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Garden Sheds

14 charming garden sheds

If you have been gardening for long, you will know that tools and gadgets soon start to take over your yard. Garden Sheds have become a fixture in many back yards. But your garden shed doesn’t have to be plain and boring, as these great looking buildings will show. Your garden shed can be 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…

Winter Garden Views in January

These winter garden views, from the USA, Canada and the UK show that there are some stark differences and lots of similarities when you look outside your window in winter. These photos are shared by readers of my blog. Why not share your photo too?

The weather outside does not lend itself to gardening right now. We recently had a snow storm that dumped about three inches here in North Carolina.  Looking over my snow soaked garden gave me the idea to have a share day on my Facebook page. I asked my Facebook fans to share their Winter Garden Views and…

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…

Creative Metal Yard Art – Bugs – Flowers – Critters

Metal yard art daisy

Decorating your yard with creative metal yard art can add a wonderful touch of whimsy to your outdoor garden space! I recently spent a week in a lovely cottage in the mountains of North Carolina.  It was a great get away with my husband, daughter and her boyfriend. We spent the time driving around the…

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…

10 Ways to Transform my Garden With Mom in Mind

Mom's garden

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #Guides4eBay #CollectiveBias It’s time to transform my garden for Mother’s Day. Gardening Moms are Very Special. Celebrate them for Mother’s Day.  I will celebrate mine with these 10 tips to transform my garden with my mom in mind. Mother’s Day…

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…

Autumn Makeover for My Front Entry

Just a few projects and my front entry is ready for fall.

This autumn makeover for my front entry adds seasonal flair and great curb appeal. I love everything about autumn.  When the temperatures start to fall, I know that good things are right around the corner. Having three fun holidays in a row gives me so many options for outside decorations.  This autumn makeover is perfect…

Creative Ideas for Fall Decorations

fall decorations

Welcome in The Cool Weather with these Fall Decorative Ideas. Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved the change from summer to autumn.  I love all of the seasons but there is something so definite about autumn to me.  Everything changes and here in the south, the cool temps are such a…

17 Tips for Creating a Cottage Garden

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 formal look? Then  a cottage garden might…

My Day Trip Down the Pottery Highway

Pottery Highway, N.C. – Largest Concentration of Working Potters in the USA. Seagrove, North Carolina is located about an hour and a half west of Raleigh and featured the largest group of working potters in the USA.  All around this small town, for about 30 miles, one will find Pottery Studios and stores that showcase…

Cozy Courtyards – For when Space is at a Minimum

10 Cozy Courtyard Spaces

10 Fabulous Cozy Courtyard Spaces. I have a good sized yard now so I can pretty much do what I want with my garden beds. But there have been times in the past when I had just a strip of space between me and my neighbor, or a tiny back yard that could only hold…

5 Generations in One Garden Bed

A tribute to my family - 5 generations in one garden bed - thegardeningcook.com/

My family has long loved gardening.  It all started with my great grandmother (and I am sure her mother before this but I never knew her).   She loved vegetable gardening and particularly yellow pole beans.  The seeds from her pole beans have been passed down from generation to generation and are now growing in my…

It’s Lily Time – Varieties of Lilies in my Garden

My lilies flower from early spring right into August. See a virtual tour with blooming dates for my garden: thegardeningcook.com

My husband used to buy me lilies all the time because he loved the look of them so much.  I love them too, but not as cut flowers indoors (they have a stinky smell inside that I don’t like.)  I never had the inclination to tell him that they were not my favorite cut flower…

Container Vegetable Gardening for Small Spaces

If you don't have space in your yard for a big vegetable garden, you can still grow veggies. Try container gardening. See how to do this at thegardeningcook.com/

Vegetable gardening is such a satisfying experience. There is nothing quite like biting into a tomato that was just picked from your garden.  The flavor is nothing like that of the ones bought from a store, even the vine ripened ones. Container Vegetable Gardens are a great way to garden when your yard is small.…

My Front Garden Make Over

Front Garden Bed Make Over

This has been a year of garden make overs for me.  I spent so much time last year dealing with my squirrel problem and tending my vegetable garden that I did not have a lot of time to deal with my flower garden beds.  And I can really tell when looking at them. They definitely…

20+ Plants for A Shade Garden plus My Garden Make Over

A collection of more than 20 plants that love the shade - see them all at thegardeningcook.com

Trying to get color and interest in a shade garden can be a challenge. But there are some that don’t mind it at all . In fact, these 20+ plants love the shade. There is a lushness about them that I really enjoy, too. My shade garden is thriving. I planted this garden bed two…

My Garden In June

My Garden in June is a fabulous display of perennials, annuals, bulbs and vegetables. See all the photos at thegardeningcook.com/garden-june

It’s been a long spring with a ton of work put into my gardens.  So many of them were overgrown, and neglected last year when I spent most of my energy on my vegetable garden. Months of tilling, planting and transplanting have gone into my garden beds this year.  I enlarged my test garden by…

Elizabethan Garden Statues – Manteo – Roanoke Island

The Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo, NC have some wonderful renaissance statues that accent the gardens. See more of these beauties at thegardeningcook.com/

My husband and I recently attended a wedding on the coast of North Carolina.  While we were there, we took the time to visit the Elizabethan Gardens at Manteo on Roanoke Island. The gardens are a fabulous experience.  They feature 10 acres of wonderful  tree lined and shaded paths with lovely water views.  The gardens…

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…

Natural Paths for Garden Beds

HOw to create Natural Garden Pathways that Keep the Weeds away.

Anyone who has priced hardscaping lately knows how expensive it can be, particularly if you have large areas to cover. I am redoing my whole area that I used last year for veggies.  Long story short, the squirrels were a nightmare for me and I don’t plan to go through that experience a second time. …

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…