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Gardening With Confidence: Carving Out Space

Posted by on November 25, 2015

Rose Cottage

Nature has a magic number–3. Threes abound in all forms of art, nature included. It’s called the “rule of thirds.” Used in architecture, painting, photography, and landscape design, the rule of thirds helps put things into perspective. It’s the handiest tool to use whenever you want to create art, and landscape design, by any other […]

Gardeners Roll Call: Monday, November 23, 2015

Posted by on November 23, 2015


THE DAYS Saturday for the workshop started out chilly, then turned to ab-fab. Sunday colder, high near 50. A good day to catch up on deadlines. Drizzly THE RAIN Wednesday–1.5 inches THE DEEDS Still reeling from my trip to #Cuba! The trip was incredible, and I will go again. I hope the embargo is lifted […]

Cars in Cuba

Posted by on November 21, 2015

14. Yellow with blue building

My dear friend, Tom Mann’s “friend” helped me id these ’50s cars of Cuba.  Tom’s f”riend” also had help from other friends. As they say in Cuba, “It’s complicated.” Thank you so much, Tom and your cronies! One January 1, 1959, time stopped; well for cars anyway. When Fidel Castro came into power, Cuba nationalized all […]

Dogs of Cuba

Posted by on November 18, 2015


As soon as we landed in #Cuba, the dogs were noticeable. They pretty much kept to themselves, and owned the little piece of Cuban soil or sidewalk beneath them. One Cuban women saw me smiling her 4-weekish old puppy and motioned if I wanted to hold him. Yes, of course I did. Super cute until […]

Gardeners Roll Call: Saturday, November 7, 2015

Posted by on November 7, 2015


THE DAY Who cares; I’m in Cuba! THE RAIN Monday 1 inch Tuesday 0.9 inch Wednesday 0.2 inch THE DEEDS Icarumba! I’m in CUBA! At just five year’s old,  I watched the evening news with my parents to learn about the Bay of Pigs invasion. I knew then, one day I would visit this land of revolution. […]

Butterfly Host Plants

Posted by on November 4, 2015

Indian Paintbrush

When building a wildlife garden to fully sustain birds, bees, and butterflies, you must provide all their needs of food, water, cover, host plants and nectar. Here is a list of Butterfly Host Plants. As you build your butterfly garden, be sure to include these plants in your garden. Helen

Garden Plants for Caterpillars Ranked

Posted by on November 4, 2015

Bringing Nature Home

In the interest of wanting to share great lists I find to sustain the birds, bees, and butterflies, Doug Tallamy’s List of caterpillars found on various garden plants or those found in nature. Doug is the author of the acclaimed book, Bringing Nature Home–How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants. My garden, Helen’s Haven, was designed […]