Gardening for the Mystery Lover: a mash-up

Hydrangeas from my garden.
Hydrangeas from my garden.

Happy Monday, everyone! Those of us north of latitude 32 or so have been longing for the end to the snow/sleet/freezing rain and the dreary gray-brown landscape. The gardeners among us have been deluged with seed catalogs and Pinterest prompts that have us dreaming of the lush backyards we delude ourselves each year into thinking we will achieve. *wink*

So today I thought I would provide a few links to entertain both gardeners and mystery lovers, because yes, there is a way to have it all!

Garden fun:

Below is a slideshow of pictures from my garden. Not professional by any means, but isn’t it great to see something green this time of year?

Garden Slideshow

Here’s a post from a couple of years ago about the benefits of gardening, including why dirt is good for you!

Life is a box of seeds

Mystery-style gardening:

Gardening and murder can be connected in so many ways: the heavy spade, the razor-sharp pruning shears, the deadly foxglove growing by the fence….

  • Mystery author Margot Kinberg discusses the role of gardening in several classic Christie novels (among others). Click on her banner below:



  • The Cozy Mystery List Blog is an excellent resource for finding themed mysteries, and there are plenty of garden-themed stories out there.

  • How about something more interactive? Shot in the Dark Mysteries has created Mystery Party kits for kids and adults, including something sure to chase away the winter blues: Garden Party Murder – Mystery Party Game.

Do you enjoy gardening? Ever been to a garden party? I’d love to hear from you.

Until next time,



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12 thoughts on “Gardening for the Mystery Lover: a mash-up”

  1. PatriciaPatricia

    I imagine myself a gardner, but in reality, I’m not. I’d love to have a garden, but I’m not a fan of all the fuzzy leaves that make your itch or finding snakes and lizards amongst the foliage whilst pulling weeds.

    I wish I had a lovely garden and a hunky man to tend it. (Hey, at least I’m honest.) And there’s nothing I enjoy more than smelling the roses – the roses that someone else planted and cared for.

    I couldn’t get my computer to cooperate so I was not able to watch the slide show, but the other links were fabulous. You have the most interesting blogs.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  2. Vinnie HansenVinnie Hansen

    I love to garden and enjoyed seeing what you have in yours, K.B.

  3. Margot KinbergMargot Kinberg

    Thanks so much, Kathy, for including my post in your mash-up. I’m flattered 🙂 . I wish I were good at gardening. The truth is, though, that I have a brown thumb. Strictly easy-care, no-effort houseplants for me, I’m afraid *sigh*

  4. Deborah MakariosDeborah Makarios

    Have you ever watched Rosemary & Thyme? It’s a British TV show combining mystery & gardening. Good stuff!

  5. Jenny HansenJenny Hansen

    March is one of my favorite months here in SoCal because it’s when I plant my summer garden. LOVE it!!!

  6. HeatherHeather

    I love the mystery of purchasing bulbs/flowers that have not yet bloomed and waiting to see what color they end up. Pictured are my tulips that just opened


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