COME AND SAY HI AT CANADA BLOOMS
After an absence of several years, I’m taking part in our premier flowerfest on Saturday, March 15 at 2 pm. But you won’t find me in the lecture halls or in the list of speakers that’s printed in the Blooms program guide. Instead, seek out the “Reading Garden” created by Parklane, one of the landscapers that’s exhibiting at the show.
I was invited to do a short reading there from my award-winning latest book, The Untamed Garden and I said Yes, because it sounded like something different -and fun. I’ll probably wear a big red hat, so I’m easy to spot. The new colourful paperback version of this book will be on sale while I’m in the garden.
I may also have copies of my first novel, called Deer Eyes, available (if it’s published on time.) The novel is a fast-moving tale about a New York botanical artist who inherits a house in the wilds of Canada and meets a compelling neighbour. Spicy stuff about art, plants, human relationships and yes–whoo hoo–a bit of sex. Watch here for more details about the novel.
The paperback edition sports a lusty brand new cover and would make a neat gift for anyone interested in the sexy world of plants.
It costs only $14.40 if you order it through Amazon. Here is the link>>
It’s also available for less than $20 through any independent bookstore. Please support them if you can.
This book won the top Gold Award at the Garden Writers’ Association annual convention. It beat out competition from books all over the U.S. and Canada and has received rave reviews. More about the book below.
Read more in these two news stories, published in the Toronto Star:
MY REDCURRANT CAKE FINDS FAME IN FRANCE
You never know where a book will take you. Heather Killan of Limehouse, Ontario, bought my memoir Middle-Aged Spread, Moving To the Country At 50 a few years ago and loved a recipe in the book that I devised myself. It’s called Ravishing Redcurrant Cake. She took the book with her during a visit to her daughter’s villa in Cavan, Provence, left it there– and subsequently, many other visitors (and locals) have read the book and fallen in love with the recipe too.
Now, it seems my humble cake has become a popular item in Cavan, which perhaps isn’t that surprising. The French are fond of redcurrants, and this concoction of mine is a great way to use up a bumper crop.
The cake is not too sweet, it’s loaded with redcurrants and also contains a bit of grated orange peel. And the recipe? Sorry, folks, you’ll have to read Middle-Aged Spread to find out. It’s unfortunately out of print due to the bankruptcy of Key Porter Books, but you should be able to find a copy in your local library. And I’m thinking of updating this memoir and republishing it in 2014 as an E-book. Let me know if you’re interested.
WATCH ME reading some sexy stuff beside the tallest, most suggestive flower in the world. This flower, called the Amorphophallus Titanum, bloomed for the first time in Canada during May 2012 at Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse. And it caused a huge sensation. The botanical biggie also plays a starring role in my sexy new book, The Untamed Garden, A Revealing Look At Our Love Affair With Plants. So videographer Mark Disero and I hopped down to Niagara to witness its performance.
Sonia’s story about the Titan Arum appeared Friday April 27 in the Star. Here’s the link: http://www.thestar.com/living/article/1168772–world-s-tallest-plant-ready-to-bloom-in-niagara-the-real-dirt
SPICY STUFF ABOUT PLANTS REVEALED
My seventh book, The Untamed Garden – A Revealing Look at Our Love Affair With Plants –contains delicious tidbits that may surprise you. I reveal some of its lusty secrets in this gorgeously illustrated little volume, which was deemed so original, informative and entertaining, it won the top Gold award from the Garden Writers’ Association in late 2012.
Why do people like it? Well — whoo hoo — you can read about:
- A luscious-looking rose whose name scandalized the Victorians.
- A suggestive plant that caused a Spanish queen to faint at court.
- The real forbidden fruit which caused the downfall of Adam and Eve.
- The amazing Coco De Mer, which resembles the pelvis of a naked woman.
- The reason why men fall in love with orchids.
- The night-blooming flower with a scent that turns men on.
- Love potions and lots more.
WHY I WROTE THIS BOOK
A remarkably sexy butternut squash (shown here) provided the inspiration. The “buttocks” of this squash had somehow managed to insinuate themselves into the backyard fence of a garden in downtown Toronto. After I wrote about her curves in my Toronto Star gardening column — and they ran the photo — it got me thinking: Why not a book about plants and sex? Could be fun. Thus The Untamed Garden was born.
What the book is — and where to buy it:
- Easy-to-read. entertaining chapters that follow the “arc” of a love affair.
- Packed with remarkable illustrations and photographs. Some are contemporary, others are classic paintings by famous artists of bygone days, like Leonardo da Vinci.
- Buy (or order it ) at any bookstore. Or get it online from Indigo or Amazon.
- Also published as an E-book. Go to Amazon or Indigo for instructions on how to download it.
INCREDIBLE EDIBLES GOES TURKISH
My colourful little book on growing food in the city (which won Silver at the Canadian Cookbook Awards in late 2011) is now on sale in Turkey under the name Sehirdeki Bahce. The largest and oldest publisher in Turkey, called Inkilap, bought rights to the book from Firefly, the North American publisher. There are apparently legions of rooftop gardeners in Turkey’s sophisticated capital city, Istanbul, so here’s hoping for big sales!