January Cyclamen Flowers

After the holidays when all the decorations come down, life seems kind of drab. In many locations of the country cold weather also brings darker skies. Here in central Florida, we’ve had several cold fronts with rain come down from the north. Cold for us. Even though I live in Florida and winters are mild, I always want a little pop of color in my home.

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Create a Home That Supports Wellness

We are approaching the end of the year, a perfect time to re-evaluate and renew our lives and homes. Today I want to talk about stress. The holiday season which brings great joy also can bring great stress.  Many of us have so much responsibility, and often we feel overburdened.  We want it all – great home, family time, work, and personal growth.  Of course we do, but can we have it all at once?

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How to Make Your Fall Home Cozy

Thursday is the first OFFICIAL day of fall although many of us already feel it’s here. All too soon the leaves will start to fall from the trees, the evenings will get darker, and the temperatures will drop significantly. With the changing weather and changing seasons, you might be thinking about how you can get your home ready for the season. 

Previously I posted how to keep your property safe from the colder elements, but what other steps can you take to create a fall home that’s cozy, comfortable, and wonderfully warm and welcoming? The good news is that getting your home ready for shorter and colder days is easy.

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Tropical Anthurium

Anthuriums are herbaceous epiphytes native to tropical America, a genus of more than 800 species found in the New World tropics from Mexico to northern Argentina and Uruguay. 

 

 

Spectacular red spathes make Anthurium andreanum a popular houseplant. Most winters I have one to bring a bright spot of tropical beauty to my home.  Today I’m sharing just a few photos of the pretty red spathes or “flowers”.  The spathes can last more than a month.

 

 

 

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New Pink Anthurium

Anthurium is a genus of about 1,000 species of flowering plants, the largest genus of the arum family, Araceae. General common names include anthurium, tailflower, flamingo flower, and laceleaf. It is a subtropical bulb that belongs to the Amaryllidaceae family and is native to South Africa. It is grown as a potted plant in most parts of the United States but can also be grown outdoors year round in warm areas like Florida. Anthuriums are herbaceous epiphytes native to tropical America, a genus of more than 800 species found in the New World tropics from Mexico to northern Argentina and Uruguay.

 

If you have visited before, you know I fell in love with potted anthuriums about 5 years ago.  These potted plants in the winter give me a living plant and lots of beautiful blooms. The anthuriums do not really have flowers, but spathes which are a type of leaf.  The red anthurium is most common, and all I have previously owned.  This year I finally found a pink baby anthurium.  It is almost half the size of previous plants.  I have bought most of my anthuriums at the Publix flower department close to my home.  The local Winn Dixie also has a flower department which is smaller and often looks sad.  I have a problem with stores that sell potted plants and do not water them.  Winn Dixie is one of the worst. All sorts of plants were for sale and all had never been watered since last week easily.  The potting soil is bone dry and the plants are dying.  They had stocked many plants for Christmas and now had them 1/2 off.  Today I took a chance and chose one that looked like it could be revived. Unlike the plants I bought at Publix these do not come with a pretty white pot but have gift paper around them.

 

 

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Create An Inviting & Welcoming Home

Your home is your refuge. It is the environment that allows you to “relax, regroup, and reinforce the best of who you are.”  Today let’s  discuss tricks to create an inviting, cozy, super welcoming home for your family and your guests.  How to create a space that no one wants to leave?  Let’s begin with a few ideas from old posts and around the internet. 

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Easy to Grow Hanging Plants

It’s the beginning of a new year, and we are in the cold heart of winter.  If you miss being outside surrounded by living green plants, you might want to consider adding house plants to your home. According to design experts, trends for 2021 include adding live plants to your home. Plants are in again. It makes me sad to think they were ever out of fashion.

 

 

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A Red Begonia & A Gnome

With 1,831 species, Begonia is one of the largest genera of flowering plants. The species are terrestrial (sometimes epiphytic) herbs or undershrubs, and occur in subtropical and tropical moist climates, in South and Central America, Africa, and southern Asia.  Begonia x hiemalis is a tuberous type, sometimes called Rieger or winter-flowering begonia. As a houseplant, they prefer a bright area, which is necessary for continued flowering. Keep them near a sunny window, but avoid direct sunlight.  Hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 10 to 11, Rieger begonias are usually grown as houseplants. Many people buy them in the fall to have flowers in the home all winter.

 

 

A friend who spends half a year in Florida and half in New York decided to fly back to Florida despite the pandemic. She self-quarantined for 2 weeks. I was so happy to get her phone call; I’d really missed her.  We talked occasionally on the phone during the last 8 months but it’s not the same. We decided to get together keeping masks on and distancing. I had more fun in those 2 hours than I can ever tell you.  She surprised me with a pot of red begonias.  She knows I love flowers and said ‘I know you’ll take photos on put it on your blog.’  That is just what I am doing.  I put the pot of begonias on my wooden slab on the dining table.  It’s next to sliding glass doors and get lots of light. I added my little red gnome beside it. Read More