Segment 1: "Sizzling Plants for the Summer"
Are some of your plants looking rather drab? This is the perfect time to spruce up your flower beds and containers with fresh plants that will give you texture and color until frost. I like to use hanging baskets of summer hardy plants such as purslane, million bell petunias, and lantana. Don't forget to add color with blooming zinnas. They love the heat. The more sun the better they will do. Tropicals such as the Croton are great as well. This is the time I also plant my ornamental peppers. Ornamental peppers will look great now and especially in the Fall season when you mix in mums with them.
Segment 2: "A Cool Salas for a Hot Summer"
With the heat, we tend to eat cool or cold foods. Here is a very easy recipe that will tantalize your taste buds. The iceberg lettuce wedges with blue cheese vinaigrette is so refreshing. Here is what you need to do:
Salad can be easy to make especially when there is not dicing or shredding. Just quarter a head of iceberg lettuce, and top with a tasty blue cheese vinaigrette.
3 tablespoons white-wine vinegar
1 small shallot, finely chopped
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese (about 1 ounce)
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
1 head iceberg lettuce, quartered into wedges
1. Whisk together vinegar, shallot, and mustard. Pour oil in a slow, steady stream, mixing constantly until emulsified. Whisk in half the blue cheese. Season with salt.
2. Arrange lettuce wedges on a platter. Drizzle with vinaigrette. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top and season with pepper.