Sunday June 14, 2009 A week puttering in Helen’s Haven

Well,  it was an interesting way to start my week.  I packed up the kids and sent them to camp only to find out camp starts today.  I’ll never live that one down.  I deserved all the grief they gave me.

The humidity was somewhat at bay, but the temperatures were high.

What's so amazing about this photo?  It exist in Helen's Haven.  Must have been under the bunny's radar

What's so amazing about this plant? The fact that it exist in Helen's Haven. Must have been under the bunny's radar

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My friend Madonna Phillips invited me over to her garden for wine and to pass off a voodoo plant she no longer desired.  Madonna and Greg’s garden was in the March 2009 edition of Better Homes and Gardens Path Finders.  Notice the purple cone flower in the photo to the left?  It looks tall, and it is.  Now look at it with me in the photo.  I’m 5 foot 10 inches.MadonnaRaleighYoest 034c

Saturday, I took the kids to the Sunshine Lavender Farm‘s open house where we ate lavender ice cream, admired all the lavender, and best of all, hooked up with fellow garden blogger and friend


Flower Garden Girl. Anna has been blogging for about 4 years – nearly ancient in internet years, specifically blogging years.   While I’m no newbie to blogging (18 months), I still bow to a member of the blogging community that paved the way in garden blogging popularity.  Like Tina at In The Garden, whom I met and posted about last Sunday June 7th post; I felt I knew Anna.  This is the power of the internet.  A place to make the world one.

Anna and I have so many shared interest in addition to gardening, kids, family, Church.  Her kids our grown; mine yet to fledge.  She is passionate about everything she does and I like that in a person.  Her enthusanthusiasm is infectious.  It was a fun encounter and I always like my kids to meet my friends.  It was also a good lesson in internet meeting.  We hear too much of the bad.  But there is also a lot of good.

FFG and I also tweet together-  she being @FlowerGardenGal, and me, @GWConfidence.  In fact, we found out each other was going to the open house through our tweets.

Anna, come visit me in my garden,  Helen’s Haven.  I promise I’ll not put you to work.  We can sit on the back porch and watch the wildlife, sip some tea, and talk about life.

Even in the heat, I managed to enjoy my time working in the garden.  Here’s some of the fun:

  • Thinned out some aggressive natives wildlife plants from the Mixed Border including bee balm and salvias.
  • Divided some daylilies.
  • Loaded up Cosmo, my trusty Ford 150 pickup truck, and hauled a load to the Raleigh yard waste center.  While I was there, I picked up a load of composted leaf mulch.  I knew I would be doing some planting this week and wanted to tidy the beds I was planning to disturb.
  • Visited the NC State Farmer’s Market in Raleigh.  Made the rounds to some of my favorite growers including John and Diva at Archer Lodge Herb Farm, Oasis, and Weston Farms.  Brought home with me a regular swamp sunflower and a new dwarf, bronze fennel for my hungry butterfly larvae, Sedum mediovarigeatum stone crop, Rudbecka hirta, fleabane ‘Profussion’, giant elephant ears. dwarf Ginko biloba ‘Green Pagoda’, weeping mimosa, lily of the valley, and some other things including the first peaches of the year – yummmm.
  • Applied mulch to tidy up the beds disturbed from planting.
  • Started a twibe on tweeter for garden writers coming to Raleigh for the Garden Writers Association meeting in September #gwa.

I’ll post about Sunshine Lavender Farm another day. My blogging friend posted our visit today on her blog Flower Garden Girl. Her recount of our conversation was very funny, no doubt, even funnier than the actual story. She can spin a tale; she has a knack for that!

I’m very familiar with the term, “Country come to town.”  In fact, I embodied that expression on a recent trip to NYC.  I believe there is a term for a city slicker going to the country.  Not sure, though, of  the term for a suburbanite like me going to the country, but I sure  acted goofy to the people driving behind me.

I couldn’t help but gawk at all the scenery on the stretch of road between Sunshine Lavender Farm and I85.  I kept pulling over, or slowing down to let others pass me so I wouldn’t miss a thing.  At one point, I pulled over and this young, cute cowboy (in a truck and cowboy hat) stopped to see if I was broke down and needed help.  When I told him I was only taking photos, he just tipped his hat and moseyed on.

Here are a few of my roadside views.

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Got any idea what this is?

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Give up?  It’s a tick in the middle of my back.  Gross!

Helen Yoest

Gardening With Confidence



  1. Janet said

    Impressive picture of your tick. Yummmmm. Only had three latched on so far this year.

  2. Loved meeting you! and the kiddos. I am looking forward to this lively exchange of NC gardening friendship. Thank you for being so kind in the picture too–not showing all my flaws. And thanks for the kind words also. I did feel like it was a meeting between friends. I knew I was going to like your personality a long time ago when we first blog met. I liked you right off. Yes, I will come sit, sup, and chit chat. Soon!

    Yes, the tick is gross but you handled it like a pro. I was pretty much impressed with the whole visit.

  3. I still have that silly skunk hairdo up don’t I?

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  5. Helen, what a charming example of the type of connection that garden blogging and Twitter are enabling. I’ve only been on Twitter for about a month, blogging even less than that, and I am astounded at the connections I have been able to make.

    I’ve met Billy Goodnick (GardenWiseGuy) and toured his gardens, hooked up on a project with Susan Morrison (BluePlanetGardens), am planning a fun visit with Alice Joyce (BayAreaTendrils) and attending a book-signing by fav writer Amy Stewart this week…Hello? NONE of this would have been possible without establishing a solid online network. It is helping me in countless ways.

    Part of me frets at the time I spend, but look at the information, the contacts, the jokes, the new family members I have gained. And the training I am getting, as a writer, in clear, succinct communications. My particular situation is such that I HAVE the time to do this. High end designers are feeling a little lonely these days. But you know what? I might live alone and work alone, but I’m not alone.

    Thanks for making me think about this, as I imagined many such meetings among our little twibe. I’m so looking forward to the GWA Symposium in September in Raleigh…I have never been to that part of the country, and from your pictures, I believe I am in for a treat.

  6. tina said

    What fun to meet another blogger! You are on a roll here now Helen! Um, gross on the tick! Say hi to the kiddos for us and I hope they have fun in summer camp-even if they were a bit late.

  7. HaHa Tina, yes the tick is soooo gross. But what an opportunity! I know for sure you would not have passed up on it. Actually, it was not my first thought. I had three kids try their hand at pulling it out with no luck. It was stuck good. So I figured, we would shoot it then I would just reach back there a grab it. Can you blame me?

    I needed you today to be my flea market buddy! I waned to go, but couldn’t get my lazy self over there. If you were with me, I would had sprung to me feet!

  8. tina said

    I wish I were there indeed. Love the flea market. My head is still spinning at your really good deal on the fountain! And you know I never noticed those hoses there at all. If you are into farm things, like hay rake pieces you can make into a bird feeding station or things like that (I’ll make a post at some point) I found a great guy who has tons of these things that can be used in the garden-cheap! He told me, “I have a whole shed full of junk.” I’m like, ” Um, a whole shed full of junk huh?” He misunderstood me and then said, ” Yes! But it will all sell!” Ha, I’m still giggling as I bought quite a bit of the junk. Yup, we’ll have to go. Looking forward to you coming here. The shot of the tick was actually good, some folks may have never seen one attached to another person. Gasp! Yes, some folks never get them, not this gal though. I’m quite used to them unfortunately. We’re having problems with the lone star type this year. They are tiny! Lots of them, but fortunately not the sticking kind so far. You take care and we’ll talk soon. I have your stone done. Will pack it up and get it out this weekend. Helen’s Haven worked perfectly. ttyl

  9. […] Helen at Gardening With Confidence met me at Annie’s Sunshine Lavender Farm and she wrote about it HERE […]

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