Digging Dahlias

This week I have been digging up my dahlias, cutting the stems off, washing the tubers and tying tags on them so I know what kind it is, what colour, how tall it will grow. It’s a big job. I have discovered (through trial and error) that a lot of plants I am used to growing in my garden won’t thrive here. Roses for instance – they die within a couple of years. I used to grow a lot of roses but not anymore.

When I first began growing dahlias I was told that I would have to dig them up in the fall, store them over the winter and plant them again in the spring. Being of a somewhat stubborn nature, I decided not to do that. No plant was worth that much work.

Then they all died, one by one. It is too wet and cold in my garden for them to last more than a year or two. Resignedly I realized I would have to do the work. The result? A beautiful garden that blooms from mid July to the end of October.

Don’t you think it’s a bit like writing? If you think you can get by with the shortcuts – such as no plot, quick edits, ignoring the learning curve ­ you can end up with a book that doesn’t flourish. But if you pay attention to the detail, provide what is needed, do the work, you’ll end up with a good piece of writing. I think it’s worth the effort

Legal Obstruction, cover release


COVER RELEASE – coming soon

When Emily Drury takes a job as legal counsel for an import-export company in another town, she doesn’t make the decision because she wants to leave the big city where she works but because she thought she might be safer in a place far away from where she started out. Perhaps no one will follow her.

Joe Tanner is looking for a lawyer to assume an executive position with his rapidly expanding company, but why is this beautiful young woman interested in the job when she could stay and become partner at the law firm where she works? When she arrives, a mystery travels with her, wrapping tentacles around them both.

Joe’s first reaction is to protect her, but he doesn’t know the whole story or who he might be protecting her from. Can Emily trust him enough to divulge her secret, and will he learn what he needs to know in time to stop the avalanche that’s gaining speed as it races down the hill toward them both?

Suspended Animation – print book release


Cover release

Cover release


The print book version of Suspended Animation by Sylvie Grayson is now available. Go to the Amazon site to find it, or click on the link below to have a look


It’s been a lot of fun working with Steven Novak to come up with the full cover, and writing the back blurb. I hope you enjoy it.

Planter pots go wild on deck!


I just had to show a picture of the flower pots on my deck. Every year I cut them back and put them under cover for the winter. I water them a few times and in the spring when it warms the perennials start to grow. That’s when I decide how many new plants I need to buy and how many have made it through to bloom again.

It’s usually a mixed bag. Sometimes they turn out well, sometimes not. But this year it was a total surprise. This is a set of three pots pushed together in a triangular shape against the deck railing. The beautiful blue-green grasses are from last year, as are the tall grey foliage. The low angular branching plants are new to me but they just went crazy taking off in all directions and visually tying the three pots together.

The coleus planted in each pot just adds a jewel tone here and there. Shades of ruby, lemon yellow and green blend with the petunias and inpatients. I love the pots this year. What do you do for flower pots?