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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 few annuals and features a scree […]

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

66 Square Feet–We Have a Winner!

Thanks to everyone for your comments on Marie Viljoen’s post on foraged greens and her new book.  Our winner, chosen at random, is one of the Jennifers, and Jennifer, you know who you are because we have already sent you an email.  Thanks for your comment, “Forager’s field greens?...

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Posted by on September 22, 2013 at 2:43 pm   This post has Comments Off.

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.

Late season observations

Double lilies I’m sold. I first posted images of these here last month, when they had already been blooming for a week or so. Well, they’re still blooming and I can envision at least a week more. That’s 5-6 weeks of flowering and scent from a lily plant—enough for...

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Posted by on September 9, 2013 at 7:45 am   This post has 8 responses.

Golfland

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.

Find a Great Novel at Your Local Botanical Garden

  This just in:  On Friday Sept. 6, five botanical gardens will be hiding copies of Elizabeth Gilbert’s new novel, “The Signature of All Things,” all across their grounds. The participating gardens will be: New Jersey Skylands, Fort Worth Botanical Gardens, Coral Gables Botanical Gardens, New York Botanical Gardens...

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Posted by on September 4, 2013 at 7:24 pm   This post has 2 responses.

eBooks in Bloom

Hey!  Did you know that Timber Press offers up three titles a month in ebook form for $3.99 or less?  You can buy them in a whole bunch of different formats and read them on your computer, laptop, tablet, smartphone, or dedicated ereader. Here’s the latest batch, and it...

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Posted by on September 4, 2013 at 1:25 pm   This post has 2 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.

Adventures in Gardening? Define “Adventure.”

  I got a press release this morning from the people at the UK-based After5.TV advertising a new show called “Adventures in Gardening” that will air online for a fee.  You get “10 Action-Packed Episodes” for $31. The show is hosted by Tony Buckland, a garden expert and popular...

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Posted by on August 14, 2013 at 1:44 pm   This post has 2 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.

How Flora Grubb and an Airport DJ Saved My Soul

I never saw it coming. Flora Grubb, the pioneering urban gardener and style maven, convinced me—to my great relief—that the Millennial Generation is beginning to shop for plants. Meanwhile DJ Juice proved that airports needn’t be a gauntlet of unending insult. I’d never heard of Flora Grubb and might...

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Posted by on July 31, 2013 at 4:00 pm   This post has 12 responses.

See the Documentary “Wonder: The Lives of Anna and Harlan Hubbard” if You Can

Anna and Harlan Hubbard may not be names familiar to most readers. But if you have ever thought dreamily of Henry David Thoreau’s experiment, forsaking the “slavery of time” and roughing it on Walden Pond, you might like to know a bit more about the Hubbards. For over 40...

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Posted by on July 17, 2013 at 2:06 pm   This post has 4 responses.

Japanese beetle traps—a reconsideration

To trap or not to trap? That is the million roses question, isn’t it?  Conventional wisdom holds that the use of Japanese beetle-specific traps will increase beetle damage on plants adjacent to the trap sites. You can find that “wisdom” repeated everywhere—on extension articles, Internet blogs, over and over, accepted and...

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Posted by on July 15, 2013 at 8:13 am   This post has 30 responses.

The Attack of the Himalayan Blackberry

I’ve almost staunched the bleeding. The crimson crosshatches etched across my forearms don’t sting much, but they look impressive.  I was just practicing some close quarter combat with that tasty rascal of the Pacific Northwest, perhaps our yummiest weed, nature’s barbed wire, your friend and mine: the Himalayan Blackberry!...

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Posted by on July 11, 2013 at 7:23 am   This post has 12 responses.
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