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Daylilies at Wildwood Farms VA – Daylily Tour

Daylily gallery

Do you like Bluegrass music with a side of daylilies? If you do, you’ll enjoy this virtual tour of the daylilies at Wildwood Farms in Floyd, Virginia. Located just 42 miles from Roanoke, VA and very close to the Blue Ridge Parkway, you will find Wildwood Farms. This general store features live Bluegrass music from…

Growing Onions indoors – 6 Ways to Grow Onions in Containers

Grow onions indoors

Onions are easy to grow both outdoors and inside.  They are one of those vegetables that I never seem to have enough of because I use them every day for cooking. This article shows you how to use onions as indoor plants. Growing onions indoors is a fun project and one that the kids will love…

Flower Bulb Types – Understanding Bulbs Corms Rhizomes Tubers

Bulbs Corms Rhizomes Tubers Bulbets and Tuberous roots are part of the geophyte family

Flowering bulbs are some of the easiest plants to grow.  Some of the spring flowering bulbs, such as tulips, crocuses and daffodils will give you weeks for flowering long before other perennials have started to show up.  How well do you know your flower bulb types?  Do the words bulbs corms rhizomes tubers and bulbets…

PlantSnap Mobile App – Tips and Tricks for Best Results

Have you ever been in a garden setting and wondered how to identify a plant that you have just come across? So have I! That is where the PlantSnap mobile app comes into use.  With this handy phone app, all you need to do is snap a photo of the plant, and PlantSnap will give you suggestions…

Add A Blast of Sunshine with Yellow Flowers for Water a Flower Day

Yellow Flowers

Nothing quite brightens a mood like cheerful yellow flowers.  There are loads of annuals and perennials that bring this bright splash of color to your garden. The contrast of the cheerful color against the green leaves makes a fabulous play in a garden bed. Did you know that May 30 is Water a Flower Day? …

Red Hot Poker – Growing and Caring for Torch Lilies

Red hot pokers are also known as torch lilies

The red hot poker is a showy and dramatic plant.  If you love growing perennials that give color all summer long, this is the plant for you. Other names for this showy plant are torch lily and poker plant. The botanical name for this plant is kniphofia uvaria and there are more than 70 known species…

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…

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 perennial gardens and conservatory.  I thought my readers would enjoy reading a…

14 Tips for a Successful Garden Make Over

14 tips to a successful garden makeover

This post brought to you by Gilmour. The content and opinions expressed below are that of The Gardening Cook. Get A Successful Garden Make Over With 14 Easy Tips. It’s that time again. Time to transform one of my garden beds that just won’t seem to keep to a single design. I call it my…

Iris – Perennial Bulb with a Majestic Appeal

Iris Gypsy Romance

Iris is one my favorite flowers when it comes to growing perennials.  I remember that my mother used to have them in all her garden beds, and when I see them now, I get very nostalgic.  Iris – Easy to Grow Perennial Rhizome is one of my Favorites. What I love most about irises is…

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…

Red Vols Daylily is a True Garden Stunner

Red Vols was voted daylily of the year in 2000. See how to grow it thegardeingcook.com/

Anyone who gets interested in growing perennials while find themselves also interested in daylilies. These showing perennial bulbs are dramatic, come back year after year and are easy to grow.  Red Vols Daylily is a spectacular daylily that was a Better Homes and Gardens winner of the year in 2000 and it’s easy to see…

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+ perennial and annual plants love the shade. There is a lushness about them that I really enjoy, too. My shade garden is thriving. I planted this…

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.  If you like to grow vegetables, be sure to ready my post about how to troubleshoot vegetable garden problems as well as some solutions. One of the problems that can happen when you start a vegetable garden is…

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…

Today’s Garden Flower – My Bearded Irises are Blooming

These irises went from pitiful, scraggly specimens to beauties in one year by transplanting. Find out how!

Each morning, all during the spring and summer, I start my day with a walk around my flower beds.  I just love to see what has happened from the previous day.  I’ve been waiting for my bearded irises to bloom so it was a lovely surprise today. This particular variety is one of my great early…

3 Easy Bulbs to Grow for Early Spring

Three Easy bulbs for a great display in early spring.

Spring is such a special time of the y ear.  There is nothing quite like walking around a garden bed that shows a hint of what is to come with perennial bulbs starting to flower.  These 3 easy bulbs will bring you color year after year. Plant these bulbs in fall for a blast of…

Today’s Flower – Gladiolus

How to grow beautiful gladioli

Growing perennials means lots of color when you plant gladioli. There is something about a bare piece of ground that suddenly breaks with foliage at an amazing rate and then bursts in a splendid show of flowers a few weeks later.   Gladiolus are not actually bulbs but are considered perennial corms. Gladiolus is often called…

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 Raleigh Botanical Gardens.  I love the new perennial and annual 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…

How to Grow Calla Lilies

How to grow Calla lilies

Have you ever priced single Calla lilies at a florist?  If you have, you will have discovered that they sell for $5-$9 a STEM.  Why pay those kind of prices, when you can become your own florist – well sort of, anyway. Calla Lilies make  wonderful indoor plants and comes in many colors, as well.…

My Test Garden has Been Included in a Garden Hop

Garden Hop

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 is being heavily promoted on all three sites. Let’s go To…