Biennials

Biltmore Estate Gardens Tour

My husband and I recently spent several days in the mountains of North Carolina with our daughter.  The highlight of the trip was a tour of Biltmore Estate. We enjoyed the tour of the estate, for sure, but what really impressed me was the gardens.  I thought my readers would enjoy reading a blog post featuring…

Foxglove Biennial – Digitalis – Poisonous but Gorgeous

Foxglove biennials are a spectacular but poisonous flower

Foxglove biennial plants are spectacular to view.  The term biennial means that the plant will grow for two years and then mainly die off.  Under favorable conditions, they will last a year or two beyond what their normal biennial classification would warrant.  Foxgloves will re-seed themselves easily, so once you have one plant, you garden…

17 Tips for Creating a Cottage Garden

Cottage garden

Embrace the Romance of a Cottage Garden. I love a cottage garden.  I am not a rule follower by nature, especially when it comes to gardens, and I love the way a cottage garden throws caution to the wind in the rule department.   Do you like lots of flowers, flowing lines and a not so…

Fresh Herbs – Annual, Perennial or Biennial – Which is Yours?

Is your herb Annual, biennial or perennial?

There is nothing like cooking with, and growing, fresh herbs. If you enjoy vegetable gardening, be sure to have some herbs growing, too. Do you know whether the one you are growing is an annual,  perennial or biennial? This can sometimes be confusing and the answer is not always cut and dried. Are your fresh…

10 Best Herbs for Kitchen Gardens

10 Best Herbs for A Kitchen Garden - thegardeningcook.com/

There is nothing quite like the taste of fresh herbs in recipes.  They add a fullness of flavor that dried herbs just can’t match. And growing herbs for kitchen gardens is so easy to do, everyone should have a few pots of them either on the patio, in the vegetable garden, or even growing indoors…

My Vegetable Garden Make Over

See how I transformed my eyesore garden bed into a combined perennial vegetable border

I love vegetable gardening. There is nothing quite like harvesting and cooking vegetables that you have grown.  There is also nothing quite as depressing as losing all those vegetables to marauding squirrels. After my fiasco last year with the squirrels, I decided to transform my vegetable area into a combined vegetable perennial border.  (see my…

My Garden in May – Lots of Flowers in Bloom Now

This is just a hint of my garden in North Carolina in May. See more great photos and lots of details at thegardeningcook.com

This year has been a series of set backs in my garden.  It is almost the end of May and I’m way behind, but finally have some progress to show for all my work. Things that set me back were: My father’s death in February which resulted in two trips to Maine. A very long…

Growing Perennials and Vegetables in one Garden Space

Growing Perennials and Vegetables in the Same Garden Space

Readers of my blog may remember my huge problem with squirrels in my vegetable garden last summer.  They decimated my tomato plants (all 13 of them), ruined the corn and basically gave me a nightmare all summer long.   This made vegetable gardening a nightmare for me. This year, I decided to try combining perennials…

Raleigh Botanical Gardens Visit

Garden Tour - Raleigh Botanical Gardens

One of my favorite things to do when I have some spare time is to visit Botanical Gardens.  I love the new plants that I learn about and it just de-stresses me like nothing else seems to do. Raleigh has a great Botanical Garden called JC Raulston Arboretum. The beauty of these botanical gardens is…

My Test Garden has Been Included in a Garden Hop

Garden Hop

Let’s go To the Hop!  A 12 Garden Hop that is! My test garden has been included in a garden hop.  A gardening group that I belong to on Facebook has put together a group of garden tours to be featured on Facebook, Pinterest and Home Talk.  The tour will take place this weekend and…

My Test Garden in July

Test garden progress

Progress on my Test Garden Earlier this year, I wrote about a test garden that I will be having in my back yard.  I am using it to grow all sorts of things. Some grow well there and some don’t like it at all, but everything gives me more knowledge of what grows well here…