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Pushing Up Daisies with Rosemary Harris
Category: Presenting "The Curious Gardener"
Recently I had the pleasure of meeting Rosemary Harris, author of gardening mysteries and an Anthony and Agatha Nominee for Best First Novel. I had read her first book in her “Dirty Business” series, Pushing Up Daisies, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Her lead character is Paula Holliday, a cheeky 40-something woman, newly single and launching a landscaping business in a small town in Connecticut after being downsized from her big city career in video production.
We met at the coffee shop that Rosemary says was the inspiration for Paradise Diner in the book. I looked around for the proprietor Babe, who is a colorful personality and figures large in the series, but quickly realized that she is an invention of Rosemary’s. Here’s a description of Babe in Pushing Up Daisies: “Though only the boldest of the soccer moms ventured in, the Paradise is a magnet for every male in town between the ages of 12 and 80…They come in to see what color [Babe’s] hair is this week or what sexy, tattoo-revealing getup she’ll be wearing…Despite our glaring differences, Babe and I had hit it off immediately. ‘Top you off, Paula?’ she asked. I threw caution to the wind and held out my cup for more.”
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Winter is a great time for perusing gardening catalogs, dreaming about upcoming gardens and thinking about flowers. I have been writing an article about trends in flower arrangements and have found inspiration in two great books: “The Art of Flower Arranging” [Gibbs Smith, 2009] by Eileen Johnson, founder and owner of FlowerSchool New York and “Flower Arranging the American Way” (Abrams, 2009) by Nancy D’Oench. This book highlights 250 designs by gifted amateur flower arrangers under the auspices of the World Flower Association of Flower Arrangers. It was created in anticipation of the U.S. hosting the 10th World Flower Show, in Boston, in June 2009.
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