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Forcing Paperwhites – How to Force Paperwhite Narcissus Bulbs

Spring is right around the corner and flowers on a breakfast table are always a lovely sight. Forcing paperwhites indoors will give you a delightful splash of spring color in just a few weeks. The project can be done in soil or in water and the kids will love to help. White narcissus is believed by …

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Fall Blooming Perennials and Annuals for Bold Color

Are you wondering what to plant in the fall when the summer flowers have all but stopped their show of color?  These fall blooming perennials and annuals will add that last touch of bold color in most gardening zones. These late bloomers will grow in most planting zones and will give new life to a …

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Growing Gaillardia – Blanket Flower Perennial Care Tips

If you like hardy perennials that have an extended bloom time, try growing gaillardia, also known as blanket flower perennial. The plant is very showy and super easy to grow. Gaillardia is a pretty perennial plant that has an extended bloom time to give you loads of color all season long. If you like daisies, …

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Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory – Indoor Botanical Gardens in Fort Wayne, Indiana

Surround yourself in nature in the 25,000 square foot gardens of Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory. This enclosed conservatory is an oasis nestled in the down town area of Fort Wayne, Indiana. My husband and I visit Botanical Gardens each summer and this conservatory was on our must see list last year. The gardens feature tropical displays, …

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Hydrangea Care – Tips for Growing & Propagating Hydrangea Bushes

Hydrangea care involves control of sunlight, adequate moisture and proper pruning. These tips for growing hydrangea bushes will help you get the most out of your plants. The size of the flower heads, alone, make hydrangeas a favorite perennial among gardeners. Cottage gardeners love the huge hydrangea flowers which have a lovely old fashioned charm.  …

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Daylilies at Wildwood Farms VA – Daylily Tour

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 …

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Growing Echinacea – How to Care for Purple Coneflowers

If you like the look of cottage gardens, you’ll love purple coneflowers (echinacea purpurea). These tips for growing echinacea will have butterflies, birds and bees flocking to your garden in droves! This easy care perennial draws insects and birds to it, making sure that neighboring plants will have plenty of pollinators all season long. This coarse …

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14 Rose Colors Meanings for a Thoughtful Bouquet

Roses are perennial plants that come back each year in your garden and have a very long blooming season.  They are one of the most popular garden plants.  Do you know what the different rose colors meanings are? This lovely flower is often given as a gift.  The reason is simple – each rose color means something …

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Wellfield Botanic Gardens – A Fun Filled Day in a Living Museum

The Wellfield Botanic Gardens in Elkhart, Indiana are like a living museum with art, nature, and structure all coordinating beautifully. The waters of Christiana Creek stream through the gardens, which are a combination of nature, art and hardscaping that is sure to delight. The Botanic Gardens feature 36 acres of lush gardens against a backdrop …

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13 Tips for Growing Liatris – Attract Bees like a Magnet!

If you want to attract both butterflies and bees to your garden this year, try growing liatris. This perennial corm flowers in mid summer with a blast of flowers that are a magnet for them. I have 10 garden beds around my home and I’m always interested in growing perennials of all types since they come …

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Asiatic and Oriental Lilies – What is the Difference?

Asiatic and Oriental Lilies may look similar but they actually have several differences. All types of lilies are grown by home gardeners for their dramatic and colorful flowers on long, sturdy stems. Each type has their own particular growing needs, which may make one a better choice for your gardening needs. Although these types of lilies …

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Pink Flowers – The Best Flowering Pink Annuals and Perennials for Your Garden

Pink flowers are soft and romantic looking in a garden bed. They are often seen in cottage gardens and there are so many varieties of them that it’s hard to pick favorites. I am a romantic at heart.  One would never think it to look at me.  I’m a rugged girl and my nails usually …

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Starting Seeds Indoors with Jiffy Peat Pellets – How to Grow Seeds in Peat Pots

Get a head start on spring gardening by starting seeds indoors with Jiffy Peat Pellets. These handy peat pots have the perfect soil for seedlings and they can be transplanted right into the ground as soon as the weather is warm enough. This step by step tutorial features a Jiffy Peat Pellet Greenhouse with perennial, …

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Renovation Pruning Forsythia Shrubs vs Hard Pruning Forsythia

Forsythia bushes have a wonderful arching habit will makes them a great focal point when planted in a large garden bed. All shrubs need pruning, but what do you do when you have totally overgrown forsythia shrub?  It’s either time for hard pruning or renovation pruning for them. Rejuvenating forsythia gives them a new lease …

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Hahn Horticulture Garden – Virginia Tech – Blacksburg, VA

Garden tours are one of my favorite things to do when I am on the road. I love touring Botanical Gardens that I have not previously visited and sharing details and photos of them with my readers.  Today we will visit Hahn Horticulture Garden in Blacksburg, Virginia. This Horticulture Gardens are set on 6 acres of …

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Growing Astilbe – False Spirea Plant- How to Grow and Care for Astilbe

Try growing astilbe for beautiful, showy flowers that do well in a shady garden bed. This perennial has feathery flowers that sit above the fern like foliage in a majestic way. These tips will show you how to grow astilbe and bring color to your shady perennial garden beds. Most shady garden beds are filled …

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Growing Columbine – How to Grow Aquilegia for Unique Bell Shaped Flowers

Growing Columbine – aquilegia in your garden will reward you with delightful dangling bell shaped flowers that come in almost every color of the rainbow.  This hardy perennial is easy to grow and much sought after by many gardeners.  Since they self seed readily, you will never be without them once you have them planted. Grow Columbine …

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Flowering Houseplants – 15 Blooming Indoor Plants

When the weather outside is too cold for gardening, flowering houseplants bring a touch of the garden into your home.  Blooming indoor plants add color and decor to any indoor setting and are cheerful year round. My first attempt at gardening started with houseplants. I remember coming home one day to the aroma of the …

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Pruning Forsythia – How and When to Trim Forsythia Bushes

Pruning forsythia requires some basic knowledge of how the plant is meant to grow. Forsythia flowers give us one of the first splashes of color in early spring gardens. But to get that color and a well shaped shrub, it’s important to trim forsythia bushes correctly. Check out this article for more information on forsythia …

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Bulbs to Plant in Fall – Get Spring Blooming Bulbs in Before Winter

This list of 15 bulbs to plant in fall will make sure that next year gets started with a burst of color with very little effort on your part. If you enjoy the beauty of spring blooming bulbs, it takes a bit of early planning to get that look in your garden. I’ve also included lots …

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Flower Bulb Types – Understanding Bulbs Corms Rhizomes Tubers

How well do you know your flower bulb types?  Do the words bulbs corms rhizomes tubers and bulbets seem like Greek to you?  Read on and you find out what you need to know to be a bulb expert. Flowering bulbs are some of the easiest plants to grow. Some of the spring flowering bulbs, …

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Fall Entryway Makeover- Decorate your Front Door for Autumn

This Fall Entryway Makeover takes my front door and entry through from fall and right into Thanksgiving with natural elements and the rustic colors of autumn leaves, pumpkins and more. From the robust colors of the foliage to flowering mums and on to the multitude of pumpkins, Indian corn and gourds, Fall has it all.  …

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Window Box Planters – How to Plant Window Boxes

Seeing how many ways there are to dress up your home with window box planters was inspiring. They are a fabulous way to create curb appeal and are easy to take care of. I have recently discovered a love for window boxes.  During my summer vacation, we toured 10 states and visited many Botanical Gardens. …

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