Divide irises

Posted by on July 13, 2016

Did you have success with your new iris planted this year or in the fall? If not, it could be due to several factors: too much shade, too much fertilizer, too deep a planting, or crowding. July is a good time to correct any of these problems by lifting and relocating or repositioning to a […]



June Inspiration

Posted by on June 5, 2016

Cleome

I made it through May, the season of green. That sounds strange, even for me. The weather was some of the best I’ve experienced in my 26 years living in Raleigh, North Carolina; and in all those years, Helen’s Haven remains green. Each year, I strive to improve on a collection or a season, yet […]


#Foraging in Cute Shoes: Mayapple, Podophyllum peltatum

Posted by on May 31, 2016

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My most recent book, Good Berry Bad Berry–Finding and Identifying the Most Common Wild Berries of North America features GOOD BERRIES–those that are edible, BAD BERRIES–those that are poisonous, and GOOD BERRY BAD IDEA–featuring edible berries but ones that need certain precautions. Here’s an example: GOOD BERRY/BAD IDEA MAYAPPLE Podophyllum peltatum Plant Type: Herbaceous rhizomatous perennial. […]


Miss Molly is moving on up!

Posted by on May 31, 2016

Molly's Vita Keyhole Garden

Here’s an update on Miss Molly’s Vita Keyhole Garden! Miss Molly will be using her Vita Keyhole Garden as a raised bed to access from her wheelchair. To fill the bottom, Molly’s Mom added logs. The Vita Keyhole Garden is now part Hügeikultur. The logs will not only fill a void, but they will slowly decompose, eventually […]


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 […]