Everybody's a Critic, Unusually Clever People
She kills me. As Garden Rant co-founder Amy Stewart moves into longform fiction, she demonstrates again her powers to surprise, entertain, and inform. Stewart’s latest book, Girl Waits with Gun, is a period adventure novel based on a 1914-15 true story—that of one of America’s first female deputy sheriffs....
Posted by Elizabeth Licata on August 18, 2015 at 9:14 am. This post has 3 responses.
“CBS Sunday Morning” correspondent Steve Hartman confesses his addiction to weeding after Neil Diboll helped him create a meadow. Here’s the video and here’s more on the story.
Posted by Susan Harris on August 17, 2015 at 9:23 am. This post has 2 responses.
Ministry of Controversy
Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott, co-founder of the game-changing Garden Professors Blog and award-winning author, happened upon a lawn-care article in Consumer Reports and didn’t like what she saw – a mash-up of garden myths and misinformation. No citations to actual research in sight. So she posted her review of the article here...
Posted by Susan Harris on August 14, 2015 at 7:53 am. This post has 6 responses.
It's the Plants, Darling, What's Happening
David Kirchhoff and Mort Morss helped smooth my horrible mood swings with daylilies. I had loved a few daylilies and left them. I once grew an acre of the things in commercial production, in addition to growing a wide selection of perennials and wildflowers. There was nothing extravagant about...
Posted by Allen Bush on August 12, 2015 at 6:59 am. This post has 19 responses.
But is it Art?, Gardening on the Planet
Just stop by one of Jenny Kendler’s seed stations, located at strategic spots on Buffalo’s East Side, as well as other Western New York locations, and grab a pack of seeds. The project, titled Rewilding New York, is intended to reintroduce native plants to the urban center, providing sustenance...
Posted by Elizabeth Licata on August 11, 2015 at 8:53 am. This post has 4 responses.
Guest Rant by Janet Belding Cape Cod is being eaten each year, not by Jaws nipping at the coastline, but by forces away from the beach, high in the treetops. Below: Parasitic wasp attacking gypsy moth caterpillar. Credit: USDA. The winter moths arrive first, beginning as charming green inch-worms...
on August 10, 2015 at 10:45 am. This post has 4 responses.
What to call the plant-obsessed people attending the Perennial Plant Association’s shindig last week in Baltimore? Terms like “geek” and “nerd” seem better suited to people who stay out of the sun, so I’ll call us (me, included) fanatics – in a good way. And I’d never encountered more...
Posted by Susan Harris on August 7, 2015 at 3:55 pm. This post has 6 responses.
One of the big perks of moving to the west has been an increase in opportunities to create habitat for hummingbirds. I planted many of my new garden plants with an eye toward ensuring nectar sources through the seasons for these fascinating creatures, and I’ve been rewarded by seeing...
Posted by Evelyn Hadden on August 5, 2015 at 6:05 pm. This post has 26 responses.
It’s been up around 90 over the past few weeks or so, but a comforting(?) reminder that cooler days await exists on Buffalo’s East Side, near the large Art Deco Central Terminal, a grand train station that is no longer in use. The big black pile of what looks...
Posted by Elizabeth Licata on August 4, 2015 at 7:49 am. This post has 4 responses.
It's the Plants, Darling
I’m in the mood to post photos of the plants that are doing the best in my garden right now, starting with these sun-tolerant Coleuses (with one ‘Rubrum’ Pennisetum in the mix). They were stars in these pots last year, so I’m sticking with them. One more. ‘City Lights’ and...
Posted by Susan Harris on July 30, 2015 at 6:41 pm. This post has 19 responses.
Real Gardens, Uncategorized
I’m vacationing in Northern California this week, on the Russian River, enjoying a break from the bleak, scorching brightness of LA. It is very hot here as well, but the heat is mitigated by the deep, nearly mystical shade from the redwood trees. Driving into Guerneville, I couldn’t help...
Posted by Ivette Soler on July 29, 2015 at 1:51 am. This post has 10 responses.
It's the Plants, Darling
Conversations over the Garden Walk Buffalo weekend lead me to believe that—knock on wood—my lack of turfgrass may also be a reason for my lack of plant-destroying and other pests. I know that Japanese beetle grubs feed on grass and I rarely see any of the adults—maybe one or...
Posted by Elizabeth Licata on July 28, 2015 at 7:47 am. This post has 8 responses.
Tom Stovall, the resident photographer at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Northern Virginia, is donating his images to my campaign promoting DC-area public gardens. His photos of nature, especially of wildlife, are beyond anything I can or ever will achieve, but garden photography is new to him so he’s taking suggestions...
Posted by Susan Harris on July 27, 2015 at 12:19 pm. This post has 10 responses.
Gardening on the Planet
These are just some of the plastic pots I reluctantly acquired in April in my yearly fit of plant-buying. I gathered them here to wash them before looking for the least bad way to deal with them, feeling heartsick that plants come with plastic. Is there really no better...
Posted by Susan Harris on July 24, 2015 at 7:33 am. This post has 25 responses.
Real Gardens, Unusually Clever People
I had no idea what to expect from the Hartman Rock Garden. Richie Steffen pitched it to me as a garden like no other. I was in Columbus, OH, a few weeks ago for the Cultivate ’15 trade show and had some time to kill. The Cultivate ‘15 is...
Posted by Allen Bush on July 22, 2015 at 7:38 am. This post has 13 responses.