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– 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

Diamond Frost Plant

– Posted in: Gardening, Summer Season
Garden | Diamond Frost Plant

Here in Florida, there is always something to do in the garden. Something to do, or something new to discover.  It was this year that I discovered a great new plant, and then later realized that I needed to do something else in the garden … and that was to transplant my new plant from its… Read more

How to Dry Herbs with a Wooden Hanger

– Posted in: Gardening, Summer Season
How to Dry Herbs with a Hanger | Great use of an old wooden hanger, and drying herbs has never been easier!

Does anyone remember the old wooden hangers of yesteryear?  They were well-built, and primarily made for hanging pants and skirts.  In today’s world, they make a great tool for drying herbs – with little fuss.  This method of drying is extremely easy!  It is not nearly as labor intensive as my old way – which usually required standing on a small ladder and neatly tying… Read more

Giant Leopard Plant

– Posted in: Gardening
Garden | Giant Leopard Plant | Tall and handsome plant, with daisy-like flowers.

Farfugium japonicum ‘Gigantea’  The Giant Leopard plant is tall and handsome, with round and shiny leaves. Within it grows individual 3 to 4 foot stalks, with daisy-like yellow flowers blooming at the end of the stems.  Being a perennial plant that needs shade, I placed it in a gorgeous red glazed pot – under our big oak tree.  It… Read more

Crinum Lily

– Posted in: Gardening, Spring Season
Garden | Flowers | Crinum Lily

Crinums … what are they?  They are beautiful and fragrant flowering bulbs that bloom from summer to late fall.  The color of their blooms vary – from white to pink, to burgundy and beyond.  The blooms don’t hang around for long, but when they do … it is a beautiful sight and a sensual experience. Living… Read more

Firebush Plant

– Posted in: Fall Season, Gardening
Firebush Plant

One of the items on my September To-Do List is to plant a few more perennials, specifically the Firebush. For most of us Floridians, now is a good time to plant the Firebush – Hamelia patens. It is a large perennial shrub (or small tree) that is native to the American subtropics and tropics.  If… Read more

Moss Rose – Portulaca spp.

– Posted in: Gardening, Summer Season
Flowers | Moss Rose

What do you get when you mix a Moss Rose with an old wheelbarrow?  A bloomin’ good time! All of our summer rain has turbo-charged this succulent plant into a container of pure happiness.  It’s called a Moss Rose, and they are very hardy. A succulent plant that can handle less than perfect soil.  As… Read more

Vegetable Gardening Calendar

– Posted in: Gardening
Vegetable Gardening Calendar - Sowing Onions

Spring is the perfect time to plan your garden plot.  By combining your efforts with that of a gardening calendar, one always knows when and what to sow based on your specific region.  Armed with this knowledge, I knew that it was now time to plant my sets of onions. If you are not sure… Read more

How to Kill Ants with Non-Toxic Ingredients

– Posted in: Gardening
Non-Toxic Ant Killer

No one wants to hurt any living creature; however, most of us don’t want to see a highway of ants marching through our home either.  Some species of ants have multiple queens and nests, so placing your poison around in a variety of places is key.  While buying pesticides online or at a home improvement… Read more