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January Interviews
1/1 Sherry Harris, Sell Low, Sweet Harriet
1/8 Barbara Ross, Sealed Off
1/15 Libby Klein, Theater Nights Are Murder
1/22 Carol Pouliot, Doorway To Murder
1/29 Julia Buckley, Death with A Dark Red Rose

Saturday Guest Bloggers:
1/4 Lisa Lieberman
1/11 Karen McCarthy
1/18 Trey Baker

WWK Bloggers: 1/25 Kait Carson, 1/30 E. B. Davis


Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Don't miss Shari Randall's "The Queen of Christmas" available on at Amazon. Shari's holiday story for WWK was too long so she published it for our enjoyment. It's available for 99 cents or on Kindle Unlimited for free!

KM Rockwood's "The Society" and "To Die A Free Man; the Story of Joseph Bowers" are included in the BOULD Awards Anthology, which was released on November 19. KM won second place with a cash prize for "The Society." Congratulations, KM! Kaye George's "Meeting on the Funicular" is also in this anthology, which can be bought for 99 cents on Kindle until November 30.

Paula Gail Benson's story "Wisest, Swiftest, Kindest" appears in Love in the Lowcountry an anthology by the Lowcountry Romance Writers available 11/5 in e-book and print format on Amazon. The anthology includes fourteen stories all based in Charleston, South Carolina.

Kaye George's "Grist for the Mill" was published in A Murder of Crows anthology, edited by Sandra Murphy on October 9th.

Lyrical Press will publish Kaye George's Vintage Sweets mystery series. The first book, Revenge Is Sweet, will be released in March. Look for the interview here on 3/11.

Shari Randall will be writing again for St. Martin's, perhaps under a pseudonym. We look forward to reading Shari's Ice Cream Shop Mystery series debuting next year. Congratulations, Shari!

Susan Van Kirk's A Death At Tippett Pond was released on June 15th. Read E. B. Davis's interview with Susan.

Warren Bull's Abraham Lincoln: Seldom Told Stories was released. It is available at: GoRead: https://www.goread.com/book/abraham-lincoln-seldom-told-stories or at Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/ydaklx8p

Grace Topping's mystery, Staging is Murder was released April 30. It is now also available in audio.


Thursday, June 13, 2019

The Cincinnati Zoo Tulip Festival

By Margaret S. Hamilton

“Tulip Mania” happens April 1-30th every year at the Cincinnati Zoo, when the display beds are filled with 100,000 blooming tulips. Red and yellow tulips bloom first, followed by other hues: white, purple, and pink. A million daffodils, hyacinths, flowering bushes and trees planted on the grounds augment the tulip festival.

The Cincinnati Zoo opened in 1875, the second-oldest zoo in the United States, on its original sixty-five-acre campus near the current University of Cincinnati, UC medical campus, and the EPA. The Cincinnati Opera performed in an outdoor pavilion at the Zoo from 1920-1971, before the annual productions moved downtown to Music Hall.

The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden participates in both animal conservation programs and an extensive plant program, including specialty gardens within the zoo (butterfly, conifer, pollinator, and rain gardens) and a propagation program for endangered plant species. Bowyer Farm, north of the city, is a reclaimed twenty-four-acre wetland serving as a bird migration stopover and growing facility for native plants.

The first week of May, the tulip bulbs are dug up and sold for replanting in home gardens in the fall, and the display beds filled with bedding plants.


Readers and writers, does your community have a special spring flower display? 


Susan said...

Wow. Such gorgeous tulips. Tulips are my favorite flower, so thanks for starting off my day with splendor.

Grace Topping said...

Thank you, Margaret, for the lovely photos of the tulips. My husband and daughters planted 100 tulip bulbs, and they bloomed beautifully--to the delight of the deer that gobbled them up as soon as they bloomed. No more tulips. Fortunately, the deer don't eat our daffodils.

Jim Jackson said...

Having lived for a decade in the Clifton area of Cincinnati, I’ve been to the Cincinnati Zoo many times and enjoyed the flowers.

The Rochester, NY area where I grew up celebrates the Lilac Festival, which features Highland Park with a gazillion lilac bushes in bloom and the air scented with sweet perfume.

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

Susan, glad you enjoyed the photos.

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

Jim, the Zoo is in the midst of a huge building project but the Tulip Festival happened between chain link construction fencing. The lilac festival must be heaven.

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

Grace, sorry to learn about your tulip planting. I know rodent cages exist to protect the bulbs from chipmunks and squirrels, but nothing but serious fencing will protect the tulip stems and leaves once they emerge. I had a massed tulip planting in northern Ohio reduced to nothing but hoof prints in the dirt overnight. Deer raid!

Daffodils are toxic to deer, chipmunks, and squirrels and now offer enough variety in their extended bloom times to replace tulips. Which reminds me, it's time to coat the daylilies in deer repellent. It never ends, does it?

Warren Bull said...


Margaret S. Hamilton said...

Thanks Warren. What's blooming in your area?

E. B. Davis said...

Breath taking pictures, Margaret. I swear I could smell them. Here on the Outer Banks, we have few flowering plants except for some cactus type of flower around the dunes in the summer. Unfortunately, the plant also has a nasty thistle, which pricks everyone's feet. They are miserable. People have planted flowers in their gardens, but we mainly have foliage--oleander, forsythia, and myrtle. I'm always astounded at the beauty when I go to the mainland in the spring. But the mainland doesn't have the beach!

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

Elaine, seaside gardens are tricky. I planted several for my mother on Cape Cod, always starting with a truckload of topsoil and peat moss. Plant nurseries sell "salt spray" hardy plants. On the Cape, the dunes had beach plums and poison ivy. The marshes had beautiful marsh mallow blooms.

KM Rockwood said...

What wonderful pictures. (I especially like the gorilla.)

Our spring blossoms are well past. We have lots of daffodils (the deer leave them alone--tulip displays end up with healthy stems, each with the tulip flower neatly bitten off) along a utility cut on the edge of our property. Astilbe are fading, and the fairy roses are coming into their own.

Does deer repellent work on daylilies? I've resigned myself over the years to losing most of the buds to deer.

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

Thanks for posting, Kathleen. I found a spray bottle of rabbit and deer repellent in the garage so I guess I used it other years on the daylilies.