Monday, March 28, 2011


Most people don't have a hobby to relax and unwind. Some people have a hobby just for that. I have two hobbies! Between my scrapbooking supplies and my gardening, sometimes my budget does get out of hand, but I'm trying.

When I'm off on an occasional Tuesday my favorite thing to do is visit my local growers in Homestead. I spend the day nursery hopping and guess what? I always find beauties to bring home with me. During this last trip I found some new herbs that I've been wanting to try .
I'm trying for the first time cucumber and eggplant. I just could not pass on this beautiful miniature Rose bush, she kept calling my name. Now the challenge is to find a sunny spot that will keep her happy.

Thursday, March 24, 2011


Ok during these hard times we all have to cut corners some how. So I had a decision to make. I usually mulch twice a year, during spring and fall. Well this year I had to decide. Do I much twice with cheap mulch or do I mulch once with the beautiful red mulch that I love???? I went for the red mulch!

This is the path that leads to the hidden pool pump, only I use it.

This is the front yard all dressed up with new beautiful red mulch, I love it.

I got these stone containers when we added the long, almost to the floor french windows that frame our from door. I usually plant impatience in them but, this year I'm going to try pink Begonias, they'll make for a beautiful view from inside the house.

How I deal with a bald spot. I find the healthiest and fullest fern in the nursery, I divided him in half and problem solved.

My seedlings have sprouted and I can't wait to taste the Pesto.

Sunday, March 20, 2011


At least not on my side of the fence lately. But, I have a few tricks up my sleeves. One of my favorite scent in the whole world is the smell of fresh cut grass. Sometimes when the lawn guy is cutting my grass I open most of my windows a bit just take the smell of fresh cut grass in. Other times I wait till he's done and I sit in my chair behind the Lady Palm with my favorite book, a glass of ice tea and just take it all in.

What I do for a healthy beautiful lawn is, I use Weed and Feed in the spring time and fall. I also, in early spring to mid summer feed my lawn with watter soluble Peterson 20/20 plant food. The grass loves 20/20!!! But, once every few years you just need to layout new patches of grass and that's ok too.

I've also been working on relocating some rocks, mulching a path and planting a few things. The weather has been great, and I find myself looking forward to yard work. If it would only stay this cool and crisp for a little while longer.


Soooooooooo bright and beautiful.

Friday, March 18, 2011

My pool pump is broken..... not a good thing.

To start my post on a more positive note, my valentine orchid is still blooming.

I thank God this happened during the winter. I love my pool and I go for a swim every evening before dinner. On the weekends I go in for a few cool dips while I work around the yard. I'm one of those people that really uses the pool.

Hopefully the new pump will be installed very soon. By the way, has any one notice how pool pumps have gone up in price? I keep maintenance receipts of all home repairs. The pool pump has almost doubled in price since I got the first one. But that's a small price to pay for the enjoyment of my pool.

Look how cute he is, he's homeless no more. I hope he'll come again.

Planting new seeds, can't wait.

These are freshly cut and for me to enjoy. I love my miniature roses!