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Orange Star Perennial

– Posted in: Gardening
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

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

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

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

Spring Decorating

– Posted in: Spring Season
Spring Decorating Tablescape

I have a fascination for the color of green … and with all the magic it can do for your spring decorating.  With longer and brighter days around the corner, I definitely am suffering from a case of Spring Fever.  It is a malady I am happy to live with. I recently added a few essentials to… 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