Category Archive: Gardening With Confidence

June Inspiration

Posted by on June 5, 2016

Cleome

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 […]


Miss Molly is moving on up!

Posted by on May 31, 2016

Molly's Vita Keyhole Garden

Here’s an update on Miss Molly’s Vita Keyhole Garden! Miss Molly will be using her Vita Keyhole Garden as a raised bed to access from her wheelchair. To fill the bottom, Molly’s Mom added logs. The Vita Keyhole Garden is now part Hügeikultur. The logs will not only fill a void, but they will slowly decompose, eventually […]


Molly Gardens with Vita! HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY

Posted by on May 8, 2016

Radial-Ulnar Synostosis

Serendipitously, Molly gardens via Vita! Molly loves the great outdoors and gardening, growing fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Molly’s mom, Sarah, is learning too by taking courses at the JC Raulston Arboretum, including Will Hooker’s Permaculture class, and I hope Sarah and Molly will take the Bee Better course I’m hosting in September. There are many […]


May inspiration–Green Season

Posted by on May 4, 2016

Helen's Haven front Red Bed in green

  My May seems to be a month of greens–emerging greens, glad greens, gorgeous greens, gold greens. Green becomes the background for summer sizzle. Before the greens arrived, spring was a burst of color with intrepid yellows, stunning fuchsias, plucky purples. If spring is the place from which all her emotions poured (The Fountainhead by […]


Meet Molly and Vita Gardens

Posted by on May 3, 2016

Meet Molly and her Vita Keyhole Garden

Disclaimer: To satisfy the blog police, I must disclose the following: I was asked to trial the Vita Keystone Garden raise bed system; thus, it was sent to me at no cost. My opinions are my own…and Molly’s.   Meet Molly! Molly is an avid gardener and outdoor enthusiast!     I had the good […]


May garden maintenance for the Southeast

Posted by on May 2, 2016

Love in the mist Gardening With Confidence®

May brings the end of pine pollen and the unofficial start of summer with the long Memorial Day weekend. Let the prime gardening season begin. Here’s what you can do in the Southeast garden this month. Admire blooming trees and shrubs. May is bloom time for southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora). These flowers give so much, and we need […]


April Inspiration

Posted by on April 6, 2016

Edgeworthia Helen's Haven Gardening With Confidence®

  With a slow start after a cold winter, the birds are scratching, singing, and suggesting I pay attention. I am. There’s a feeling of joy. They feel spring; as do I. The temperatures may not say spring, but the songs do. In my garden, Helen’s Haven, everything is two to three weeks behind. What […]