Mulch yet?

Posted by on March 30, 2015

Now is still a good time to lay mulch. This gives you enough time to allow gardens to have a nice chill, killing off insects and such, while still protecting our plants. Also your perennials are just emerging and laying mulch is much easier before the plants are up. I like to use composted leaf mulch, […]



Garden Glossary

Posted by on March 21, 2013

Moore Farm Botanical Garden

A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z A Abiotic: A non-living organism. Acid: An acid or sour substance that has a pH below 7.0. Acidic soil: Acidic soil: The pH scale is logarithmic, from 0 to 14 […]


Gardener’s Roll Call: Monday, March 30, 2015

Posted by on March 30, 2015

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A medicated Monday Years ago, I use to post a list my week in the garden. I called it Puttering in Helen’s Haven. But I wanted to explain it as a place where other people can share what they did in the garden over the weekend. So now it is the Gardener’s Roll Call! My bestie […]


#GARDENGIVEAWAY: Crown Bees

Posted by on March 22, 2015

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THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED I’ve filed this post under Garden Hacks, because adding Crown Bee, the gentle bee company,  products to your garden is the best tip and trick you can do for today and tomorrow and tomorrow’s tomorrow…. This isn’t just an awesome #GARDENGIVEAWAY. This is also helping to make gardeners aware of solitary bees. […]


Gardening is a sport…or so says Gardening With Confidence®

Posted by on March 18, 2015

Butterfly House at Naples Botanical Garden

How do you think of gardening: fun, work, exercise, spiritual? Amongst my fellow garden communicators, there is much discussion as to why younger people aren’t getting into gardening. As such, they are trying to define gardening so that those new to the game will understand what they are getting into. Most communicators want to emphasize […]


Garden Talent: Royal Floral Designer Visits Raleigh

Posted by on March 11, 2015

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Interview with Shane Connolly by Helen Yoest for Triangle Gardener magazine. Triangle Gardener magazine is a sponsor for the event. In March, Shane Connolly, floral designer for the Royal family, will be apart of the North Carolina Museum of Art, Festival of Art and Flowers event. If you are unable to attend, and are interesting […]


#GardenGiveaway–Plant Delights Nursery

Posted by on March 8, 2015

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Hollywood has Cher, we have Tony. If you don’t know who Tony is then move along….you may have no interest in winning this #GardenGiveaway. Or maybe this is your chance to know what you have been missing all these years. If you heard someone say, “Tony has it,” would you know who they’re talking about? […]


When is spring?

Posted by on March 1, 2015

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The first crocus pushing through the soil says spring to me, along with daffodils dancing with their faces in the sun, and the wind stirring eddies from fall’s remaining leaves. Spring has official times, and, for many of us, spring can be a state-of-mind. My childhood was spent baffled when having to mark a season […]


#GARDENGIVEGAWAY–DeWit Garden Tool

Posted by on March 1, 2015

DeWit Garden Tools

#GardenGiveaway CLOSED Message from Helen, If you are reading this through the Gardening With Confidence® weekly update and want to enter for a chance to win, you must click through the link to leave a comment on the blog post. H. By far, IMHO, DeWit tools are the most beautiful; they are also VERY well made […]


Helen’s Haven–first year’s experience with a garden house

Posted by on February 25, 2015

Party Prop House

I’m not sure why I was so intimated about having a Gaden House. A few year’s back, I bought a structure at Market Imports in Raleigh, one that I had eyed for about two years. When the kids finally outgrew their play set, I knew it was time to make room for the ultimate reward, […]