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Amaryllis Bulbs Forcing – Easy Gardening Project

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 …

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Today’s Garden Flower – My Bearded Irises are Blooming

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 …

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Today’s Flower – Gladiolus

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 …

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My Garden In March – Spring has Sprung (or at least it is trying to)

This has been the longest winter ever.    I used to live in Maine and am used to long, cold winters. But here in North Carolina, normally, I have a lot of things growing, especially vegetables, by this time in March. Not this year though.  It teases me into thinking it is spring and then we …

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Growing Perennials and Vegetables in one 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. …

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The Garden Charmers Share their 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 …

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Moth Orchids – Phalaenopsis – Great Choice for Beginners

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 …

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My Favorite DIY Flower Projects – Gardening Creativity

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 …

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Frost Flowers – Natural Beauty in Nature

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 …

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How To Grow Dinner Plate 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 …

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Today’s Featured Fan – Tamara Martin

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 …

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My Test Garden has Been Included in a 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 …

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