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 Amazon.com 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 www.janeobrien.blogspot.com.
  I'll soon have a Facebook page also.  Thank you for the many years you have followed me and encouraged me.  I'll continue to post more here throughout the growing season.




You might also like to visit my other blogs: An Herbal Bedfellow, www.anherbalbedfellow.com & Grabbin' A Bite, www.grabbinabite.com

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)
Spiderwort
Geranium (annuals)
Perennial Pansy ( looking a little sad)
Lavender ( reblooming)
Variegated periwinkle, vinca minor, myrtle ( reblooming)
Dianthus - carnations (reblooming)

Cosmos
Lingering Loveliness Daylily ( one last bloom)

Wildflower Garden:
Wild Blackeyed Susan
Rudbeckia
Gaillardia

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
Buddha
Lingering Loveliness
Dempsey's Red Velvet
Illini Jackpot
Dublin Elaine


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Monday, August 25, 2014

Volunteers in my Garden


   Did you have any volunteers in your garden?  And by that I don't mean your neighbors who were helping you to weed.  I mean those wonderful surprises that show up completely on their own.
   This year I was surprised to find a beautiful tiger lily in my daylily garden.  Most likely the seed was dropped by a bird.  I truly love it, but the problem is it decided to some up right in the middle of Enchanted Elegance.  So now a little surgery is on order before fall  while I can still tell where it is.



   Another beauty popped up in the border garden.  I was pulling "weeds" all spring but I missed one, and this is what I got -- wild ox-eye daisies.  I couldn't bear to pluck them once they started to bloom.  The problem is that  now they will drop seeds, and I'll have them everywhere.  I know they're trouble, but I'm such a sucker for daisies!




You might also like to visit my other blogs: An Herbal Bedfellow, www.anherbalbedfellow.com & Grabbin' A Bite, www.grabbinabite.com