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Island Snapdragon was one of the first native plants I bought. I fell in love with the bright red tubular flowers that I knew would offer a feast for my hummingbirds. It's a lovely evergreen plant that, once established, is fairly drought tolerant despite the tropical look. It's a native of the Channel Islands. I have one going up a trellis outside the courtyard gate and a couple more in the backyard around the wine barrel pond.

I know I haven't been posting the brainstorms lately but that's because I haven't been doing much of them. I am writing these way too quickly but that means I will have lots to revise when things slow down, right? ;) In order to get these polished I need to spend more time just thinking.

Island Snapdragon

snapdragon stands guard
come, sweet nectar hides within
hummingbirds break fast

--- Susan Taylor Brown
      April 27, 2009

@copyright Susan Taylor Brown 2009

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Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

Who am I? A wife, a mother, a daughter, and even, gulp, a grandmother.

Who am I? A writer who never gets tired of playing with words, even when the words are hard to find. A writer of books for children and articles for grown-ups and many things in-between.

Who am I? A motivational speaker, writing instructor, workshop leader and full-time follower of dreams.

Who am I? Read and find out.

Susan Taylor Brown

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