The yellow and white iris are called Wedding Candles. I planted them the year my husband and I were married.
Did you know you can start a rose from a cutting?
It's best to start them in May or June, using healthy,
young shoots with at least three sets of leaves on the
stem. Remove the bottom two sets of leaves and
if the top set has large leaves, cut them in half or
remove some of them. You are trying to strike a
balance between draining the plant and forcing
it to put out roots. Plant the stem, making sure to
bury the places where you removed the leaves,
then cover with a glass jar. Constant moisture in
the air and around the roots is a big contributor
to success. I've started many roses this way. I've
even had success with fresh roses from a florist,
although they don't always survive on their own root.
(And, I did feel a bit like Morticia from the
Addams Family cutting the flowers off the stems.)
History can be entertaining. Did you know:
* Lord Derby's first horse track was actually a horseshoe shape that was created on a slight rise. The best seats were at the opening, because you could see the beginning and end of the race. My heroine in Love's Guardian couldn't resist a horse race.
* The Tower of London once housed a Royal Menagerie. All kinds of animals occupied the Tower : a polar bear, lions/tigers, an elephant, a constricting snake, etc. The animals were displayed to entertain the king and his court. Many "accidents" occurred while caring for these wild creatures, and in the 1830's the animals were moved to what would become the London or Regent's Zoo. In The Perfect Duke my hero and heroine visit the Tower to see the animals.
* The Encyclopaedia Britannica actually began in Edinburgh, Scotland sometime between 1768 and 1771. In Highland Yearning, the hero's father is compiling articles for the encyclopaedia. He believes man's knowledge should be written down. Too often mankind has lost what was known with events such as the destruction of the library in Alexandria, and the devastation caused by the Black Death. (plague)
I'll always be adding new tidbits to this page. Please let me know if there's something about one of my books you'd like me to answer. Contact me at Dawn@Dawn-Ireland.com
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The Reading Cafe: August 14th - interview
Catherine Castle: A Writer's Garden Aug 18th
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Carly's View: Sept. 5, 2016 (blog on unusual British Food) Carly's blog site
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* Marry the right person, this one decision will determine 90 % of your happiness or misery
* Work at something you enjoy and that's worthy of your time and talent.
* Give people more than they expect, and do it cheerfully.
* Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know..
* Be forgiving of yourself and others.
* Be generous.
* Have a grateful heart.
* Persistence, persistence, persistence.
* Discipline yourself to save money, even on the most modest salary.
* Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated.
* Commit yourself to constant improvement.
* Commit yourself to quality.
* Understand that happiness is not based on possessions, power, or prestige, but on relationhips with people you love and respect.
* Be loyal.
* Be honest.
* Be a self-starter.
* Be decisive, even if it means you’ll sometimes be wrong.
* Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life.
* Be bold and courageous. When you look back on your life, you’ll regret the things you didn’t do, more than the ones you did.
* Take good care of those you love.
* Don’t do anything that wouldn’t make your Mom proud.
"What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure." (Samuel Johnson)
Answers to the British Food match-up
(top-first food description) 9, 12, 14, 5, 10, 8, 1, 11, 13, 17, 2, 15, 18, 21, 4, 19, 3, 22, 20, 6, 7, 16 (bottom)
Spring flowers from my garden.
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The Silver Dagger Scriptorium (review)
Fang-tastic Books (Guest Blog)
Lisa’s World of Books
Sharon Buchinder (interview)
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The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom (Interview with Scruffy)
Sylv all about books and film
More Books Than Livros (review)
Book Bling (review)
Leigh Anderson Romance
Paranormal Book Boyfriends
Deal Sharing Aunt (interview)
3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, and Sissy, Too!
Eskimo Princess Book Reviews
Zenny's Awesome Book Reviews
Ramblings of a book nerd
The Book Junkie Reads (Interview and review)
Share My Destiny
Romance Authors That Rock (review)
Memorable first lines in books.
"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit." (The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien)
"All children, except one, grow up." (Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie)
"Maybe I shouldn't have given the guy who pumped my stomach my phone number, but who cares?" (Postcards from the Edge by Carrie Fisher)
"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
(Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen)
I love time travel stories!