Spring Blooming Plants – My Favorite 20 Picks for an Early Bloom

My 20 favorite spring blooming plants

After a long and cold winter, most gardeners are really looking forward to the first signs of spring in their garden.  Growing perennial plants and bulbs is a great way to get that color without extra work in the spring. Thankfully, Mother Nature does not disappoint us. There a many Spring Blooming Plants that arrive…

Using Candles in Your Home – It’s Time for Some Decorating Ideas

It's bath time. Prepare to relax with a good book, a glass of wine and an aromatic candle.

  This post is sponsored by Chesapeake Bay Candle, but all opinions are 100% my own. Let’s get some tips for using candles in the home. There is just something really warm and inviting about a room with the look of a flickering candle in it.  Using candles in the home creates an intimacy that sets a mood…

Seed Types: Open Pollinated, Heirloom and Hybrid.

Types of seeds

The vegetable and flower growing season is getting closer with each passing day. Here in NC, we have had unseasonably warm weather.  It SEEMS that spring has sprung but I still don’t dare really get gardening in full steam in case we get a bit of a cold snap.  Are you an avid gardener? If…

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…

Tips for Growing Forsythia Bushes

Forsythia bush

Nothing screams spring in your garden quite like Forsythia. With their vibrant yellow color, these perennials are one of the first bushes to flower in the spring. The shrub is very hardy, and relatively easy to grow.  These tips for growing forsythia bushes will make sure that your garden is a delight to behold in early…

DIY Shiplap Barn Door

Shiplap barn door

If you are a fan of the HGTV show Fixer Upper, you will know that shiplap has taken the decorating world by storm. Mr. Gardening Cook and I decided to use it as part of our galley kitchen make over.  This DIY Shiplap Barn Door project gave a wonderful look to my kitchen pantry and…

St. Patrick’s Day Door Swag Welcomes The Luck of the Irish!

St. Patrick's Day Door Swag

My front door is one place that I decorate pretty much year round. Even when I don’t decorate inside the house, I still like to welcome guests in a pretty way on my entry.  This cute St. Patrick’s Day Door Swag is whimsical and welcomes both my guests and spring with the pretty yellow and…

Build an Easter Basket with Clues

Easter Egg Hunt with Clues

  This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, MARS Incorporated. All opinions are mine alone. #SpringMoments #CollectiveBias It’s time to build an Easter Basket with Clues! When my daughter was a little girl, we always had a normal Easter egg hunt for her, but as she got older, and she…

Braided Money Tree Plant – A Symbol of Luck and Prosperity

Braided Money TreePlant

Looking for a little luck and prosperity in your home? Try growing a Braided Money Tree Plant.  This fabulous indoor plant has a braided trunk, glossy leaves and is easy care. This technique of braiding the trunk is thought to symbolize looking for money and luck! The braided money tree plant has been around for…

Leprechaun Hat Centerpiece

Leprechaun Hat Centerpiece

I don’t do much to decorate for St. Patrick’s Day, but I do like a touch of the color green here and there. Two places in my home always seem to get some sort of holiday decor look – my front door and my dining room table. This Leprechaun Hat Centerpiece gives me a chance…

Orange Cherry Mocktail

Garnish your Orange Cherry Mocktail with some maraschino cherries and fresh mint leaves

This orange cherry mocktail is a non-alcoholic drink that the whole family can enjoy. It is fresh and bright, and the perfect choice for those times that you are looking for a a pretty party time drink that contains no alcohol. After all, who doesn’t like the look of party drinks? There is no reason to…

Orange Bundt Cake with Orange Glaze

orange bundt cake

,My husband loves any type of dessert that is made with fruit.  Lemon meringue pies, orange cheesecakes, apple crumble – you name it, if it has fruit in it, he’ll love it.  This Orange Bundt Cake with a light orange glaze is my latest attempt at pleasing his sweet tooth. There is something just amazing…

Cold Hardy Vegetables Give you a head Start on Spring

Cold hardy vegetable

The weather here in NC is unseasonably warm right now, so it has my head spinning thinking of all the fun to come in my garden. But, alas, I know that no matter how Mother Nature looks today, there will still be plenty of cold days ahead. Even so, it’s never too early to plan ahead…

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.…

Coffee Pot Terrarium

Coffee Pot Terrarium

Any one for a cup of coffee ~ terrarium style?  I am always looking for household items to recycle into charming plant containers.  Since the weather is cold outside, I am concentrating on indoor plants for the moment.  This cute coffee pot terrarium is the perfect bit of household plant decor to have nearby when…

What are Shallots?

Red shallots have a milder flavor than onions and are smaller in size

Recently, I have been seeing shallots more and more often at the grocery store.  I’ve never used them in the past, so I picked up a bunch of them on a recent shopping trip so that I could see for myself what they are all about.    I have been growing onions in pots lately, so the…

Burlap Tea Bag Jars

DIY Burlap Tea Bag Jars and flowers

  This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TeaProudly #CollectiveBias It’s time to make some Burlap Tea Bag Jars. There is nothing quite like a good cup of tea, particularly when the weather is cold like it is right now. Drinking tea is so much more…