SRQ Cottages Christmas 2018

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Hmm…seems like I have heard that phrase before ?   We do love the Holidays!
Right around Thanksgiving we start decorating the cottages for the holidays.
Here’s our list of items to set up or prepare:
  • Trees
  • Garland
  • Lights
  • Ornaments
  • Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus
  • “Hello Kitty” Christmas inflatable display
  • Wire frame Reindeer with mini-lights…
  • Gifts and… Sweet Treats
  • Get the Fire pit ready
  • Yummy smores😀
  • Sparkle lights in the yard
  • Perfect coffee or hot chocolate😍
  • Festive quilts
  • Fun Christmas games
  • Lots of sparkle
  • Egg Nog
I guess you’ll have to check it out for yourself!
See you soon,


My Favorite Holiday is Almost Here!

Fall is almost here, along with my favorite holiday, HALLOWEEN!  (Oops, it might be tied with Christmas)…

Anyhow – pumpkins (kürbisse in German), pumpkin soup, pumpkin pie, pumpkin spice…whatever.   With cooler great weather and the upcoming holidays, it all begins with Halloween.

Last year was a festive, frightful and fun evening on Alameda Avenue.  Our street was bustling with cute trick or treaters — so, needless to say, I look forward to this upcoming Halloween.

Herb hung out at “Scruffy”, our old cottage and handed candy through the Dutch door.  Our overnight guest in “Pinkman”, the newer cottage got into the action, handing out candy and engaging the young ghouls.  I, of course, stayed in the main house cooking dinner and running to hand out candy in between. What fun it was!

This season I will don a costume, probably something more vintage than scary.  I think I’ll put on my vintage Endora dress.  For those younger than 45, Endora was Samantha’s mom in the TV series”Bewitched.”  You know,  the one with the long tails from the shoulder.  I can’t wait!  I picked up the dress in Lexington KY from a thrift shop a few years back.

Now that the gardens have grown in I can add to them with scary features or creatures.

I’ve attached some photos from last year.

P.S. Did I mention that last season Herb had to go back to the store for more candy?!

2018 Florida Native Plant Society Annual Garden Tour – Serenoa Chapter

On September 22 we were honored to host the Serenoa Chapter FNPS Fall Garden Tour.  On a warm Fall morning 47 guests toured the garden landscape of “Pinkman” and “Scruffy.”  They viewed more than 80 indigenous local plant species.  Darla and I give a BIG “Thank You” to Carolann Banks and Ryan Inskeep of Bloomin’ Crazy for two long years of hard work designing, planting, tending to, and labeling our plants!