Flowers

Gloriosa Lily – A real Show Stopper

Gloriosa Lily

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…

Growing Dianthus Barbatus (Sweet William) and Other Garden Pinks

How To Grow Sweet William - Dianthus Barbadus

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…

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…

Heuchera – Shade Garden Plant – Coral Bells

Coral Bells

Heuchera is a Native American perennial plant that is found all over the country.  It is more commonly known as Coral Bells and comes in many shades of purple, rose, green and variegated varieties.  It makes a wonderful display in any shade garden and, although it does flower, it is grown more for the leaves.…

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. Tulips are considered a true bulb.  Not all flowering bulbs are actually…

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…