Thanks for hopping in. Unlike many of you, I have not yet had a children’s book published. My blog is about the process of moving stories from my mind to a manuscript. I am a writer and illustrator, and I invite you to my garden of growth: growing my skills, growing my experience, growing my audience.
As you will see, if you check out my website (Pi-SunyerNaturally.com), my work is informed by nature. So on this blog hop I’m happy to share some gardening tips. They will be highlighted in red.
My yard is a registered Backyard Wildlife Habitat, through The National Wildlife Federation and is also certified as an official butterfly garden with the North American Butterfly Association. Both of these programs encourage me to provide for all the needs of wildlife: food, water shelter and nesting and breeding space. The yard is the setting for my first children’s book, which is currently being reviewed by a publisher. Keep your fingers crossed for me, please. I'd love it if you would read some of my other posts and comment there. My first rejection letter was awesome. You can read about it in one of my earlier posts. Those of you who are published, might have a fun flashback to that moment in YOUR career.
If I were to win Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes, the first thing I would do is hire a gardener. I would love to get the yard back to where it was when I was a child, growing up in it. In those days, my grandmother had a gardener several days each week. She had my parents, my siblings and me to help keep our acre trimmed, weeded and filled with flowers, fruit and vegetables, as well as specimens of many trees and flowering shrubs. During World War II our place was home to a blue ribbon Victory Garden. 'Wishing I could get it under control again. Three hours in the garden today, made a miniscule dent in what could be a full time job.
One of the best things I have done in the yard is to build stone walls. It is a fun, but strenuous activity, but very worthwhile. My stonewalls not only outline gardens and provide the country feeling in our suburban setting, but if you build stone walls - at least here in New Jersey - chipmunks will come. They are a delight to watch and their cheery chittering is a happy addition to the bird songs which abound here.
I have also created one area of the yard which is a specific butterfly garden, though the entire property provides good habitat for these colorful charmers. In the butterfly garden I plant many perennials, such as butterfly bush, lilies, echinacea, and milkweed. These are inter-planted with colorful annuals which also attract hummingbirds. I also put in a shallow pan filled with pebbles and sand, that I keep watered, so there is always a shallow source of water for the butterflies.
All of these aspects of the garden are elements that are part of my book. The plants and animals are also part of another project of mine: Copy-cology©. You can find out more about my Copy-cology© products on my website, Pi-SunyerNaturally.com. My favorite item is the
memory card game. This is my GIVE AWAY. I will be happy to send a set of the Memory Card game of your choice to five people who leave comments on my blog. I'll put all your names in a garden pot, and pull out five names. SO please be sure to leave your name and email address on your comment so I can contact winners for their mailing addresses and their choice of sets.
SO head on to the next blog on the hop. It's been nice having you for a visit. Please come visit again and see how my journey toward a published book is going. I can use your encouragement!! Please "Like" me on FaceBook (Nancy Arny Pi-Sunyer) and think about following my Lenten Journey (LentenJourney2014.com).
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