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    Shut Up and Dig

    Gardening and love

    As family members waited at Orlando’s Beardall Senior Center to hear about their loved ones, a couple of women who lived nearby realized why all the cars were there and went around leaving flowers (carnations) and  messages (we love you) under their windshield wipers. A small act of grace...

    Posted by on June 14, 2016 at 8:07 am.   This post has 13 responses.

    Good Gardening Videos now on Youtube

    Good Gardening Videos continues to add new videos to the website, but even better, it has its very own Youtube Channel for your viewing and subscribing to. Why better? Because more videos are found and viewed by searches on Youtube itself than by any other way, so we needed to be...

    Posted by on June 12, 2016 at 1:12 pm.   This post has 2 responses.
    Garden Walk Buffalo, Real Gardens

    I Aspire to Buffalo-Style Gardening

    Elizabeth’s recent post about the new term “Buffalo-style gardening” got me thinking. The style is said to be characterized by gardening not landscaping, man-made objects, and less lawn, but to me there’s more to this, my favorite style of gardening ever. I‘d add to the list: color and lots of it,...

    Posted by on June 10, 2016 at 8:16 am.   This post has 9 responses.
    Unusually Clever People, What's Happening

    A Gardener’s Day Off: Eenie, Meenie and Rubinstein

      I had a happy 65th birthday. Besides my initiation into Medicare, I had the love of family and friends, and I got to listen to extraordinary chamber musicians. And then there was Arthur Rubinstein. If you’ve got a few minutes, I’ll tell you about the Chamber Music Festival...

    Posted by on June 8, 2016 at 7:49 am.   This post has 4 responses.
    But is it Art?, Garden Walk Buffalo

    Add a new term to the gardening lexicon

    Now, you can Buffalo your garden. That’s what I am hearing from a group of gardeners in the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia. Here is what Eric S. emailed me a couple days ago: I’m part of an active gardening community in a section of Philadelphia called Mt. Airy....

    Posted by on June 7, 2016 at 8:08 am.   This post has 10 responses.
    Designs, Tricks, and Schemes, Shut Up and Dig

    Designing with your hoe

    More than three decades ago, my wife-to-be dragged me kicking and screaming to central Texas, where she had a job at a scientific research institute. A born and bred Yankee, I had a keen sense of what I was leaving behind me. What wasn’t clear to me at departure...

    Posted by on June 6, 2016 at 10:39 am.   This post has 7 responses.
    It's the Plants, Darling

    Ask a Designer: What’s a Good Ground Cover for Shade?

    When a local (DC-area) Yahoo group was asked for ground cover recommendations for shade, these plants were suggested: Ajuga, Hosta, Pachysandra (native and nonnative), Epimedium, and Lily of the Valley, ferns, Hellebore, “some phlox, some carex,” Dicentra (bleeding heart), Sedum ternatum, Tiarella, Acorus, Asarum canadense (ginger) and “lots of spring ephemerals.”...

    Posted by on June 2, 2016 at 10:31 pm.   This post has 14 responses.
    Everybody's a Critic, Ministry of Controversy

    Solitude and Nature

    Do we need to use all of our senses to truly connect with a natural place? I recently hiked several miles of strenuous, steep trail into one of Utah’s glorious national parks, then stopped just shy of the payoff (a natural stone bridge) because a score of other people...

    Posted by on June 1, 2016 at 1:22 am.   This post has 11 responses.
    Designs, Tricks, and Schemes

    Something there is that doesn’t love a wall

    It’s hard to believe that we’ve been living with this brick bed enclosure for over sixteen years. But when you have an 1870 house, there’s something new to do every year, and certain jobs—new roof, new kitchen, window repairs—have to take priority. Finally, it’s time. This is coming down...

    Posted by on May 31, 2016 at 9:25 am.   This post has 2 responses.
    Books, Videos

    New-Video Update

    Today Good Gardening Videos announced to its subscribers 36 new videos, plus a new feature – a guide to videos on a timely subject. The first such guide covers Videos about Pruning Spring-Blooming Shrubs, including the best 8 videos we could find and a link to 4 more. Included are 3 new ones:...

    Posted by on May 28, 2016 at 4:44 pm.   This post has no responses.
    Designs, Tricks, and Schemes

    Fear of the Outdoors or Sensible Defenses Against Insects?

    Gardeners and other outdoors-types have always had to deal with mosquitoes, ticks and chiggers, and many of us chose to pretty much ignore them. But then came Lyme Disease and West Nile Virus, which got even a diehard like me starting to worry. A friend contracted the dreaded Lyme...

    Posted by on May 27, 2016 at 10:42 am.   This post has 22 responses.
    But is it Art?

    Going big with art

    On a recent visit to the Denver Botanic Gardens, I was almost as impressed by the thoughtful sculpture installations throughout the grounds as I was by the plantings (which are lovely). The DBG has a distinguished partner in this art project: Minneapolis’s Walker Art Center has placed modern and...

    Posted by on May 26, 2016 at 10:07 am.   This post has 4 responses.
    Ministry of Controversy

    God, Guns and Gardens

    I’ve run myself ragged the last few weeks. Kentucky has had the most beautiful spring I can remember. May has been rainy and cool. Blooms went on forever. The weeds got ahead of me, yet chiggers and heat didn’t crash my spring party. But it became harder to avoid...

    Posted by on May 23, 2016 at 1:00 pm.   This post has 15 responses.
    Real Gardens, Unusually Clever People

    Felder Rushing’s Mississippi Garden

    You may know Felder from his radio show, his books, or one of his highly entertaining talks.  Actually, I’m entertained by everything Felder does so while researching for Good Gardening Videos I was delighted to find this 16-minute tour of his home garden, with plenty of bon mots from...

    Posted by on May 22, 2016 at 10:33 am.   This post has 2 responses.
    CRRRITIC, Gardening on the Planet

    New Guide to the Garden Revolution, by Weaner and Christopher

    It’s finally here – the much-awaited Garden Revolution: How our landscapes can be a source of environmental change by Larry Weaner and GardenRant’s own Thomas Christopher. It’s described as the next step along the path started by Sara Stein and Douglas Tallamy, guiding us in the move from traditional horticulture...

    Posted by on May 20, 2016 at 9:18 am.   This post has 8 responses.