Welcome Donna. I’m also a fan of spirea. Now, back to Donna, her lovely post, new release, and ***Giveaway!
Spirea is one of those old-fashioned, heirloom shrubs that many people prize. My grandmother had several bushes growing in her yard. They are easy to maintain and some varieties can grow up to eight feet tall and twelve feet in diameter. The Vanhoutte Spirea, often called the “bridal wreath”, has a fountain-like growth with a rounded top and arching branches that curve to the ground. In late spring, the pendants bloom with tufts of small white flowers that give off a honey-sweet aroma. The leaves are small and greenish-blue and will turn plum-colored in the fall. It’s no wonder the pliable branches from this lovely bush are often used as decorations.
In researching my historical short story, LOVING BYRNE, I discovered that spirea was often used to festoon wedding venues. Arches and columns were wrapped with them. They were arranged in vases and used in bouquets. They were even woven into wreaths, hence the name. So, when I created the wedding hall for my story, I decorated it with spirea and white roses. That hall must have smelled heavenly. 🙂
***Sounds beautiful. We used spirea in my daughter Alison’s wedding. What an enchanting addition to your story.
For those interested in learning more about Donna’s short story, here’s a blurb for LOVING BYRNE.
Lieutenant Stephen Byrne stands guard over a British envoy asleep after an all-day drinking binge. So when his fiancée arrives, Stephen feels safe leaving his post for a quick meal. Yet his worst nightmare comes true when the Englishman slips from the room and leaves the hotel.
Victoria Manning will soon have everything she’s ever wanted—a loving husband and a new life at Fort Leavenworth as an Army officer’s wife. When loneliness and a special picnic lunch for her fiancé bring her to the Willard Hotel, their meal soon falls by the wayside as their passion ignites and their agreement of abstinence is put to the test.
Stephen and Victoria must put their special night on hold as they search for the fugitive envoy. Can they find him and save Stephen’s commission in the Army, or will their future together be in jeopardy?
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Donna Dalton….romancing the past
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