Thursday, January 29, 2015

Another Book from Jane O'Brien

   Yes, I know.  I haven't written much again -- well, here at least.  It's winter, I'm not inspired, it's cold, I had food poisoning, and I'm just plain lazy.  All of those are my excuses.  All of those are true, but the main reason is that I have been diverting my attention elsewhere.
My second book, The Dunes & Don'ts Antiques Emporium, which is Book Two in The White Pine Trilogy was released in December.  I had my first book signing at a local library this month and a newspaper article was written about me -- all very overwhelming.

   I know, if you follow me, you love gardening, and, I'm sure, you also love nature.  Most of you are female, which means you love romance.  Therefore, I'm positive you're going to love my books.  Please give them a try.  They are available in both Kindle and paperback at,  And don't forget, if you don't have a Kindle but you have another type of Android device, you can get a Kindle app for free.

If you like the books, I'd appreciate a review on Amazon.  Thank you for following me all these years. I'll be back with more gardening articles as soon as this  blasted winter passes!

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Monday, September 15, 2014

I'm an Author!

I did it.  I have finally accomplished a lifelong dream -- to become an author.  Yesterday afternoon my first book went live on for Kindle.  Soon it will be out in paperback.  I can't express the feeling.  I was on a natural high all day.

You're probably saying, well, get to it!  What did you write?  A gardening book? a quilting book? A genealogy book?  Yes, those are all of my loves, but I wrote a fiction book based in Western Michigan, my home state, and it touches on all of those things.  If you love romance, with a little history thrown in, this book is for you.  It's the first in a trilogy;  Number two is finished but still in editing and proofreading, and I'm working on number three now.  Here's a synopsis of
The Tangled Roots of Bent Pine Lodge:

Kate Lemanski's world has been shattered with one family problem after another. When she inherits her family's log home in West Michigan, she returns to the river property to make a new start and to put the pieces of her life back together. 

As soon as she meets the handsome stranger who lives through the wooded path, Kate immediately feels a connection, but is unsure of what it is. Living alone in the woods along a river presents some challenges, but it isn't long before she begins to feel like herself again. When she starts to dig into her family tree, a long-time hobby, she discovers some new and unsettling facts. But what does it all mean for her and her new-found relationship with the man next door?

If you enjoy my book, and would like to follow along with new publications, you can go to
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Friday, September 5, 2014

My Last Stroll through the Garden This Year

Sad to say it's almost time to put the garden to bed.  I took a head count of late bloomers for next season.  This will help me plan out what else I need to plant to keep my bloom time last longer.  Here is what is still hanging on:

Russian Sage ( looks great)
Echinacea ( two different types)
Geranium (annuals)
Perennial Pansy ( looking a little sad)
Lavender ( reblooming)
Variegated periwinkle, vinca minor, myrtle ( reblooming)
Dianthus - carnations (reblooming)

Lingering Loveliness Daylily ( one last bloom)

Wildflower Garden:
Wild Blackeyed Susan

And That's All Folks!

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Late Summer Daylily Count

It's extremely humid this morning, but I couldn't resist a little time in the garden  I have been keeping up on cutting back the spent blossoms and scapes, so this year I won't have such a huge job trying to do it all at once.  Besides if I cut as I go, the garden looks cleaner and therefore prettier.
While I was out, I took a count of the plants that are still blooming  I have had some go as late as September.  Today, being the 26th of August,  I found several late bloomers.  If you want to extend the life of your daylily garden you really need to concentrate on getting a variety of early, mid,and late season bloomers. Then the show will last a lot longer.
Here is what I found today:
Mikado Morn
Up Against the Sun
Lingering Loveliness
Dempsey's Red Velvet
Illini Jackpot
Dublin Elaine

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