This is Janet Tronstad and I have been thinking about flowers and especially what says spring around my parent's farm in Montana. This was important because I am just starting another Dry Creek book and I wanted to capture some of that 'ahhh -- spring is finally here' feeling in the title of the book (set to come out next April).
When I was thinking, I remembered the sight and smell of the lilac bushes that bloom on the south side of my parent's house (the very ones my mother planted fifty years ago - and the ones that I could smell through my bedroom window while growing up). When I mentioned these lilacs to a few of my friends, it seemed everyone had some kind of flower from their childhood that made them nostalgic. So the editors and I settled on the title -- "Lilac Wedding in Dry Creek." I love it already! And the editor is going to encourage the art department to go wild with the lilacs (they, of course, make their own decisions, but I am hopeful).
It was only after all of my thinking about flowers that I realized the cover of my latest book (shared with my good friend, Debra Clopton) also has flowers on the cover (yellow daisies, I believe).
All of this made me realize how important flowers are in our memories. And it made me wonder if you have a flower that holds a special place in your heart because of the memories it brings back. Do you? I'd love to know what flower it is and why it's special to you.