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Let's Dish With Linda Lou

Sharing My Recipes, My Life, And The Food Tale Of Two Cities

Spending Time Outdoors

 

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I’ve been Spending Time Outdoors quite a bit lately. As you can tell from the picture above and those below I’ve been working pretty hard. I refurbished my Adirondack chairs. Big difference right?

Living in Florida, we’re known for our rainy season. Over time, the ground settles and the weather takes its toll on the furniture.

After finally finishing the chairs I noticed how bad the stones had become. I cleaned and leveled the patio concrete step stones, they were a mess.

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Between the two pictures above and the one below, I added a couple of new bird feeders and removed a couple of trees that were in really bad shape. I’m thinking, this looks much better.

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Bird Feeder

My bird feeder gets a lot of action from the neighborhood Cardinals. To the right of the bird feeder are my Hydrangeas. This picture was taken during the summer when everything’s a beautiful vibrant green.

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A wrought iron bistro set brings a little charm to this part of the yard.

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Ok, now this is Steve’s shed, I can’t do anything about the inside but I can sure help the outside a little. Placing a couple of small bushes and solar lights on each side. Filling those areas with the accents of white pebble stones. Finally, bordering each side with a mini garden fence.

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I love Hibiscus but it just so happens so do the squirrels.

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Comfort Place

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The Dwarf Boxwood Shrubs add a touch of green to the side of our driveway. As they grow they can be trimmed and shaped into the style of small box-like bushes.

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My Comfortable Place is in the front carport area with beautiful flowers all around me. I spend a lot of time out here. Oh, and of course My Organic Hanging Herb Garden.

 

 

My Comfortable Place

 

 

My Organic Hanging Herb Garden

 

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Seasonal Flowers, Herbs, And Plants

 

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Whenever I set up any type of garden display, I make sure they’re always presented in odd numbers. As you can see I have three barrels set pretty close together using the same color pallet. Here they range from pink to red. I also you the same method whenever I set a table. I use odd amounts of candles, fruit displays, flowers, or herbs on the table.  Set along the side of the carport, I have my hanging herb garden.

Once the rocking chairs, side table, and outdoor carpet arrive, I hope to transport this carport into a beautiful sitting area.

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On the side of my house, set behind the rain lilies, I planted three sunflowers. In the backyard, my Fig Tree, Eggplant Plant, and Chives are doing just great!  It’s an amazing feeling to see your garden plants, trees, and herbs thrive!!!

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Pineapples In The Garden

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I’m lucky to live in a zone 9 climate, where it’s perfect for producing pineapples. You just wouldn’t believe how sweet there are. I’ve talked about my herbs and flowers and how maintaining them does take some work. Pineapples, however, not so much. They are just so beautiful, I feel sometimes that it’s almost a shame to have to cut them off.  That’s not going to stop me! I have plans for these beauties.

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Landscaping And Outdoor Entertainment Area

 

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Sorry about slacking on posting recently, but we’re trying really hard to finish our outdoor entertainment area. I thought I’d share a few pictures to kind of give you an idea of where we are going with this whole project.

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Haas Avocado Tree

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Having a large backyard is awesome. I have this vision in my head on how everything should look when it’s finished. Laying the stones for the entertainment area is a huge job. Steve is doing the job himself. Working full time, he manages to squeeze time in whenever he can. As you can see, we’re almost to the end of the house. Then we have to start laying them outwards from the house. I’m looking forward to having this outdoor kitchen and be able to have family and friends over. My friends have waited patiently for this day to come, we’re getting there!

My avocado tree is still in a pot. I want to let the tree get a bit stronger before placing it in the ground. I’m thinking the Jasmine vine, that I have behind the sitting area, I’m going to replant alongside one of the big trees. It’s going to look great climbing up the tree. I can then place the avocado tree in its place. That’s my plan.

We have such large trees that there are some areas where grass doesn’t grow. That’s the area around the bird bath. I’ve planted Crotons there, in a half moon pattern, to bring some color to that area. I took these pictures at the end of our winter season. You can see the leaves are starting to come back on the trees and the Crotons. I’ve hung some solar lights from the branches that look amazing at night. I also have Crotons along the back of the house. They are the one plant that can take the heat that Florida dishes out.

My cactus garden I really love. I thought by placing the white stones around that area was perfect.

You also can see I have a hanging herb garden where I grow my delicate herbs. Chives, rosemary, and kale do better in the ground. Listen, it took me a while to figure out what grows better and where! That brings me to the Hydrangea. Hydrangeas are my favorite and I wanted to have one of my own. Every time I planted one, it just didn’t make it. It’s all about location, location, location!

Well, this is where we’re at for our vision of an outdoor entertainment area. I hope you’ll keep checking back to see when our project is finally done.

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