Sunday, March 22, 2015

Time for a Spring Contest - Name the Flower

Spring is Here

Hey, did you notice? It's SPRING! The calendar says so. Now if some of us can get Mother Nature to go along with the calendar, we'll be happy. Here things are beginning to look and sound like spring. The spring peepers are in full voice at night and in the morning, the birds are singing their spring songs. I haven't heard a mockingbird yet, but he'll show up soon. Maybe the mockingbirds are scouting out a new nest location and building their new home. 

A First Wildflower

I did actually see my first wildflower today. The flower up above wasn't it, but I did post its picture on my Facebook page. Usually that first flower is a dandelion, but so far I haven't spotted one of those. If you've read my book, The Blessed, you might remember how my character Lacey did a spring dance every year when she saw her first dandelion. Some springs it was harder for her to do that happy dance than other springs. 

Name the Flower Contest

But seeing the first little wildflower of spring gave me an idea for a new giveaway contest. This one won't be very hard, but I hope you'll have fun with it. Name the flower. As always, you don't have to be right. You just have to give it a try (and leave your e-mail so I can contact you should you be a winner.) That said, I know all of you will get all the flower names. Still, even if it isn't a hard to guess contest like some of my mystery puzzles, (well, some of them were hard to guess) maybe it will still be fun. 

Prizes

The prizes are guess what? Aww, you did guess. Books!! I'll draw three winners. And every time you name a new flower, you'll get a new entry. So be sure to come back and check on the next flower every new blog post. That's usually Wednesdays and Sundays if I don't forget what day it is. That has happened. :) The winners will get their choice of one of my books and a grab bag book by a different Christian author. I have several autographed books that I need to give away and some others that aren't signed but the story is still good. I'll figure out which ones are up for grabs and let you know in one of my posts. That's besides my books. You can check out which of mine you might like to read by checking the titles out on my website. There are sample chapters and more there on all my inspirational fiction books. 

The contest is open to USA and Canada for print books and e-books for international entries. That international postage is prohibitive. You must be 18 to enter. Deadline for entries is April 18, 2015 at 12 midnight EST. I'll announce the winners here on April 19. 

Get Ready, Set, Go

So I'm ready to hear what you know about this flower. For years I called it the wrong thing. Oh, and if you don't know the real name or even if you do, another fun thing to do is pretend you were the first person to ever see this flower and that you got to name it. So what would you have called it? 

Remember to leave a way to contact you if you want to be in the running to win a book. I can't respond directly to your comments. 


29 comments:

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    1. That's what I used to call it, oldentimes. The name certainly fits. If you want your name in the drawing, I need your e-mail. If you don't want to leave it here, you can e-mail me at annhgabhart(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  2. This is a Buttercup flower
    oh.hello.hiya@gmail.com

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    1. That's what I grew up calling them, Danie. Good guess.

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  3. Linda D. McFarlandMarch 23, 2015 at 11:45 AM

    I think it's a poppy! Yay Spring! Thanks for the opportunity to win. Linda
    dmcfarl101(at)juno(dot)com

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    1. Yay spring, is right. Love the sunshine today. I've got to get over to the old home site on our farm and pick some daffodils.

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  4. i think it is a form of a poppy in calif they are orange this is so similiar that i say think its in the same family. Can't wait to see the name ..Thanks for the new contest!ptclayton2@aol.com

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    1. Thanks for naming the flower, Peggy. Always good to hear form you. The flower reveal will be on Wednesday.

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    1. Thanks for naming the flower, Loretta. Jasmine just makes me think of romantic nights in the south. If you want to be in the drawing for the books, you need to leave your e-mail. If you don't want to put it here, just e-mail me at annhgabhart(at)yahoo(dot)com.

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  6. I do not know what the name is but I guess I would name it Yellow Ruffles. Even the leaves look a little ruffled. It certainly is pretty. Hyacinths are blooming here and they are always a welcome site in my garden.

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    1. Yellow Ruffles. That's a nice name, Karen. I used to think of them as Sun Spots sometimes. I love hyacinths too. If you want to throw your name in for the drawing, you'll need to leave your e-mail address. Or e-mail me at annhgabhart(at)yahoo(dot)com. Thanks.

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    2. It is kazicha@gmail.com. Butter Ruffles would be nice too. I love butter! I always say I like a little pancake with my butter and syrup.

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    3. Yum! I love pancakes too. Mom used to make them for us at supper sometimes and she also made a homemade syrup with brown sugar. Thanks for coming back to leave your contact info. Now if I draw your name I can get in touch with you.

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  7. I name the flower...Fifi Fluffypants.

    Or the proper Latin...Fifiopulous Fluffypantiatis

    jandjmajor AT rogers DOT com

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    1. You had me worried there for a minute about the "witty" person on my blog. Now I can imagine who. Cute, Jennifer. I like Golden Fifi better. LOL

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  8. Melinda EarlywineMarch 23, 2015 at 5:07 PM

    Viola or pansy.

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    1. Good guesses, Melinda. Especially the pansy. They do sort of look like pansies. I need a way to contact you if you want to be in the drawing. You can come back and leave your e-mail or send me a message at annhgabhart at yahoo dot com.

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  9. It is a poppy. But after winter I would call it rays of sunshine!

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    1. I like the way you think, Donna. It's definitely a sunshine flower even if it grows most of the time in the shade.

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  10. I think it's a primrose. sm wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for naming the flower, Sharon. Always fun to have your guess.

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  11. Opium Poppy , is my guess .
    lizd225(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Good guess, Elizabeth. Not sure about the opium part. I'll have to check that out. Thanks for dropping by.

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  12. Primrose? That's all I can think of that looks so pretty.

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    1. I love the name primrose, Vickie. It just sounds like it's going to be a beautiful flower. That's not what this is, but it would fit. If you want me to throw your name in my contest hat, you need to let me know a way to contact you. If you don't want to leave your e-mail here, you can e-mail be directly at annhgabhart(at)yahoo(dot)com.

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  13. It looks like a "pretty yellow flower" to me. I am hopeless at naming flowers.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. You came up with a perfect description though, Mary. Always fun to hear from you.

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