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A Writer’s Garden Starts Today!

Welcome back to A Writer’s Garden where writers who are gardeners or just love gardens will be sharing their garden and flower stories, as well as a bit about their writing gardens—aka their books.

I have a great lineup of authors this year, some who’ve been on the blog before, and some who are new to A Writer’s Garden, so I hope you’ll join us every Thursday between now and October to learn about their gardens, flowers, and even see some gardens they’ve visited. You never know what you might find on the blog, but whatever it is, it will be garden related.

There’s one thing I’ve learned about being a gardener and that is change is always around the corner. Plants die, get out-of-bounds, or don’t perform well. Perennials need to be divided, annuals need to be replanted. A garden is in constant flux. Mine will be changing this year—again.

I hope your gardens survived this winter’s snows. Unfortunately, I had some damage in mine. The lovely stand of mugo pines at the north corner of the hillside garden, which were supposed to be dwarfs, had snow damage.

This is what they looked like before the snow. The mugos are the dark green bush in the middle left of the photo.


And this is what they looked like when they got snowed on.


This is what they look like now.


I’m not able to rip them out, nor is the hubby. They’re over 10 feet tall. So we’re calling in a landscaper. I’ve decided to replace them with three burning bushes. They will be much easier to trim and keep in bounds than the supposedly dwarf mugo pines. You have to pinch off the candles to keep mugos dwarf—something I wasn’t told at installation, so they just kept growing and growing until they were too tall to manage.

I love the brilliant red fall color of burning bushes, and they will be easier to trim when they get too big. I’ll post some pictures this fall when they change colors.

Here’s hoping your garden grows well and the way you want it to grow. Happy Gardening!

When you’re taking a garden break this spring, pick up a book, your sun hat, a cold drink, and relax with a good book, like Catherine’s award-winning sweet romantic dramedy, A Groom for Mama. Available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble


Beverly Walters is dying, and before she goes she has one wish—to find a groom for her daughter. To get the deed done, Mama enlists the dating service of Jack Somerset, Allison’s former boyfriend.

The last thing corporate-climbing Allison wants is a husband. Furious with Mama’s meddling, and a bit more interested in Jack than she wants to admit, Allison agrees to the scheme as long as Mama promises to search for a cure for her terminal illness.

A cross-country trip from Nevada to Ohio ensues, with a string of disastrous dates along the way, as the trio hunts for treatment and A Groom For Mama.


About the Writer/Gardener:

Multi-award winning author Catherine Castle loves writing, reading, traveling, singing, theatre, quilting and gardening. She’s a passionate gardener whose garden won a “Best Hillside Garden” award from the local gardening club. She writes sweet and inspirational romances. You can find her award-winning Soul Mate books The Nun and the Narc and A Groom for Mama, on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Follow her on Twitter @AuthorCCastle, FB or her blog.