see my goals for 2018, here is the link to my YouTube video.  I'd love to have you subscribe to see what else is new around Life on Lemon Lane.

I'd love to have you join me over on YouTube where I share more of my cottage style in the home and garden.  Here's the link, Lemon Lane Cottage.


  1. Hi Patty, Glad you are well and safe. I am so very ready for flowers honey. We have had the coldest winter ever. Today started below zero, but by Saturday it will be 50 degrees...crazy. Blessings to you and yours...never give up sweetheart. xoxo, Susie

  2. Hope you don't mind a sort of off-the-wall question, but I was wondering where you got your planners & the pad your computer keyboard / mouse are sitting on? They are SO up my alley and love the colors and would love them for my work office desk!
    Dawn Pinnataro

  3. Hello Patty, Grow. Well, I've never been a very good gardener and I've learned to accept that. A few flowers in pots in the summer and some marigolds in the garden and that's about it. Accepting my own limitations and skills is important too. :-)
    I'm pretty good about checking blogs most days, but Instagram is where I really fall short. I forget about it for days on end and then I feel so guilty. There isn't enough time to do everything is there?
    I hope your day is a wonderful one.

  4. Just coming in from cutting back vines...and I am a seed geek too!!!! My garden is so bitty.....but soooooo loved. Enjoying your inspiration. ❤️🌱❤️

  5. I have been in a terrible slump the last two years. It is good to see you here. I am enjoying the rest winter affords me... trying to check a few books off my ever growing TBR list. I will be ready to return to the garden when Spring arrives. Stay warm and Happy New Year!

  6. Great article..I am looking so forward to the flowers and gardening..
    I love the pad on your desk.. That is so pretty..

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