Category Archive: Gardening With Confidence

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 […]

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 […]

Garden Plants for Honey Bees Ranked

Posted by on November 1, 2015

Garden Plants for Honey Bees

Bee Plan Ranking copy On a recent trip to the Netherlands and Germany, tracing the roots of the Dutch Wave Movement with Carextours, I met a kindred spirit, Ann Cicarella. We’re both concerned about bees and other beneficial insects, and are trying help the cause. Ann is in Cleveland, OH; I’m in Raleigh, NC.  Be […]

Balance of Light

Posted by on October 29, 2015

Long shadows

Fall As I mourn the loss of daylight hours, I relish the gain in light with each leaf that falls. Autumn begins my survival for winter; without the leaves decent, I would be frightened by the lack of luster only bright light can bring. Each time I step outside, more light appears. It’s slow, but […]

Gardening With Confidence: Reaping the Benefits of Gardening

Posted by on September 3, 2015


There’s a good reason we spend hours pruning, digging and hauling that petrol lawn mower around the garden. For many it’s a therapeutic hobby. For others it’s a tedious chore. People often underestimate the wellness and the benefits you can gain from gardening, especially when you have the right tools such as those from Tesco. […]

Dutch Wave—don’t get hung up on labels

Posted by on August 15, 2015

Dutch Wave tour

I must start by saying, I’m going on a media tour to the Netherlands and Germany lead by the lovely and talented Carolyn Mullet of CarexTours. Carolyn and I met at the 2012 Garden Bloggers Fling in Asheville, NC. I remember our meeting and found I was listening to her design perspective. Fling is a great way […]