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    Everybody's a Critic, Unusually Clever People

    Worth the wait—Girl Waits with Gun

    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 on August 18, 2015 at 9:14 am.   This post has 3 responses.
    Lawn Reform

    Weeding Meadows and Neil Diboll on CBS

    “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 on August 17, 2015 at 9:23 am.   This post has 2 responses.
    Ministry of Controversy

    Garden Professors’ Epic Takedown of Consumer Reports

    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 on August 14, 2015 at 7:53 am.   This post has 6 responses.
    It's the Plants, Darling, What's Happening

    On Top of the Daylily World

    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 on August 12, 2015 at 6:59 am.   This post has 19 responses.
    But is it Art?, Gardening on the Planet

    Wildflowers on demand

    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 on August 11, 2015 at 8:53 am.   This post has 4 responses.
    Guest Rants

    The Invasion of the Leaf Snatchers

    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...

    Posted by Janet Belding on August 10, 2015 at 10:45 am.   This post has 4 responses.
    What's Happening

    Plant Fanatics Party in Baltimore

    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 on August 7, 2015 at 3:55 pm.   This post has 6 responses.
    Real Gardens

    Planting for Hummingbirds

    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 on August 5, 2015 at 6:05 pm.   This post has 26 responses.
    Science Says

    We still have snow!

    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 on August 4, 2015 at 7:49 am.   This post has 4 responses.
    It's the Plants, Darling

    Best-Looking Plants in my July Garden

    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 on July 30, 2015 at 6:41 pm.   This post has 19 responses.
    Real Gardens, Uncategorized

    A Dark Place

    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 on July 29, 2015 at 1:51 am.   This post has 10 responses.
    It's the Plants, Darling

    Another reason to avoid turfgrass?

    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 on July 28, 2015 at 7:47 am.   This post has 8 responses.
    Public Gardens

    Attracting July Visitors with Photos

    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 on July 27, 2015 at 12:19 pm.   This post has 10 responses.
    Gardening on the Planet

    The Plastic Pot Dilemma

    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 on July 24, 2015 at 7:33 am.   This post has 25 responses.
    Real Gardens, Unusually Clever People

    Rock Star Garden

    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 on July 22, 2015 at 7:38 am.   This post has 13 responses.