Flowers

Flower Pins – Great Gifts for Garden Lovers

Yellow and green enamel lily flower pin

If you have an avid gardener in your life, (or you are one!)you will know that they think about gardening most of the time. When the weather is cold like it is right now, and gardeners are not able to tend to their gardens, all is not lost. These flower pins make the perfect gift…

Astilbe Colors – The Stars of a Shade Garden

Astilbe colors photo gallery

Astilbe is one of my favorite perennials for a shade garden.  There are not many plants that really like the shade that also flower beautifully, but Astilbe is one of them. Astilbe colors could even be called the stars of a shady garden. Astilbe makes a wonderful border edging plant for a large garden bed.…

African Violets – Tips for the Care of this Popular Indoor Plant

If you go to the big box hardware stores around the holidays and during the winter months, you will most likely find African Violets for sale in a lovely variety of flower colors. Even though African Violets can be somewhat picky about care, they are still one of the most popular indoor plants grown.   Saintpaulia, commonly known as…

Osiria Rose Photo Gallery of This Hard to Find Hybrid Tea Rose

Osiria Rose is a hard to grow and VERY hard to find rose. I have started an Osiria Rose Photo Gallery on my site. If you have grown the rose, please share you photo for my readers.

Osiria Rose is a hybrid tea rose that was first hybridized in Germany by Mr. Reimer Kordes of Germany in 1978.  The rose was introduced in France by Willemse France under the name ‘Osiria’.  Photos of the rose that have made their way around the internet are highly photo shopped.  Several of my readers have grown the rose…

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…

My Favorite Daylilies – A Garden Tour

Banana Boogiebait Daylily

When it comes to versatility, blossoms and easy of care, very few perennials can match daylilies.   They give a magnificent show of flowers, sometimes more than once during the summer season, can be managed by inexperienced gardeners and multiply like crazy to give more plants as the seasons progress. I thought it would be…

Daylily Photo Gallery

Daylily photo gallery

Welcome to my Daylily Photo Gallery! Daylilies are one of my favorite perennials.  I started my collection with the common Stella D’oro that is seen by all the road sides in North Carolina and have moved on to more and better flowers.  There is such a variety of bloom style, color and temperament. There are…

The White Garden – Raleigh Botanical Gardens

This white gazebo is a perfect place to sit and admire the white garden in Raleigh

The White Garden at the Raleigh Botanical Gardens The JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh is a wonderful place to spend a day.   We recently had visitors from the UK who are gardeners, so we took them for a visit. One of my favorite parts of the gardens is the White Garden.  It has a plethora of white…

14 Best Hardy Perennials

14 of my favorite hardy perennials

For color all summer long, try growing these hardy perennials. Budget conscious gardeners have a very good friend in perennials. What is not to like about a plant that comes back year after year and needs very little care and watering after the first year?  There are many types of perennials, from tender types, which…

Plant Propagation Tips – New Plants for Free

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Get New Plants for Free with These Plant Propagation Tips If you garden, you will know that the cost of buying new plants can get very expensive over time. But you don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a wonderful garden.  Just follow some of these plant propagation tips and you will…

Teddy Bear Sunflowers – A Cuddly Giant Flower

How to grow Teddy Bear Sunflowers

Unusual Teddy Bear sunflowers. I love all sorts of sunflowers.  They are my daughter’s favorite flower and I plant them in all of my garden beds each year.  I have some in my test garden that are about 7 feet tall right now and still not opened.  I plant the large yellow type and rust…

DIY Newspaper Seed Pots

DIY newspaper seed pots

Save money on planting supplies with these DIY Newspaper Seed Pots. Starting seeds indoors in the late winter and early spring really increases the time that you can enjoy your plants in the garden.  Doing this gives you earlier vegetables and flowers and is such a fun project to do with kids. You don’t even…

Osiria Rose Care – Blood red and Pure White Beauty

Osiria roses are heavily photo shopped on the internet. This rose is a photo from one of my readers and shows the actual color. See my tips for Osiria Rose care. the gardeningcook.com

All roses are gorgeous, but some just take your breath away. The Osiria Rose is one of those.  At this stage it is very hard to get here in the USA.  The rose has become something of a social media icon, and the image is shared on Facebook, Pinterest and Stumble upon often.   This post…

My North Carolina Winter Garden

Sun peeking through the frozen trees in North Carolina

My North Carolina winter garden is a wonderland this week. Winter storm Jonas has been all in the news this week.  It left a blanket of snow and ice from the South in the US right up the corridor to New England.  My North Carolina winter garden is a sight to behold. Winter storm Jonas…

Cyclamens and Christmas Cactus – 2 Favorite Seasonal Plants

Cyclamens and Christmas Cactus

These Seasonal Plants will Dress up any Room in a Festive Way During the festive season, there are many different seasonal plants on offer at most garden centers.  They add a lovely touch to your seasonal decorating theme and can be carried over as houseplants from year to year.  Two seasonal plants that I love are…

DIY No Carve Sunflower Pumpkin

No Carve Sun Flower Pumpkin

DIY No Carve Sunflower Pumpkin Here is another idea for those of you who do not like the mess of a carved pumpkin. It’s also one that gardeners will love!  This no carve sunflower pumpkin uses the heads of sunflowers or any other colorful daisy like flower to cover the outside of the pumpkin. Silk…

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…

Puzzle of the Day – Pink Oriental Lily

Pink Oriental lily

Pink Oriental Lily Today’s Puzzle is a pink Oriental Lily from my garden last summer.  I have lots of different colors of them but this one is one of my favorites. I love doing puzzles online when I have a few minutes.  I hope you do too!  If you love lilies too, you may be…

Plant of the Day – Coreopsis Star Cluster

Coreopsis Star Cluster

A Dazzler in the Garden –  Coreopsis Star Cluster. I like any plant that has a daisy like flower, so Coreopsis is a natural for me.  This pretty perennial is today’s plant of the day. It is called Coreopsis Star Cluster. (affiliate link) It is easy to see where the plant gets its name.  The…

Motivational Quotes to Inspire you

If you want to soar, you have to jump.

Inspirational Sayings  With each new year, I am filled with the hope of things to come and also reflect on the year that passed.  I find comfort in motivational sayings to help me keep on track for the resolutions that I have just made for the new year.  Many of these photos come from flowers…

Nature Photos- A collection of Nature at Its Best

White cliffs of Dover, England

Explore Nature at Its Best in Photos Since I am a gardener, it stands to reason that I love everything beautiful in nature. There are times that I am simply amazed by the beautiful, unusual and sometimes humble side of our planet.  I especially love unusual nature photos. I thought it would be fun to…

The Best Orange Flowers for your Garden

A collection of the best orange flowers

Orange Flowers add Richness, Depth and Warmth With Halloween almost here, my mind looks for the color orange.  Orange is such a rich color.  People tend to think of orange as a fall color because of Halloween and pumpkins, but there are many orange flowers that bloom in the summer and add sizzle and dramatic…

Phalaenopsis Orchids – Exotic Perfection

Just three ice cubes a week will keep this gorgeous orchid in tip top shape!

The Just add Ice Orchid – Phalaenopsis Orchids Imagine a beauty of a plant that you could water by just adding three ice cubes once a week.  Does that seem impossible?  It really is, if you purchase a phalaenopsis orchid (commonly known as a Moth Orchid.) This watering care is exactly what Phalaenopsis Orchids need.  …

How to Water Dry Hydrangea Flowers

How to dry hydrangea flowers

Hydrangea Flowers are Easy to Dry One of my favorite garden flowers is the hydrangea.  My bushes are lovely this year and also very surprising. My soil has turned acidic from the mulch that broke down over the last year. What were peachy colored hydrangeas last year are now bright blue! I also love dried…

How to Grow The Best Daylilies

How to grow fabulous dayliliies

Daylilies – Easy to Grow Bulb with Huge Impact Daylilies are one of those bulbs that everyone should try to grow somewhere in their garden. I have several patches of them.  The flowers are showing and dramatic and always bring a smile to my face.  They are also easy to grow! Follow these tips for…