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Welcome 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.

Today’s guest is me, Catherine Castle! And I’ll be sharing a garden quiz.


An Unusual Garden Quiz

I’ve been on a binge to clean out my office files. Unfortunately, or fortunately for this blog, I can’t throw anything out until I’ve read it. I found this gem in one of the long-forgotten garden files I came across. I thought it would be fun to share. I have no idea where I got it because it was written in longhand on a yellowed piece of tablet paper in a hand writing that sort of resembles mine, but isn’t. I put the answers way, way at the bottom of the post so you won’t be tempted to cheat.

I was able to come up with three answers, and two of those were not the ones listed on the quiz paper. Number one and eleven have two possible answers. And I hadn’t heard of the flower reference in number fifteen, so I looked it up on the internet when I finally gave up guessing. I learned a new gardening tidbit today. Yeah!

Take the quiz and see how well you can figure out the answers. I’ll give you a hint: None of them are depicted in the cartoon flower at the top of the blog.


Garden Flower Quiz

  1. Plant a kitten and what will come up?
  2. What flower is a very precise lady?
  3. Plant a bag of flour and what will come up?
  4. What is lost by men when they marry?
  5. Plant a sunrise and what will come up?
  6. Plant one of Cupid’s arrows and what will come up?
  7. What flowers are fragrant letters?
  8. Plant a kiss and what will come up?
  9. Plant a preacher and what will come up?
  10. What flower tells the time of day?
  11. Plant grief and what will come up?
  12. What flower is a well-dressed, ferocious animal?
  13. Plant a tin horn and what will come up?
  14. Plant a gilded cane and what will come up?
  15. What flower is a tattered bird?

So, how many did you figure out without looking? I’d love to know what your answers were. Leave me a note in the comments, please.


About the Author:

Multi-award winning author Catherine Castle loves writing. Before beginning her career as a romance writer she worked part-time as a freelance writer. She has over 600 articles and photographs to her credit, under her real name, in the Christian and secular market. She also lays claim to over 300 internet articles written on a variety of subjects and several hundred poems. In addition to writing she loves 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.

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Catherine, and her book heroines love flowers. In Catherine’s inspirational romantic suspense, The Nun and the Narc, the heroine, Sister Margaret Mary, has the job of gardener in the convent. Check out the blurb below, or go to Amazon and pick up a copy of this multi-award-winning book.


The Nun and the Narc

By Catherine Castle

Where novice Sister Margaret Mary goes, trouble follows. When she barges into a drug deal the local Mexican drug lord captures her. To escape she must depend on undercover DEA agent Jed Bond. Jed’s attitude toward her is exasperating, but when she finds herself inexplicable attracted to him he becomes more dangerous than the men who have captured them, because he is making her doubt her decision to take her final vows. Escape back to the nunnery is imperative, but life at the convent, if she can still take her final vows, will never be the same.

Nuns shouldn’t look, talk, act, or kiss like Sister Margaret Mary O’Connor—at least that’s what Jed Bond thinks. She hampers his escape plans with her compulsiveness and compassion and in the process makes Jed question his own beliefs. After years of walling up his emotions in an attempt to become the best agent possible, Sister Margaret is crumbling Jed’s defenses and opening his heart. To lure her away from the church would be unforgivable—to lose her unbearable.


Quiz Answers:

  1. Pussywillow/cat tails
  2. Primrose
  3. Dusty miller
  4. Bachelor buttons
  5. Sunflower
  6. Bleeding heart
  7. Sweet peas
  8. Tulips
  9. Jack-in-the-pulpit
  10. Four-o’clocks
  11. Weeping willow/morning glory
  12. Dandelion
  13. Trumpet flowers
  14. Golden rod
  15. Ragged robin
  16. For those curious souls, the cartoon plant depicts: Blue bells, bat plant, hen and chicks, lady slippers, snake plant, spider wort and snapdragons.