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"Possibility and promise greet me each day as I walk out into my garden. My vigor is renewed when I breathe in the earthiness and feel the dirt between my fingers. My garden is a peaceful spot to refresh my soul." Meems

Welcome to my Central Florida Garden Blog where we garden combining Florida natives, Florida-Friendly plants, and tropicals.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Lights in Bloom and Happy 2011

Before we say goodbye to the lights and magic of Christmas I'd like to share a very special botanical garden with you. Selby gardens is a mere 75 miles south of me. It is a lush tropical paradise located right on the Sarasota Bay. One of my top 10 favorite destination cities in Florida.

Taking time to visit more gardens was a goal I was determined to achieve in 2010. What that means is getting out of my own garden long enough to venture a walk-through of other gardener's handiworks. In theory it sounds easy enough. Truth is, it is on my top 10 list of most fun activities. In practicality it has never been something I take the time to do. This year was a good start. I've shared with you some of my journeys here.

A trip to Selby Gardens in October and another on a very cold December night for their "Lights in Bloom' event proved to be even more than delightful than anticipated.

There's much more to share of my daytime trip from October which I vow (to myself) to take time to post here in the future. I think you will love seeing these tropical gardens as much as I do.

I wish you all a happy and healthy New Year in 2011. All the best of gardening dreams come true.

Here's to new beginnings in 2011... new days, new projects, new motivation, new growth, new ideas, new seasons, new words, new plants, new energy, new inspiration, new fruit to bear, new blessings ... oh, NEW is good to dream about today.
Are there 'new' dreams on your mind for the new year?


  1. Delightful post. I am dreaming of a lush full greenhouse..

  2. How beautiful the mansion is all decked out in lights. I also love the archway of trees. Have a Blessed New Year Meems!

  3. A gift knowing you, thanks for the magical Christmas tour of Selby Gardens and, yes, dear Meems, may all our gardening dreams come true. Wishing you a good old-fashion southern Hoppin' John healthy/happy/prosperous New Year.

  4. Thank you so much for mentioning Selby. A friend and I are going to try to see a lot of Florida this year and the gardens will definitely go on the list...I am on the Nature Coast so not too much of a drive.

  5. oh my comment just got lost. phooey.

    well the just of it was love and hugs dear sis.
    this place is fantastical.
    i hope we will get to share in some of the wonders of beautiful moments of our lives together this year. i look forward to spending time together.
    merry new year.

  6. A joyful new year to you it is, Meems. Hope everything does blooming lovely for you this year.

  7. What a beautiful display. Thanks for all you've shared this year. I look forward to getting to know you better in 2011 and sharing all the new things I learn. Blessings to you in the coming year, Meems.

  8. Thanks for the night time tour of Selby. Those lights were fantastic. I'm dreaming of less lawn area and more design in my garden for the New Year. Oh! And some of that new motivation you mentioned. Happy New Year to you Meems!

  9. Thanks for the tour.

    Happy New Year!

  10. Very well put, Cynthia girl. You are an inspiration and I wish you nothing but blessings in the new year. Hugs, Grace

  11. Here,here on Selby. Thanks for an inspirational are "new" and fresh ideas.


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