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Spring Season

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

Food Safety – Use Colored Grilling Tongs

– Posted in: Food, Spring Season
Food Safety | Use Colored Grilling Tongs

Cross-contamination of food occurs when bacteria or pathogens are transported from one object to another. This can happen in many different ways.  A common source of cross-contamination comes from utensils that were used to prepare different types of foods.  It makes good sense to use color-coded grilling tongs when handling raw meat, poultry or seafood.  Using one… Read more

Divine Bath Bombs – Perfect Gift for Mother’s Day

– Posted in: Spring Season
Mother's Day Gifts | Divine Bath Bombs

Don’t forget!  Here in the United States, Mother’s Day is always celebrated on the second Sunday of May.  You still have time to pick out the perfect gift, and these Divine Botanics Bath Bombs would be a fine offering.  Mom is always doing things for others, and this gift would allow her to take a… Read more

Orange Star Perennial

– Posted in: Gardening, Spring Season
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

It’s the First Day of Spring!

– Posted in: Spring Season
Vintage Dishes | Whitehall glasses in the fresh colors of spring!

It’s officially the first day of spring! May your days be blessed with warm sunshine, new beginnings and soft spring colors.  I can’t imagine celebrating the new season without a vase full of beautiful tulips.  They lean over their vessels so gracefully, looking very relaxed amidst their sea of lush green leaves! As many of… Read more

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