It's wonderful spending time as a family living the good life when we can. Fresh from our latest trip to Destin, Florida we are still marveling over this unique piece of the Florida panhandle. So I wanted to share our experience with you in case you want to visit Destin someday. What a vibrant place to visit! The Gulf of Mexico waters in Destin mimic Caribbean waters in clearness and color. Aside from the Florida Keys, I have never witnessed such swirling turquoise waters here in the U.S before. If you haven't heard of Destin, and I hadn't prior to this visit, it's an idyllic spot nestled in the Florida panhandle. Go west of Panama City. Destin is located on a peninsula between the Gulf of Mexico and the Choctawhatchee Bay. This northwest Florida city is part of the Emerald Coast. Fort Walton Beach, Okaloosa Island and Seaside are also all part of the Emerald Coast and wonderful places to see, too. Here are five things you must do with your family if you visit Destin! Read more.
Consider this a fair warning. Once you start collecting garden torches you won't want to stop. They are addicting! And no wonder. What else but a real flame could add such depth of radiance to your outdoor space? Not to mention keeping the mosquitoes at bay in the most charming manner possible. You probably remember us giving away a few poppy torches in blue and red from Desert Steel last summer. Then we added white and orange daisy torches to the mix. But this is the summer we celebrate the cosmos which are just as sweet and sophisticated. Amazing how Desert Steel is always fashioning new and unique products that captures the eye and the heart. Envision yourself enjoying the ambiance of your backyard by adding one of these garden trophies to your collection when you win! (ARV $59). To enter, like the Raise Your Garden Facebook page and share this post or sign up for our newsletter. For two entries, do both. You can earn one entry per day by commenting on any of our blog or Facebook posts. Let us know that you have entered by telling us your favorite color. Do this by scrolling down to the bottom of this post and leaving a comment. Please tell us how many entries you have earned. Contest ends May 5th!
Orchids have earned themselves a bad reputation! Finicky. Hard to manage. Difficult. And that is true of some orchids. Come to think of it, all these things could be said of my kids too, but I still keep them around. Speaking of family, orchids are the largest family of plants in the entire world. There are 25,000 - 30,000 species of orchid in existence. Isn't it time you found the right one? Bottom line. Some orchids are easier to grow than others. For those of us who have grown them for years (because we've already killed our share of orchids) we know exactly what not to do; it's time to spread our wings. How about trying a new variety, one that will challenge those horticultural instincts? Beginner...go for it. Why grow orchids? Because they are exquisite, exotic and beautiful to behold. Better still. They can be grown indoors when treated right. My moth orchid is still blooming and I'm on month three! Although it is beginning to enter the dormant state. As a heads up, most of the photographs in this post are not mine. Womp. Womp. These photographs were taken by my sister at the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory in D.C. She blogs over at Pretty Simple Ideas. Check her out sometime!
Hi, I'm Laura and hail from Western New York. I consider myself a lifelong learner who loves gardening with a 360 degree view. Thanks for stopping by!
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