On Sunday evening, driving in my neighborhood, I noticed that holiday lights were up– what welcome sparkles! I have a feeling the blog world will be brimming with giving and receiving, in coming days.
In the fall of both 1995 and 2005, rose books by yours truly, made it to bookstores, across the US and even in Europe– timed for the holidays. They were giddy times for me– full of excitement. At special events, I was awed by the privilege of signing my name in the books. Both books are out of print now, but I have a little stash here at home. I'd like one of you to have a signed set, as a gift. My most recent book, R is for Rose: Reflections of a Passionate Rose Lover, weighs 3-pounds!
Roses, whose initials form letters of the Alphabet, are the stars of these pages. The above spread features F for Foetida Bicolor. Each chapter explores intimate details about the featured rose. History, growth habit, how they look in vases (yes, there are many rose arrangements– 2, 3, 4 per chapter), how I met said rose (I said intimate details), and any number of other subjects. Uh huh, the roses made me write about all kinds of things– adoption, marriage, death, self-love, the unknown, and much more . . . There are many photographs, some were taken in England, but most are from my garden.
The Poetry of Roses
Above, are photos from my first book, The Poetry of Roses. On my blog, pairing rose images with poetry or quotes, is one of my favorite things. I spent a whole year doing the same for this book, and discovered that poets have always been writing about roses.
see the four pictures lined up below this text? Below those pictures, you will find a comments link in dark blue- click on it and leave a comment in the box that
appears. Your name will then be placed in a drawing for the two books.
If you win, I'll email you and ask for your address, and then on December 10, I'll send you the books. I know many of you
have my book, but it's a great gift too. I'll sign it something like
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