This week's featured flower is - Coreopsis! These bright and sunny daisy-like flowers bloom all summer long. This perennial has airy, needle-like foliage and grows to be about two feet tall. It does well in full sun and is very drought tolerant. Butterflies seem to like these bright yellow flowers. They are very easy to grow and bloom well year after year. There are several varieties of Coreopsis, and their colors range from white to yellow to pink. If you would like to learn more about this cheerful perennial, check out Fine Gardening's Coreopsis page, Garden Guides' Coreopsis page, or Wikipedia's Coreopsis page.
A few book and blogosphere updates:
1. Candace's Book Blog, Pure Imagination, and Reading Angel are hosting a "Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer Giveaway"! They will be giving away a total of six pre-ordered books from The Book Depository. The giveaway runs through August 27th, and you will need to stop by each of their blogs to enter. You can find the entry forms here, here, and here.
2. Eve's Fan Garden is hosting a Midsummer Night's Chat series next week (Aug. 9th - Aug. 14th). Several fabulous authors will be participating, including Heidi R. Kling, Bree Despain, Cassandra Clare, Kami Garcia, Dia Reeves, Holly Cupala, Beth Fantaskey, Lauren Oliver, Aprilynne Pike, and Sarah Rees Brennan. For more information about how to participate, please visit Eve's Fan Garden's blog or facebook page.
3. Paperback Dolls is hosting a MEGA Cassandra Clare giveaway featuring signed copies of the Mortal Instruments books and Clockwork Angel as well as a necklace, cuff, and bookmarks from Viviane Hebel's Mortal Instruments & Infernal Devices Etsy shop. The contest runs through Aug. 31st and you can find more details here.