Garden in a gun

While some conspiracy theorists believe that shadow organizations such as the Illuminati or the New World Order or the American military-industrial complex are heck-bent on taking over our lives, ProfessorRoush has long suspected that marketing groups are the real shadow organizations that will bring about the downfall of civilization.  After all, they’ve already convinced us to buy bottled tap water […]

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Posted by on December 23, 2013 at 7:48 am   This post has 15 responses.

Pink for a Girl

It was a shock to the senses, when I looked for a ‘Baby Shower’ gift recently, and found that the world had suddenly become divided into pale pink and powder blue – gender stereotyping clearly begins at birth. Clothes, toys and accessories were all sorted by colour into male...

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Posted by Jane Scorer on December 9, 2013 at 10:04 am   This post has 15 responses.

A Flower Show at the End of the World

Enjoy a photo-travelogue by our guest Rob Cardillo! This past October, I was lucky enough to attend Japan’s fourth annual Gardening World Cup set in Huis Ten Bosch  –  a slightly surreal, Dutch-inspired theme park complete with canals, windmills and stroopwafels.   Invited by the sponsors to come see one...

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Posted by Rob Cardillo on November 14, 2013 at 7:41 am   This post has 6 responses.

One step ahead of the garden police

I never liked Japanese barberry shrubs anyway. They do not have pretty flowers. They smell bad, as in, cat urine bad. They have vicious thorns that really hurt whenever I tried to prune them or to weed in their vicinity. I never could understand why folks planted them. So last year, armed with...

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Posted by Barbara Conner on November 11, 2013 at 8:10 am   This post has 22 responses.

Fall Color Marred by Cleavage

Guest Rant by Wendy Kiang-Spray I am not an arborist.  Nor am I a landscape architect, city planner, neighborhood developer, or anything of the sort. This is why I’m so confused about the planting of large trees under phone and power lines.  Throughout my neighborhood, these trees grow so...

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Posted by Wendy Kiang-Spray on November 7, 2013 at 8:10 am   This post has 13 responses.

Vegetable Thief Master Class

How many freaking watermelons does one thief need?  FIVE.  The answer is FIVE. What chafes me most is that the stuff wasn’t ripe!  Stealing vegetables is tacky and unethical, but at least you should know what you are doing!  I could live in denial about the tomatoes.  But the...

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Posted by Rebecca Caley on October 9, 2013 at 11:31 am   This post has 36 responses.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Shuts Down Science Department

­ On Wednesday, August 21, 2013, at the direction of President Scot Medbury, Vice Presidents of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) notified four staff that they had been fired. The administration also chose to shutter and relocate the 330,000 specimen herbarium, cited in botanical literature as BKL, and suspend...

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Posted by Chris Kreussling on October 5, 2013 at 9:50 am   This post has 3 responses.

The Shutdown Hits Home

Friends, in his own opinion, ProfessorRoush has done an exceptional job at Garden Musings, avoiding any mention of politics here over the now 3+ years I’ve blogged. Only those who know my tendency to rant over seemingly minute issues can fathom what a struggle that has been, but I’m going to make...

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Posted by on October 4, 2013 at 8:17 am   This post has 61 responses.

Weeds are for Eating!

Last month found me driving north through the Salinas Valley, a long, narrow lowland known to many as the “salad bowl of the world.” I was on my way to give a presentation on edible weeds at the National Heirloom Expo. As my husband drove, I couldn’t help noticing...

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Posted by Melany Vorass Herrera on October 3, 2013 at 8:50 am   This post has 13 responses.

A Tale of Two Gardens

I have two gardens and can barely keep up with one. The first garden is in Louisville, where Rose and I have lived for 18 years. It’s on a one-third acre city lot, down the street from the Olmsted-designed Cherokee Park. It’s planted with perennials, trees, shrubs, and a...

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Posted by on September 26, 2013 at 10:09 am   This post has 15 responses.

Native Plants are a Moral Choice

Guest Rant by Benjamin Vogt It’s late July and I’ve finally seen my first monarch butterfly, but only after the Liatris ligulistylis started blooming. This is a very, very late start. In 2010 I raised 200 from egg to wing, then in 2011 a solid 150, last year only...

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Posted by on September 20, 2013 at 7:19 am   This post has 130 responses.

Have Scythe, Will Farm

I recently woke up with a badly aching right elbow. In fact, I could barely use my arm. Must be Lyme disease, I concluded. Pain in the joints is a primary symptom and I knew I’d been bitten by at least one tick since we purchased a farm property...

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Posted by on September 12, 2013 at 6:46 am   This post has 9 responses.

Please Call them Vegetables–and a Giveaway!

  It started with the pigweed that came up in the rose pot on the edge of my terrace. I didn’t know it was pigweed (and even “pigweed” is problematic since the common name belongs to more than one plant). But eventually I whittled down the rose-invader’s ID to...

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Posted by on September 11, 2013 at 5:57 am   This post has 26 responses.


I like stick-and-ball games as much as anybody else. Leaving the ball out entirely and just using the stick has panache, but bumps the odds of either an arrest or a visit to the hospital. Or both. Golf is unique among stick and ball games. Why? It has holes,...

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Posted by on September 7, 2013 at 4:16 pm   This post has 5 responses.

(Not So) Helpful Helpers in the Garden

Guest Rant by Wendy Kiang-Spray It was a casual and calm Sunday afternoon. My husband had just finished mowing the lawn and taking the trash out. He had a particularly energetic afternoon and if I recall, he’d taken some fallen branches to the curb too. He came in, fixed...

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Posted by on September 5, 2013 at 7:04 am   This post has 29 responses.

Weeds of Affection and Perpetual Annoyance

“Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.” –Eeyore Mulberry weed is an unwelcome guest that I can’t shake loose. The trouble is: the Mulberry weed doesn’t travel alone. I’d like to get rid of them all, but there is no end to mulberry weed. In a...

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Posted by on August 29, 2013 at 7:22 am   This post has 18 responses.

Arrested Development

It’s a term that might best describe gardening in the South. It might best describe all things Southern, come to think of it … but that’s a topic for another blog. By arrested development, I mean that moment in time when forward movement and evolution stop. Just stop. In...

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Posted by David mcMullin on August 26, 2013 at 7:39 am   This post has 13 responses.

Knocked Out—and not in a good way

I suppose that I should have expected it. Once ‘Knock Out’ roses became ubiquitous in the suburban landscapes of America and moved beyond usefulness to cliché, I should have known that this paradigm-changing rose was inevitably destined to be even more misused, abused, and perverted; that it would be used in manners so hideous as to defy the imaginations...

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Posted by on August 19, 2013 at 7:39 am   This post has 33 responses.

Want your kids to play outside? Rip out the lawn!

Guest Rant by Pam Penick Lawns are for kids, right? After all, they need that big, green carpet to enjoy the outdoors. Would it be an exaggeration to say it borders on neglect not to keep a lawn for your children or grandchildren to play on? Some people think...

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Posted by on August 15, 2013 at 7:50 am   This post has 164 responses.

Smart Remarks from the Seasonal Department, or How to Not Get Promoted at the Big Box Retailer

Following years of selling to and then working for independent garden centers and landscapers, I went to work for a mass merchandizer – the seasonal department of Home Depot, the other half of the retail horticulture industry.  It was a great place to try out comedic patter, or just...

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Posted by on August 7, 2013 at 9:00 pm   This post has 22 responses.
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