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Let's Dish With Linda Lou

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

Summer Time Flowers And My Hanging Herb Garden

Hanging Herb Garden

My hanging herb garden is thriving! Summer Time Flowers And My Hanging Herb Garden are on the move.

Tarragon

Tarragon above I use in so many of my chicken and seafood dishes.

English Lavender

The Lavender above smells so good. I like adding the blooms to sugar. Lavender sugar makes a great gift.

Chive Flowers

Flat Leaf Italian Parsley

Italian Flat-Leaf Parsley is used in most of my dishes because of its great flavor.

Thyme

Above is my fresh Thyme. The lemony flavor is perfect for chicken.

Sweet Basil (2)

Sweet Basil with its lemony minty flavor goes with just about everything. I’d say, it’s the one herb I use the most.

Oregano

Above is my Oregano, a super-strong herb so you don’t need much. Great in Tex-Mex dishes.

Oregano

More Oregano! This is the Greek variety.

Sage

Sage is one of those herbs that reminds me of the holidays. A peppery-rosemary flavor that’s super earthy.

Mint

Above is my fresh Mint. Great for desserts, salads and so much more. Below are pictures of flowers from around my house.

Lavender

Lavender can be used in so many ways. I love making Lavender sugar.

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My bright red Gerberas are part of the daisy family.

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Perennials are great because they’re ever changing with each season.

Hibiscus

Hibiscus

Hibiscus bushes are perfect anywhere in your garden.

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One a year the Dragon Lilies bloom. Their vibrant orange color scream summertime is coming!

Rain Lillies

Rain Lilies are so beautiful. They seem to pop up everywhere in my garden.

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Sunflowers

Sunflowers are the meaning of summertime.

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Periwinkles look great in large pots.

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Hydrangeas are my favorite flower, NO question!

Hass Avocado Tree

My Hass Avocado tree is just finding its way. I’m talking 10 years before I’ll see any fruit.

Birdhouse

The Cardinals love their birdfeeder.

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My side garden has a variety of flowers and plants like my baby Fig Trees. Can you see them?

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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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Myer Lemon Tree

Trees With Faces

Mission Fig Bush

Hanging Herb Garden

Haas Avocado Tree

Cactus Garden

Bistro Area and Herb Garden

outdoor entertainment area (2)

outdoor entertainment area

Expansion of patio

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 birdbath. 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.

 

Spending Time Outdoors

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