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…

Did you plant sunflowers?

This sunny sunflower mix was in a package sold in Kmart under the Martha Stewart name. They germinated well and were various sizes and kinds. Sunflowers really do make a cottage garden pop. If you have a sunflower garden, I’d like to see. Leave me a link to your album and I’ll come take a…

What goes on in my mind when I view my flower gardens

Today, my brain is fried from the heat and so the conversation that follows is somewhat of a sarcastic rant about the gardens. Next post will return to lots of fun educational stuff that you have all grown accustomed to at flowergardengirl. I apologize ahead of time. In spite of the heat——Wow, I’m a freaking…

Helping clients decide on shutter color with mock ups

Update–see the last photo for what they picked!  Bob and Almedia are my sweet neighbors who let me do just about anything to their landscaping and gardens. Bob and Almedia have raised a gang of kids and neighborhood kids in this beautiful home. They are ready to change the outside shutters and go all white…

Multicolored re-blooming lace cap hydrangea!

This hydrangea shows off all summer long and during its bloom cycle you can see multiple colors. This hydrangea, Let’s Dance, gets between 6 to 8 feet tall and wide. It likes moist but not wet soil and morning sun. Mine is currently 5 feet tall and has blooms all summer long. It blooms on…

How to make a birdhouse and decorate with seed catalogs

Botanical Interests Seeds has the most beautiful catalog. Not only do I grow their seeds, I recycle their catalogs. Sitting on my repurposed twin headboard bench, sits the aqua birdhouse embellished with little hearts. Up there on Flowergardengirl’s porch and just to the left of the front door, sits a little birdhouse made by Anna. With…

Flag waving proudly at The Baird House, Valle Crucis NC

The Baird House bed and breakfast is located in Valle Crucis, North Carolina. The only inn located on the Watauga river. The Baird House was built by the Baird family in 1790 and was an active farm and served as a distillery during the civil war. In 1777, the first flag act was passed. 13…

Roadside vegetable stands can get elaborate

Get out and see America! Roadside vegetable stands are making a huge comeback. It’s early yet in North Carolina for home grown tomatoes and so some of this produce comes from our Southern states however this stand will proudly carry locally grown in the very near future. This little/big stand is not far from my house…

Happy Memorial Day from this patriotic front porch

Flying patriotically from this Happy Memorial Day front porch are the American flag and North Carolina flag. Banners on the porch railings show the pride and appreciation the homeowner has for their freedom. Located in the town of Mocksville, North Carolina are some of the prettiest and oldest homes in the region. Mocksville is the…

A Kitchen Garden in Sweden

Tyra’s Garden in Sweden with her beautifully designed greenhouse is an article you’ll enjoy from the March issue of Toil the Soil. You can see the full article HERE. If you like Flea Market Style Gardening and cottage gardens—visit our sister site at: Flea Market Gardening.com

Coffee Table Book of Irises

The creation of a coffee table book named A Field of Iris Blooms by flowergardengirl with high quality digital flower photos taken right here in the Piedmont of North Carolina.

One little blue Nigella just one

Nigella is dreamy…..and whispy….and fun….one little blue nigella just one…. And there is a blue one…..one little blue nigella just one I hope that you have some………one little blue nigella just one….

Front Porch decorating coming for 2011, sneak peek

Here is a sneak peek at the fabric for the front porch makeover. The upholsterer is coming to get all my wicker tomorrow. The two chairs on the right will be covered in a fabric the color of the beige in my stone—the one chair with ottoman is the blue/grey in the stone–and the sofa…

Creating Curb Appeal for June DeLugas Interiors

Creating curb appeal for June Delugas Interiors  is one of the prettiest feathers in my cap. I’m proud to have her in my portfolio of store fronts created by Flowergardengirl. June DeLugas is the premiere  interior decorator for the Parade of Homes, local and regional home builders, and is sought after for her award winning decorating and faux…

Rocking Chairs in April Cornell style

These are the rocking chairs on my back porch. The fabrics are April Cornell. The matching napkins are used as cushion covers. I attached buttons to the cushions and then made button holes on the napkins to help hold it all in place. If you put buttons on all your cushions—placed right in the corners—then…

Why are craftsman homes so popular and downright adorable

In this part of North Carolina, a story and a half A craftsman home with this large front porch is as common as wings on a butterfly. Why are craftsman homes so popular and downright adorable? Well just look at the character. Craftsman homes are beefy and give the feeling of safe at home. They…

Antique vintage bottles as vases

Wondering if you’ve seen this clever technique I came up with to use old antique vintage bottles as flower vases. I added a twist.  They are etched and stenciled to give them lots more character. You can find etching kits at a hobby stores. On the far right, I’ve used some wallpaper stencils left over…

Traditional Whitewashed Brick

A traditional whitewashed brick home with substantial iron gas lamps reflecting on the days when a carriage was more likely to pull up the drive.

Monkey Balls that grow in autumn, spring, and summer

For those of you who were wondering, this is what ‘Monkey Balls’ look like in autumn, spring, and summer. And then they put forth these pretty little seeds that go forth and multiply. Before they go to seed–you can use them in arrangements like I did above. They are food for the Monarch caterpillar. and…

Rescued Flowers

I am no master gardener. I do not know the “official” names for these magnificent flowers. I only know they were in danger, and I couldn’t live with myself if I hadn’t saved them.

‘Firethorn’ pyracantha revisited cause I want one

‘Firethorn’ pyracantha revisited cause I want one! I’ve posted this before and sulked about having to leave it behind when I moved. Took me a long time to train this . I hope to get another one this spring. So much winter interest and all the little birds would come to eat the berries. My…

Kitchen Gardening 101 with a twist

This is kitchen gardening 101 with a twist. The twist is…….. We are going to plant a vegetable garden hydrponically. The little cart above is a display at a nearby garden center and would not hold up to the process we’ll use in our backyard garden but isn’t it pretty? (every time I say hay–that…

I know how to kill lamium

I didn’t want to kill it. Confession: I know how to kill lamium and it’s easy. I had a very pretty patch of lamium which usually started blooming about right now. However, it croaked last season when I put pine needles in my beds. Has this happened to anyone else? It’s a mint so I…

Pitiful spring color

We have some pitiful color when spring comes calling. Hard to find a tree worth looking at. It’s subtle. It doesn’t do anything to make North Carolina a place to visit.

Forgetting their names in pictures

Is it shameful to claim yourself as a garden writer and then you have no clue what the above rose is called? I have a file in my computer called Forgetting their name in pictures. I’m sure you all do though it may have a different name. I am of the belief that you don’t…