North Carolina Gardening and Nature

This North Carolina Gardening and Nature blog brings you the best our state has to offer in advice on ornamental plantings to conversations on this author’s favorite NC places to visit. ( Photo above was my front porch from our home built in 2008. We now live in a smaller home which I’ll feature once…

Birds in a winter setting

Birds in a winter setting was photographed by me back when I owned my craftsman cottage home in Clemmons, NC. I set up my camera at our front kitchen window which looked out at the big river birch and where the feeders were located. I very much enjoyed watching the bird activities and antics as…

Bugs in bouquets

This is a bug in a bouquet. He came home with me hidden in a grocery store premade flower bouquet. Boy was I surprised when he popped out and challenged my authority. Oliver the praying mantis was released in my garden and there he lived happily on a hydrangea bush. He became a friendly little…

Autumn finally comes to NC

Autumn finally comes to NC and every year it changes. This year may not be as spectacular as previous years as shown below but it is still a welcome sight from the oppressive heat during summer 2018. Don’t forget to look up and see the canopy and find a place where the fences stretch long…

My love survived The Blowing Rock

As you can see, my love survived The Blowing Rock experience.  In the little North Carolina town of Blowing Rock, an indian lover once jumped off this cliff but the wind was so strong that it lifted him right back to his lover. They lived happily ever after and we been married 40 years this…

Is there a Haint Blue paint formula?

Please enjoy this slide presentation on the history of Haint Blue Porch Ceilings. Find out if there is a particular formula. This slideshow was presented by me at the recent Downtown Raleigh Home Show.

Wildflowers on Hilltop and her owl scrap creations

Wildflowers on Hilltop and her owl scrap wood creations are featured here in this gallery by the very talented Millie Barnhart. She creates new owlets every week from her studio in Winston Salem, NC. I first met Millie at a Whimsical Women art show. I bought one of her burlap wreaths while admiring and wishing…

Along the garden path

Along the garden path, we see all the different ways to stroll in peace and thought. Garden paths are healing to the soul. There are quiet distractions. Some paths lead to a front door, others in to the garden, and then some are meandering across the countryside. Here are lots of examples of garden paths…

Impressive Succulent Landscaping and Containers by Laura Eubanks

Impressive succulent landscaping and container arrangements by Laura Eubanks will blow your socks off. Her color combinations, balance of material, and eye popping designs will have you drooling at the mouth for one of her creations. Laura loves animals too and is a foster fur mom in her county until the babies find forever homes….

A Valentine bird house made from the Botanical Interests Seed Catalog

A Valentine bird house made from the Botanical Interests Seed Catalog illustrations is fitting for a gift to someone special for the day of love. I save my catalogs and cut out shapes from the flowers. The scrollwork is wallpaper rub ons. I rub on the wallpaper but  decoupage the illustrations to the surface of…

Monarch Butterflies love this milkweed

Monarch butterflies love this milkweed so you should plant it. So unusual and kids will love it just be careful because it is poisonous. This is the Ascelpias Furr Balls or Monkey Balls plant which is a milkweed and Monarch butterflies can’t get enough. I got the seeds from The Kew through Thompson and Morgan. It…

A lovely weaving of flax

A lovely weaving of flax at the Pioneer Museum in Staunton, VA. She was a graceful women and first beat the flax to remove the fibers. The spinning wheel hummed and made a clickety clack sound as her foot kept rhythm. You can hear her story and see more photos here,  And she removed the…

The American Flag in the garden

This mosaic of my photos gathers all the American flags in the garden I have ever photographed plus a few I threw in just because they matched. God Bless America. I am insanely patriotic and love America along with its diverse Americans. I am crazy about The 4th of July and my blood runs red,…

Going a little nuts with cottage style gardening

I go a little nuts with cottage style gardening and take loads of pictures of those I admire. In this mosaic of photos you’ll see all the elements I think are important in creating cottage style gardening. It’s not that easy. You have to understand the color wheel and know your plants. You have to…

I will always have hydrangeas

No matter where I move or where I go, I’ll always have hydrangeas. I have only just begun. In every season they are spectacular from the earliest blooms to the dried interest of the winter garden. I have cut them in all seasons and made wreaths to bouquets. Do you have a favorite hydrangea? They…

Curb Appeal helps sell a home

  Curb appeal helps sell a home and I’ve sold three fairly quickly to prove the point. When I designed this home I wanted it to have the feel that it was added to as the family grew. I used stone, brick, and cedar siding to accomplish that. Over the years I have redone the…

Can you imagine when this hydrangea blooms?

This is my crazy Limelight hydrangea and can you imagine what this is going to look like when it blooms? I’ll keep you posted over the next couple of days because it is just about ready to take off. I feed it Espoma Holly Tone in the early spring. I did cut it back each year…

Sewing Machine Gardening

Sewing machine gardening is what you do when digging in the dirt is not an option. While recuperating from my recent two year battle with Ramsay Hunt Syndrome, I’m focusing on home projects that don’t take as much energy. Today I laid out the material for this quilt. I will keep you posted on the…

Pioneer Woman Blue Floral Mixer – Now Available!

Pioneer Woman Blue Floral Mixer – Now Available!. I would love to own this mixer and book. Now that I’m feeling better..I’m starting to cook more. I’m getting back in to things and will be writing more. It’s nice to get my life back. This mixer would go perfectly in my kitchen. I’d had a…

Stories About the South and Kitchen Gardening

The Flowergardengirl blog will be about kitchen gardening in 2013 I have decided. There will also be more stories about the South like this one from Thelma’s Out of Control Iris Garden not far from where I live…you can click on the photo to follow the link. But mostly I’m going to stay close to…

Monkey Ball’s Blooming Plant

This is a milkweed plant being enjoyed by a Monarch butterfly. The name of the plant is called a Monkey Balls plant or Fur Ball. You can use the search feature on my blog to read more. I go see the dr tomorrow about my eye sight. I took this photo two years ago I…

Souls in heaven but what about the soil?

God, I know I’ll meet good souls in heaven but what about the soil? Let’s talk about this and what it means to me your faithful garden servant here on earth. Did you know we talk about worm castings here on earth? One of the ugliest most unappreciated creatures on the planet and we go…

Autumn Succulent Pumpkin Container Arrangements For Order

  Autumn Succulent Pumpkin Container Arrangements for Order Decorate in style this holiday season with a one of a kind succulent topped pumpkin from Laura Eubanks of Design for Serenity!  Each pumpkin is uncut and designed to be beautiful for months to come.  Want to create your own centerpiece?  Order our Succulent Starter Kit.  Each…

Pinky Winky Hydrangea is it Pinky in the South?

Pinky Winky hydrangea is it pinky in the South? This is its pinkiest year since I’ve owned it from a 5″ pot on 2008. I like it well enough but I expected more vibrant color. Last year it had barely any pink at all. My experience is that some of these hydrangea cultivars don’t show…

Cottage Style Decorating with bold hydrangeas

Cottage style decorating with bold hydrangeas can be seen here at the home of Flowergardengirl in North Carolina zone 7. I’ve been working with hydrangea cultivars for the past 10 years and have learned what they will do fantastically and where they have weaknesses. They will bloom prolifically if fertilized at the right time. What…

What to do with these jars? Jar decorating 101

What to do with these jars? Jar decorating 101. Tell me what you would put in these Stagioni bottles. Stagioni is Italian for the four seasons–in other words…suitable all year long. I’m going to purchase these bottles and what I do with them…will knock your socks off. Stay tuned. I’ll post the link when I’m…

How to Increase customer foot traffic with store front seasonal landscaping

Have you ever wondered how to increase customer foot traffic with store front seasonal landscaping? I offer you this example which sets the mood before the customer enters the store. Showing the customer that first impressions are important starts with the store front landscaping. Colorful annuals and bright textured greenery will enhance the look of…

Shocking blue hydrangea with Nantucket Blue

Meet the shocking blue hydrangea called Nantucket Blue. New petals look lemony yellow and then mature to this deep blue which is shockingly gorgeous. It’s ok with me if you drool and gawk at these photos. There are also shades of lavender on the same plant. Loving the lemon lime new buds. This hydrangea will…

A View From Raffaldini Vineyards in North Carolina

Even on this cold blustery day in April, you can still see the beauty in the view from Raffaldini Vineyards in North Carolina. On any other day, the view would be clear for at least 50 miles. Our seasons seemed t have been reversed. Winter was warm and spring is cool which the roses love….

Menopause Gardening is not for wimps

Not a subject many women want to talk about so of course I approach it freely. Menopause gardening is not for wimps. If you are already on fire, going out to sweat most assuredly is a less than pleasant thought. Women who experience hot flashes, emotional chaos, bouts of fits, and frequent jaunts of nakedness…are…

The Mysterious Hyssop Healer

The mysterious hyssop healer travels from the beginning of time and becomes the drug of the 21st century. Hyssop or agastache as it is sometimes called shows modern day hope for the eradication of the AIDs virus and numerous cancers. Hyssop is antimicrobial, anti fungal, and anti viral at the cellular level with its ability…

Kitchen sponges and brushes not on your mind at the garden center.

Kitchen sponges and brushes might not be on your mind when you are visiting your local garden center but take a closer look…… I really do like all kinds of containers but the ripple top variety is my favorite. You don’t need a plant in them because as you see here…..looks pretty with red fruit…

God Shines Upon the Glistening Trees

God Shines There is a light that God shines upon the glistening trees. You can’t imagine God’s light until you bend your knees. There is a light that God shines that sparkles in the snow. You can’t imagine God’s light until you come to know. There is a light that God shines from on His…

Bluebirds nesting early in 2012

The Bluebirds are nesting early in 2012. Here you see one at my nut feeder. There are 4 in all that have been visiting my feeders for the past two weeks. Our Bluebird box is receiving a good deal of activity. This is early for them to start nesting but we’ve had a very mild…

Here’s a quickie…

Here’s a quickie,  —- made you look. I don’t know what these flowers are because I’ve completely forgotten. I know they were all over my garden when I planted them.

Adding a Split Rail fence to deter deer in the garden

This is the year that I start bugging my husband about adding a split rail fence to our property line. The deer have gotten out of control and starting to eat my fancy hydrangeas. Of course a deer can jump a fence this height with very little effort except that I’ve got a few tips…

Today is January 1st and I’m a Garden Blog celebrating 10 years online

Hey, I’m the garden blog of Flowergardengirl. Today is my 10th birthday. Today is January 1st and I’m a garden blog celebrating 10 years online. I’ve been through a dozen or more changes. I’ve been hosted at 10 different sites with WordPress being my favorite. I’ve grown to include several urls and we have big…

A strong desire to look inside

Almost everywhere you look along the back trails of North Carolina, you’ll find an old barn like this. Gives me a strong desire to look inside. Such takes me on a journey to a good story and beyond. I’m in the middle of writing two good stories these days. One will take me the better…

Hanging baskets of Anchorage, Alaska

When I heard that my neighbors Bob and Alamedia were going to Alaska on a halibut fishing trip, I said take your camera. They go ever year and last year it was for salmon. Bob and I go pick out flowers for his garden beds and he often rewards me with some prized salmon or…

Lime green dried hydrangea wreath of gigantic proportions

Warning, viewing this post could cause an elevated heart rate and a serious case of being green with envy. My lime green dried hydrangea wreath of gigantic proportions comes to us by way one hydrangea paniculata cultivar and one grapevine wreath. Cut the blooms approximately 2 weeks before you want to use them. Let them…

A Country Breakfast

Sunny yellows and blues welcome guest to a hearty breakfast at The Baird House in Valle Crucis, North Carolina. Deede Pope prepared comfort foods like applewood bacon, scrambled eggs, hash brown casserole, and country-style biscuits with fruit preserves. Good food that sticks to your ribs and sustains you through a day of treasure hunting and…

The Gourden of Weedin with Helen Eyers

Helen Eyers is a member of our Flea Market Gardening group and when she posted a photo of her little fairy garden, I knew there was probably an artist at her house. Turns out it was Helen who is the artist and here is what she posted for us to see. After seeing the little…