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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 writer/gardener guest is Gail Pallotta, who is sharing a her garden, a neighbor’s garden, and a garden poem. Welcome, Gail!


Azalea in Gail’s Yard

Spring flowers bring our world to life after the dead of winter. Bright sunshine and colorful blossoms add their aromas and cheer to the community. My next door neighbor knows how much I like them. She planted several beautiful gladiolas on my side of the strip of dirt between our driveways. I always glance at them when I pull into the drive and think of how fortunate I am to have her as a friend.

Neighbor Linda’s Gift Bouquet

Not long after the flowers bloom nearly all of our neighbors emerge from their homes, take walks, and often stop by to chat. It’s as though the flora bursting forth tells us to emerge from our winter cocoons and begin a new season. When I consider the wonder of a delicate flower I can’t help but rejoice in God’s handiwork.

Mountain Laurel from Gail’s Yard

During this time of sheltering in, I find myself looking out the window constantly to see if some of my flora or someone else’s has bloomed.

Hydrangeas From Gail’s Yard

When I see it has, I recall God’s steadfastness and consistency. The sun still comes up every day and sets every night. The waves in the ocean still come ashore and return to the sea, and the flowers still bloom.

I’m sharing a poem, originally published in Best New Poets of 1988, The American Poetry Association. Santa Cruz, CA. (I was only two when I wrote it. LOL.) I placed it in Messages: Poems and Short Stories to Live By, which I published in 2015.


Country Spring

For a peek at Heaven,

God gave us a country spring,

where soft winds dance on open fields

and gently caress golden daffodils,

nodding, nodding, nodding…

they seem to say,

“Welcome, bright new day.”

Gentle drops of morning dew

kiss the roses and honeysuckle too.

Each sweet bloom

has its own perfume.

Yellow bells mark the way

for radiant colors bursting

into each new day.

The rhododendron pink, or

fair lilies white.

It’s all nature’s delight.

                                                             Gail Pallotta

About the gardener/writer:

As a lover of flowers I often include them in my stories, which are Christian. The genres include romance, romance with mystery and romantic comedy. I’m a wife, mom, swimmer and bargain shopper who loves God, beach sunsets and getting together with friends and family. I’m honored and humbled to be a Grace Awards Finalist, a Reader’s Favorite 2017 Book Award winner and a TopShelf 2020 Book Awards Nominee. I’ve published six books, poems, short stories and two-hundred articles. Some of my articles appear in anthologies while two are in museums. I love to connect with readers. Sign up for my newsletter. Visit my website at https://www.gailpallotta.com and Amazon page

My latest book, Cooking up a Mystery, is on pre-order today, but will release tomorrow on

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Cooking Up A Mystery

by Gail Pallotta

Laney EskridCooking up a Mystery by [Gail Pallotta]ge worked to put her husband through dental school. Then he left with another woman. She’s on edge from the emotional scars and her parents’ deaths. Then she hears unexplained noises in her new tea house, and her anxiety is tripled. Add a budding romance with Eric—a guy with a fear of commitment—and it’s all too much to handle. She cuts ties with Eric and plunges into making her business pay off.

When Eric discovers that Laney’s in danger, he vows to protect her. But can he make a lasting promise? Will she trust him? . . .and when they overhear a threat that could cause national turmoil, will anyone believe them? There’s more brewing than herbal tea in Cooking up a Mystery.