Friday, December 11, 2020

Restoring Fairhaven Release Week Fun

It's release week for Restoring Fairhaven, book six in the Independence Islands Series. To celebrate with author, Carolyn Miller, we thought we'd have a garden party, showing off our own gardens, sharing gardening tips and more. Today, I'll be sharing a little about low maintenance gardening with children. Look at my pictures and post below. Also, don't forget to read more about Restoring Fairhaven and sign up for the giveaway! :)    

Around my house, we have lots going on all time. When I'm not busy writing or homeschooling, there is always some project to work on. However, we still love having pretty flowers around our house and my kids love to help plant and water them. For us, the best flowers are perennials or hardy annuals that don't constant maintenance. Today, I'd like to talk about some of my favorite flowers to have in our flowerbeds and planters. 

My 3 Favorite Annuals...

1. Begonias

These are pretty flowers, coming in dark pink and white. I love how they really fill out a planter and last all spring and summer. I also enjoy their dark green leaves. They make a nice addition to my rock garden when planted in pots.

2. Petunias

These are not quite as hardy, but so beautiful with big blooms! There are many different colors, but for this particular year, my youngest picked these pretty pink ones out for me. They last until about mid summer and then start dying off a little. They do need a little shade too. 

3. Marigolds

I love how vibrant these flowers are all season long. This year, mine lasted until late October. They love sun and I've also heard they help keep away insects, because of their smell.


Along with the bright and easy to care for annuals, we also love perennials that some back every year. For mother's day this year, my husband and kids made me a new flowerbed and these are some of the perennials we chose. 

1. Salvia

These are by far my favorite. I love their rich purple color and they come back bigger every year. 

2. Graffiti

This was our first year trying these. Their magenta blooms are very pretty, but unfortunately, they were overtaken by some other flowers in our garden and didn't thrive as much as I thought. I hope they return next year. 

3. Lantana

These were the rock stars of our garden this year. We bought this color and some pink ones. They are a bushy plant and very hardy. I'm excited to see them return in the spring. 

4. Wildflowers

My husband wanted to try some wildflower seeds this year and I was surprised at how beautiful they turned out. However, I wouldn't recommend having them in a flowerbed with smaller plants. By summertime they overtook most of the garden. I think we'll still plant them, next year, but in a different area of our property.

Thanks so much for participating in the blog party for Carolyn Miller's new release! Please scroll down to learn more about the book and enter in the giveaway!

More About Restoring Fairhaven...

Love hurts, or so the songs say, so who wants it?

Taking on her ailing father’s gardening business on Merriweather Island, Samantha Green only wants to escape her ex and to make her father proud.

But Sam gets more than she bargained for when Greener Gardens accepts the job of restoring the gardens of a reclusive writer, Max Fairhaven, whose historical novels about romance and unrequited love litter bookstore shelves and movie marquees all over the world.

Max much prefers the fictional world to the real, and the gardening girl’s interruptions means he’s driven from his writing cave far too often for his liking.

How’s he supposed to craft stories with her distracting him all the time?

Things change when he learns something of Sam’s family challenges, and his admiration slowly kindles. With his secretary’s goading, he’s forced to confront the past, while facing the fact that he needs to change in order to avoid a lonely future.

Gentle pruning and a whole lot of banter forges a friendship between this not-so-Southern belle landscaper and the half-British author. But is their budding attraction enough to grow into a flourishing happily-ever-after?

Restoring Fairhaven is the final “Merriweather book,” but don’t forget to embark on a tour of the next island in this series featuring five islands, six authors, and a boatload of happily-ever-afters.

The Independence Island Series: beach reads aren’t just for summer anymore.

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 Follow the tour throughout the week to enter in the giveaways!

Carolyn Miller – December 8

Chautona Havig – December 9

Melissa Wardwell – December 10

Kari Trumbo – December 11

Rachel Skatvold – December 12

Tabitha Bouldin – December 13


  1. I've never grown Grafitti or Lantana. They are so pretty, I need to see if they are hardy in my zone. Thanks!

  2. I am really enjoying all the pictures of the flowers. We live in an apartment complex & can't grow anything here.