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 gardener is Gail Gaymer Martin who will be showing us her Arizona garden. Welcome, Gail!
If you visit my Facebook pages, you will know that I love flowers. When I lived in Michigan, I spent days planting annual and perennial flowers in both the back and front yards. Because I have knee replacements, kneeling did not work for me, so my planting had to be to bend over at the waist. Yet, with my love of flowers, bending couldn’t stop me. I grew flowers along the border of our picket fence and had a large bed along our patio in the backyard. In the front, I had flower beds on both sides of our small porch but also had a large area where a huge tree had been removed, and circled the flower bed with large stones that covered the roots of the downed tree. In the beds, I planted lilies, cornflowers, zinnias, daisies, marigolds, impatiens, and numerous others. My favorite flowers are ones that I can pick and use in vases.
Three years ago we moved to Sedona, Arizona which meant a whole new world of flowers. I was grateful to learn that roses grow very well there, and I have both climbing roses and rose bushes in a variety of colors.
Cornflowers are another favorite since they come in different shades too and are great for picking, but the heat is not always cooperative, so another choice I’ve made since moving to Arizona is cacti. I have pots on my deck each with a cactus, and they surprise us with lovely and colorful blooms. One bonus for us is that our property has drippers which automatically water the flowers without any effort on our part. The only flowers I do water on occasion are the cacti which only need a little water once a week.
Because we have the joy of many hummingbirds living next to us in a small wooded area, we also choose Jessamine flowering shrubs that not only attract hummingbirds but also butterflies. It’s a pleasure to sit on our deck and enjoy the activity of these tiny birds. On occasion, we can hold a small plastic flower like feeder in our palm and the hummingbirds will sit on our hand and drink from the little flower. They love sweet juices in feeders which is made from boiled sugar and water. Watching these sweet birds and lovely butterflies is a joy we receive from having the flowers growing all around us
About the Writer/Gardener Gail Gaymer Martin:
Flowers are not only beautiful, but they are also a symbol of love. My husband, knowing how much I love fresh flowers, often arrives home with a bouquet. I have no doubt that I am loved. I am the author of over eighty published novels with sweet or faith-based romances and occasionally a romantic suspense, and so flowers work well in my fiction. My newest release is a prime example of that. Secrets at Rose Arbor is set in Louisiana where the hero has inherited a plantation home with a beautiful rose arbor in the yard. That arbor is not only on the cover but is also a significant part of the story, one with surprising twists and turns. The Secrets at Rose Arbor can be found on Amazon.com.
You can find me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/gail.g.martin.3
Secrets at Rose Arbor
by Gail Gaymer Martin
Discontent and penitent, Susan returns to her childhood home in Louisiana to make amends with her mother, to see her mentor, Libby and to re-evaluate her life, but instead of solace, her heart tangles with Justin Robard, facing his aunt Libby’s recent death which affects both their lives. But Susan finds purpose helping Justin keep the inherited plantation home tied to the conditions of his aunt’s will, and in the process, she learns a secret that will shock Justin and change his life, if she has the courage to tell him the secret that could set him free.