New Year’s Lists

Notes to myself:

  • remember to stake plants early, including the autumn asters
  • do not order from the glossy magazines, but stick to the established nurseries
  • do not sow seeds you know will be eaten by the slugs as soon as you plant out the seedlings
  • be sure to laugh out loud at least once a day
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Floppy Asters

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Reading List 2013 (so far):

  • Tulipomania (Mike Dash)
  • The Cider House Rules (John Irving)
  • Flaubert’s Parrot (Julian Barnes)
  • Why Willows Weep (Edited by Tracy Chevalier and Simon Prosser)
  • The Botany of Desire (Michael Pollan)
  • Spade, Skirret and Parsnip (Bill Laws)
  • Possession (A.S. Byatt)
  • Dear Friend and Gardener (Beth Chatto and Christopher Lloyd)
  • The Wind in the Willows (Kenneth Grahame)
  • Bring Up the Bodies (Hilary Mantel)
  • Hortus Eystettensis (Basilius Besler)
  • The Secrets of Wildflowers (Jack Sanders)
  • Wandernde Pflanzen (German book about Neophytes)
  • The Bone People (Keri Hulme)
Books

My Book Case

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A few other wishes for 2013:

  • plenty of fresh air and exercise
  • sunshine and blue skies in the day, rain showers overnightย  ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • no slugs or snails, aphids or cabbage white caterpillars, nor mice ๐Ÿ˜‰ (I’ll be lucky!)
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Snail in my Garden

Have you made any lists/plans/resolutions for 2013?

35 thoughts on “New Year’s Lists

  1. ‘No slugs or snails, …’ good luck with that one – if you find the secret, please share it! Would be interested to hear what you think of the Michael Pollan book – I love his writing, but haven’t read this one yet.

  2. Looking forward to exploring your reading list. I have read The Cider House Rules (John Irving) and parts of The Botany of Desire (Michael Pollan). Both are very compelling. I want to join you in your plan to laugh out loud at least once a day.

    • Yes, I make a point of planning to laugh out loud every year, just in case I should forget one day! Very good for the facial and stomach muscles (and the soul!). ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. I never plan for a new year. I don’t want to be disappointed if I plan too far ahead. I think of things that I would like to accomplish and maybe these will get done and maybe not. The photos of the asters is very pretty, even if they were falling over.

  4. Well, I do make New Year resolutions, and am usually too ‘ashamed’ to break them ๐Ÿ™‚ ! So you hope to live in Camelot with a self-organizing, perfect garden! Am in full agreement ๐Ÿ˜‰ ! It would be lovely, but . . . And have begun my fresh air/exercise plan also [uhuh, on my agenda too!]. And actually staked my tomatoes [already fruiting!!] this morning. So, our thoughts seem to be on the same track in some ways!!

    • That’s funny, when our seasons are opposite too! My staking will have to wait till I can see where the plants are. Hope it’s a good year for your tomatoes! ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. I have to tend to the garden of my SOUL!!! Snails have been all cleared out. Still geting the soil ready.. acidic for the Hydrangeas and moist shade for the moss garden.. Still finding a few corners I ignored that have junk in them from the previous owned… maybe an old tire to remove next !!!

  6. Have new years intentions floating about in my head Cathy but still have to commit them to paper or my blog. Love other people’s reading lists – have read one or two on your list and enjoyed whilst one or two others are on my list too. There are some titles there I don’t recognise so I will have to investigate them. If only there were more hours in the day ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. I donยดt make new years resolutions anymore because I donยดt remember keeping one of them ๐Ÿ˜‰ However I have also a few books Iยดd like to read soon. I didnยดt make a list though (I know you like lists ๐Ÿ™‚ )

  8. I’m a list girl too ๐Ÿ™‚ Every year I promise not to plant any seedlings that slugs and snails will eat… but how can I resist Chocolate Cosmos? I just have to be craftier than those little molluscs!
    I would love to hear more about Why Willows Weep once you have read it!

  9. Happy New Year! I have Possession on my bookshelf too, but I’m too scared to pick it up – it looks a bit intimidating!
    I like your wishes for 2013, especially the one about laughing out loud once a day – I don’t think people laugh nearly as much as they should!

    • I felt like that with A.S. Byatt’s “The Children’s Book”, but it was brilliant! I just started the Hillary Mantel one, which is pretty thick too, but surprisingly easy to read. It’ll be interesting to see if you read Possession before me – look forward to sharing our impressions! ๐Ÿ˜€

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