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 June McCrary Jacobs, who loves dahlias. Welcome, June
‘MY AFFECTION FOR DAHLIAS’
JUNE McCRARY JACOBS
I moved to California from the Midwest when I was six-years-old, and it wasn’t until the early 2000s that I saw my first dahlia. It was love at first sight from my perspective!
We were on vacation on the Mendocino Coast in Northern California, and we decided to make our usual visit to the magnificent Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens in Fort Bragg. Something was different on this visit because this was the first time we were visiting the Gardens in late June, and that was the key. Summer is the prime blooming time for these spectacular flowers in this location.
Those were the days before I had a digital camera, so I took photos on my old, trusty Kodak film camera. I think I filled two rolls of photos of the flowers from the Dahlia Garden alone. These treasured pictures are displayed in one of my many photo albums. When I bought a digital camera, my photo remembrances of my summertime visits to this same garden were stored on SIM cards. The photos I’m sharing here are from a visit to the Gardens in the summer of 2017.
I feel the Lord’s presence keenly when I am in a garden or park surrounded by His wondrous creations. I feel at peace; I gain comfort from the trials and tribulations of life when I am immersed in His beautiful world. During times of grief or pain I have sought solace in nature—a park, a public garden, or even in our own home gardens.
This past spring I planted six dahlia tubers in our gardens. Unfortunately, the tuber I planted in an urn on our patio was a dud, but the other five—oh, my! They are now beautiful Decorative Dahlias, each a different color of the rainbow—white, yellow, magenta, rose pink, and light pink. They delight me each and every day whether I’m looking at them from my window or I’m standing right next to them. There is no sign of them slowing down with their blooms either, as each of these plants still has half a dozen or more buds on their stalks. I can’t wait!
The Lord has blessed us with many spectacular sights and sounds of nature, but I feel especially fortunate that the colors and shapes of dahlias have touched my heart in such a poignant way for the past two decades.
ABOUT THE WRITER/GARDENER:
June has always loved flowers, plants, and trees. She credits her extraordinary Grandma McCrary for inspiring her love of nature at a very young age; a love that includes animals.
June writes Christian romance, historical and contemporary, for adults. She also writes historical adventure fiction for middle-grade readers. In addition, June is a professional sewing designer and has published seven sewing pattern books of her original designs for adults and children in the Kindle Store on Amazon.
‘RES-Q Tyler Stop’, a middle-grade historical adventure
by June McCrary Jacobs
It’s the summer of 1968 in Sonoma County, California, and eleven-year-old Weston Gregg and his nine-year-old sister, Wendy, are looking for fun things to do during their summer break from school. When they discover some abandoned rabbits, they hatch an idea to make a positive difference for animals and people in their small town of Tyler Stop.
They decide to form ‘Rescue Each Species-Quickly’, or RES-Q Tyler Stop.
There are challenges to face as they move forward into their new venture, including standing up to someone who is targeting Weston’s friends for being different and a painfully bad decision.
Will Weston have to handle these issues on his own or will he learn to accept the advice and wisdom shared by some important people in his life? Join Weston and his family and friends as they share some adventures and learn and grow together in RES-Q Tyler Stop.
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