Tulips #plantoftheweek

On Friday, April 19th, 2013, I went with a good friend to the Tulip Festival at Thanksgiving Point Gardens in Lehi, Utah. It was a chilly and overcast day that caused us to bundle up with jackets, scarves, and mittens. I was somewhat disappointed with the weather, but pleased with the wonderful displays of flowers in bloom!

I'm so glad that I made the effort to go to the gardens during the festival. TGP gardens are always breathtakingly beautiful, but even more so during the festival. I was enchanted by the varieties of tulips that were in different stages of blooming. The color assortment was fantastic and lovely to behold. Tulips are a short-lived, sure-sign of spring. Feeling impressed to plant more tulips in my own garden, I look forward to researching and discovering some unique varieties to add interest to my flower beds; a black tulip, such as 'Queen of Night,' would add a mysterious element to the poison garden that I have begun.

"Tulips are clearly plants for the foreground: bold and confident, they have the ability to rule their surroundings, stimulating our senses with colour, form and pattern, and thereby altering our mood and the atmosphere of the spaces they occupy."
Gardening with Tulips by Michael King 

Tulip is my PLANT OF THE WEEK!


BOOK REVIEW: Sanctuary for a Lady

BOOK REVIEW: Sanctuary for a Lady by Naomi Rawlings

Naomi Rawlings's book, Sanctuary for a Lady, is a well-written, compelling, inspirational historical romance. Set during the French Revolution this story shares inspirational messages of faith, hope, strength, determination, and love. It reminds us of God's love for everyone...no matter their station in life or bad decisions previously made.

Sanctuary for a Lady is a story about the power of forgiveness and its importance in our lives. Naomi presented realistic characters, lush settings, and great details while bringing the characters to life. I found myself engrossed in the romantic story, yearning to read and learn more about the characters' plight. Sanctuary for a Lady is overflowing with the struggles of everyday life, strife, tension, and danger. I was caught up in the heartbreaking decisions that Isabelle and Michel faced while they tried to achieve their dreams.

Pick up a copy of this Love Inspired book today and fall into the breathtakingly, beautiful, French countryside!
I really enjoyed this story and would love to read a sequel!

Love Note #1

"I believe in the compelling power of love. I do not understand it.
I believe it to be the most fragrant blossom of all this thorny existence."
Theodore Dreiser

"Love is the flower you've got to let grow."
John Lennon

Sixteen years ago I married my sweetheart. How time flies! 
Our marriage has been an amazing journey that I hope will
continue for many more years to come.

Happy Anniversary to my fantastic, incredible, wonderful husband!
You brighten my day and make me complete.
Thanks for all that you do for me Steven E.
With love, Crystal