Water the ground, not the plants

Posted by on May 5, 2015

Use an end-of-hose sprayer, drip irrigation, soaker hoses, or watering can – saturate the ground and leave the leaves dry. Improve potting soil mixes. Incorporate water-retaining polymers into the potting soil for your container gardens. They really make a difference.  

Gardeners Roll Call: Monday, June 8, 2015

Posted by on June 8, 2015

Toronto Fling 2015

THE DAY Today, I’m returning from Toronto Garden Bloggers Fling. Thanks to Helen Battersby and her team for showing us a GRAND time in Toronto!   Next year, Fling will be in Minneapolis, MN lead my by wonderful friend, Amy Schuneman Andrychowicz. OK, I’m not the best speller in the world. I’m gonna have to […]

Gardeners Roll Call: June 1, 2015

Posted by on June 1, 2015


THE DAY Absolutely beautiful! THE DEED Wished for rain. Pruned a limb off the ‘Zuni’ Crape Myrtle. As my garden ages, more and more editing needed. I like that though. Transplanted 3 peony. They were getting shaded out in their old location. Their new spot, along the peony path, is much brighter. Transplanted an iris […]

Pepper-lic o u s

Posted by on May 31, 2015


A cow bell jingles as I open the back door to see what needs to be done in the garden. Pepper’s ears perk and she comes charging down the stairs, fresh from her resting place. If I’m outside, she feels it’s her duty to be beside me. It’s hard to imagine how this home ever […]

Gardeners Roll Call: Monday, May 25, 2015

Posted by on May 25, 2015


THE DAY Beautiful! THE DEEDS Happy Memorial Day! The official kick-off of summer. Scratched most of the week from the little bit of poison ivy I got after visiting the Croatan National Park. Travel this week with Beth Jimenez and the other garden geek gals. We are all heavily involved with the JC Raulston Arboretum. […]

Gardening with Confidence: Kids in The Garden

Posted by on May 15, 2015

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CHAPTER 40 KIDS IN THE GARDEN My garden at home was designed specifically with kids in mind. We moved in when my oldest was one—and now my youngest is eleven. So you can imagine that I would have been remiss if I hadn’t created the opportunity to make my garden a welcoming place for the […]

Gardening With Confidence: Mailbox Gardens

Posted by on May 11, 2015

Mailbox garden

CHAPTER 35 MAILBOX GARDENS First impressions may be wrong, but they are always right for that moment. Most of us living in suburban neighborhoods pass our mailboxes several times a day. We put in our outgoing mail and take out our incoming mail. Each car that passes sees it; kids hit it with their balls; […]

Gardeners Roll Call: Monday, May 11, 2015

Posted by on May 11, 2015

Helen's Haven Iris

If you ever suffered from a drought, and who hasn’t, then you know this feeling. When you haven’t had rain in a while, you start to worry. And by a little while, it could be less than a week. Even though in inches of rain, Raleigh is up for the year, with regular rainfall, yet, […]