My GARDEN Resolutions for 2014…

Hellebores (Photo credit: pfly)

Last January I wrote a list of resolutions based on Pioneer Woman’s post about New Years Resolutions. She and I made our lists starting with the first letters of the word “resolution”… For this year’s list I thought it would be fun to use the word “GARDEN.

Here’s what I came up with:

Go to the New England Flower Show in March.

Arrange a New England Garden Blogger’s Day here in Salem for sometime in the spring.

Ride out to visit the New England Wild Flower Society‘s garden Β “Garden In the Woods”Β in Framingham, Massachusetts.

Dedicate one hour, three times a day to my home garden.

Expand my reach here at The Salem Garden. I’m thinking about connecting with some garden product lines and changing my look a little bit.

Notice the little things as much as possible, and take photos of them.

Yes, this is a very garden related list, but won’t it be an amazing year if I can accomplish some of these ideas?

–I’m aching to get to the Flower Show this year and the NEWFS garden has been on my list forever. I just have to make time and do it!

–I’ve been thinking a lot about how nice it would be to connect with other garden bloggers in person and I can’t really find any type of gathering here in New England. What do you think? Leave a comment or e-mail me at if you have thoughts about getting together. It could be simple, low cost and fun!

–Now that my kids are a little bigger and we’ve settled in to the working mom situation I want to get back to my home garden with great focus. I may not make it out there three times a day but if I try to I think I’m more likely to succeed. My biggest obstacle is that once I’m out in the garden I don’t want to go back inside.

–I’ve been thinking about adding some things and changing the format here at The Salem Garden. We’ll see if that comes together in 2014.

–I see so many interesting views and details in my travels that I want to slow down and document with my camera. If will be great if I can, although there’s usually several people asking me to stop taking photos and keep up the pace, please.

Here’s last year’s list:

Rest more, I’m on the run (if not actually running) a LOT!

Eat healthier snacks (yesterday my 18 year old son said “stop making cookies mom!”)

Sleep soundly

Own every decision

Live in the present

Use my camera everywhere

Take my kids to the beach once a week (even in winter)

Increase my blogging skills

Owe no one

Next fall, plant some hellebores, I keep wanting to do that!

This was a pretty subjective list but I must say I did pretty well. Not so sure about resting and sleeping, eating healthier is always increasing, I have to remember to take my camera, blogging is coming along and with such a large family the budget is always a bit of a challenge. I still have some loose ends (like those darned hellebores) but overall we’re on a good track.

What does your list look like? Share in the comments, or feel free to comment about mine. πŸ˜‰

Happy New Year!

Love, Michele



  1. I hope you will blog about the Garden in the Woods. I would love to see it.


    1. If I get there I will most definitely blog about it Marian!


  2. Blaire says:

    How about an informative booth at the “Green” festival in the spring and starting a gardening group of your own…maybe the open-space planting?


  3. Do you have any info about the green festival Blaire? That may be a good spot for another project that I’m working on too, I’ll e-mail you about it.


  4. nutsfortreasure says:

    See you at the Flower Show! I have gone with Mom for 40 years πŸ™‚ maybe longer I have photos of me at 10 πŸ™‚ while there πŸ™‚


    1. I keep missing it Eunice, I hope I see you there! Would you come down here for a garden blogger’s gathering if I organized one?


      1. nutsfortreasure says:

        I would love that thanks πŸ™‚


  5. commonweeder says:

    I love the idea of a garden bloggers get together. Even though you and I are at opposite ends of the state it is easier – and cheaper – to get to Salem than to one of the national Garden Bloggers Flings which are wonderful.! The pleasure would be just as great on a smaller scale. I’d love to meet you at the Garden in t he Woods too – a halfway rendezvous for both of us. Great Resolutions.


    1. Yes, I hesitate a bit about Salem because it’s not really central, but it’s easily accessible by highway and the commuter rail, and we could do a little walking tour of some great gardens. I’d love to meet you at Garden in the Woods!! That would be wonderful! I want to get out to your open garden and see your roses this year too!


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  7. Beth M says:

    I am always thinking of how many bloggers there are on the North Shore and wondering if there should be a meet up somewhere sometime. I love that you want to organize a specific Gardening meet up! I hope that works out.


    1. I’m thinking about it Beth… there are several great gardens that we could tour here in Salem. It would be nice to do a Salem bloggers meet up too?


  8. Anne says:

    Somehow I always fall short on my resolution to get more sleep. We moved into a new house and I can’t wait to get a garden started. I would also like to attend a flower show to get more ideas to use in my home garden.


    1. The sleep resolution is particularly hard to fulfill! I hope that you find lots of inspiration for your new garden here and on the blogs that I’m connected with!


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