Friday, February 28, 2014

New Growth

These are photos of spring in my
Florida garden.....our Snow bushes 
have tiny pink leaves now, a sure 
sign of spring.

The Hawaiian Ty plants have gorgeous
large pink leaves. In the distance you
can see my pink Camellia plant. I planted
it last spring and it is covered with blooms
it's first year in the garden. We couldn't
be more pleased.

A closer look at the Hawaiian Ty.

Have you noticed the color theme in 
this part of the garden? If you guessed
pink, you were absolutely correct!

Have a sweet day.....Dee Dee
click on images to enlarge

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Tiny Black Ants

I clipped a few Camellias, 
and placed them in
my kitchen window.  

While admiring their
exquisite beauty, 
I noticed
a stamen covered 
with tiny black ants. 

 What to do?  

I held the blooms
beneath the faucet 
and washed the ants down
the drain. 

The Camellias seemed 
pleased, possibly
thinking they had just 
experienced a nice 
spring rain.

Have a sweet ole' day! 
Dee Dee

Friday, February 21, 2014

A Garden Visitor

Our lavender Lantana is blooming.

This time of year 
lots of 
tiny flowers
can be seen in our garden.
A pretty butterfly, 
to our delight,
came for a short visit, 
long enough for a 
bit of nectar.

Have a sweet ole' day, everyone.  Dee Dee

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

A Valentine Azalea

A lovely pink Azalea from my Dearest
on Valentine's Day.  It is a gift that keeps
on giving, and I shall cherish it for a long while.

I thought it a sweet lone
dark pink bloom nestled in amongst the 
other pretty blooms....

Of course they were put on display for all to see........


Have a sweet ole' day, everyone.  Dee Dee

Monday, February 17, 2014

Snow Bushes

I have "Snow Bushes" growing near the 
entrance to our cottage. 
 Spring has already
arrived here on the gulf coast and we have
evidence all over the place. 
Having remained
dormant for the past few months, the leaves
on these lovely plants are now turning a variety
of pink shades. 
Ah yes.....spring is welcomed here.

I've seen the Mockingbirds this
past week.  They'll be building nesting
places before long.  

Have a sweet ole' day, everyone.  Dee Dee

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Garden Images

A walk in the garden this morning, with
camera in hand, has yielded a glimpse of
winter in Florida.
Of course new Camellia blooms have my
full attention.....still.

The pool with morning shadows....
One word....."serenity" 

Have a blessed Lord's day, everyone.  Dee Dee

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Red Tulips

Since most of the country is experiencing
dreary cold weather, I thought it might be
a good thing to post images of something 
to brighten the day.....

Just as sure as the stars in Heaven
shine forth in the darkness of night,
we can rely on the love of God to 
carry us through our plight.

Thinking of those without power
with a concerned heart.....Dee Dee

Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine Day Images

Pretty stuffed heart .....

Delicious deserts....

Beautiful flowers.......

For you!!!

Happy Valentine Day, everyone.  Dee Dee

Thursday, February 13, 2014

A Pink Camellia Bloom

I've been posting about my much anticipated
Camellia bloom for a while now......

This lovely bush 
was planted last spring.
Mid November, I noticed
tiny buds all over it.  
That is the nature of
the Camellia bush least one growing 
in my Florida garden.

It has been almost three months of
watching and waiting.

I believe so worth the wait.

My good fortune is.....they will 
continue to bloom for several weeks.

Have a blessed day!  Dee Dee

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Camellia Love

Sunlight coming through window is
shining through the pretty.

I'm in love with our beautiful Camellias.
They can be found all over our cottage....
it the kitchen window, on the dining table
and in our living room. 

Have a sweet ole' day, everyone.  Dee Dee

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Roses Blooming In February

Spring like weather has awakened a
"Sleeping Beauty."
They bloom in clusters.....

The buds are orange and the beginning
bloom orange.  As the Rose opens wide,
it is multi-colored and just beautiful.

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

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Opportunities Everywhere

Embrace the wonder 
and excitement
each day
For tomorrow
us new 
time to 
time to
time to reflect...
time to
~K Williams

God bless....Dee Dee

Friday, February 7, 2014

Waiting For Blooms

Last winters
planted in our garden.  With all those
buds on the plant, I am most anxious
to see them open into gorgeous blooms
once again.  We shall see....perhaps soon.

Have a sweet day.....Dee Dee

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Falling Leaves

Here on the Gulf Coast of Florida,
the weather seems more like fall than
mid winter. 
 A large oak tree in our 
front yard is shedding leaves.
They are small leaves that can be 
found in every nook & cranny. It's
hard to see the green rye grass for
the leaves in some places and the 
driveway is completely covered.  
Today the Mister can
be seen with a large rake
 in his hands,
trying to put some order 
back into our landscaping.
I think the combination 
of flowers, grass and leaves
is very pretty.

The Lantana in full bloom, is 
peppered with tiny oak
 leaves as well......

Hmmm....fall in February, 
or though it would seem.

Have a sweet ole' day!  Dee Dee

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Mini Jonquils

The folks from Norway have been
forcing bulbs to bloom mid winter
for years.  I admired from a distance
until one day....I copied their 

Lovin' these mini jonquils I've
placed on the back porch. 
 Today the Florida winter temps
are in the 80s and the tiny flowers
are enjoying the warmth.

Have a blessed day, everyone.  Dee Dee