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Summer Season

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

How to Make Cut Flowers Last Longer

– Posted in: Summer Season
How to Make Flowers Last

I think most people would agree that fresh flowers seem to perk up any room in the house.  They also offer us the wonderful benefit of elevating our mood and spirits!  Whether you arrange your flowers yourself, or purchase them from a florist, it is important to know how to make cut flowers last longer… Read More

Season Fruit with Salt

– Posted in: Food, Summer Season
Food Tips | Season your fruit with salt to enhance its natural flavor!

While we are all aware of the natural sweetness of fruit, some folks do not know that its flavor can be improved upon when you season it with salt.  My husband was one of those people.  He was simply amazed at how much better watermelon tasted with just a pinch of these white morsels!  When… Read More

Feelin’ the Blues

– Posted in: Summer Season
Vintage Glassware | Whitehall Coolers - the Blues

The days of summer are now upon us – with rising temps, and hot humid days for weeks to come.  There are times when you feel the heat will never end.  In order to avoid a total meltdown, one has to envision images and colors that cool their senses and well being. So right now… Read More

OXO Good Grips Cherry Pitter

– Posted in: Reviews, Summer Season, Tips, Thrills & Tales
Kitchen Tools | OXO Good Grips Cherry Pitter

With the short cherry season upon us, I thought it would be prudent to write about the OXO Good Grips Cherry Pitter.  It is a neat little tool that will make your life in the kitchen so much easier, especially when it comes to pitting cherries or olives.  Put simply, this gadget really works … and is truly… Read More

Sloggers Gardening Shoes

– Posted in: Gardening, Reviews, 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

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