Category Archive: Garden Talent

Lesson Learned: pay attention to paid google ads

Posted by on April 26, 2015

Classic Caladiums

OK, I get it. Google needs to make money, but this goes too far IMHO. @Helen Yoest Click to Tweet! When it comes to bulb retailers and wholesalers, I play favorites. No question about it. I don’t mess around with cheaper, lesser quality bulbs; I only want the best. Classic Caladiums is one of those […]

Classic Caladiums: add some variety to your life

Posted by on April 23, 2015


Ever since I learned how easy it was to plant masses of Classic Caladiums, it is now an annual event here at Helen’s Haven. Classic Caladiums is my go-to source for the best quality of caladium bulbs. Not only are the bulbs the best, they come from the science and selection of Dr. Robert (Bob) Hartman. Bob […]

#GARDENGIVEAWAY: Costa Farms EARTH DAY Celebration

Posted by on April 22, 2015


I had to good fortune of doing a media trip a while back to Costa Farms. Touring their facilities and reading this book was a eye opener. Intuitively I already knew, but I like it when science backs things up. Costa Farms is giving away a 5 plant pack for O2 for YOU  to celebrate Earth Day!   To […]

#GARDENGIVEAWAY: AMES New Homeowner’s Collection

Posted by on April 19, 2015


This #GARDENGIVEAWAY IS CLOSED   This almost seems too good to be true. But it is! For this week’s #gardengiveaway, AMES Tools is offering a set of their tools, idea for someone new to gardening, just starting out–The complete New Homeowner Collection! It’s easy to enter a chance to win, just read on… The Homeowner […]

Gardener’s Roll Call: Monday, April 13, 2015

Posted by on April 13, 2015

Sustainable Raleigh

The Day Beautiful and near 80ºF The Deed I was fortunate enough to travel this week on assignment for Troy-Bilt. It was my son’s spring break, so we made a little vaca out of it. He’s use to it, and very abiding. We visited Magnolia Plantation and Gardens! The forecast ahead shows no more frost […]

I’ve Been A Traveling Fool…

Posted by on April 12, 2015

Kathy Jentz taking photo

I’ve been a traveling fool. The book tour for Plants with Benefits doesn’t seem to want to end…but that’s a good thing. Friday at noon, I spoke to full house at the US Botanical Garden. It was such an honor. My sister-in-law Charmaine Yoest and my niece, Gibby Yoest were there to cheer me one. […]

Gardener’s Roll Call: Monday, April 6, 2015

Posted by on April 6, 2015

secret jelly

The Day Sunny, beautiful, around 70ºF. The Deeds It was a slow weekend in Helen’s Haven. Yesterday was Easter and I played bunny. That and chocolate are the only bunnies I like. Planted 3 Mahonia bealei to go with a third I already had. Picked-up 40 lb.  of paver sand to reposition the pavers edging the driveway. […]

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

Posted by on March 30, 2015

Mahonia 'Charity'

The Day: Started out at 24ºF. Sunny and warmed to 55ºF. Beautiful A medicated Monday Years ago, I use to post a list of my week in the garden. I called it Puttering in Helen’s Haven. But I wanted to expand it as a place where other people can share what they did in the garden […]