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Expert rates The Lost Orchid

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I appreciate this latest review of The Lost Orchid because it's from a genuine orchid expert.

Check out the souped-up cover, too. Maybe it's time for a new look?

**** ‘Intriguing’, by Art Chadwick, Chadwick Orchids, VA published in newspapers in Virginia and North Carolina, plus various orchid magazines Orchid hobbyists, who are curious about the early days of the sport, will get a kick out of a new book called The Lost Orchid, by Pamela Kelt. The story, although fiction, is based on factual accounts from the late 1800s in England. The author has, no doubt, spent countless hours researching old newspapers and botanical journals in order to give us an insider’s view of what it must have been like to operate an orchid business during this swashbuckling time period. A retired plant hunter named John McPhairson runs an impressive enterprise called McPhairson’s Nurseries – “Veritable Kingdom of Orchids” – in Warwickshire, England with rows of glass greenhouses and a conservatory. He kn…

Big chill

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Yes, it's cold. It's been cold since ... Well, since I wrote A Walk in the Park in December.
I decided to write a ghost story about a frozen lake, and ever since, I've been haunted by frozen water. I've never seen so much - and this year was noted for its warm weather. It's almost creepy.

Frozen lakes, frozen rivers, frozen stream, frozen dewponds, frozen ditches. One might almost say Dickensian.

I've been collecting the photos to prove my point. Abbey Fields and Guy's Cliffe.

Just checked the weather. Set to be minus 3 tonight. Brr.

By Pamela Kelt

Gothic fest

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I'm in the habit of taking my little compact camera as I bimble about.

Currently, I'm working on the sequel to The Lost Orchid, a Victorian mystery. I was in the need of some Gothic inspiration, so I had a wander through my photos from the past year.

I popped them into Pinterest - do take a look.

They're from Kenilworth, Edinburgh and Southport. I've used these for scenes in The Lost Orchid and short story, A Walk in the Park. They're also coming in handy for The Blackfern Conspiracy - botanical mayhem in the Trossachs!

By Pamela Kelt

Review of The Lost Orchid

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I'm delighted that expert orchidologist Art Chadwick has enjoyed The Lost Orchid, a Gothic tale of botanical shenanigans.

Inspired, I've added a page of reviews of all of my titles I've received over the past year or so. Lovely to see so many four- and five-star comments. Read them all here.



**** 'Orchid hobbyists, who are curious about the early days of the sport, will get a kick out of a new book called The Lost Orchid, by Pamela Kelt. The story, although fiction, is based on factual accounts from the late 1800s in England. The author has, no doubt, spent countless hours researching old newspapers and botanical journals in order to give us an insider’s view of what it must have been like to operate an orchid business during this swashbuckling time period.
'A retired plant hunter named John McPhairson runs an impressive enterprise called McPhairson’s Nurseries – “Veritable Kingdom of Orchids” – in Warwickshire, England with rows of glass greenhouses and a conservat…

Planting ideas in my head

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Since September, I've been volunteering at Guy's Cliffe Walled Garden, where a group of folk are working on restoring a Georgian/Victorian kitchen garden to its former glory. Click to see the video.
http://youtu.be/tJqZGlAcOiQ


Chatting to David, just one of the history buffs, it appears they seek inspiration from another walled garden just down the road. Called Packwood House, it's a National Trust property which has recently undergone some major improvements.

Anyone in Warwickshire will tell you it's the one famous for its yews.

But there's so much more. Off I went, with barely two bars on my camera battery, and spent a happy morning in the walled and ornamental gardens. 

Luckily, it was a fabulous day, and the colours fairly zinged with colour.


The gardeners there have given the old kitchen garden what they call a contemporary twist and every section looks like a Pinterest board, it's so full of horticultural inspiration.


Despite the fact that it…

Frozen garden

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Fabulous frosty, foggy morning.

My daughter is so fond of her new SLR camera that she suggested a walk en famille. Both of snapped away ... then I looked out of the back door. Our garden was just as beautiful.








By Pamela Kelt
Author of A Walk in the Park
free on Smashwords