Monday, March 21, 2011

GARDEN INSPIRATION

In an earlier post, I mentioned that I recently wrote some articles for Victoria magazine's special publication, Gardens of Bliss. It was such a thrill to work with the magazine, which should be out on newsstands tomorrow. I wrote the following sections: A Gardener's Palette, Solitude and Sanctuary, and Bountiful Bouquets. The magazine doesn't list bylines with the articles but you can find me listed in the masthead and credits section.


In addition to the sections that I wrote, you'll also find an article on roses, three showcase garden profiles, and wonderful recipes that use herbs and edible flowers. Think Lemon Mousse Cake and Lavender-Lemon Shortbread! Yum! 

To celebrate the debut of this beautiful magazine, I'm giving away a free copy. Just leave a comment telling me your favorite plant by midnight this Friday, March 25. I'll pick a name from the entries and announce the winner on Saturday evening.

Here are some of my favorite plants, pictured in my garden. These blue-flowering forget-me-nots extend a cheerful early spring welcome in my arbor garden. I also have pink-flowering ones.


By summer, the coleus take center stage. I love them for their fanciful foliage and showstopping colors. This one is peeking out from underneath a penstemon. You can see a hint of the golden moneywort (pictured under the coleus), which creates a chartreuse carpet under my Alberta spruce spiraling topiaries (not pictured).


I look forward to hearing about your favorite plants! And for those of you who regularly read Victoria magazine, check out my article in the upcoming May/June issue. It's not out on newsstands yet but I will share more details when I can. Until then, I wish you many happy garden dreams!