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Gardening With Confidence: Carving Out Space

Posted by on November 25, 2015

Rose Cottage

Nature has a magic number–3. Threes abound in all forms of art, nature included. It’s called the “rule of thirds.” Used in architecture, painting, photography, and landscape design, the rule of thirds helps put things into perspective. It’s the handiest tool to use whenever you want to create art, and landscape design, by any other […]


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 […]


#ForagingInCuteShoes: Natal Plum

Posted by on August 19, 2015

Ripe Natal Plum

COMMON NAME:  Natal Plum Botanical Latin: Carissa macrocarpa Plant Type: Evergreen shrub or small tree. Size: Easily sheared, and can be a small tree up to 20 ft in height. Fruit: Bright red, plum-like with large seed.  The edible fruit is a pretty plum shaped red berry abut 2-inches long which tastes like sweet cranberries. Natal plum […]


Gardeners Roll Call: Monday, August 17, 2015

Posted by on August 17, 2015

The English Garden at Wellfield Botanic Garden

THE WEEK Cool, overcast weather. It felt like October. 😉 THE RAIN We had a house-sitter, so I was could be informed of the rain. Monday 0.75 inches THE DEEDS Not much gardening this week since we were visiting family in Indiana. I did manage to visit a stellar botanic garden, Wellfield Botanic Garden in […]


Dutch Wave—don’t get hung up on labels

Posted by on August 15, 2015

Dutch Wave tour

I must start by saying, I’m going on a media tour to the Netherlands and Germany lead by the lovely and talented Carolyn Mullet of CarexTours. Carolyn and I met at the 2012 Garden Bloggers Fling in Asheville, NC. I remember our meeting and found I was listening to her design perspective. Fling is a great way […]


Gardeners Roll Call: Monday, August 3, 2015

Posted by on August 3, 2015

Limbed up leylands

THE DAY How did it become August already? THE RAIN None, nada, zippo! THE DEEDS Aster and I cleaned out the shed. What precipitated that…in the high 90x? I wanted to paint the roof of a bird feeder house. I couldn’t find the paint. Oh, Aster….Don’t be jealous… I now know where everything is. 😉 […]


Gardeners Roll Call, Monday, July 6, 2015

Posted by on July 6, 2015

Helen's Haven

The DAY Overcast, humid, and mid 80s The RAIN We had a couple of misty days, but nothing appreciable….until Saturday. Saturday 0.50 inches Sunday 0.20 inches The DEEDS It has been a slow gardening week. It’s a shame too….spring has sprung, the early summer meltdown has past (and I hope it stays gone for good), […]