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Today’s Perennial – 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 Check out this post on growing echinacea and how to collect seed and propagate it here Purple coneflowers …

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Variegated Roses in Raleigh’s rose Garden

The Raleigh Rose Garden is a place that you should visit if you are ever in Raleigh, North Carolina. It has a splendid array of roses of all types and colors.  Variegated roses were especially prominent on my latest trip. If you love growing perennials, you’ll want some of these in your garden! Raleigh’s little …

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Did Bees Cause This Lily to Change Colors?

Bees are extraordinary creatures. They move from plant to plant transferring pollen, making sure that the species thrives.  They are so necessary in our gardens and it is a shame that their numbers are decreasing in part due to huge mega farming operations, loss of their habitats and pesticide use. Change of Lily Colors – …

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Inspirational Quotes about Happiness

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 …

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Flower Gardens – Favorites from my Facebook Fans

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 …

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

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.   …

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Hydrangea Flowers are Great in Arrangments

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 …

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Growing Dianthus Barbatus (Sweet William) and Other Garden Pinks

Sweet Williams have pretty fringed flowers that grow in a cluster on top of a long stalk. Dianthus Barbatus is a lovely variety of the dianthus species. These growing tips will help you to get it going in your garden. Fragrance Carnations and pinks have a strong fragrance with a spicy scent. Sweet William, however, bears …

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Test Garden – Experimenting with a Variety of Plants and Flowers

I have long dreamed of having a test garden.  I’ve loved to garden ever since I was a young girl.  My first apartment was just full of house plants, and when I moved to Australia with my husband in the 1970s, I had a business devoted to the sale of indoor plants. Welcome to my …

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Growing Tulips in Warmer Climates

Growing tulips in warm climates is a challenge for sure. This is one bulb that really likes cook temperatures. Tulips are showy flowers that are classified as perennial bulbs, but they can be somewhat tricky to grow in warmer climates.  Keep reading to learn how to help them cope with the heat. Tips for Growing …

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