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Celebrate the 4th of July with a Patriotic Fruit Flag

Impress your Friends with a Patriotic Fruit Flag. We had friends over for brunch on Sunday, and I wanted to add a festive patriotic accent to our table since the holiday is just a week away. I wanted something that we would eat (I hate wasting food on craft projects unless I plan to serve …

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5 Tips for a Flourishing Summer Garden

Get a Flourishing Summer Garden with These 5 Tips This is a guest post written By Jennifer Riner of Zillow If you’re late to the game on spring gardening, no fear. There’s still time to create a beautiful, vivacious garden at home. Given the warmer weather, however, it’s important to take some precautions – which …

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Mexican Hat Coneflower – Sombrero Perennial

My local garden center does not often have plants that are too much out of the ordinary, so I was delighted to find this Mexican Hat coneflower right here for sale in Raleigh.  This interesting variety of coneflower is also called the “Red Prairie Coneflower.” The perennial served as a dye source for Native Americans …

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It’s Lily Time – Varieties of Lilies in my Garden

My husband used to buy me lilies all the time because he loved the look of them so much.  I love them too, but not as cut flowers indoors (they have a stinky smell inside that I don’t like.)  I never had the inclination to tell him that they were not my favorite cut flower …

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Red Vols Daylily is a True Garden Stunner

Anyone who gets interested in growing perennials while find themselves also interested in daylilies. These showing perennial bulbs are dramatic, come back year after year and are easy to grow.  Red Vols Daylily is a spectacular daylily that was a Better Homes and Gardens winner of the year in 2000 and it’s easy to see …

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More of my Favorite Fourth of July Recipes

Fly the Flag with these Fourth of July Recipes These are some more of my favorite Fourth of July Recipes. From delicious cakes to decadent cocktails, these recipes all fly the patriotic flag.  All are sure to make an impression on your party table. Try one (or all of these) for your next upcoming of …

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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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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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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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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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