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Intenz Celosia

– Posted in: Gardening
Sun-Loving Annual | Intenz Celosia

The Intenz Celosia plant displays beautiful plumes of violet flowers, which happily rises from its foliage.  The leaves are green and pointy, and they retain their lovely color throughout the growing season.  They are an excellent choice for flower arrangements, and make beautiful filler plants when designing “spiller-thriller-filler” container combinations! Celosia adapts well to different… Read more

Curcuma Ginger Plant

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Curcuma Ginger Plant

The colorful Curcuma is a unique and elegant plant, bearing some of the most beautiful summer blooms you will ever find.  While this plant might look intimidating to some, it is actually pretty easy to grow.  Curcuma is a tropical plant, and they love the heat.  The gorgeous spires of pink, purple and white flowers… Read more

Using Glass Top Hats for Easter Decorating

– Posted in: Spring Season
Glass Top Hats for Easter

At long last … spring has arrived!  This is the time of year when the air is fresh and the days are longer.  Flowers are starting to blossom, grasses are growing, and Easter activities are thriving.  Egg hunts, church services, jelly beans, and bunnies (of all species and flavors) are popping up everywhere.  Why not… Read more

Easter Table Setting

– Posted in: Spring Season, Tablescapes
Tablescapes | Easter Table Setting

Once again it is that time of year to let spring’s pretty pastels inspire our Easter table settings.  By centering a table with a big tulip masterpiece, you and your guests will be beautifully reminded that spring has sprung.  With a sparkling Fostoria American Goblet and ruby-stained glassware placed at each place setting, your table… Read more

Colorful Aglaonema (Chinese Evergreen)

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Gardening | Colorful Aglaonema

The colorful Aglaonema (Chinese Evergreen) is a cheerful and colorful perennial that offers fabulous foliage month after month.  We recently brought one into our home, and I can verify that they are an attractive and easy plant to care for!  It is not surprising to learn that Aglaonema is considered to be one of the… Read more

Hydrate Garden Hands with Burt’s Bees

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Gardening Tips | Hydrate Garden Hands with Burt's Bees

Working in the garden, especially during the winter when the air is cool and dry, can take a huge toll on your skin.  Hands, in particular, take a lot of punishment.  Thankfully, there are some wonderful earth-friendly products that are available from Burt’s Bees.  Using products that are 100% natural is important to me.  Brimming with… Read more

The Coleus Plant

– Posted in: Gardening, Spring Season
Coleus Plant | One of the most beautiful and easiest plants to grow!

Coleus is a beautiful landscape plant prized for its colorful foliage, which comes in shades of green, yellow, pink, red, orange, and maroon.  Here in Florida, these beautiful plants are often seen on patios and in hanging baskets.  Coleus is heat-tolerant, which makes them a desirable annual in our hot climate. Traditionally, most coleus plants… Read more

The Best Barbecue Grilling Tools

– Posted in: Spring Season
Grilling | Barbecue | Grilling Tools ... that work!

Grilling tools are so important that I think it is impossible to have a successful barbecue without them.  It’s like having a firetruck without a ladder, or a doctor without a stethoscope.  Without the proper tools, the task at hand will be much more difficult. Obviously, you should know how to operate your grill efficiently and… Read more

Orange Star Perennial

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Flowers | Orange Star

I recently became the caregiver of one of the most gorgeous and vivid orange plants I have ever seen – the Orange Star, or Ornithogalum dubium.  It is a beautiful perennial in the lily family.  Native to South Africa, these vibrant compact plants have large flowers that bloom over a 1-3 month period.  The high-impact florets… Read more