On this day, before stopping by to see my mother, I decided to film my visit to the charming, private butterfly gardenat Moorings Park, the retirement community where she lives.
I almost always wear a wide-brim hat when I am outside. I keep two in the backseat of my car, three hung on pegs by the back door, and they all have lanyards. Hats are a habit I started 10 years ago to protect my face from the sun. Even when it rains I’ve been known to wear one slung around my neck since, here in Naples, Florida, it can rain one moment and be sunny the next.
The brims of the hats I wear are always super large, to provide the most sun protection possible. A cotton, white one I have is so big, in fact, that a neighbor once called out, “Hey, hat, where are you going with that lady?”
Given the high heat and humidity of this summer morning, I wanted to stay as cool and comfortable as possible while strolling through the garden, so I chose a light-weight, loose-fitting, cotton blouse and full skirt, with low-heeled sandals. The cross-body bag enabled me to keep my hands free, which I always like.
About the garden: Created by landscape designer Mike Malloy (also known as the “Naples Butterfly Man”), the semicircular, 3,500-square-foot garden was established in 2011. Plantings include cassia and jatropha trees, butterfly bush, pentas, lantana, plumbago, salvia, sage and–as seen above, on the entrance arch–a Dutchman’s pipe vine.
If you ever find yourself at Moorings Park, be sure to stop by and see the garden. It really is quite special. ~Janis Lyn Johnson
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Bag: Tory Burch (Similar Tory Burch at Nordstrom) / Top: Ann Taylor (Similar Banana Republic) / Skirt: Gap (Similar Ann Taylor) / Leather Bracelet: (Similar idea at Nordstrom) / Hat: Sloggers (Amazon.com) / Shoes: (Similar Nordstrom Steal or Splurge).
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