David Perry: “Somebody get that slug!”

Garden photographer David Perry takes us up-close and slimy as he entices slugs to give him their very best poses.  It's hilarious and I see potential here for a spin-off for David – anybody else?     It's here on Shirley's Garden World Report. 

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Posted by on November 16, 2009 at 12:37 pm   This post has 6 responses.

Win the awesome book Flora Mirabilis

UPDATE:  Our winner is John, who grows all these plants from seed, among other feats of plant-geekdom.  Congrats! Great news! The folks at the National Geographic have teamed up with world-famous Missouri Botanic Garden and published a treasure for plant lovers of all types.  It's Flora Mirabilis: An Illustrated...

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Posted by on November 2, 2009 at 5:13 am   This post has 34 responses.

New Magazine Urban Farm is Awesome

Definitely a sign of the times, Urban Farm is on the stands and it's incredibly well done. Using my time-tested dog-ear test for magazines, let's see what what pages I turned down in hopes that I'll remember to go back and read the article: "Sustainable living". Chicks and goats...

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Posted by on October 3, 2009 at 5:14 am   This post has 7 responses.

Hard Truths of Gardening from Sunset

We all know that great gardening information is regional, except when it's not.  For example, one of my favorite blogs is Sunset Magazine's Fresh Dirt, and I totally GET its Hard Truths of Gardening, despite living nowhere near the climate they write about. First, Sharon Cohoon's list of Hard...

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Posted by on August 22, 2009 at 5:19 am   This post has 8 responses.

Garden vs. the beach

  A nice dune planting on Topsail Island How could I do it? How could I leave trumpet lilies ready to unfold, an amazingly early second budding of roses, the unknown promise of dark purple hosta blossoms, and the unfailingly brazen flowers of Mme. Julia Correvon?   The necessity...

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Posted by on July 14, 2009 at 5:00 am   This post has 21 responses.

Movie “No Impact Man” is Saved by the Wife

You may remember the No Impact Man blog, by a Manhattan-dwelling writer taking on the daunting task of living, with his reluctant wife and happy 2-year-old, as close to off-the-grid as possible for a year.  That means giving up toilet paper, air conditioning and the refrigerator, among other horrors. ...

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Posted by on June 22, 2009 at 4:38 am   This post has 13 responses.

Introducing my official Rant product tester

THANKS FOR PLAYING, EVERYONE: Claire Splan is the randomly chosen winner Proxies come in handy sometimes. At first I loved the idea of receiving equipment to test from companies like Troy-Bilt. I’d never done it before and, besides, it was free stuff. But while I know just what to...

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Posted by on June 9, 2009 at 5:00 am   This post has 51 responses.

Garden Writing Cliches I’d Like to Ban

"Who says organic gardens can't be beautiful?" No one.  No one has ever said that. Don't create a false sense of defiance to make your piece seem more innovative. Any others you'd like to nominate?

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Posted by on June 5, 2009 at 7:14 am   This post has 33 responses.

Multiply dog-eared Fine Gardening says “Renew me!”

Like so many Americans, I'm tightening my belt, cutting expenses where I can, and wondering if I really need all the magazines I subscribe to.  Garden Design is surely a good candidate for dropping, since it takes me 5-10 minutes to "read" it, but unfortunately I fell for their...

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Posted by on May 23, 2009 at 6:52 pm   This post has 11 responses.

Parade Magazine botches water-saving advice

Did y'all see the feature "5 Easy Tips to Save Money – and Energy" in yesterday's Parade? (It's America's largest circulation magazine, ya know, or I wouldn't be picking on them.)  The first tip is titled "Be Wise With Your Water" and begins: "Reduce your lawn area by planting...

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Posted by on April 27, 2009 at 11:27 am   This post has 11 responses.

Print is dead. Long live print!

In this post we are featuring guest ranter Patricia Craft, managing editor of Horticulture magazine. Her rant strikes a familiar chord with me; as a fellow magazine editor, I struggle with balancing online and print priorities—especially since my heart—and our revenues—are still located in the printed page.—Elizabeth Take your...

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Posted by on April 23, 2009 at 6:38 am   This post has 30 responses.

Garden coach publishes beginning veg-growing book

Veg-gardening coach Jean Ann Van Krevelen wanted to spread the word, but rather than shopping for a publisher decided to take matters into her own hands.  She's well positioned to do so, what with her other coaching duties – in online communications, social networking, all the new media stuff...

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Posted by on April 18, 2009 at 2:20 pm   This post has 5 responses.

Enjoy Nature in your Home Outside

I'm more of a library-goer than a book-buyer and it's a rare gardening book that I'd buy, but 30 bucks for this hunk of inspiration and design how-to seems like a bargain to me.  That's because Julie Moir Messervy is a top residential designer with 30 years experience and...

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Posted by on April 6, 2009 at 4:34 am   This post has 12 responses.

What’s That You Say? Garden Books Thriving?

This just in from Publishers Weekly:  garden books are actually doing well this year.  A few highlights from their report: What might be termed the “old variety” of gardening books hurt the category's sales, argues Plain White Press publisher Julie Trelstad. “The flood of coffee-table gardening books imported from...

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Posted by on April 3, 2009 at 6:27 am   This post has 17 responses.

Book cover feedback needed (badly)

Remember when we had a survey/book-giveaway and helped choose photos for Sustainable Gardening for Florida by frequent commenter Ginny Stibolt?  Well, it's in the design phase now and this is the cover design proposed by the publisher.  Ginny sent it along to see what we think.  So, what DO...

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Posted by on April 2, 2009 at 2:41 pm   This post has 54 responses.

Shout-out to the Washington Post

It's gardening day at the Washington Post, which – God love 'em – is STILL publishing four gardening columns every week, all good to excellent.  For editorial policy I prefer the New York Times but for garden reporting nobody beats my home town paper. Today there's a HUGE spread...

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Posted by on March 19, 2009 at 3:09 pm   This post has 7 responses.

What’s That You Say? We Can Get Information From Our Computers?

What an odd little story from the Associated Press.  Gardeners today don't have to have heavy old stacks of books sitting around!  Why, all they have to do nowadays is bookmark a website on their computer! You know what's even more amazing?  These so-called Web sites are free! The...

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Posted by on February 2, 2009 at 10:51 am   This post has 20 responses.

The winner—and by the way, none of you were right

Jodi/Blooming Writer is the randomly-chosen winner of the Nichols compilation; I think she’ll enjoy it. The “contest” part of this was really unwinnable. You’ll be surprised by the correct answers. …it reminds me of a clump of laurels on which someone has hung the weekly washing referred to DATURA.…...

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Posted by on January 29, 2009 at 4:30 am   This post has 6 responses.

A little book of zingers, bon mots, and other amusing snippets of garden persiflage

Beverley Nichols really knows how to insult a plant. How about this: …it reminds me of a clump of laurels on which someone has hung the weekly washing. Or this: … as embarrassing as a middle-aged lady standing on the steps of a provincial town hall, disguised as Cleopatra...

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Posted by on January 28, 2009 at 8:59 am   This post has 19 responses.

What Garden Writers Could Learn from Thriller Writers

It would: Host an easy and accessible website whose primary purpose is to allow READERS–gardeners–to connect with garden writers & photographers.  Through the website you could buy books, connect to garden writers' blogs, websites, and publications, request a garden writer as a speaker, and find out about their tour...

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Posted by on January 26, 2009 at 5:15 am   This post has 34 responses.
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