Lady Summer’s Wildflower Pinks!

“Now reigns the Lady Summer,
Round whose feet
A thousand fairies flock with blossoms sweet.”

Cicely Mary Barker

Look what little prize my husband brought home for me yesterday!

He works for Barnes & Noble and brings me sweet little things occasionally.  In this case – I had provided him with the ISBN number – of the complete four seasons books by Cicely Mary Barker.  Love the seasons and these sweet poetry books filled with the vintage verse and illustrations of flower and fairie detailing the wildflowers of each season in rhyme, color, and line.  They were a must have for my flower book collection.  Her work was the inspiration for the contemporary take on the subject by “Fairyopolis”.

And, of course, what better publisher for such a reproduction of this vintage series than the Frederick Warne Company – who were – and are – the publishers of our good Beatrix Potter’s works.  Another vintage woman author whose works in prose and illustration and love of nature are a delight to me.

I took my book into my mid-August wildflower garden in search of PINKS to share with you all this Pink Saturday!  After a May, June, and July of largely yellow, white, red, and blue blooms, it would appear that August is fairly bursting with new PINKS, thus:

Not that I know the names of these flowers, either – as confessed in my last wildflower garden post earlier this summer.  However, I am hoping – as before – that I will be flooded with comments identifying them so I can add to my file and education on the subject.


This is a big week for me!  I am performing my final appearance as Miss Kathy with Tale Spin Stories – the storytime show I’ve done at the Cumberland Mall near where I live for seven years!  I’ll be going out with my annual Victorian Tea Party and passing the baton/teacup to a new story lady beginning in September.

In September I will be busy on two campuses of charter schools in my county teaching the drama programs.  That’s quite a job – putting over 200 elementary kids onstage in two different productions a year on two campuses – and all original scripting and production materials.  I’ll be . . . busy.

It will be bittersweet leaving my little preschool Talespinners and families – so many of them I’ve grown up with, introducing them to the love of books, literacy, and learning!  You can see the coverage my departure has gotten with lots of photos – made the front page this week – at this news-story I like to call:  Miss Kathy Closes the Book on Tale Spin Stories.  When you see the headline the paper gave me – you’ll understand my re-write.  They made it sound like some woman bumped me off!  Anyway, they toasted me today on the Opinion Page – and I am flattered and humbled by the kind send-off.


I will be celebrating a number of thing in the following week and a half:  My Tale Spin Stories retirement, my start of a new school year, my birthday on September 1st, my six month Blogoversary, and my probable breaking the 100 Follower mark!  As of this morning I’m at 95 followers – amazing me since I’ve been sharing for such a short period of time!

I can’t tell you how much my interaction with everyone in Blogworld has blessed me  – beyond measure!!  This is such a wonderful community!  I am inspired and growing spiritually, creatively, and in all things good and beauty – giving me more to give to others.

To that end – next week I will have my first GIVE-AWAY!!!  It will be PINK, and related to all my big doings this week!  I will post more about it on my Tea Party Tuesday blog – when I’ll be kicking off the Enter-to-Win instructions!  Look for that post later in the day on Tuesday, with photos and details of my grand finale Victorian Tea Party at the mall storytime – place-setting for about 60 pre-schoolers – could be more!

As it is – I must finish this post and dash to a Miss Kathy garden tea birthday party for a dozen six-year-olds.  I’ll be pouring out, reading a story, and leading the game entertainments after tea.  Hats, gloves, and lace dress absolutely!

Sharing these Wildflower Pinks with Beverly on Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound!

About Miss Kathy

"I teach families how to restore their God-given authority as the primary educator in their child’s life through the experience of reading together as a family. Learn how to use literature to create teachable moments, build strong minds, and bind loving hearts."

Kathryn Ross, writer, speaker, and dramatist, ignites a love of literature and learning to equip young and old towards developing a Family Literacy Lifestyle—reading together, learning together, loving together. Her works challenge families to deepen their literacy skills and grow into the greater things God has purposed for them. She’s taught in Christian and homeschool circles, trained in the Principle Approach® through the Foundation for American Christian Education. Miss Kathy owns Pageant Wagon Publishing, producing homeschool enrichment materials, devotional works, study guides, and theatrical dramas for church, school, and community production. She podcasts at and blogs at


  1. How fun! Have a wonderful time in your new drama adventures!


  2. I haven’t a clue as to the name of the pinks, but they are really lovely to me. I never know the name of flowers unless it’s one of those obvious ones.

    I read both articles and feel quite proud to know you! The first one gave me a whole new look at you. I can just picture you and your little mouse bringing stories to life. I know that I would have loved to bring my children to that mall. I also know that I would have stayed after to get to know “Miss Kathy” and make her my friend.

    As it is, we bumped into each other in blogland.
    I hope you get the followers to put you over the top in jiffy!

  3. I’m planning on checking out these books your “sweet” hubby brought home from the book store. Your blob is simply divine.
    Joyce M

  4. What a lovely-looking book!! And your pink flowers are totally beautiful. Then again, any pink flower is beautiful to me.!!

    The ending of one season and the beginning of another one is always a bit difficult. I know from recent experience. After homeschooling my kids since 1999, they both are now finished with school, which means, I have no more students…the ending of one season and the beginning of another. My very best to you as you transition.


  5. WHat a busy, but fulfilling time you have ahead of you this year! Love the quote at the top of your post….sweet little book, too. Happy Pink Saturday, Kathy. Off to read the newspaper article. (and your basement is organized for the coming productions! woohoo!) xo

  6. I am tickled pink at this delightful post!

    My, you are one busy missy, aren’t you?! I will eagerly look forward to sharing in your many happenings in the next month (Happy Early Birthday, by the way!). I love the many quaint pursuits you have in your life. Many people are blessed to know you…

    …and that would definitely include me!


  7. I can’t tell you how many times in the life of my children I have said, “Why are they working with kids?” Certainly it is a gift and a calling to minister to the delight and needs of children. You obviously are truly gifted. I can’t even imagine how you will be missed. Flip side of that coin is that a whole new group will be blessed with the creative nurturing of Miss Kathy!!

    Hugs, Debbie

  8. Kathryn, I feel truely blessed to have met you through blogland. You are such an inspiration to me and I loved reading the articles about you. Thank you for including the links. I think your kids are going to miss you. I wish you luck in your next endeavor. Twyla

  9. Wow, you do have a lot going on! I look forward to your giveaway…and I love the pink book and the pink flowers but I do not have a green thumb (or a pink one) so I cannot help you with names.

  10. Happy Pink Saturday, Kathy. And, congratulations and best wishes for the coming changes in your life. I know you are a delight and treasure to everyone that has the benefit of your talents and loving heart.

    Your book is a beauty – and so are those gorgeous pink blooms.

  11. Hi Kathryn~ What fun your tea part sounds like! I too am starting back to school – sure is a busy time of year! Love your sooner or later quote – I might have to borrow that.
    Hope the beginning of your school year is off to an extraordinary start!

  12. The Fairyopolis book is wonderful ..such a delight…as are your pink flowers… Some look familiar but it’s hard to tell…I think I see a geranium , and a cosmo but don’t quote me.( Ha Ha) … Sounds like you have a marvellous journey ahead…Have fun…Hugs

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