Perennial bed next to path in back garden, pink delphinium, grey foliage, heuchera "Timeless Orange"

In Bloom

Another garden post! The truth is I can’t think of anything to say about writing that I haven’t said already. So no rule-quibbling, nothing about the WIP, and no buy-my-books message (although you can find out about those via the menu at the top or in the sidebar).

Red-leaf rose (Rosa glauca) in foreground, white climbing rose in background on Norway maples
Roses are in bloom now. Here is a nameless (to me) white climber held up by the Norway maples I’m always complaining about, and (in the foreground) the red-leaf rose (Rosa glauca).
Red-leaf rose (Rosa glauca)
Close-up of red-leaf rose foliage and flower.
Blue delphinium, standard privet (in bloom), foliage of dahlia "Bishop of Llandaff" and pergola
Blue delphinium with standardized privet in bloom behind it and dahlia foliage in front.
Blue delphinium with white bee
Blue delphinium with white “bee” (the bit in the middle of each flower)
Lavender pink delphinium, from volunteer seedling
Lavender-pink delphinium. This was a volunteer seedling I identified and encouraged to grow. I’m quite happy with it.
White Lychnis coronaria, grey foliage, with foliage of hellebore and bergenia
Campion (Lychnis coronaria a.k.a. Silene coronaria). This is a quasi-weed that does well almost everywhere. The white form is quite elegant, especially when it’s just starting to bloom. Hellebore and bergenia foliage in background.
Long-spurred Columbines (Aquilegia)
Long-spurred columbine with hellebore and heuchera foliage in background.

Hopefully I’ll have something worthwhile to say about writing by next week. Suggestions are welcome–from writers, readers, or gardeners!


  1. Such BEAUTIFUL photos! Here’s a writing topic you might consider: How do you get inside the head of a male character if you are a woman? Or inside a child’s head if it’s been several decades since you were a kid?

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    1. Hello Priscilla. I often write in the first person as a man. It seems to me that stories sort of begin on their own without my input, and the voice of the narrator comes at the same time. Can’t explain it really. Woman or man, first or third person – it seems to bubble to the surface on its own.

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    1. Delphiniums can be spectacular. I grow mine in pots, since they don’t compete with tree roots. But they bloom quite well despite being in shade in the afternoon.
      It must be hard to leave a garden and wonder how its doing under new management. When I left my first garden (in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan), I actually wrote out a couple of pages of instructions for the new owner of the place.

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  2. Beautiful tour, Audrey. I especially love the Delphiniums and their “bees,” and how you teach us something with every post. I don’t know if it’s the climate or the gardener – probably the latter, but they’re the prettiest I’ve ever seen. And I love your choice of rambling pavers. They look so natural. Are they limestone? Do you have the knees to prove your work laying them?:). I’m new to this, and hope this isn’t inappropriate blog behavior, but since you helped inspire my quest into irises, wanted to mention that my blog is back up and I’ve just posted – “newsthatsnew4u” about the Iris garden in the southern US. I was inspired by some iris-loving friends when I learned of your blog so set out to learn more about them and including them in my landscape so the garden in SC seemed the best place to get the lowdown. The full monty, as it were so after over a year of self isolating, threw caution to the wind and took the trek. So much more than I anticipated! Thank you again!

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    1. I grow my delphiniums in pots because they wouldn’t do well in my thin, sandy, root-infested soil. They are doing especially well this year, due to bigger pots, I think.
      The pavers for the flagstone path are some sort of slate. My husband and I gathered them from backroads where blasting had been done, almost 30 years ago, when we were younger and more ambitious about heavy physical projects. But the path still looks good, although sometimes I let plants grow over the edges. And there are all those pots…
      Good to hear your blog is rejuvenated; I’ll have a look.
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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    1. Current project: a sequel to my novel She Who Comes Forth. First draft (very rough) 90+% finished. Next project: probably revising and possibly publishing a novel I wrote in 2007-2008. Being a librarian helped before I started using the internet for research, ironically enough. Although knowing a bit about searching by keywords helps with that too. The narrator of my first novel is a cataloguer in a fictitious library in the early 1900s (but the book isn’t really about that).

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