Bluebird habitats

Posted by on February 12, 2016

Bluebirds prefer open to semi-open areas. A wide expanse of chemical-free lawn provides an ideal habitat.  

Good Berry: Lingonberry, Vaccinium vitis-idaea

Posted by on January 29, 2016


GOOD BERRY LINGONBERRY Vaccinium vitis-idaea Plant Type: Evergreen ground cover shrub. Berry: Bright to dark red globe-shaped berries, about ¼-½ inch round. Taste: Bitter-tasting; not as tart as fresh cranberries but tart. Uses: Raw, but most commonly used in jams, jellies, syrups, sauces, and fruit juice. Considered an essential accompaniment to many Swedish dishes. Contains […]

A New Perspective…

Posted by on January 28, 2016

Helen Styling

Over the last couple of months, I’ve been working with my friend, photographer Juli Leonard. Juli is documentary editorial photographer. Most of the photographers I work with in my business are style photographers, or at least that is the reason my editors hire them. Working with Juli has given me a new perspective. I have […]

Good Berry Bad Berry

Posted by on January 23, 2016

Myrica pennsylvanica - Bayberry - 3555-4

My new book is out….and the crowd roars…..   Ok, ok, maybe I’m exaggerating a little… has it for sale now, and it should be showing up at your local bookstores soon. If you don’t see it, ask. Maybe then they will order it. Here’s an excerpt: As a curious gardener and naturalist, I […]

Gardening with Confidence Blog

Posted by on January 13, 2016


The main goal of the Gardening with Confidence blog is to educate. To be able to share with others what I’ve been doing in my Raleigh garden since 1997. It has been exciting to me, and I look forward to sharing it with you. The blog is laid out with four columns: #ForagingInCuteShoes. This column […]