Category garden

A New Grill!

Is there such a thing as an old-fashioned grill anymore?  

No-Squito: Homemade Bug Spray

Summer sunsets are always the prettiest, especially when we’ve had some rain and the remaining clouds add purple streaks to the coral sky. It should be relaxing, watching the sun go down, but it’s usually Bzzt. Zap! Swat! the whole time.

Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory

The first time I visited Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory, I was in a rush.  It’s not that I needed to get somewhere (except Flamingo Crossing for mango ice cream).  

Key West Picket Fences

Key West is 4 miles long and 1 mile wide, and one big riot of color.  Quaint bungalows are painted Easter egg colors and tiny gardens overflow with vivid blooms.  It would be overwhelming without one important element:  the white picket fences.

Key West Cemetery

A hurricane in 1846 swept through the original beachside Key West Cemetery, leaving a gruesome scene in its aftermath.   It was relocated to the highest elevation in town.  Because of this, some gravestones are older than the cemetery itself.

The Conch Republic In Bloom

There is so much in bloom this month in the Florida Keys.  Huge royal poincianas tower over the rooftops in vivid red, fuchsia bougainvilleas pour over fences, and gardens are filled with every color of plumeria.

Screech Owl Boxes

For the past couple years screech owls have visited our yard at night.  We sit on our porch listening to their beautiful sounds.

Naples Botanical Garden

The Naples Botanical Garden was recently expanded and renovated.  The property now covers 170 acres, including a 90-acre wetland preserve.