Good bug or bad bug?

Posted by on June 12, 2016

This is a black widow spider. Be careful when pulling out stored pots to make your season’s container gardens — there may be more lurking there than fond summer memories.



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 […]


Chapel Hill, NC Garden Tour

Posted by on April 26, 2016

Chapel Hil Garden Tour

Are you paralyzed with what to do in your garden? Are you looking for take-away ideas to try in your own garden at home? This this weekend was designed just for you. Attend the Chapel Hill Garden Club! Make sure you go because if you miss it, you can’t say, “Oh, I’ll go next year.” This is a […]


Raleigh City Farm

Posted by on April 21, 2016

Raleigh City Farm

Over the last four years, I’ve been watching the Raleigh City Farm grow. In the downtown area of Raleigh, the Farm is located on 800 N. Blount Street. Having lived in the Historic Oakwood community for 10 years (from 1988-1998), I watched this area change. A lot. I never imagined it would be what it […]