I love gardens with a passion. But I am a terrible gardener. I love to see gardens. Not do the work. As a result most of the plantings around my house are the kind that don’t need a lot of work, but provide me with great joy in viewing them.
When I bought this home the back fence wall was partially covered in bougainvillea. Hot pink and orange. Zero maintenance and I loved it.
Behind the wall was an ugly shed. Well, that had to be disguised. I bought lattice work and planted morning glory. I wanted very blue morning glory so I was told to add iron nails to the dirt. It worked. I also planted hollyhocks because I wanted to show my child friends how to make dolls from the flowers. I also added two huge pots for tomatoes and rosemary and basil.
In the front we had a window which caught sun all day and turned the room into a sauna. We solved this problem by planning a wall of Jasmine in front of the window. On the far left of the wall are pink coneflowers. On the right, near the door is the most glorious climbing red rose. The scents in season are intoxicating.
In 2010 my sister, Kelly came to take care of me after I had open heart surgery. While she was here, she planted me a red hibiscus in memory of our Hawaii home. After six years it finally bloomed. I smile every time I see it.
I always wanted to have an artichoke plant. So I got two. Do you know what happens to an artichoke when you get involved in writing and forget to pick it? Huge Purple Thistles. Aren’t they gorgeous?
Three years ago a dear friend of mine made me a fairy garden. I put it on my front porch for everyone to admire. This may be my favorite garden of all. My new ambition is to make one myself. I have a pot and a fairy and some beautiful stones. Now I need the plants and the time to create something magical.
In the meantime I continue to write gardens in my books.
About the gardener author:
Susan writes mainstream steamy second chance romances with a touch of magic as Susan B. James and children’s books as Susan J. Berger.
In her debut romance, Time and Forever, two women in their sixties inadvertently travel back to London in 1969. Maybe This Time, also time travel, came out in July. Both books feature scenes in one of Susan’s favorite gardens –Kensington Garden in London.
Susan’s other career is acting.Last year, among other things, she killed Kathy Bates on American Horror Story. This she, among other things, she got stabbed by a pen on Future Man and played the victim on Major Crimes. Karma? Who knows what’s next. The joy is in the journey.
Visit Susan at her blog: http://www.susanbjames.blogspot.com/ because she hosts lots of authors and giveaways.
Warning to readers of sweet or inspirational romance: Susan’s book may contain open door love scenes.