Today's featured flowers: Forget-Me-Nots! These pretty little ground cover flowers bloom in abundance each May and June. This type (which I believe is a 'wood' variety) has bright blue & purplish petals with yellow & white centers. We've also grown pink forget-me-nots, which look almost identical in shape and form, but have warm pink petals. Forget-me-nots prefer partial shade and re-seed themselves freely. You can read more about these sweet little flowers on wikipedia's forget-me-not page, Garden Guide's forget-me-not page, or Old Fashioned Living's forget-me-not page.
Book note: I finished Catherine Fisher's Incarceron, Lisa Schroeder's It's Raining Cupcakes, and Lisa Mantchev's Eyes Like Stars: Theatre Illuminata, Act I this week, so those reviews should be posted soon.
In other book news, the much-anticipated cover of Cassandra Clare's Clockwork Angel was revealed yesterday & I absolutely LOVE it! EW's Shelf Life released the full cover image as well as a short interview with Cassandra's editor.
You can check out Cassandra Clare's The Infernal Devices website for more information about this exciting new trilogy, which is a Victorian-era prequel to her Mortal Instruments series. Shadowhunters + steampunkish Victorian London = Awesomesauce! If you are as excited as I am about this series & the newly-revealed cover image, you may also want to check out this closeup of Will Herondale (Jace's ancestor) which Cassandra shared on her LJ yesterday, and you might also enjoy looking through Val Freire's Infernal Devices artwork.
Clockwork Angel summary (from Goodreads.com):
Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still.
When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.
Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What's more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.
Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by—and torn between—two best friends: Jem, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length...everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world...and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.
Happy Reading! :-)