Flowers

Inspirational Quotes about Happiness

Happiness quote

It is often said that happiness is a choice….a state of mind.   Some people find it illusive but just look within and it’s usually there. Even the term inspirational happiness quotes just puts a smile on my face. Start your Day with one of these Inspirational Happiness Quotes Quotes have the ability to change the…

My Test Garden Transformation in July

Test garden progress

Earlier this year, I wrote about a test garden that I will be having in my back yard.  I am using the garden bed to grow all sorts of things. Some grow well there and some don’t like it at all, but everything gives me more knowledge of what grows well here in NC. The…

Gloriosa Lily – A real Show Stopper

Lilies are very much the stars when it comes to growing perennials. The come back year after year to give a delightful splash of color. This gloriosa lily is also called Fire Lily. It is a vining plant that has amazing, flame-colored blooms. Perfect for growing in a pot or in the garden – just…

Flower Gardens – Favorites from my Facebook Fans

Flowers from my Fan's Gardens

It is that time again. Sharing from my wonderful fans of the Gardening Cook.  This time, I asked them to upload pictures of their favorite flowers from their gardens and they did not disappoint! Favorite Flowers of The Gardening Cook Fans Here are some of the beauties that the fans have recently submitted. Janice Powell…

Today’s Flower Eye Candy – Red Emperor Tulip

I love tulips. I have a big patch of these perennial bulbs in my front garden bed and they are gorgeous.  They don’t last long but the show that they put on is just incredible for a few short weeks.  Today’s featured flower is the Red Emperor Tulip.  This Red Emperor Tulip has a vivid…

Re-blooming Iris Varieties and Colors

Reblooming Irises give you a second round of color.

If you love growing perennials, you will probably have an iris or two in your garden. There is nothing quite like a re-bloom of your favorite flower later in the year. A re-blooming iris gives me a chance to enjoy the beauty twice in one season. Readers of my blog know that I am a…

Today’s Garden Tour – Stott Garden – Goshen, Indiana

Stott Garden

A fan of my Gardening Cook Page on Facebook recently shared with me some photos she took on a recent Garden tour of Stott Garden in Goshen, Indiana. Stroll down the paths of Stott Garden with Janie Newton Teel. Janie said “the garden is a private huge garden but they give tours to the public.  …

Hydrangea Flowers are Great in Arrangments

Hydrangea bush

A few weeks ago, we had an outdoor party to celebrate my daughter’s graduation from college.  I cut some flowers from my hydrangea bushes to decorate the tables and then brought them indoors as cut flowers. These hydrangea flowers lasted about 11 days and looked gorgeous. Hydrangea flowers last well indoors. Most of them were…

Today’s Garden Walk – June 20, 2013

Today's Garden Walk July 2013

One of my favorite ways to start my day is to go outside and see what have started flowering today.  It is always such a treat to see something that was in bud yesterday opened up into a great beauty today. I call this my garden walk. Flowers in Abundance on Today’s Garden Walk. Today’s…

Unusual Flowers – The Best of the Best

Collection of unusual flowers

I love all flowers – big or small, ornate or simple. But when I see unusual flowers that are amazing and beautiful, they almost take my breath away. One an almost see why this is called a bat head lily. I first saw one on a trip to Biltmore. It is a really stunning flower.…

Dianthus Barbatus – Sweet William – How To Grow

How To Grow Sweet William - Dianthus Barbadus

Sweet Williams are lovely plants.  They have pretty fringed flowers and bloom for me most of the spring and summer and come back each year in they are a perennial.  Dianthus Barbatus is a lovely variety of the species but is a little harder to grow. Planting guide for Dianthus Barbatus Dianthus Barbatus – also…

Flower Nails – Decorative and Pretty Accents for your Hands

flowered nails

A few times in my life, I’ve found myself spending lots of times on taking care of my hands. Those times are sort of fleeting though.  I spend so much time digging in the dirt in my garden that nice nails are just something to dream about, not have.  For that reason, these pretty Flower…

Burlap Flowers – Rustic DIY Craft Project

burlap flowers

These Burlap Flowers  are just the thing to add an interesting touch to your decorating theme.   The hand made design is an easy project and their bending and shaping ability makes them look very natural. Burlap Flowers – Interesting Tutorial I can see them being used in a centerpiece or even to decorate a door…

Growing Tulips in Warmer Climates

Growing Tulips in warmer hardiness zones can be challenging but it is possible. Find out how: thegardeningcook.com/growing-tulips

Tulips are showy flowers that are classified as perennial bulbs, but they can be somewhat tricky to grow in warmer climates.  Not impossible, but growing tulips in warm climates is a challenge for sure. Tips for Growing Tulips when the Temperatures are Warm. No perennial quite ushers in the spring months in such a dramatic…

Pretty in Pink – Pink Flowers for the Romantic

Pretty in Pink Flowers

I am a romantic at heart.  One would never think it to look at me.  I’m a rugged girl and my nails usually have dirt under them from digging in my garden.  But I love girly romantic things – especially pink ones.  Pink flowers are no exception. Pink Flowers for the Romantic and Romantic at…

Shoe Planters – Recyle your Old Footwear in to Garden Planters

Great selection of unique shoe planters

Do you have some old shoes or boots laying around that are still presentable looking but have lost there wearable appeal for you?  Turn them into shoe planters for your indoor plants. Shoe Planters Make Unique Garden Containers These creative people have come up with several ideas to recycle footwear.  The possibilities are endless and…

Sunflowers Say Goodbye to My Daughter Jess

sunflowers

My daughter Jess loves sunflowers.  This year, when I started my garden island beds, I made sure to plant them in all the beds.  They have taken off and are blooming beautifully now.  They attract bees like nothing else I have planted.  Next year, I am going to plant sunflowers around the edges of my…

My Mystery Plant – Do you Know what it is?

mystery plant

Every once in a while I find something growing in my garden that I call a Mystery Plant. Right now I have a plant which has shown up in my garden in three different places. I have no idea what it is and I don’t remember planting anything like it. Name that mystery plant!  Who…