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Let's Dish With Linda Lou

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My Hanging Organic Herb Garden And Summertime Flowers

Hanging Herb Garden

My hanging herb garden is thriving! My Hanging Herb Garden And Summertime Flowers 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

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The Chives are blossoming.

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.

Rosemary

My Rosemary is definitely outgrowing this pot!

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 screams 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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Indoor And Outdoor Decorations For Autumn

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Here’s a great tip for decorating your table for the holidays. Whenever I’m making a centerpiece for a table. This table has four chairs and sits against a window in my house. I’ve placed the centerpiece on the backside of the table so that everyone can see each other when they are seated at the table. There’s nothing worse than having to look over, too large, a centerpiece to see the person you’re trying to have a conversation with!

First, make sure there are contrasting heights to the centerpiece.
Second, you want to keep the color pallet the same throughout the centerpiece.

On my home page, on the right side, there’s a waitress in a red dress. Below her, there are social media icons. If you press the YouTube icon, you’ll be transferred directly to my YouTube channel, cooking videos.

Autumn Decorations

I love to decorate the entrance to my home. Every holiday season gives me new ideas.

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Flowers, Your Table’s Centerpiece

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I don’t know how it happened but, since my passion for cooking has grown, so has my love for centerpieces. Whether I’m using a type of food, for example; lemons, limes, or flowers, they need to be simple. Nothing, over the top, or crazy. Fowers, Your Table’s Centerpiece is the answer.

As the weather has begun to get cooler, and the Fall season nears, the flowers are amazing. I think just having a simple arrangement, of flowers in the house, can brighten your day.

I learned that when making an arrangement, it’s important, no matter the type of flowers, to keep the same color palate. Like this one, I have bright yellow sunflowers, making them the star of this arrangement. Then I just built it up from there. I used yellow “mums” and small yellow daisies as the fillers.

I learned since flowers can be pricey, I definitely want them to last as long as possible.
When I bring the flowers home, I remove them from their plastic packaging and separate each of them on a table. Next, I stand them up next to different size vases to see which one is going to work the best. Once I’ve figured that out, then, I take a pair of scissors and cut them, to the length I want for the vase I plan on using.  Next, I take a small paring knife and cut the very bottom, on the bias so the flowers can drink up as much water as possible.

As far as the water goes, there are so many ideas on how to ensure your flowers stay and look fresh. One of the things that I’ve found that works are to keep the water from turning cloudy. Keep it as clean and as clear as you can. Remove the water, at the least, every other day and replace it with fresh water.

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