The Real Jewel Bay — summer in bloom


So it’s winter in the village in BUTTER OFF DEAD, but high summer right now. And I’d much rather share pictures of posies than snow piles!

Left: Arrowleaf Balsamroot, one of my favorite wildflowers. Other faves: Indian paintbrush and wild pink spirea, so brave it grows on the upper slopes of the Continental Divide, right behind our house.

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Clematis “Etoile Violette.” We trained it up an old bamboo rake staked to the side of the garage.




Echinacea, aka cone flower. It’s spread like mad in our woodland garden and we love it!

IMGP1939And sedum “Autumn Joy,” over the grave of our much-loved orange tabby, a sweet girl who showed up one fall and so, was named “Autumn.” She inspired Pumpkin, the new cat in BUTTER OFF DEAD.

Butter Off Dead (final)


BUTTER OFF DEAD, third in the Agatha-Award winning Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries, out now.



4 thoughts on “The Real Jewel Bay — summer in bloom

    • Thanks! I nearly cried when I stepped on the Autumn Joy and broke it — but that gave me a cutting to root, doubling the blooms. Doubling the joy!

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