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Cyclamens and Christmas Cactus – 2 Favorite Seasonal Plants

Two seasonal plants that I love are cyclamens and Christmas cactus.  Both of these make fabulous indoor plants and give a lot of color to your decor during the cold winter months. During the festive season, there are many different seasonal plants on offer at most garden centers.  They add a lovely touch to your …

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Fresh Herbs – Annual, Perennial or Biennial – Which is Yours?

There is nothing quite like the flavor of fresh herbs for cooking.  Growing herbs is something that many cooks try their hand at, to have them on hand all the time. Do you know whether the one you are growing is an annual,  \perennial or biennial? This can sometimes be confusing and the answer is not …

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Nature Photos- A collection of Nature at Its Best

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 …

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Phalaenopsis Orchids – Exotic Perfection

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.) Did you know that there is a National Day devoted to orchids? It’s celebrated on April 16 …

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How to Grow The Best Daylilies

Daylilies are one of those perennial 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.  These tips for growing daylilies will ensure that yours are the stars of your neighborhood. If you love …

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Strawberry Begonia – Great as a house plant or a ground cover

I’ve always considered strawberry begonia plants as an indoor plant, since that is the way that I have generally grown them.  But I had a surprise this year when I discovered that the plant is a hardy perennial for me here in North Carolina. Growing Requirements for Strawberry Begonia Plants I purchased several small strawberry …

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Mexican Hat Coneflower – Sombrero Perennial

My local garden center does not often have plants that are too much out of the ordinary, so I was delighted to find this Mexican Hat coneflower right here for sale in Raleigh.  This interesting variety of coneflower is also called the “Red Prairie Coneflower.” The perennial served as a dye source for Native Americans …

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Nasturtiums as Companion Plants Help your Veggies

I’ve always loved garden nasturtiums in my flower beds. But there are many other ways that these fairly common plants can be a great addition to your vegetable garden. Nasturtiums make Great companion plants for veggies Companion planting  is a method of planting plants together so that they benefit each other in some ways.  Some …

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Cosmos – Easy Care Annual That Does Not Mind Poor Soil

Do you possess a brown thumb instead of a green one?   If your soil very poor?  Then this is the flower for you!  One of the easiest annuals to grow from seed is Cosmos. They are prized for their prolific, silky, daisy like flowers and their  easy-care nature in the garden. They will tolerate even …

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Hydrangea Wreath – DIY Fall Door Decoration

Finished Flowers Get a Second Wind in this Pretty Hydrangea Wreath. My hydrangea bush flowered late this year and gave some lovely color to an otherwise fairly bare garden bed.  Did you know that you can make a holiday hydrangea wreath from hydrangea flowers that are done their cycle? Making the wreath really is very …

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5 Generations in One Garden Bed

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 …

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

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 …

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Red Vols Daylily is a True Garden Stunner

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 …

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

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 …

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