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Intenz Celosia

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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

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

Frost Protection for Plants

– Posted in: Gardening, Winter Season
Gardening Tips | Jobes Frost Protection Bags

Even in Florida, it is important to cover tender plants if the temperature is going to drop near or below freezing. When we were hit with a spell of frigid weather last year, we lost several of our tropical plants.  If we had just taken a few minutes to cover them, I think they would… 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

Cuban Buttercup

– Posted in: Gardening, Summer Season
Flowers | Cuban Buttercup

The Cuban Buttercup, or Turneria ulmifolia, is a cheerful and colorful perennial that sprouts up in our yard every year.  We bought one plant several years ago, and ever since we have had new plants popping up in different areas of the landscape.  It loves to grow wild, and reseeds itself with extreme ease!  The… Read more

Turning an Old Grill into a Planter

– Posted in: Gardening, Tips, Thrills & Tales
DIY | Turning an Old Grill into a Planter

After seeing plenty of DIY projects involving old gas and barbecue grills, I finally decided to take the plunge and do something with ours.  My hubby and I decided to turn it into a planter, for we thought it would be strong enough to withstand our heavy rains and strong winds during our thunderstorm season. … 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

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

April Birth Flower – Sweet Pea

– Posted in: Gardening, Spring Season
April Birth Flower - Sweet Pea

Did you know that the beautiful and fragrant Sweet Pea is known to be one of April’s birth flowers?  It is a popular spring flower, commonly available from March to November – with limited availability during the winter months.  Sweet Pea (Lathyros odoratus) is celebrated on a variety of holidays throughout the year, including weddings… Read more