Category Archives: Lake Helen

Lake Helen’s Fall Color

What’s that you say? You don’t believe that Central Florida actually gets Fall color? Well, for the most part, no, we don’t.  At least not like the Fall colors in the colder parts of the country.  What we do get is Fall color of a different kind.

Some of our trees’ leaves change before they drop…



"Forest Pansy" Redbud

And some of our trees give us color by flowering this time of the year…



Cassia (yellow blooms) and Golden Rain Tree (red seed pods)

Then there are the roses… oh my goodness the roses…

Alister Stella Gray 11-05-2011


Alister Stella Gray 11-05-2011


Alister Stella Gray 11-05-2011


Don Juan 11-05-2011


Climbing Clothilde Soupert 11-05-2011


Rosette Delizy 11-05-2011


Ducher 11-05-2011


Jacqueline du Pre' 11-05-2011


Souvenir de la Malmaison 11-05-2011

And the shrubs…

Sweet Almond Bush 11-05-2011


Sweet Almond Bush (bloom) 11-05-2011


Mexican Bush Sage and Vinca 11-05-2011


Mexican Bush Sage (bloom) 11-05-2011


"Royal" Jasmine 11-05-2011


"Royal" Jasmine 11-05-2011


Night Blooming Jasmine (and a nice shot of my trash can!) 11-05-2011


Banana Shrub (look at all those buds!!!) 11-05-2011


Muhly Grass 11-05-2011


Muhly Grass (bloom upclose) 11-05-2011

and perennials…

"Dancing Girl" Ginger 11-05-2011


"Dancing Girl" Ginger 11-05-2011


"Dancing Girl" Ginger 11-05-2011


Torenia 11-05-2011


Salvia 11-05-2011


Salvia (bloom) 11-05-2011


Firebush 11-05-2011

and here are some various bed shots…

Firebush, Lantana, Alister Stella Gray 11-05-2011


Firebush, Lantana, Alister Stella Gray 11-05-2011


Orchid Vine (on fence. aren't those seed pods the coolest??), Jatropha (in the middle with red blooms), Ducher 11-05-2011


Muhly Grass in the foreground 11-05-2011

This week I’m hanging out with these awesome blogs.  Be sure to stop by their places for a visit!
Well, that’s all for now.  Cheers to an awesome rest of the day!

Call the Popo cause a crime’s been committed!!

Well it seems some shenanigans of the worst kind took place in my very own home today.  About 10:00 I mosey one block down the road to watch Lake Helen’s 4th of July parade.  About 10:30 I mosey back that one block to my house.  Upon walking into the fireplace room I notice that something’s very amiss…  Hmmmmm.  What is wrong with this picture??  Well, for starters normally I don’t have a half-eaten loaf of bread just laying around the house! 

Where the crime took place

I wonder who may have put it there?  I’m thinking this boy, who goes by the name of Gibbs, looks pretty guilty.  What do you think?

The suspect

After investigating a bit more, I find actual CRUMBS on the rug of the aforementioned suspect.  It’s starting to look pretty bad for him about now…

The very convincing evidence

 About this time the suspect decides he better start sucking up to a not-very-happy momma cause he’s starting to feel like he’s in some pretty deep doo-doo.  He’s beginning to get the idea that maybe getting that loaf of bread that mom just brought home from the store YESTERDAY off of the countertop and eating half of it wasn’t such a good idea after all!

Half eaten loaf

So he proceeds to put on his I’m-so-sorry face and rubs against me and gives me little nose kisses.  But of course I can’t let him off that easy.  Oh no.  He’s got to learn his lesson that that behavior is just not accepted in this house.  And this is the face he gives me as I’m trying my darndest to yell at him…

Pitiful, pitiful, pitiful

Really?? Could you yell or be mad at that face?? I tell you what, it took everything I had not to laugh at him.  Had to just walk away.  Of course he followed me.  And of course I couldn’t even remotely stay mad very long.  Besides…it was just a loaf of bread.

Moral of the story:  Don’t leave bread on the countertop if you don’t want your dog to eat it.  Simple as that.


95 degrees with a heat index of 106??? On June 21?  Seriously?  AND being in a drought cause we’ve had not much rain since last August.  No wonder even the weeds in my yard are dying!  I almost hate to think it, but a tropical depression would be welcome if it would bring some much needed rain.