Views in Clearwater

Clearwater is a city located in Pinellas County, Florida, USA, northwest of Tampa. To the west of Clearwater lies the Gulf of Mexico and to the southeast lies Tampa Bay.      Today’s photos come from a drive on the bay driving into Clearwater, Florida.

 

 

 

 

 

Summer is hot and humid in Florida with frequent showers.  It’s hurricane season but the sky is still usually blue.

 

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Tropical Hibiscus at a Garden Center

Tropical Hibiscus, Hibiscus rosa-sinensis: Tropical hibiscus grows permanently in the landscape in warmer U.S. Dept of Agriculture  zones 9 through 11, unless they are taken indoors in winter. Outdoors, one freeze – below 25 degrees Fahrenheit – will kill them   A hibiscus flower usually has five petals (a single hibiscus).   

 

Several weeks ago I shared  a visit to a florist.   Today I’m sharing a visit to a large landscape garden center on a bright, sunny Florida morning around 10 AM.  There were just a few people at the center.

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Blue Skies in Florida

For the last few months, we’ve had lots of rain here in Central Florida.  I had rain daily for 2 weeks while storms came into the Gulf.  It doesn’t rain all day but by afternoon or early evening the heat drives moisture into the air and the showers come a shore.  In between, we have blue skies although there are sometimes darker looking clouds lingering in the sky. Luckily, we have not had a hurricane or strong tropical storm land in our area. My prayers go out to those in areas that have flooded, had the hurricane winds hit, or faced a raging fire.  Hope you are having great weather wherever you are. Here are a couple of shots of the skies above a lake in the area.

 

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