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The Gardens (and More) of Asbury Park, NJ

When I go to the beach it’s in the spring or fall, and even in glorious weather like we’re enjoying this week, I don’t really lie on the beach. As a plantaholic, I gravitate toward nearby gardens and plant-filled natural areas instead. There the blogger in me takes over,...

Posted by on October 5, 2017 at 7:40 am.   This post has no responses.
Gardening on the Planet, Guest Rants

A Few Timely Points About Growing Trees

I’ve finally gotten around to reading a book called The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart. My wife gave it to me as a birthday present a few years ago, hoping it would better inform my drinking. But in a move reminiscent of Jeff Bridge’s version of Rooster Cogburn, I bellowed...

Posted by Scott Beuerlein on October 4, 2017 at 8:03 am.   This post has 6 responses.
Drink This, Feed Me, Garden Rant Cocktail Hour

More on Hard Cider

In my last post I wrote about hunting for the apples with which I make hard cider.  Having done that – I’ve located two trees full of what appear to be ‘Golden Russet’ apples —  I thought I would add a few notes about turning the fresh, sweet cider...

Posted by on October 2, 2017 at 11:30 am.   This post has 4 responses.
Designs, Tricks, and Schemes

I Found my Bird Feeder Bliss

For decades in a former garden, my bird-watching consisted of standing on my deck and pointing the trusty binocs at the bird houses in the wooded valley below. I can’t you what birds actually filled them – I’m that bad at bird recognition – but anyway, my favorites were...

Posted by on September 28, 2017 at 12:34 pm.   This post has 10 responses.
Gardening on the Planet, It's the Plants, Darling

Solidago solidarity

A recent post from my good friend, gardener and blogger, Gail Eichelberger, poses the question, “What’s wrong with goldenrod?” She then swiftly answers, “Nothing!” I couldn’t agree more. Here is one of my favorite, if not THE favorite, late season plants. I rejoice when it spreads to cover entire...

Posted by on September 28, 2017 at 11:18 am.   This post has 6 responses.
But is it Art?, Ministry of Controversy

Dennis the Menace

I drove to Cherokee Park’s Big Rock Pavilion, adjacent to Beargrass Creek, on Friday afternoon, anticipating a profusion of white bonesets, blue dayflowers and lingering yellow wingstems. I wasn’t disappointed. But there was more. A hundred yards downstream, I could make out rock sculptures—dozens of them. They looked, from...

Posted by on September 27, 2017 at 7:36 am.   This post has 9 responses.
It's the Plants, Darling

The Clarion Call of Brugmansia

October is peeking its nose up over the horizon now, shortening the days, painting the landscape, dredging up reluctant thoughts of the leaf blower and raggedy sweaters. And yet it’s been 90 degrees here in Southern Indiana, even as the rest of the world deals with snow, torrential rains,...

Posted by on September 25, 2017 at 10:46 am.   This post has 6 responses.
Everybody's a Critic, Taking Your Gardening Dollar

Jerry Baker’s Quackery Lives On

Jerry Baker, the self-styled “America’s Master Gardener” and highly successful huckster for home-remedy books and products died in March of this year at the age of 85. I was curious to see how the gardening world would note his passing, especially those who attacked his teachings, some repeatedly. I...

Posted by on September 22, 2017 at 7:19 am.   This post has 5 responses.

Famously secret spaces

What do Jeremy Irons and Ozzy Osbourne have in common? We know they’re Brits, so the answer shouldn’t be that hard: both own and maintain beautiful countryside gardens in England. So do Andrew Lloyd Webber, Rupert Everett, and Sting. And if you want something completely different, visit Terry and...

Posted by on September 20, 2017 at 10:55 am.   This post has one response.
GardenRant Airwaves

Gardening Podcast Update

I’m thrilled to report that since 2010, when I complained about there being only two gardening podcasts on my little iPod, there are now many more and their quality is amazing! Here’s what I’m listening to now. Cultivating Place by Jennifer Jewell originates on National Public Radio, so its high...

Posted by on September 15, 2017 at 7:26 am.   This post has 8 responses.
It's the Plants, Darling

In Praise of a Plant That Needs Your Love

  Diarrhena americana. The Latin name doesn’t inspire lustful desire does it? What a pity. It’s better than its name. I remember the moment I first came across this native grass. I had no idea what its name was when I was introduced. But Rick Lewandowski knew the name...

Posted by on September 13, 2017 at 8:14 am.   This post has 15 responses.
Gardening on the Planet

From green to brown in the Caribbean

If you want to get a dramatic sense of hurricane Irma’s worst devastation, visit this site, which offers before/after satellite images of the Caribbean islands that were in her path. It’s not just the debris, flattened infrastructure, and—most terrible—deaths. These islands seem to have lost the lush green landscapes...

Posted by on September 12, 2017 at 9:54 am.   This post has one response.
Watch Someone Else Do It

HGTV Stars – Where are They Now?

I learned to garden lo these many years ago from two sources – good magazines and good shows on HGTV, back when it had them. (Gardeners love to complain about the missing G from the channel and this year that’s truer than ever, judging from their new shows and episodes where...

Posted by on September 7, 2017 at 3:49 pm.   This post has 9 responses.
It's the Plants, Darling

Milllennials love houseplants? Yay!

And it’s interesting, because I’m learning this just as I’ve begun to feel kind of blasé about my houseplants. I still have plenty, but I maintain them without as much interest as I used to—I get much more excited about my indoor bulb forcing projects, which fill the house...

Posted by on September 7, 2017 at 3:10 pm.   This post has 5 responses.
Drink This

Apple Hunting Season

This is the time of year when I start scouting for apple trees.  Neglected, venerable trees full of fruit that nobody wants.  Not shiny, red, and flawless, ready to be popped into a lunch box.  Nor even the big, sweet fruits bred for baking.  The apples I want can...

Posted by on September 4, 2017 at 4:55 am.   This post has 10 responses.