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Essential Garden Tools

– Posted in: Gardening, Spring Season
Essential Garden Tools | A great list of tools that will make your life in the garden much easier!

Have you ever lost your garden tools, right in your own backyard?  I have learned (the hard way) that small wood-handled tools are much easier to misplace – especially when working in areas of dried leaves or other natural-colored surroundings.  I have lost many a tool over the years, simply because I set it down… Read more

January Birth Flower – Carnation

– Posted in: Gardening, Winter Season
January Birth Flower - Carnation

Carnations have been around for a very long time, even dating back to Ancient Rome. Its scientific name is Dianthus caryphyllus. In Greek, dianthus means “flower of the gods” or “heavenly flower”.  It is believed that its common name (carnation) was derived from the word “coronation”.  Much of this is speculation on my part, and… Read more

Christmas Cactus Care

– Posted in: Gardening
Christmas Cactus Care

The Christmas Cactus (also known as Zygocactus) is one of my most favorite plants.  Native to South American jungles, it has proven to be a low-maintenance beauty right here in Florida.  They are recommended for use in gardens or patios in USDA Zones 9-10.  They do extremely well as a houseplant; however, I enjoy mine… Read more

Shrimp Plant – Justicia brandegeeana

– Posted in: Fall Season, Gardening
Flowering Shrubs | Shrimp Plant

I recently posted a picture of our glorious Shrimp Plant on Facebook.  I received so many emails and messages from people that had never heard of this shrub before; hence, I decided to write a short post about it.  Native to Mexico, it has proven to be a naturalized low-maintenance shrub right here in Florida.  They are recommended… Read more

Sloggers Gardening Shoes

– Posted in: Gardening, Summer Season
Sloggers Gardening Shoes | Comfort, style, and anything but boring!

Sloggers – perhaps one of the smartest and most stylish gardening shoes that is on the market today.  With a slip-on style and a variety of color and pattern choices to choose from, they give you non-stop traction and a feeling of anything but boring! Here in Tampa we are known for our thunderstorms, and when the weather turns… Read more

Hibiscus

– Posted in: Gardening, Summer Season
Flowers | Hibiscus | Tips on how to care for them.

Mother Nature sure knows how to put on a beautiful show, and I have been a captive audience as of late.  The Hibiscus plant, in particular, has been quite spectacular.  Displaying vivid color, in a variety of hues, they have blooms that are larger than the palm of my hand.  They are simply impossible to ignore… Read more

Tulips

– Posted in: Gardening, Spring Season
Flowers | Tulips

Tulips. Unfortunately for us in Tampa, our Florida’s winters are usually too warm to give them the resting period they need. Luckily, I can still enjoy enjoy them by buying a potted plant at our local food market or florist. Now I am just waiting for the beauty to unfold! In our southern climate, we… Read more

African Iris

– Posted in: Gardening, Winter Season
Gardening | Florida-Friendly Plants | African Iris

The African Iris is a plant that I consider to be very low maintenance.  It produces a beautiful white flower, usually in the Spring. Here in Florida, I usually see them start to bloom around the month of February.  It also is a plant that tolerates the hot conditions of Florida.  If we are experiencing a long and… Read more

Pentas

– Posted in: Gardening, Summer Season
Gardening | Flowers | Pentas - Oh, how the butterflies and hummingbirds love them! ♥

Pentas (Pentas lanceolata) are a favorite among many gardeners for their robust and sensational color, especially during the summer months.  In many states, they are considered an annual. Here in Florida; however, these bloomers are considered a perennial – allowing us to enjoy them in our fall and winter months. Even as I write this… Read more