Monday, December 1, 2014

Monday, September 8, 2014

Photo Snapped Of Mourning Dove

High up in an island pine tree,
sits a mourning dove.  
Honeymoon Island Florida 2015

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Lobster Claw

We call them
 "Lobster Claw" plants....

I planted one 
small plant
 in the spring,
in a spot that would 
control the growth.
Known for it's 
 volatile root system,
we've been more than 
pleased with the 
"Lobster Claw" plant's
showing off in
our tropical garden.

Blessings for the day......Dee Dee
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Monday, August 18, 2014

Seen Through The Lens Of My Camera

Honeymoon Island, practically
deserted this afternoon.....a favorite
time to walk on the beach.
Tracks from weekend visitors
left on pathway..... 

Beach daisies grow all along
the pathway.....

I thought it beautiful....also
growing along pathway to beach.

A great white Egret will
always get my attention and
the camera liked him as well.....

Have a blessed day.....Dee Dee
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Friday, August 15, 2014

I Love A Rainy Day

It's been pouring rain
 all day long.....
which is unusual here on
 the gulf
coast of Florida.  
The rain clouds usually
come quickly and leave quickly.
  I do love a rainy day.

From my window, the Hibiscus
look like this.....

A potted Croton looks
as if the sun were shining
directly on it's bright

A quick zoom with my camera
yields beautiful colors.....almost
fall like in appearance.

Have a blessed day.....Dee Dee
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Saturday, July 26, 2014


 Our neighbors have a large tree in their garden
that produces massive clusters of yellow berries.
They ripen early in July and about this time of
year they are overly ripe and perfect for the bird
life here in Florida.  I love watching all the activity
by so many beautiful birds.
This morning, I heard an unmistakable conversation
high up in the berry tree. Seems a mother crow was
showing her youngster dinner for the day.

The youngster is making an observation
in this photo.....

Not quite willing to pluck the
ripe berries just yet.....proceeds
 feeding from mother once again.

Most likely this will not go on much longer
as the youth seems to have surpassed mother
in size completely. She will have to wean
this rather large baby bird soon.

I love nature, don't you?  Dee Dee
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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Summer Fun

Nothing says summer more than 
 pool fun.....

Have a beautiful summer day.....Dee Dee

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

No Knead Bread

Nothing is finer than a kitchen that
smells of fresh baked bread. 
Photo taken by my daughter, the 
bread is a hit with her large family.

Instructions can be found on Google...
"Even a four year old can do it" article.

Have a blessed day, everyone.  Dee Dee

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Garden Flowers

Raspberry tea with lemon, 
warm coastal breezes, here comes summer.

Have a blessed day.....Dee Dee

Friday, July 11, 2014

Hydrangea In The Cottage

A southern favorite and always 
welcomed in our cottage during
the summer months.

Have a blessed day, everyone!  Dee Dee

Monday, July 7, 2014


They grow in a large pot located beneath
a small palm tree.  The sunlight is filtered,
protecting the young and tender plants.

Today I brought a few inside and placed
them in a kitchen window.

Summer is fun......

Have a sweet ole' day.....Dee Dee

Friday, June 27, 2014

Summer On Honeymoon Island

I took this photo some years back....
 typical scenery, weekends
on Honeymoon Island.
Definitely need shade....the sun is so hot
and temps reaching into the 90s.

I love watching families.....they bring
all the necessities for the day.  Coolers,
umbrellas, beach towels, lawn chairs....and 
the list goes on.

I hope your having a wonderful summer.  Dee Dee

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Birthday Pink Hydrangea

We share the love for flowers,
my youngest daughter and I.  Her 
garden is home to a variety of
beautiful flowering plants.
One of our favorites is the
She presented me with a 
beautiful pink hydrangea on 
my birthday.
Every angle seen with my
camera lens, proved it 
exquisite beyond words.

I hope you've had a blessed
Lord's day.....Dee Dee
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Friday, June 20, 2014

Crape Myrtles In Full Bloom

Every year these are the first 
Crape Mrytle shrubs to bloom
and the most impressive.  The color is

I'm never disappointed with nature.....
love these giant clusters of pink.

The crape myrtles go dormant in the 
winter...appearing as sticks.  Come
spring they begin their transformation.

Glad you stopped by....
have a blessed day. Dee Dee

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Summer Garden Images

We couldn't be more pleased with how things
are looking in our tropical garden.  The colors
blend so well....multi-colored crotons we planted
three years ago are thriving in one of our larger
pots. The smaller variety of palms are reaching
unexpected heights, towering over the pool. 

We accomplished all we wanted to do in the plants, trimmings and fertilizing,
just in time for the high summer temperatures.
Now, we sit back and enjoy summertime.

Sweet blessings for all.....Dee Dee

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Summer Garden

Delicate snow bush leaves.....

Towering over the snow bushes 
are palm pretty.

My pride and hibiscus. I was
afraid we had lost this "fountain hibiscus"
tree.  The spring rains and a good flowering
fertilizer has brought it back.

All is doing well in the garden, promising
good photos here on my blog all summer long.

Have a sweet ole' day....Dee Dee
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Monday, June 16, 2014

Pink Peace Lily

This is the third year the 
"Peace Lily"
 has been on our back porch.
The lily is in a smaller pot
and then placed in a very
large porcelain pot.

I discovered long ago
the conditions for growing
require a lot of water.....
almost swamp-like conditions.
The planting style, along with
hot, humid tropical Florida weather
and a good fertilizer,
produces blooms all year long.
More so in the summer as you
can see here.

I'm glad you stopped by....
have a blessed day. Dee Dee

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Lavender Crape Myrtles

Our tropical garden is lush this time
of year.  We have rain often and the
plants respond by growing.
My favorite crape myrtle tree is now
blooming....covered with gorgeous
massive blooms.
I for one stand in awe of their beauty,
again amazed by the One who 
created them.

Have a blessed Lord's day, everyone.  Dee Dee
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Friday, June 13, 2014

Four O'Clocks

Tucked inside a 
Christmas package,
a small packet of 
Four O'clock seeds 
from the
 Farmer's Museum in
Cooperstown New York.

I could hardly wait 
for spring
to plant them.
Five little seeds were 
placed in the
ground, watered and 
watched daily.

Finally one little plant
 poked through the soil 
and I was thrilled
beyond words.

Sweet blooms 
have covered the plant
and promise of seeds for
next spring are

Have a blessed day....Dee Dee

Thursday, June 12, 2014


Family friends living in north Florida
have beautiful hydrangea growing on
their property.  
The hydrangea colors vary, depending
on elements found in the soil.
Hydrangea dried, can be used in flower
arranging.  It is the plant in the garden 
that life continues on after death.

Enjoying the summer.....Dee Dee

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Crape Myrtle Shrubs

We have 
crape myrtle shrubs 
crape myrtle trees in our 
cottage garden.
 They grow
throughout the south and 
are found in
most landscapes here in
our part of Florida.
Thankfully, the blooms last
 throughout the summer.
Seen here are the first of our 
crape myrtle shrubs to
 bloom this year.

Have a blessed day.....Dee Dee