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 Tina Susedik Welcome, Tina !
Gardening is a Never-ending Lesson
by Tina Susedik
After three years at our current abode, I’ve come to realize how little patience I have for gardening. Not that I’m giving up on my gardens because I love flowers, but the frustration of figuring out what does and doesn’t work, is testing my patience.
I had beautiful roses at our last place. Here – not so much. I’ve come to the realization that I don’t have enough sunlight, nor the right soil. I’ve planted my last rose bush. I also love to toss out daisy seeds. The last two places, I threw out so many, I had fields of daisies. Here I have ten – yes, ten daisy plants.
When we moved here the gardens were filled with mulch – layers and layers of mulch. I couldn’t figure out why the tulips I planted weren’t spreading, until I decided to pull up the mulch and landscaping material. Instead of coming up in the holes I’d dug, they were growing beneath the material. The same was true with some of my other perennials.
So last fall, with the help of my visiting son, we took up all the mulch and landscaping fabric. Since it went around three sides of the house, it was quite the chore. Thank heavens I had his help. My next thought was “now what?”
I bought a lot of spring bulbs to plant – but then had knee replacement surgery, which put a stop to any gardening I’d planned. So, I planted them this spring. I figured it couldn’t hurt. Here is another lesson I learned: “There’s a reason why spring bulbs are planted in the fall. And one of them is squirrels. In the fall, they have plenty to eat. In the spring, they are hungry. They thought my spring bulbs had to be the nuts they’d squirreled away in the fall. At least three quarters of the bulbs were dug up. Some they ate, some they left on the ground. Several I re-planted many times.
We had a lot of snow this past winter. In fact, we had 58” of snow in February alone!! It was a rough month. With the snow being shoveled from the roof, the amount of snow (total of 100”), and shoveling snow onto them, my bushes in the front of the house were pretty-much damaged. Flat. Kaput. But as plants can do, they surprise us. Even as squished as they were, they bloomed their gorgeous red flowers and are starting to send out upright shoots.
Last year it seemed many of the perennials I planted had bit the dust. I am happy (and surprised) to see some of them come back. Maybe they didn’t like the mulch, but maybe they feel sorry for me and decided to give me a gift of regrowth. Slowly my gardens are filling in. Now if I can only keep the rabbits from enjoying them!!!
About the Writer/Gardener
Tina Susedik has loved flowers and gardening for as long as she can remember. Wherever she has lived, and it’s been many, many places, she has tried to make her surroundings filled with flowers. She is a multi-published, award-winning author in both fiction and non-fiction, covering children, military, history, and romantic mysteries. She also hosts her own radio show with Authors on the Air Global Radio Network. Twice a month, on the second and fourth Tuesdays at 2:00 Central, she interviews authors in all genres. The title of her show – what else – “Your Book Garden.”
Love with a Side of Crazy
by Tina Susedik
To afford sending extra money to his parents to help with the care of his invalid brother, Brent Hopkins, an accountant by day, works as a male stripper at night. When a crazed fan pulls him from the stage, his injuries send him for an extended stay at a rehabilitation center. During his months at the center, mysterious angel statues and other gifts begin to appear in his room. A break-in at his apartment, leaves him feeling vulnerable. Is he going crazy or does he have a stalker? Marie Phister, a physical therapist, was at the club the night Brent is yanked to the ground and takes care of him until help arrives. Later, as his physical therapist, she doesn’t let on that she is aware of his identity. As their mutual attraction grows, a stalker threatens their relationship. Is her stalker and Brent’s, one and the same? Can they solve the mystery before it’s too late?
WARNING TO READERS OF SWEET, CLEAN ROMANCE. This book contains open door love scenes.