Sunday, September 27, 2009

Cuban Sandwich

I wanted to do a little something different for raceday munchies. 

Have you ever tried something new and had it turn out like pooh?  I have, and it sometimes keeps me from experimenting.

I used this recipe from Three Guys from Miami
There is a link to follow for the lechon (pork).

Hope ya like garlic!  I LOVE garlic.

I had to smash'em using a brick wrapped in foil.  This worked great if you don't have a press. 

                         Made some of these bad-boys for desert.

My honey is a patient man.  I made him wait till I got a decent shot of the sandwich before he could eat. 

 Yummy-yum.  I love sugar!!!

Update:  The Cubans were excellant! 
One of the things that really makes me happy is when I make something and Tim really likes it.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

My orchids new home

I really needed to get some of my orchids out of the tree.
 I don't want them to root in there so much it's difficult to get them out.
So off to Wally World I go
 Wally World sells orchids, orchid mix, orchid fertilizer, but no orchid boxes! 
They didn't even have orchid pots.   

As I am way too lazy to run around Sarasota looking for stuff.  I came up with this handy dandy coconut planter.  Whatever works, right?

This is where I stash my starts till I'm energetic enough to pot them up.  In my punk tree.  They love it.

As I was digging some of them out of the tree I found this guy!  A newbie!
I've said it before...
They thrive on neglect

Saturday, September 19, 2009


I got to work and Sandy was on the phone with her sister.  She's somewhere in Indiana I think.  She was saying it was 44 degrees that morning.  BRRRRR!!!

Here's what I had to deal with.....

~Check out some Florida Wildflowers~

My boss would probably pop a vein if he knew I was playing photographer on his time.
I can't help but take a few minutes out of the daily grind and appreciate the beauty that surrounds me.
It helps me to remember that God is there and still in controll

Greenhouse News

Usually the greenhouse kitties greet me when I arrive in the AM.  Actually they aren't greeting me. 
They just want their treat.
I thought it strange when only two showed up.

White paws and bandit got fed.
Where could Smokey be???

White Paws was none too happy when these guys showed up.
She was Queen Kitty since the other one went to kitty heaven a few months back.
We think she coaxed the little guy into the critter trap. 
Rotten kitty!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Quotable Quotes

It matters more whats in a womans face
than whats on it
~Claudette Colbert~

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Survival Stories

This plumeria is a cutting my mom was going to throw away.
Excuse me.  Not while I'm around!
I started him about three months ago.  Blooms already!
I love it!!!  
I have to smell him every time I go by.  The fragrance has got to be somewhere close to heaven. 
To think he was headed to the trash. 
Hibiscus are a regular in SW FL landscape.  They are everywhere!!!
You see so many you might miss their beauty.  I did.
Check out the flowers.
The hibuscus below was actually planted in the ground.   Most of my stuff is in containers in case we move.  Anyway... his spot got too crowded so we had to yank him up.  In the process, his trunk split.  OUCH!  I felt bad. 
He was pretty sad looking for about three weeks.  Tons of yellow leaves.  Droopy. 
Two weeks ago I pruned him back pretty good and look.  He's blooming.  I think he likes his new home.
Another survivor!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Whats growin' today???

It's probably been three months ago.  The neighbor up front moved out and we were cleaning up the lawn.  I, of course, had to grab some of the bulbs that  were there. 
I thought they were amaryllis.

I do a walk-a-bout everyday and am usually the one who spots someting blooming.
Not today. My honey spotted this.
Turns out what I thought was an amaryllis is actually Hymenocallis, a genus of the ammaryllis family.

I ran across a cool site while searching for the proper name of the bulb.

I was also excited to see the Alamanda seeds I had planted are sprouting.  I had grabbed a couple pods off a bush.  They have been sitting around for quite a while.  Not knowing whether they would grow or not, I planted 5 and 4 have sprouted.
Easy... that's what I like.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Whatever... Just Bloggin'

I've posted before about our squirrels (click)
They do entertain us while we have our saturday mornin' coffe
This guy decided we didn't hand out enough peanuts so he's takin' matters into his own paws and lookin' through my seed cache.
The other day I found random peanuts around the house. 
We sometimes keep our back door open and they help themselves to the stash.
They know where we keep the goods.
Sorry if you find feeding rodents offending, but it amuses us.
I've said it before...
We're simple people!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Timmy... I'm Still Lovin' You

Happy Anniversary to us
Four years ago we met at a place somewhere just north of Hell, I think.  On the corner of Tenth and Central.  I swear God arranged it.  We both did life wrong up to this point.  Lost everything too many times.  Had more than our share of do-overs.  I think He thought we couldn't stand another failed attempt so He stepped in. 
Never before have I known what it was like to feel safe.  I never knew what it was like to trust the one you're with... until you.
Our life is simple.  But it's paid for.  
What we thought was an impossibility... we have accomplished. 
Our "Little Girls"
and the wind in our face... once again

Thursday, September 10, 2009

High "Tech" Anxiety III

Another post in the series High "Tech" Anxiety

There is a happy ending so it's OK

Please leave a supply of strong sedatives next to the hose bib if you are going to have me come to your house to water and your plants look like this.
This particular woman does not want us to prune or to spray.
Just water please.
Now I admit, here, there is a reason for not spraying. She raises butterfly's. I believe she should invest in some ladybugs or something. Or have a nice neighbor who doesn't care that the scale is now sucking the life out of the moss growing between the pavers.
The not pruning thing is beyond me. Do people really find a tuft of foliage at the end of a 3' snake-like limb attractive? I wonder. Anyway. It stresses me out. Just let me loose with some pruners.
This whole place is like the cottage garden gone bad.

Like I said there is a happy ending.

I got a cutting off this wonderful desert rose.
~Adenium Obesum~

And I got some pink  Ruellia. I have some of the "Purple Showers" so I thought this was a necessary addition to the family. Snip, snip.
I just have to bathe the cutting in some soap to get the critters of them.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Random Ramblin

A view of the Gulf of Mexico.

(It must suck to wake up and have to look at this!!!)

I don't know the name of this piece but it's cool

(just my opinion)

My job takes me a lot of different places.
I've learned to always carry my camera.
Except for today.
It turned out to be a good thing 'cause I lost my rain-gear off the back of my bike and I was going to wrap my camera inside it.
My honey would have been pretty disappointed as we just got the thing about a month ago. My other camera died (click).

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Big Plants... small spaces

I must start by saying I love my job.
I get to see things as they grow.  Watch how the seasons affect the plants.  Meet people.

With that in mind...I am human and as I would never address a client like this,
It is my blog and I can pretty much say whatever I want.
That being said...
Before your plants are to the point of puking thier guts out of the pot...
get a larger container!  Do some root pruning!  Whatever.
Have you ever tried to shove your size 9 foot into a size 6 shoe?  I have and it sucks.
Well, how do you think this plant feels? 
Do you know what it's like to get some water into the pot?  Let alone enough to last till the next time I visit.

Big Plants... small spaces.  It doesn't work! 

Here we have a nice little Bismarkia Nobilis.

The homeowner tucked it nicely under a Ligustrum.
Half way between the house and the wall where the boug lives.  Exists might be a better choice of words. The sticks in back... that's the boug.

Here we have a mature Bismarkia.
Beautiful isn't it?
I see it all the time...
Big Plants... Small Spaces.
It doesn't work

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Pineapple Orange Yum Yum

So, I'm no food photographer. I just like pics with my posts.

Don't let the photograph fool ya

This stuff is like a citrus celebration for the taste buds!!!

1 yellow cake mix

(don't follow box instructions)

1/2 C veggie oil

4 eggs

11 oz Mandarin Oranges (undrained)

Place all the stuff in a bowl and stir

Pour into a 9 1/2 x 11 cake pan.

Bake at 350 for 25-30 min.
Frosting: 20 oz crushed pineapple (undrained)
1 pkg. vanilla instant pudding
1 tub Cool Whip
Mix pudding and pineapple together. Fold in Cool Whip.
Store in fridge till cake is cool.
Store cake in the fridge.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

One man's trash is another mans treasure

I was stunned when I found out Air Potatoes (Dioscorea bulbifera) are being sold on the Internet. I worked with a guy from Ohio who had me out gathering them with him so he could take them back up north. WHATEVER! They're pretty enough until they have engulfed your landscape.
Then there are all kinds of sites on "How To Grow Spanish Moss"
(Tillandsia usneoides)
There's even a person on Daves Gardens that has it on her tradelist.
I guess there is the southern ambiance thing going on.
Old oaks dripping in the stuff.
It's great when a big wad of it gets caught in the mower. Or how the hurricane force winds blow it from the trees and piles of it lay like so many cow pies in your yard.

One mans trash is another mans treasure

I guess we all see things differently. In one part of the country we're rootin' out and pullin' up. In another... they're wondering how to propagate it.
Go figure

Greenhouse News

This is Smokey

Wakin up from a cat nap

Life at the greenhouse can be tough...
unless your one of the cats.
Most of us come to work and dread the day.
(Our boss is a tyrant)
The kitties are like therapy pets.