Category Archive: Gardening With Confidence

Fiskars and Harlem Grown

Posted by on September 15, 2016

Fiskars Project Orange

      Fiskars Orange Thumb Project is near and dear to my heart.You may remember when I worked with the fantastic Fiskars Project Orange Team to help select this year’s grant recipients. From there, we had the honor of choosing one grant winner to follow through their summer season. I choose Harlem Grown. The […]

September Garden Inspiration

Posted by on September 5, 2016

Gardening with Confidence Vivien Phillips Garden

September delights.  With the dog days of summer behind us, September opens with cooler air and less humidity, creating a fresh scent and a sense of excitement.  The source of this excitement may be for no reason other than it is bearable to be outside once again.   Indeed, September, and throughout the fall, is […]

September Garden Maintenance For The Southeast

Posted by on September 1, 2016

Muhly grass and salvia

Strawberry needs September (and August) is when the cell size of spring fruit strawberry buds is determined. The more favorable the growing conditions your strawberry’s receive now, the bigger the berries will be next year. Ensure that your strawberries get an inch of water each week. If nature doesn’t provide this, then plan to supplement […]

July Garden Inspiration

Posted by on July 3, 2016

Helen's Haven

My sister-in-law, Charmaine Yoest,  visited recently, and with the lovely moment of her near to my hand, her words of praise gladdened my heart. “What changed…and what did you do…how long has it been since I was here last?” The garden has grown. Even I noticed it this year; after visualizing her Helen’s Haven for nearly […]

June Inspiration

Posted by on June 5, 2016


I made it through May, the season of green. That sounds strange, even for me. The weather was some of the best I’ve experienced in my 26 years living in Raleigh, North Carolina; and in all those years, Helen’s Haven remains green. Each year, I strive to improve on a collection or a season, yet […]