July is incredibly hot and humid here. The heat index has been over 100 since the beginning of June. I must admit I don’t work in the garden much this time of year. In the early morning I water my potted plants on the porch and occasionally walk the back yard. All day I enjoy the view of the backyard. The little blanket flower is growing and has had many blooms. (more…)
My friend Maryce gave me a piece of vintage barkcloth. (Barkcloth is cloth made from the inner bark of the paper mulberry or similar trees. It was once popular in Asia, Africa and the Pacific. Barkcloth was popular in mid-century draperies and upholstery.)
Back in spring 2014 when I first began landscaping my yard (Spring in My Developing Front Garden), I planted yellow wildflowers on the side garden next to the sidewalk. In the middle of the summer, I saw a little white flower on a long stem peeking out in the large mass of yellow wild flowers. It looked like periwinkle (vinca) but it was white. I had seen lots of purple periwinkle and had planted some in the front yard. (more…)
Writing about Christmas in July seems a little strange to me, but I love vintage and yesterday at the thrift store, I couldn’t resist the vintage Christmas porcelain. I stop at this thrift store frequently, about once a week or more. Yesterday the sign said 75% off all items. Who can resist that? I bought a porcelain Christmas boot for 77 cents and a porcelain Christmas purse for 88 cents. (more…)
The other morning I came out to water my potted plants. The Florida sun was bright, and there on the penta was a butterfly. I quickly got my camera and tried catching it before it fluttered away. (more…)
One of the prime pleasures of summer is ripe, juicy watermelon. Watermelon is not only delicious but also very nutritious. As I wrote last summer, (Watermelon’s Great Health Benefits), this red fruit is filled with antioxidants, lycopene, vitamins, and minerals. As a matter of fact, ripe watermelon has more lycopene than tomatoes. It is low in sodium, calories and fat. What could be better than healthy food that has great taste?