INSPIRATION: Best Wishes for 2012

Shortly after we purchased our first house and got settled in, we started exploring the back garden we inherited. Autumn was right around the corner and it was time to tidy things up. We noticed one of the clematis plants was smaller than the others and seemed to have finished its bloom cycle earlier.

Since we were newbies to the Clematis plant kingdom, we trimmed it down to the crown, based on a recommendation from a family member who is an avid gardener and clematis aficionado. We later learned from reading horticultural books, and our greened-thumbed neighbor who was familiar with our garden, that this particular variety should NOT be cut back as far as we did. OOPS.

Spring arrived and so did our hopes the plant had survived the buzz-cut we gave it. Our neighbor suggested it may just be best to head on over to the garden center and pick out a new one. But we both loved the blossoms the plant had the previous summer, and didn’t have the heart to pull it.

Instead we nurtured it, gave it some organic plant food, and carefully pulled the weeds growing around it. We hoped it would come back, and dreamed of a fence covered in beautiful blossoms.

And guess what…it not only survived, it thrived.

My wish for you this new year is you keep your hopes and dreams in front of you. Nurture them, feed them and keep them weed-free. And they will blossom for you.

  1. January 2, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Great post, David, and a beautiful picture. 🙂

    • January 3, 2012 at 8:29 am

      Thanks Bob, just a little touch of summer to brighten the day!

  2. January 2, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Lovely photo, David! We have several colors/varieties of Clematis and always cut them back to just inches above the ground. So far, they have come back stronger in the spring. Ours do best in early spring, but most continue to bloom all summer.

    Thanks for the reminder about hopes and dreams. Writing them down this week and keeping them visible all year is my plan.

    • January 3, 2012 at 8:32 am

      Thanks Karen, this plant just sprang back to life that spring. It was amazing to see the difference! I have found that writing down dreams and goals and speaking of them out loud really does work to help achieve them! All the best to you!

  3. Nandini
    January 2, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    True inspiration from such a pretty flower-plant. I loved the color of these flowers, and the drops on the leaves in too good. Thanks for your wishes, and the wisdom. 🙂

    • January 3, 2012 at 8:34 am

      You are welcome Nandini, all the best in 2012 and beyond!

  4. January 2, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    A lovely thought, and a beautiful photo! Thank you.

    • January 3, 2012 at 8:35 am

      Thank you Jo, and all the best to you and Colin in all your endeavors!

  5. January 2, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Salud, David!

    • January 3, 2012 at 8:36 am

      May 2012 and beyond bring good health, happiness and good fortunes to you and DH!

  6. January 2, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Beautiful image – I love clematis plants. Thoughtful post.

    • January 3, 2012 at 8:39 am

      Thank You Meanderer, Clematis plants and all their varieties are some of my favorites. All the best this coming year and in the future for you and yours!

  7. January 2, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Beautifully said and a lovely picture!

    • January 3, 2012 at 8:41 am

      Thank You Verena, I hope for you that this year brings everything that you have wished for, set goals for and have dreamed for!

  8. January 2, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Beautiful story and complimenting shot! This is a message I will most definitely take to heart throughout 2012! Looking forward to seeing the great photographs that 2012 will bring to your blog! 🙂

    • January 3, 2012 at 8:47 am

      Thank You Tara, I have found by keeping dreams and goals in front of me, and writing them down, and speaking them out loud, helps that computer that sits on my shoulders to remember them and strive to achieve them. All the best to you and yours this coming year and in the future!

  9. January 3, 2012 at 11:51 am

    This is so beautiful dear David, and how nice you are. Thank you, my best wishes for you and for your family. I loved these flowers… Blessing and Happiness, with my love, nia

    • January 4, 2012 at 8:17 am

      Thank you Nia, we took care of the plant and it rewarded us with a beautiful display. All the best to you and your family for this year and the future!

  10. January 3, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Beautiful post, David. Looks like your TLC paid off, you’ve been rewarded with a beautiful blooms. Here’s to a wonderful new year!

    • January 4, 2012 at 8:19 am

      Thank you Gracie, it pays to be persistent and a little hope helps too! May the new year bring good health, wealth and happiness to you and your family!

  11. January 3, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Beautiful! Best wishes to you, too.

    • January 4, 2012 at 8:22 am

      Thanks Fergie, this plant certainly came back with vim and vigor! All the best for this year and the future for you and your family!

  12. January 3, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Thanks, David, I needed that – both the timely message and the beautiful blossoms in the middle of winter to remind me that it will be warm again!

    • January 4, 2012 at 8:25 am

      You are welcome Lee! I am glad you found this inspirational. It’s a good photo to look at since it is 11 degrees this morning! Brrrrr May 2012 be the best ever for you and your family!

  13. January 4, 2012 at 5:26 am

    gorgeous, I do love flowers! Especially in winter 😉

    • January 4, 2012 at 8:27 am

      Thanks NIck, it sure is nice to look at when it’s frigid outside. Thanks for stopping by!!!

  14. January 4, 2012 at 9:54 am

    What a wonderful wish, David. Thank you. And a beautiful photo to illustrate that. Happy 2012 to you, David!

    • January 5, 2012 at 8:35 am

      Thanks Katie, I hope 2012 and beyond brings good health, wealth and happiness to you!!!

  15. January 4, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Thank you! Such a great post, I am glad you didn’t get rid of the plant, it’ beautiful!!! Happy New Year!!

  16. January 5, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Thank you Kristina, we sure were glad we gave the plant a second chance…it certainly rewarded us! All the best this new year to you and yours!!!!

  17. January 5, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Do you happen to know which species of Clematis this is? It looks so different from the three that we have in central Texas (although even one of those doesn’t resemble the other two). In any case, I’m glad your positive attitude coincided with the plant’s flourishing.

    Steve Schwartzman

  18. January 5, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Hey Steve, I/we have no idea which variety the plant was. We inherited it when we bought the house and the former owners left no clues about any plantings. Here are links that may help…
    I just googled clematis photos, Didn’t know there are so many varieties 300+. Best of luck with your search!

  19. January 7, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Beautiful clematis David — Happy New Year (if I haven’t already wished you HNY!)

    • January 8, 2012 at 10:09 am

      Thanks Mufidah, it sure did fill out that year! And Happy New Year to you and your family !!!

  20. January 7, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    I grow clematis, David, and I love this photo. Best wishes for 2012.

    • January 8, 2012 at 10:11 am

      Thanks John, this plant was a great performer…I wish we new what variety it was because I would love to plant some at this house. All the best for 2012 to you and your family!!!

      • January 8, 2012 at 12:47 pm

        I’m almost certain it’s a “Nelly Moser,” David. Do a web search on that name.


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