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In The Garden, Peach Hibiscus, Kiss N' Tell

In The Garden At The End of June, Kiss N’ Tell Orange Hibiscus

Last fall I planted two beautiful hibiscus, Kiss N’ Tell,  in the front garden planters. They have wonderfully tropical orange petals with deep burgundy centers. The botanical name is Hibiscus rosa-sinensis. It was sold by Home Depot as part of the Hisbiskiss line. The 6 to 7 inch blooms stand out nicely against the foliage of this shrub. I had hoped the small plants could be in the large container until this fall when I would transplant to the back yard against the fence.

Peach hibiscus, Kiss N' Tell


Compassion is not religious business. It is human business. - Dalai Lama

Thought For The Day: Compassion is Human Business

Compassion is not religious business. It is human business.

    – Dalai Lama

There are many horrible things that happen in the world. Some are the forces of nature. Some are the work of evil through people. This week has been particularly bad, especially in Orlando, just an hour and a half drive from me.

My heart aches for the families who have lost their loved ones. I attempt to understand another needless loss of humanity. I send thoughts of love and compassion for families in pain. (more…)

Three recipes for eggplant

Clean Eating With Eggplant 3 recipes: Gluten Free and Vegetarian

Eggplant is a great addition to your clean eating diet. Right now eggplant is available at my local farmer’s market. Beautiful piles of purple eggplant, smaller varieties and round large ones, are tasty and nutritious. They can be fixed many ways as either a side dish or the main event at a meatless meal. Eggplant or aubergine is very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. It is also a good source of Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Thiamin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Pantothenic Acid, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Copper, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Folate, Potassium and Manganese.

3 eggplant recipes


Early June in My Backyard

Early June In My Backyard Flowering After The Storm

The tropical storm, Colin, brought the west coast of Florida rain for over 4 to 5 days. Our high last Monday was 96; Tuesday, as the storm passed, it was 75 with over 24 hours of solid rain. Fortunately, we did not receive the full force of the wind though some in my county flooded. Happily, my yard and street did not flood. Now many of my plants are so happy, well watered, and flowering.

Pink hibiscus close-up
Pink hibiscus close-up