Saturday, January 31, 2009
Every year renowned designers design and decorate a home in the Greater Palm Beach area as a benefit for the American Red Cross. This year's home is the Providencia House on Flager Drive overlooking the intercoastal. It was built in 1936, and is named for the Spanish ship, Providencia that ran aground in 1878 in Palm Beach with 20,000 coconuts.
My friend Bernice and I pose in front of the beautiful Banyan tree.
I loved this sculpture.
A great place to curl up with a good book.
A perfect spot for a little princess.
The show runs from mid-January to mid-February. A wonderful treat.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Yesterday I went to the 'Tropical Short Course' put on by District X in Boca Raton. We heard three wonderful speakers, and I won this floral design. The container is a hollowed out bread bowl. I brought it to Mom & Dad's where we enjoyed it as the centerpiece at dinner last night.
I was so excited to win this afghan yesterday also! I am just learning how to crochet, and am making an afghan. But, it will take me years (if I ever) get it done as I have to keep pulling it apart and redoing it. This one is beautiful! It is made of granny squares with flowers sewn inside each.
Maybe its time to buy a few lottery tickets.
Friday, January 23, 2009
We have these really cool ducks living in 'Lake Buena Vida' this winter. Mergansers are large, crested, fish-eating, diving ducks. I love the shape of their heads. They are also called sawbills because their bills are slender and hooked with serrated edges.
Luscious tomatoes ...
Oranges - 10 for $1, Grapefruits 5 for $1
I bought a box of strawberries from a truck by the side of the road. These are grown in Palm City. Florida strawberries are available January - April.
I gave a lot of the strawberries away, and then froze some to use later in smoothies. To freeze strawberries, just place them on a tray in a single layer. Once they are frozen place them in a zip-loc freezer bag.
Unfortunately we had a frost last night, and a lot of the winter vegetable crop including beans and corn, was lost.
Friday, January 16, 2009
This beautiful flowering tree is in bloom (in Wellington, FL) now. I’m planning to use this in my landscape up against the wall of the house next door.
There are so many beautiful plants in
- low maintenance – doesn’t grow too fast, spread, invade, doesn’t require lots of pruning or fertilizers
- drought tolerant – winter is very dry here, and there are often watering restrictions
- have good wind resistance – don’t want it to go down with the hurricanes
- disease resistant – no known pests, or diseases
- long lived – I don’t want to have to redo my yard every few years
- look good in the winter months when I am here (attractive foliage and/or bloom)
- in scale for a small yard on a zero lot line
- right exposure – right now we have no shade except from our house and the one next door
- not toxic since my dog, Emily eats everything
That sure narrows things down. Since the Pink Tabebuia fits most of these requirements, its worth a try. Here’s more details on it:
The clusters of trumpet shaped flowers are lavender/pink with a yellow throat. It is native to
The tree looks great where you want to attract attention - alongside a formal driveway or in a mixed border. It can be messy underneath when the flowers fall as you can see in the top picture. The pink tabebuia blooms on bare wood. It loses its leaves briefly during the dry, sub-tropical winter. It flowers in January – February for about 3 weeks. After flowering long, glossy seed pods will hang on for several weeks. The tree will quickly set out new leaves.
It should be grown in full sun, in well-drained soil. Established trees are highly drought tolerant, and also pest resistant. It is a moderate to fast grower. Young trees grow about 4 feet per year, and at maturity will reach a height of 30 feet and a width of 25 feet. It has moderate wind tolerance, and little tolerance to salt. It should be fertilized after new leaves emerge. Any pruning is best done after the tree flowers. Trees should be trained to a single trunk, and staked until they are 6-8 feet tall.
What a beauty! When you drive down the street, you can't help but notice the 'Pink Tab'.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
My favorite restaurant in this area is Peppermint.
11328 Okeechobee Blvd.
Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411
Here’s some of our favorite dishes. For appetizers we love steamed dumplings. They are stuffed with chicken, bamboo shoots, water chestnuts, and crabmeat. They are delicious dipped in soy sauce.
Mom, Dad, and I enjoy the Pad Thai.
I often order massaman curry. This Indian inspired dish is prepared with potato, cashews, curry paste, coconut milk, and avocado.
Max was introduced to Sushi here, and now orders it every chance he can.
Dad enjoys the beer!
What fun it is to meet Mom and Dad here for dinner!
Monday, January 12, 2009
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Fuller's BBQ Restaurant
3201 Roberts Ave
You pay as you go into the restaurant, and order your drinks. I had 'sweet tea' which is really sweet iced tea. There is a huge buffet full of good Southern food - we had no idea what a lot of the dishes were, but were eager to try as much as we could fit on our plates.