Fall flowers and plants project their own beauty. Stems begin to brown from bottom up. But the flowers are just as gorgeous, maybe even more so than in summer. Zinnias have spread into four or five flowers instead of one. Marigolds have vibrantly spread along the border of the garden.
Snapdragons appreciate the cooler weather, pop up at unexpected places, and burst with pink, yellow, burgundy and yellow and white all over again.
Hummingbird mint is still attracting hummingbirds in Pennsylvania in mid September. The rose bushes have new life and are spreading with vibrant blooms.
More garden fall beauty manifests in the crape myrtle and ornamental grasses. The tall grasses shelter the feral and stray cats that roam through our gardens. We are readying their winter shelters. Yes, soon, the first frost will nip at it all. But for now we're enjoying the color and vibrancy for as long as we can.
USA TODAY Bestselling Author Karen Rose Smith is an only child who delved into books at an early age. She learned about kindred spirits from Anne of Green Gables, solved mysteries with Nancy Drew and wished she could have been the rider on The Black Stallion. Yet even though she escaped often into story worlds, she had many aunts, uncles and cousins around her on weekends. Her sense of family and relationships began there. Maybe that's why families are a strong theme in her novels, whether mysteries or romances. Her 87th novel will be released in 2015.
Readers often ask her about her pastimes. She has herb, flowers and vegetable gardens that help her relax. In the winter, she cooks rather than gardens. And year round she spends most of her time with her husband, as well as her four rescued cats who are her constant companions. They chase rainbows from sun catchers, reminding her life isn't all about work, awards and bestseller lists. Everyone needs that rainbow to chase.
Karen looks forward to interacting with readers. They can find her at the links below.
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