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    Everybody's a Critic, Gardening on the Planet

    One size fits all?

    What do St. Cloud, Minnesota and Westerly, Rhode Island have in common? Westerly is a seaside community in southern Rhode Island; St Cloud lies in central Minnesota and is bisected by the Mississippi river. Summers and winters are more moderate in Westerly; winter temperatures fall to greater depths in...

    Posted by on July 21, 2014 at 9:07 am.   This post has 17 responses.
    Designs, Tricks, and Schemes, It's the Plants, Darling

    Garden Coaching by Rainer

    Landscape architect/blogger Thomas Rainer is one of my favorite designers, something I may have mentioned before on this blog.   Gardenblogger Margaret Roach is a Rainer fan, too.  She sought him out for an interview on her podcast, and it’s terrific.  (Transcript here.) My favorite bits are toward the end, when Thomas...

    Posted by on July 18, 2014 at 8:09 am.   This post has 21 responses.
    Eat This, Green the Grounds, What's Happening

    A Growing Trend in the U.S.: Food Forests

    Upstart food forests — designed landscapes incorporating perennial and woody plants that produce food — are popping up around the US, inspired no doubt by Seattle’s new Beacon Hill Food Forest as well as successful older sites including Mercy Emily Edible Park on 18 vacant lots in Philadelphia and...

    Posted by on July 16, 2014 at 2:01 am.   This post has 11 responses.
    Grab Bag

    Monday, monday

    Know these? These hostas came with the house. They have unusually tall, deep purple (photo does not show this) scapes and very glossy leaves. They’re very common throughout my part of Buffalo, but I’ve no idea which cultivar they are. July fool! According to this article, people in Chautauqua...

    Posted by on July 14, 2014 at 8:15 am.   This post has 10 responses.
    Gardening on the Planet

    Are you a “New Conservationist”?

    In a recent issue of the New Yorker I learned that the current head of the Nature Conservancy is a “new conservationist” who’s butting heads with “traditional conservationists.” Also termed “eco-pragmatism,” this growing attitude among environmentalists challenges the traditional goal of preserving nature in some pristine condition or returning it...

    Posted by on July 11, 2014 at 7:41 am.   This post has 51 responses.
    Who's Ranting About Us

    Read all about Allen Bush in the New York Times!

    We knew we were fans of Allen Bush’s writing when we invited him to join us here at the Rant.  Now thanks to this wonderful profile of him in today’s New York Times we understand how he came to know so much and be so beloved in the gardening world. Congrats,...

    Posted by on July 10, 2014 at 7:02 am.   This post has 2 responses.
    It's the Plants, Darling, Real Gardens, Unusually Clever People

    Free Spirit Nursery: Landscapes, Laughs and Love

      Lambèrt Vrijmoed, a British Columbia nurseryman, once drove a Pontiac hearse as his get-around car. There was not a hint of Goth subculture about him, though there was a touch of the madman. But this is not such a bad thing. The best gardeners, designers and nursery folks...

    Posted by on July 9, 2014 at 6:53 am.   This post has 9 responses.
    CRRRITIC, Everybody's a Critic, It's the Plants, Darling

    Advice from others

    Here’s more news from the gardening tips for newbies front. Huffington Post published a piece from Hometalk yesterday that offers the “9 best gardening tips for beginners.” I liked it OK—particularly the emphasis on good soil and organics—but couldn’t go along with some of the directives, which seemed chosen...

    Posted by on July 8, 2014 at 7:57 am.   This post has 12 responses.
    Designs, Tricks, and Schemes

    Flags in Other People’s Gardens

    Happy Independence Day, Americans!  Have fun, stay safe, et cetera. Now on to our topic – flags in the garden and their impact on others.  Take my neighbor’s Old Glory above, hanging on the privacy screen between our townhouse gardens.  Like it or not – and for holidays I...

    Posted by on July 4, 2014 at 7:16 am.   This post has 29 responses.
    Real Gardens

    Open Garden Day Chez Moi

    Last Saturday it suddenly occurred to me that after weeks of moving plants around and the construction of a privacy screen, my garden was finally looking good. And it would stay that way through July 4, when a slew of old friends would be gathering for our yearly reunion. Plus,...

    Posted by on July 3, 2014 at 10:50 am.   This post has 7 responses.
    But is it Art?, Everybody's a Critic, Real Gardens

    Garden as Process

    Is a particular plant a weed? Is a garden a work of art? And who gets to decide? If you’ve read our recent rantings, you’ve likely noticed these questions do not have simple answers. The answers vary, depending on the gardener. Many gardeners (like me) learn their land slowly....

    Posted by on July 2, 2014 at 3:09 am.   This post has 21 responses.
    Feed Me, It's the Plants, Darling, Real Gardens

    Man vs. tree

    Why do people hate and fear trees?  It seems incredible, but there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence to support such a bizarre conclusion. During a recent afternoon at my regular salon, the owner told me about an encounter with a neighbor. She has a large elm tree in the back...

    Posted by on June 30, 2014 at 8:00 am.   This post has 24 responses.
    It's the Plants, Darling

    What’s a weed? And is Spiderwort one?

    How does a plant that arrives in your garden like a weed earn the right to not be weeded out?  I ruminated on this the other day when a neighbor asked me to identify a new plant in her garden that had arrived without her help. I told her...

    Posted by on June 27, 2014 at 9:51 am.   This post has 34 responses.
    Everybody's a Critic, Who's Ranting About Us

    They asked for it!

    A few weeks ago, the Ranters were asked by Time.com’s Money publication to supply a list of good and bad ways to spend money in the garden. I’ll be honest; I usually hate this kind of crap. However, this time, the writer, Brad Tuttle, did a fantastic job. He...

    Posted by on June 26, 2014 at 8:00 am.   This post has 6 responses.
    Uncategorized

    The Kindness of Strangers or Tend To Your Own Garden, Interloper!

      Gardening in public can be so interesting. I have grown most of my food in my hellstrip for about 5 – 6 years now, since my backyard is the domain of an Evil Gopher Warrior King and my front yard has grown too shady for most edibles to...

    Posted by on June 25, 2014 at 10:26 am.   This post has 75 responses.