Late Summer Flowers

Just because we’re into late summer doesn’t mean the flowerbeds are going to start looking sparse.  On the contrary, there are a lot of really awesome and beautiful flowers that bloom between August and October.  The se late summer and early fall flowers can be just as bright and colorful as their summer counterparts.  In fact, many of them rank among the most popular flowers!  Here are a few of these gorgeous late summer blooms.  Some of them are pretty common, but some are rare or not as well-known.

•    The small white aster
•    Jimsonweed
•    Sweet Everlasting
•    The White Vervain
•    The Calico Aster
•    The Nodding Burr Marigold
•    The Evening Primrose
•    The Partridge Pea
•    The Arrow-leaved Tearthumb
•    The Morning Glory
•    The New England Aster
•    The Slender Speedwell

Happy gardening!

 

Summer Fun in St. Petersburg, FL

Are you glad the hottest part of the summer is over with?  If you’ve been hiding from the heat for the past month or so, you may be going a little stir-crazy.  Fortunately, temperatures are starting to drop a little bit, and being outdoors is no longer quite as horrible.  There’s still some summer left, even though the kids may have already gone back to school, and you can fill the remaining weekends of the season with some fun activities.

Swimming is always a popular summer activity, and the pools are still open for a few more months.  Take the kids after school or on the weekends, or skip out of work for an afternoon and go yourself.  Spraygrounds, a popular new twist on the playground, are also fun.  They incorporate water hoses, sprinklers, and sprays into the playground.

Get out and enjoy nature.  There are plenty of parks and outdoor locations in and around St. Petersburg.  Head over to the Boyd Hill Nature Park for a nice, relaxing walk, or go play games and have a picnic at Pioneer Park.  These are just two of the amazingly beautiful locations nearby.

Another great outing is to go to Tampa Bay.  The water is absolutely gorgeous!  You can rent a boat, go sailing, play on the beach, or even visit with the dolphins at the Dolphin Landings Charter Boat Center.

If you’re a sports fan, you can check out the Tampa Bay Rays major league baseball team.  They play at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.  They will be playing a number of games at home through October.

Of course, you can have a lot of summer fun in your own back yard.  Just set up your own little swimming pool, have a cookout, or play some basketball.  No matter what you do, enjoy the rest of the summer!