Ten Gables Cottage

Ten Gables Cottage
Ten Gables Cottage

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Tropical Treasures from my Gallery

Hi Everyone,  It is a beautiful hot sunny day in Florida, putting me in a tropical painting mood! I am busy painting for my gallery shop.  One new thing above is a painting done on old dictionary paper. Pretty cool usage of an old dictionary that is no long being used for its intended purpose.
I am painting pillow covers in the tropical theme, too. Love the big green leaves on these pillows, and they were fun to paint.
Here is another tropical designed pillow set. They would add a nice splash of color to outdoor furniture!  Time to get busy and do some more hot tropic designs!! Have a great day!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

What's growing?


Hi Everyone,  I am so excited to have 9 lovely pineapples growing in different places around the property. Everytime we get a pineapple, I cut off the top and just stick it out in the ground somewhere and low and behold, soon a new plant is growing.  Before you know it, more pineapples are forming. It actually takes 2 years to get a pineapple on the plant, but it also will have baby plants come up and once you have some established, you begin to get a lot of them. They are so delicious home grown, maybe it is because you don't have to pick them too early. You do have to beat the raccoons to them, though, so I watch closely.

Also this year I have so many beautiful amaryllis blooming right now. The blooms are so pretty and even though it is getting really hot here, they are doing well and lasting several days with more coming on.

Hope you are having a nice quiet Sunday afternoon; it's a good time to walk around the garden and see what is new!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Beautiful Orchids

Hi Everyone, I hope you are having a great day! It is beautiful in sunny and warm Florida. I have lots of Spring flowers in bloom, but I want you to see the beautiful orchid plants in a big planter that Margaret and John, my neighbors got me for Mother's Day. What a nice surprise and it is just gorgeous!
Here is a photo of the whole thing. It has a pretty bromeliad in it and another big tropical green leafed plant plus 2 orchids, one large and one smaller.
Hopefully I won't kill it. My green finger does not include orchids, but the directions say plenty of light and not much water, so we will see. I am really enjoying its beauty right now! Thank you so much, Margaret and John!!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Springtime in Florida

Hello Everyone, Wow, but it has been a very long time since I have blogged!! I have been very busy with my art gallery  and also my computer is really acting up and I need to get a new one! Time flies by so fast and here it is Spring in Florida! It is lovely and we are having beautiful sunny days, and a few thunderstorms, too. Fellsmere, Florida had a lot of hail last night and the forecast shows we may get some here tonight. I hope not!
I am not doing much gardening, as I have so little time. A few pots of vegg
and a granny flower garden is about all I have done. Here is my lettuce pot, which is getting some sprouts almost ready for salad!
My favorite time of day is tea time and the above sofa table is just the ticket. I painted it trompe l'eoil to show a book in the center entitled "Three cups of Tea" and then I painted three different teacups with tea on the table. One has little green shamrocks, which is my favorite because you all know how I love Ireland, Northern Ireland and England! That is where I became such a tea time fan!
This small desk and chair is in my gallery just waiting for the right person who can't live without it!It is fun painting furniture, but I still do lots of canvas paintings and watercolors. Happy Springtime to all of you. I have missed my blogger friends and hope to do more blogging now!