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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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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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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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Today’s Flower Eye Candy – Red Emperor Tulip

Today’s featured flower is the 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.  Emperor tulips are old hybrids, but have …

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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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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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