Happy New Year, and welcome to the beginning of your 10th year. I love having you on my kitchen counter, with all the notes I’ve written for each day through the past nine years. I love having you so much that I already have a second ten year garden journal tucked away on a bookshelf, waiting for the start of next year.
Today, dear journal, I set up six hyacinth vases with bulbs of various colors. I bought the bulbs in October and kept them in the back of the refrigerator in a paper bag until this morning. Then later in the afternoon, I potted up a few paperwhite bulbs, a Christmas present from a friend. It was sunny but very cold today, so I left the outdoor lights up.
Make this the year that you keep a journal of your garden, if you don’t already do so. All excuses for not doing it are just that… excuses.
Are you waiting for the first of the new year to start a garden journal? Hey, that’s today! You can start today.
Are you waiting for the perfect journal to write in? You can start with any notebook you have lying around, even that spiral bound notebook sitting in the bottom of that lower desk drawer, the one left over from your school days. Then later, if you find something better to use, you can transfer your first few entries to it.
Are you afraid you will make a mistake and the journal won’t be perfect? I suggest you make a mistake today, on your very first entry, and then you don’t have to worry about that first mistake. It will be over and done with.
Are you concerned that you won’t have anything to write? I have good news to share on that, too. Write anything. Even just the high and low temperatures for the day and whether it was sunny or cloudy or partly cloudy or partly sunny would be a good start.
Are you afraid someone will see it? Unless you are writing your deepest, darkest secrets, who cares if someone sees it?
No more excuses, embrace garden journals. Write a journal entry today and then another one tomorrow and then another one the day after tomorrow. Then before you know it, you will be the one looking back over nine years of garden journal entries!