Monthly Archives: May 2014

Pickled Tiny Tomatoes……

The spring veggie garden had a bumper crop of “Moby Grape” tomatoes.and the Roma’s were underwhelming(I think it got too hot,too soon for them),and they are kind of on the smallish side. The question was what to do with them? They’re not big enough for a good tomato sandwich and how many can you snack on?
Enter the June issue of Southern Living magazine
.Right there!
On page 124 was a recipe for Pickled Tiny Tomatoes.
I’m in with that!

Pickled Tiny Tomatoes
What you need…..

3 pt.assorted grape tomatoes
2  C seasoned rice vinegar
3 T sugar
3 garlic cloves,thinly sliced
1 T pickling spice
1T kosher salt
1 (1/2 in.) piece fresh ginger,peeled and sliced(optional-I used it)
Pierce each tomato with a wooden skewer and place in a large glass bowl.Bring vinegar and next 4 ingredients,and ginger if using,and 1 and 1/2 C water to a boil.Remove from heat and pour over tomatoes.Cool 1 hr.Cover and chill 24 hrs. before serving.Refrigerate in an airtight container up to 2 weeks.

Serve with a meat-and-cheese platter,or garnish a cocktail.Or just snack on ‘em straight from the refrigerator!
I think this just might work with cucumbers,too.

Now,don’t complain if you have a bumper crop of tomatoes and don’t know what to do with them.At least I did my part to keep you informed….

Original recipe here…..

Sometimes they’ll pose…..

….or you just get lucky….
…I prefer to believe they wanted to pose for me…

some type of bee on the Vitex…


Zebra Long Wing



A green anole Anolis carolinensis I came across on one of the paths-to-nowhere….

Dinner time at the feeders…


Yep.It’s better to be lucky than good…..

The most exciting time of the year……

….at least,for this gardener…
The plumeria have started to bloom!

you know I love my plumerias…
No…seriously,I love,love,love my plumeria.
Yes,I do……
So,here ya go……

The yellow with cream.IMG_1117It has always been the first to bloom,and it didn’t disappoint this year..

The deep rose/red…..

My favorite of them all,so far.This one has 10 inflo’s on it,so it should be outstanding this year.

Inflo on the white….

It exceeded my expectations,last year.It will be interesting to see what it does this year.
Inflo on the orange and white….

This will be the first year it has bloomed,so I’m anxiously awaiting the first flower.
I’m still waiting on the pure orange,(and the other deep rose/red one which has a small inflo on it),but I doubt if it (the orange) will bloom this year.I think it is still too young.But I have hopes it will surprise me.

Yep.It’s the best time of year for this gardener!

Peace ………

Only one of the many “paths-to-no-where” is shady.Underneath a stand of Norfolk Island Pines,it has been planted with white caladiums and Peace Lilies.Spathiphyllum.

In reality,there are Bird’s Nest Ferns,
a Brazillian Tree Fern and two huge Staghorn Ferns back there,too.It became a place where I put things after TheTree went down.And they all have flourished.
but so have the mosquitoes…
no rhyme or reason to this area of the garden.But everything has grown and making nice with each other.A happy accident,I guess.

But it is the Peace Lilies that have flourished.
Surprisingly,all have started as divisions from one lonely house plant.


It has become the only cool place to be in the heat of a Florida Spring/Summer.

-but you have to wear bug spray,there.It is close to the water and I am here to testify those mosquitoes are monsters!-

But,still,just walking backing there,one feels at least ten degrees cooler.

and they do love to pose!

…not like those pesky butterflies who refuse to sit still…



:: Peace::


Random thoughts and photos….

My mind wanders.Especially when I wander through the garden in the evening.I solve problems,I figure things out when I wander through the garden.So,bear with me,as my ADHD mind wanders,and my camera takes pictures….

Yellow African Iris dietes bicolorIMG_1072

Since I saw them at Naples Botanical Garden,a few years ago,I have wanted one.About 3 years ago I saw them at HD,and bought two.Just when I thought they were a bust and was ready to rip them out,this year,they have decided to bloom.Guess they heard me….

The Vitex is ready to bloom…

Why do I always start renovations when it’s hot and the AC is running?I repainted the master bedroom-I couldn’t take the paint samples on the wall,anymore-,but now I’m obligated to paint the closet doors and have the carpet replaced with flooring to match the rest of the first floor.What was I thinking?I swear it goes on and on….

I really like the way this container,on the lanai,has come together.It took awhile,but I’m very happy with it.

It has taken a year for it to have gotten to this point…Patience….
The last of the Iris blooms….

Jasmine is almost finished.I’m gonna miss them when they’re done…but I do every year…In the evening,their scent is amazing….

I really need to move the compost pile.But where to?
I wonder who the Bucs will take first in the draft….
The first plumeria buds!

This is a yellow one.The cutting came from my dad,and it’s always the first to bloom,every year.

Gaillardia with Angel’s Tears.Nice combo.Another happy accident.

does your mind wander while you’re strolling through the garden?
Do you use it as time to solve the problems of the world?