Friday, July 30, 2010

Flower Friday - American Beauty

Climbing American Beauty

This week's featured flowers - 'Climbing American Beauty' roses!  These deep pink roses fade to a beautiful light pink as they age.  This rose is a hybridized, large-flowered climber that can grow to between twelve and fifteen feet tall (with support).  The flowers grow in fragrant clusters, and it blooms from late spring to mid-summer.  This rose is not quite as disease-resistant as some of our other roses like Duchesse de MontebelloVeilchenblau, and Mariannebut it is still fairly hardy.  To learn more about 'American Beauty' climbing roses, check out Dave's Garden's 'Climbing American Beauty' pagePeaceful Habitations' American Beauty, Cl. page, or The Antique Rose Emporium's American Beauty, Cl. page.

A few book and blogosphere updates:
1.  Julie Kagawa will be participating in a Twitter party to celebrate the August 3rd release of The Iron Daughterthe second book in her Iron Fey series.  The party will start at 8 pm EST tomorrow (Saturday, July 31st) and will last until around 9:30 pm EST.  Julie will answer questions and will be giving away some great prizes including signed books, doodled bookplates, and a hand-painted Grimalkin rock. You can follow the chat on twitter or tweetchat using the hashtag #ironfey.

2.  Robin Benway shared her playlist for The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, and June, which will be in stores August 3rd, here.  She also included a book excerpt with each track on the playlist.  If you want to learn more about the characters in her book, all three of the fictional sisters now have twitter accounts: April, May, & June.

3.  Simon & Schuster has arranged a live chat with Cassandra Clare on Wednesday, August 4th at 5 pm EST.  If you haven't registered to attend yet, stop by USTREAM to RSVP.  You can read more about the event here.