Happy SUMMER dear friends! First on the agenda today, I would like to thank you sweet ladies for all of the lovely comments and emails about my home in Romantic Country Magazine. Most of my website customers are not bloggers, but apparently many read the blog, so thank you, thank you so much for all of your kind words and support:-). If you have been following along with the blog you might remember that Fifi and Dan Mayers were here for a double photo shoot, so you will see more upcoming with a Christmas story. That one is being written by a very popular blogger who you all know by now...and she is just the sweetest girl. Will keep you guessing until she spills the beans:-).
It is SUMMER and hot as Hades already in many parts of the country. It's pretty hot here in Miami where I live, but we are very lucky in our neighborhood to be just a few blocks from Biscayne Bay, which leads into the ocean....so we are the recipients of breezes all year long. It is hot though, and our change of season indicates the dying back of some flower beds and annuals....where most of the country is just getting cranked up and in bloom! We have had lots of much needed rain this past week to help alleviate our drastic drought situation, and it's greened up the lawn nicely just in time for this post:-). The lovely blogger Cielo of the House In Roses blog invited me to participate in her Summer Garden Party.
If you need some planting or gardening inspiration, be sure to take a visit to her blogspot, where you will find a link to those who are participating. Without further adieu, here are some photos that you might enjoy seeing....of my garden that has tropical flair in a idyllic romantic setting:
Tropical flora and fauna are landscape beauties that we are fortunate to be able to grow here in Miami. This amazing tree is a Royal Poinciana. They are in bloom all over Miami at the moment, and are just ablaze with color. On a street where there are many, it almost hurts the eyes...and they actually do Royal Poinciana tours around town for the enthusiasts. This tree is probably about 45 years old, and was one of the few trees that we had which remained standing (though leafless!) after Hurricane Andrew devastated this area about 16 years ago.
We live on a deepwater canal that leads into Biscayne Bay and then into the ocean. These canals were actually dug out by the Army Corp of Engineers to facilitate in balancing the water level in the Florida Everglades. You will find lots of fish in this healthy body of water, including some exquisite and rather enormous Japanese Koi........as well as an occasional GATOR!
Sunset that was truly a spectacular one, taken in our yard a few weeks back. The color of the sky was so pink that night!
The only other tree that we had standing after Andrew was this exotic Plumeria tree. It's in full bloom right now with these fragrant pink flowers. When you visit Hawaii and receive a lei, they are made from these plumeria flowers!
A pair of old French garden chairs that were pink, and I added some hand painted roses to. Murphy is poking around behind them!
Here is an idea for you. If you can find a large enough clam shell (or a large bowl will suffice), you can make a birdbath by setting it on top of some sort of pedestal from the flea market. I have seen many a bird take a drink from this one!
Pink Helaconias that grace our side yard. I often cut these and group them in a large vase for a gorgeous display.
Notice a PINK theme going on here~lol! These are Pentas, that are grouped in front of the bay window in the front of the house.
More PINK....in the form of Nutmeg Trees. We started these from the seeds that you see (Nutmegs) that we scrounged from Father~In~Law Fufu's house on beautiful Sanibel Island years ago.
In my eye, no ROMANTIC garden would be complete with statuary, and I have amassed lots of it throughout the years! Cherubs and Children.......
Several of my trademark Pink Flamingos (as in the Shabbyfufu website logo!).
A few family keepsakes are in the garden, and this one was made by one of our girly girls at Summer Camp long ago:-)
That's all she (I, Janet:-) wrote for today. Will post more soon.......
A quick BIZ NOTE that I felt I had to share as I have had so many inquiries. Our long time website MOSAIC ARTIST Elizabeth Willhite is unfortunately not working in the field due to personal issues. She is really missed by our customers, and myself.....as she has worked with us for many years and was a real leader in her craft.
Working in the Studio this weekend with lots of Shabbyfufu lighting projects and other goodies, so look for all of that COMING SOON!