Summer is Here and So Are the Roses!


Petunias, geraniums and marigolds!

Petunias hanging basket 2016

I love the summer, not because I could go to the beach or just sit out on my deck or take a walk and enjoy the sunshine, but because with summer comes flowers, all kinds of beautiful flowers! Of course I love all the rest that comes with summer too!

I just had to share photos of all my flowers. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Roses 2016

I love my roses! Here you will see how prolific they have become. I accredit their abundance to all the praying I do to St. Therese, my favorite Saint. She is known to shower roses or the scent of roses on those who pray to her. I recently read a book on her life, St. Therese of Lisieux : A Model for Our Times by Wyatt North. I have always loved St. Therese since I was a young girl. My mother, grandmother and great grandmother prayed to St. Therese daily and I continue to pray to her too.  Here is my review on Amazon.

If you haven’t read about St. Therese you need to. She is one of the most influential and prolific saints of modern day. She was small in stature but strong in will and was determined to become a Carmelite nun at the early age of 15. At that time one had to be 20 to enter. Therese did the impossible by going with her father to the local priest, then Cardinal and finally to the Pope until she was given approval to enter. She was the youngest of nine but only of her four siblings survived, all girls. All the girls entered the same order.

She was an incredible young woman and talented not only in her determined spirit but also as a painter, poet and playwright. She was unselfish in her devotion to Christ and suffered so she would be worthy to enter Heaven.

She has helped me by her intercessions through Christ to overcome many rough times in my life. I, for one, have received roses or the scent of roses in different ways from her.

Roses front 2016

Here are some pictures of St. Therese as a child and then as an adult. These photos are from the organization, Society of The Little Flower, which is how she is remembered. She is The Little Flower who followed Christ in her Little Way.




Thank you, St. Therese, for helping me in your Little Way!

Thank you for stopping by!

Blessings & hugs!


About jjspina

Janice is an award-winning author with 12 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 9 middle-grade/preteen/young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 3 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her children's book, Lamby the Lonely Lamby, won a Silver Medal in the Mom's Choice Awards. Book 1, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, The Case of the Missing Cell Phone, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and Honorable Mention from Readers' Favorite Book Awards. Book 2, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and so did Book 3, The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series. Jerry the Crabby Crayfish, Broose the Moose on the loose, Colby the Courageous Cat, Book 5, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost, and Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe, Davey & Derek Book 6, and Abby & Holly Books 1 & 2 all won Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards. Abby & Holly Book 1 School Dance won a Bronze Medal from Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. Book 5 of Davey & Derek also won a Silver Medal from Authorsdb Cover Contest. Hunting Mariah and Mariah’s Revenge were Finalists in Authorsdb First Lines Contest, Book 4 of Davey & Derek Series was a Finalist in Red City Review and received a 5-Star Review from Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. All Janice's books are available on, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on Book 4 of Abby & Holly series for girls and a Dragon series for young children. A YA fantasy series will be coming in 2020 and beyond along with more children's books. Her hobbies are crocheting, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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14 Responses to Summer is Here and So Are the Roses!

  1. Beautiful, thank you Janice

  2. Thank you for sharing, Janice. Young. Smart. Determined. ❤ ❤ ❤

  3. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Fabulous photos from Janice Spina and I hope my garden looks like this next year..

  4. Kev says:

    They’re gorgeous Janice! ☺

  5. dgkaye says:

    The flowers are gorgeous Janice, but the roses are spectacular! ❤

  6. Beautiful flowers Janice! Love them.

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