A great time to shop!

Posted by on November 27, 2015

Fall is a great time to get a jump on next year’s garden by buying gardening equipment, seed,s and plants at deeply discounted prices. Many independent garden centers will reduce prices in the fall months to move unsold stock, including trees and shrubs that are best planted in the fall anyway. Purchase seed for next […]

Gardeners Roll Call: Monday, November 2, 2015

Posted by on November 2, 2015

Chickadee lamp from Garden Supply in Apex, NC

THE DAY Beautiful Saturday, nice rainy Sunday THE RAIN Tuesday, Wednesday 1.2 inches Sunday 1.4 inches THE DEEDS It wasn’t the easiest decision I made all week, but I did it. The Chrysanthemum ‘Sheffield Pink’ have been moved to new homes, here at Helen’s Haven and others who wanted some of their own. These Sheffies, as […]

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 […]

Gardeners Roll Call: Monday, October 26, 2015

Posted by on October 26, 2015

Helen's Haven Gazebo roof

THE WEEK The week started out cold with Monday only a high of 57. Gradually, the week warmed up. THE RAIN 0.0 THE DEEDS Took cuttings of Thai basil, Ocimum basilicum var. thyrsiflora. Tuesday, Gene Presser stopped by to add the roof to the gazebo. The intention of the roof wasn’t to make it water-tight; […]

Gardeners Roll Call: Monday, October 19, 2015

Posted by on October 19, 2015

Gardening with Confidence

THE WEEK Cold front came through Saturday. May have first frost Monday. Moved everything into the glass house. Again, I have just enough room. I wonder how I do that? THE RAIN 0.0 THE DEEDS Built a trellis/arbor for the Actinidia arguta, hardy Kiwi. Just using six eight-foot lengths of one-inch decking material with four ground post […]

Gardeners Roll Call: Monday, October 12, 2015

Posted by on October 12, 2015

THE WEEK Once it stopped raining on Monday, the rest of the week was picture perfect. The rain returned on Saturday, bringing a cold front. THE RAIN Monday 0.1 inch Saturday 0.4 inches…long and slow THE DEEDS What amazes me about the general shape I’m, is how quickly I loose my strength and stamina when […]

Build a Beneficial Bug Bungalow and Pollinator Workshop

Posted by on October 7, 2015

Build a Beneficial Bug Bungalow

I’m super excited to announce that I’m hosting a garden tour, pollenator lecture, and a Build a Beneficial Bug Bungalow workshop. Interested in attracting and protecting wildlife in your garden? The workshop will go over how-to attract some of the most common beneficial bugs. Helen Yoest, the winner of the 2015 City of Raleigh Sustainability […]

Gardeners Roll Call: Monday, September 28, 2015

Posted by on September 28, 2015

THE DAY 70s damp and drizzly THE RAIN 2.6 inches during Friday and Saturday THE DEEDS I was anxious to get out in the garden yesterday; it has been a long time given I just returned from a CarexTours.com Dutch Wave Tour to the Netherlands and Germany. It was all good, and my fellow travelers […]

A Visit to Piet Oudolf’s garden in Hummelo

Posted by on September 27, 2015

Piet Oudolf

Several friends on our tour asked if I started a piece on Piet Oudolf. No, I replied, “I’ve written other several stories during the trip, but I’m waiting to do a story about Hummelo when I have a chance to savor the piece.” At this moment, I’m in seat 27D, on my return American Airlines […]