Thursday, April 16, 2009

Change of seasons, Central Florida style

Living in Central Florida doesn't give one a sense of changing seasons. The weather has wild fluctuations that could have winter-like conditions one day and summer-like weather the next.

However, the biggest indicator of the changing season in my part of the world is returning humidity. For at least a month or two, it has been trying to come back and stay, but cold fronts bring back those springtime "open windows" days with the crisp air and mild temps.

This is my favorite time of the year!

Although I spend way too much time sitting behind this computer, I have managed to get out a bit to start tidying up the carport jungle. It is where I hang out on my breaks where I can enjoy nice breezes and nature unfolding before my eyes.

My desire to garden is coming back strong this year and I even bought some seeds to start my veggie/herb garden. I should have started last month!

Bear with me as I restructure my web spaces . . .

In the meantime, I will be writing about some area attractions like Busch Gardens and Disney World . . . I have photos from years past that I would love to share.

Monday, February 23, 2009

What's blooming in your garden?


My paradise jungle is colorful with blooming Kalanchoe




I've written about these plants in my new blog . . . come by
and discuss what is blooming in your garden this month.







Sunday, February 8, 2009

Florida gardeners webpage

It has been ages since I've posted any entries on this blog . . . I've been busy reorganizing my life, taking care of a nasty computer virus that took me over a month to conquer and way too much to go into again as everything has been covered in my other blogs . . .

My latest project is updating my personal website, DonitaWorld.com, which is mainly devoted to gardening and soap operas . . . much more coming soon.

In the meantime . . . I have updated my Florida gardening webpage . . . click here to go there.

Have all of my Florida gardening buddies thawed out by now?

My paradise is a bit crispy, but better than I expected. We were supposed to get down to the 20's in Tampa, but it didn't happen in my area. This Florida girl is still bundled up in many layers of clothing as my bones have not thawed out sufficiently :) I absolutely HATE cold weather . . .

With the economy as it is and my internet endeavors taking a huge financial hit, my unsuccessful attempts at joining the real world with a "real job" haven't worked out . . . well, I'm looking at all areas of my life that need cutting back.

One of them is food that I can grow myself and I intend on at least clearing out a section of my paradise and devote it to growing tomatoes, peppers and herbs to start off with . . . even if I have to grow them in containers . . . that works better for me anyway!

I've begun a series on my food blog, Gina's Italian Kitchen, on saving money on groceries, including recipes for cheap meals. There have been times in my life where I have gone through some serious financial struggles, I know how to adapt and still eat well.

You can really save money when you grow your own herbs and veggies . . . especially from seed . . . I'll start a series on growing your own food.