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

It’s time to check out my garden in March to see what is blooming for me. 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 …

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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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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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Garden Seating Areas – Favorite Places to Sit, Hide and Dream

Garden seating areas are a place to site, to hide or to dream. Which of these ideas come to mind when you think about your garden seating areas? A garden sitting area can mean something very different, depending on the person you ask and their perspective. It can be as simple as two chairs on …

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Garden Seating Ideas for Your Garden – Get Some Inspiration

These garden seating ideas show how easy it is to have a relaxing place to enjoy your garden, up close and personal. I have several places in my garden where I love to sit and admire the garden beds, and also to relax and de-stress from my busy day.  To me, what makes a great …

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Creative Garden Planters – Garden Bloggers Share Creative Planter Ideas

What is better than an idea for a creative planter?  Why, many creative garden planters, of course! I recently asked some of my gardening friends to share their creative planter and container ideas and they did not disappoint. Their ideas are a cascade of fun and will add a great look to any garden setting. …

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Japanese Silver Grass – Graceful Perennial with Winter Appeal

Japanese Silver Grass – Miscanthus sinensis – is a perennial plant that has variegated green and white striped leaves and huge plumes in the fall that stall well above the top of the plant. The plant can be used to hide neighboring views and completely cover a chain link fence. It also has lots of winter …

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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. My husband and I spend the summer months touring garden centers around this country. We have visited several of them in Indiana, but when someone mentioned it …

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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. Dianthus Barbatus – is a tender perennial.  It is often treated as a Biennial with leaves the first year and flowers the second before dying off. My Dianthus Barbatus …

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