Friday, June 25, 2010

Flower Friday - Blue Beauty Erigeron + Friday's Fab Five

'Blue Beauty' Erigeron
Today's featured flower is 'Blue Beauty' Erigeron!  Otherwise known as Fleabane daisies, these periwinkle blue flowers begin to bloom each June and continue flowering into the autumn.  This perennial seems to spread fairly slowly, but it blooms reliably year after year.  It does not need any special care and can tolerate fairly dry conditions.  They make excellent cut flowers and dead-heading  throughout the summer helps encourage this plant to continue blooming well into the fall.  Ours occasionally gets leaf spots, but the flowers are not affected & always look bright and pretty.  Butterflies seem to love these flowers!  You can learn more about 'Blue Beauty' Erigeron at or Peter Knippel's Nursery's 'Blue Beauty' Erigeron page.

Friday's Fab Five:

1. What book are looking forward to reading this summer?
Cassandra Clare's Clockwork Angel!  I truly cannot wait to read that book!  It feels like I've been counting down to August 31st for eons!  :-)

2. Do you take a book with you when you go to the beach or pool?
Not usually.  Since there are generally small children in tow, the pool is not a safe place for books that I intend to keep dry.  I do read in the car on the way to the beach, but the book usually stays in the car when we head out to examine tide pools, build sandcastles, or fly kites. 

3. Do you find you have more time or less time to read during the summer?
I always expect to have more time to read in the summer, but in reality I seem to have far less time to read in the summer.
4. Do you have an ereader and do you take that with you wherever you go?
I don't have an ereader yet, so no.
5. When you go on vacation in the summer how many books do you bring with you or do you prefer to pick one up when you are there or not to read at all on vacation?
I usually bring three or four books for myself and a tote bag full of books for the kids.

This fun meme is hosted by Froggarita's Bookcase.  Every Friday Froggarita asks five questions so we can all get to know each other better.  The only rule is that you can't use the same answer twice within your five!   Ready to play?  Leave your answers in the comments or leave us a link to your own Friday's Fab Five post.  :)

A few blog event notes:

1.  Candace of Candace's Book Blog is organizing a book drive for the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.  I will be sending some books along to contribute, and I hope that some of you may be interested in  contributing too.  Please check out Candace's post about Pine Ridge Reservation here.  Pine Ridge Reservation is among the very poorest communities in the US.  The living conditions, infant mortality rates, unemployment levels, and average life expectancy on the reservation are similar to those found in Third World countries.  The more I read about the Pine Ridge Reservation, the more urgently I want to help in any way that I can. Run a google or a youtube search for 'pine ridge reservation poverty' and it is difficult not to be moved by the statistics and reports you'll find (articles like this one & videos like this one).  You also can visit Friends of Pine Ridge Reservation's website to learn more about some of the ongoing projects to help promote literacy on the reservation and you can find more information about the "Build Your Own Library" project here and here.

2.  The Once Upon a Read-A-Thon is coming up in a couple weeks (July 12th-14th), and we will be hosting one of the mini-challenges here on The Eager Readers!  Can't wait!  If you are interested in participating in the read-a-thon, please visit Pure Imagination, Reading Angel, or Candace's Book Blog to learn more about the fun three day event.
Once Upon A Read-A-Thon

3.  Our contests for Julie Kagawa's The Iron King and Jackson Pearce's Sisters Red end next Wednesday (June 30th), so be sure to check those out if you haven't already. 

Happy Reading!  :-)


Froggy said...

Hi Violet!

oh i am so waiting for that book Cassandra Clare!

Thanks for playing along! I added you to my blogroll and posted your link on my post on fab 5!


Candace said...

I CAN'T WAIT for Clockwork Angel too! Definitely my most anticipated book this year.
Thanks so much for sharing about Pine Ridge and providing more links. Honestly I think anyone who looks it up will be moved to help out in some way or another.
And I can't wait for the Read A Thon!

Nikki-ann said...

Beautiful flowers, I love that colour :)

Happy reading! :)

Violet said...

Froggy - Thank you! I really enjoy your Friday's Fab Five meme. :)

Candace - You are very welcome. I'm happy to help spread the word about Pine Ridge. And I can't even describe how excited I am to read Clockwork Angel! I still have my fingers crossed that Cassandra will visit Powell's someday, so we'll have the opportunity to meet her. She is made of awesome! ;-)

Nikki-ann - Thanks! I am a fan of all shades of purple & blue in the garden, but periwinkle may be my very favorite because it is pretty in the sunlight and seems to glow at twilight.

Jenni Elyse said...

I thought I had posted a comment, but I guess I didn't. ;)

I'm excited for Clockwork Angel too! I think it will be so fun to read! I love Cassandra Clare.

I've decided that I'm going to help you get over your fear of books and water. I agree with you about the beach, especially when you have kids in tow. But, the bathtub is truly one of the best places to read! ;)

Violet said...

Jenni - Haha! I love that you are going to help me conquer my fear of reading near water! Perhaps I should start with an old paperback so that I won't be too sad to lose it if I accidentally klutz out and drop it into the bath? ;-)

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