Flowers

DIY Summer Mason Jar Flower Vase Project

This DIY summer mason jar vase project is perfect for my summer brunch table. See the tutorial at thegardeningcook.com/

One of my favorite things to do on Sunday morning is to meet friends for breakfast or brunch and catch up on the week.  Normally, we go out to a variety of restaurants and alternate each week between them. This week, I wanted to have our friends over to our house for breakfast.  I’ve been…

Amaryllis Bulbs Forcing – Easy Gardening Project

Forcing Amaryllis Bulbs indoors is an easy and fun gardening project that the kids will love. They grow so quickly and are huge. Find out how to do it at https://thegardeningcook.com/amaryllis-bulbs/

Amaryllis Bulbs are one of the easiest bulbs to force indoors.  I ended up with one from a Yankee swap party last Christmas and planted it early in February to add to my collection of indoor plants.  It was not long before the bulb was in full bloom. Having a splash of color indoors in…

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…

Have you got the Blues?

Have you got the (garden) blues this year?

Singing the Blues in the Garden Blue is such a wonderful color.  It is not often found in flowers, although there are some. Many of the flowers that are called blue have more of a purple tinge to them.  But you can add blue to your garden with carefully chosen garden accents, seating and other…

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…

Growing Perennials and Vegetables in one Garden Space

Growing Perennials and Vegetables in the Same Garden Space

Squirrels in my garden last year made vegetable gardening a nightmare for me. This year, I decided to try combining perennials and vegetables in one garden bed to see how it worked out. I have long been interested in growing perennials.  Adding some vegetables into the mix gave my garden beds an interesting new look.…

The Garden Charmers Share their Favorite Facebook Pages

The Garden Charmers Favorite Facebook pages

Facebook has so many great pages devoted to gardening, but the way the site now shows the content of pages, it is sometimes hard for them to get seen on news feeds. Facebook is one of the most popular of the social media channels. I thought it would be fun for the Garden Charmers (a…

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…

Gardening Quotes and Inspirational Sayings

Gardening Quote about stamina

Much of my personal peace and happiness comes from the time I spend in my garden.  It soothes my soul like nothing else that I do during the day. These images are flowers from my garden and I have teamed them up with sayings that describe how I often feel when I am outside working…

Moth Orchids – Phalaenopsis – Great Choice for Beginners

Variegated Moth orchid - Phalaenopsis

I have often thought that orchids are only plants that you should choose if you have green house conditions.  But on a recent trip to several home improvement stores, I have seen scores of beautiful moth orchids that are sitting in normal low light conditions for what seems like weeks on end without losing their…

How To Grow Tropical Bromeliad – Aechmea Fasciata

Incredible flower of the Tropical Bromeliad - Aechmea Fasciata

I have loved plants all of my life.   For a large portion of it, that meant indoor plants.  Now that I have a largish property, it means lots and lots of garden beds with perennials.  I don’t have much time to tend indoor plants, but I still like to have a few of them around. …

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.…

Flower Pins – Great Gift for the Gardener

Flower Jewelry for the lover of gardening jewelry

Do you love to wear pins that show your love of gardening?  So do I.  I have a shop on Etsy that has a huge stock of all sorts of vintage jewelry but I went on a hunt today to see which pieces would suit the nature lover. These pretty pins are perfect!   Gone are…

My Favorite DIY Flower Projects – Gardening Creativity

Round up of 8 incredible Flower craft projects

DIY Flower Projects for those who Love Gardening in any Form These DIY Flower Projects appeal to me because they are not your normal run of the mill cut paper flower.  Most of those are cute but not very stylish looking to me. These projects take creativity to a whole new level. Some of them…

Frost Flowers – Natural Beauty in Nature

Frost Flowers - Nature's short lived Beauties

Nature’s Beauty:  Frost Flowers My husband loves National Geographic nature shows and watches them often.  The other day he told me about a show that he had watched on a phenomenon called frost flowers. I had never heard of these, so I wanted to research the topic to do an article for the site.  What…

How To Grow Dinner Plate Dahlias

How to grow Dinnerplate Dahlias

Dinner plate Dahlias are not plants that one would call shrinking violets.  These majestic plants command attention in a garden bed and also need plenty of room to grow and flower. A Master of a Plant – Dinner Plate Dahlias I love dahlias and zinnias…and cone flowers….and on and on.  Basically anything that looks even…

Today’s Featured Fan – Tamara Martin

Pretties and Uglies in the Garden

Gardening Cook Fan Tamara Martin’s Photos The fans of my Facebook page are always submitting photos of their gardens and projects for me to consider for this website and The Facebook page – The Gardening Cook. Normally, I include a photo or two in specific articles, such as vegetable harvests, or garden flowers. But every…

Sunflowers – My Daughter’s Favorites

Sunflowers and My daughter Jess

My daughter Jess’ favorite flower is the sunflower.  I plant them in my garden each year and love to find new varieties that I have not had before. Growing sunflowers is pretty easy if you keep just a few things in mind. Plant a Sunflower to Brighten your Day I’ve written about sunflowers many times…

More Flowers from My Fan’s Gardens

Fan photo of a bird and flowers. Just amazing

Aren’t these Fan Flowers Gorgeous? One of my favorite things to do on my Gardening Cook page on Facebook is to share the garden pictures of my fans. The pictures give me inspiration and ideas for my own gardens and the fans just love it when I share the fruits of there labor. Here are…

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…

Today’s Perennial – Echinacea After Midnight

Echinacea After Midnight

This lovely variety of the popular coneflower has large pink-to-purple daisy flowers and is a favorite in all wildflower meadows, as well as perennial borders. This pretty plant is called Echinacea After Midnight. Photo Credit:  American Meadows growing echinacea and how to collect seed and propagate it herePurple coneflowers are native to South Eastern USA.…

How to Grow Gazania

How to grow gazania

Today’s flower is a Gazania – a lovely and bright perennial from the Asteraceae family which comes from South Africa.  The flowers are often seen in shades of yellow but white, creams and dark reds are possibilities too. Gazania will bring a ray of sunshine to your garden. Gazania is a tender clumping perennial that…

Progress on my Test Garden

My Test Garden Before and After

How my Test Garden has Grown! Readers of my blog will know that my project for this year (and the next two) is my test garden.  I have a model that I am emulating from Garden Gate and will grow shade, semi shade and full sun plants in it to write articles about for my…