May 29, 2016 · 4 comments · Categories: Musings · Tags:

Last spring I wanted to plant lantana next to my mailbox. I’ve always liked the flame-colored ones, in particular. But when I looked at garden stores, I didn’t see any lantana and ended up planting mandevilla instead, as shown in this post.

The mandevilla was pretty, and it reminded me to keep an open mind to finding beautiful things everywhere. This year I walked into the garden store just thinking I’d browse for a little while and find something I liked, rather than having a particular kind of flower in mind for the mailbox area. And, you guessed it, they had plenty of lantana on display, in my favorite colors too.

Small lantana with orange, pink, and yellow blossoms. 

Sometimes, what we’re looking for is more likely to show up when we’re not looking for it!

* Good Things is a weekly series featuring the many unexpected joyful things that show up when clutter and stagnation have been cleared away. It’s meant as a reminder that life is always full of happy little surprises, when there’s enough space for them!


  1. Love that quote about how things show up when we are not looking for them. It is true 🙂 Just like the saying, “a watched pot never boils” 🙂 Pretty flowers!

  2. It is so true that things show up at their own time when we just go with the flow. I am happy you found these beautiful flowers!

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