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“Nature rewards the bold”

The quote comes from the last words of a recent essay by Umberto Pasti in the New York Times. Many of you will also recognize his inspiration—Fortune favors the brave, a Latin proverb that’s been used as the motto of regiments, clans, battleships, and many other entities. However you say it, I like it as a […]

Posted by  on June 16, 2015 at 8:38 am.   This post has 11 responses.

Mid-Atlantic Gardeners are invited to Perennial Plant Event

For years I’ve heard the Perennial Plant Association called one of the best organizations in the plant world, and its yearly symposium the BEST.  This year it’s being held in Baltimore, close to home for me, and I wouldn’t miss it for anything. Local organizer Janet Draper wrote to...

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Posted by on June 15, 2015 at 11:23 am

Get Your Local On with Slow Flowers

by Debra Prinzing I know you adore flowers as much as I do.  But more than loving flowers, I’m passionate about American grown flowers, a topic I’ve occasionally written about here on Garden Rant. I use the term “Slow Flowers” to define the practice of sourcing flowers locally, one...

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Posted by on June 13, 2015 at 6:21 am

Gardenblogging and Flinging in 2015

First, the Gardenblogger Fling happened last weekend in Toronto and was a roaring success.  Thanks again to the local organizes, who created 4+ fabulous days of events and then herded us through it all as patient, unfrazzled hosts who managed to have fun themselves.  That’s Helen Battersby of Toronto Gardens, Lorraine...

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Posted by on June 12, 2015 at 8:50 am

Mad May: No Fury

My excitement for wild plants is as far afield from Mad Max: Fury Road as you can imagine. My best botanizing adventures, by comparison, would be more like an open-air My Dinner with Andre. An afternoon with my plant-obsessed compatriots would bore the bejesus out of most Americans or,...

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Posted by on June 10, 2015 at 7:12 am

Strategies for a new age

It’s not just what’s happening “out west.” Water management of every kind is a huge issue for everybody, so I have been listening and reading with great interest to all that’s happening around water. On Thursday, as I was driving up to Toronto to attend a truncated version of...

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Posted by on June 8, 2015 at 7:40 am

We’re Flinging in Toronto!

Waaaay back in 2008 this group of gardenbloggers got together for the first time in Austin for the first Garden Blogger Fling to party and see gardens. No keynotes or break-out sessions in hotel conference rooms. Just fun, networking like crazy, and actually making new friends. No matter that we’re...

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Posted by on June 4, 2015 at 10:38 pm

A Better Garden Tiller

I like the versatility of my BCS two-wheel tractor with all the different implements it can operate, but if I were shopping for a dedicated garden tiller, I would certainly get the new vertical tine model from Troy-Bilt. Properly known as the “Bronco Axis Vertical Tine Garden Tiller,”  this...

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Posted by on June 4, 2015 at 10:27 am

A Tale of Two Mulches

When I began making this new garden, I was able to get large quantities of bagged leaves and grass clippings free, so I used them to smother the lawn and to mulch around new plants. This year, I found a source of cheap wood chips, so I am employing...

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Posted by on June 3, 2015 at 2:36 am

Unwelcome signs of late spring

The first one is a common sight along just about any American street. Over the years, I’ve grown accustomed to these. As a kid, I knew enough to think, “poison, stay away.” As an adult and a longtime gardener, I look at the signs with annoyance and some disgust,...

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Posted by on June 2, 2015 at 8:16 am

Favorite evergreen natives – Ragwort and Bignonia

Today I’m showing off two plants that are not only native to me in Maryland but share two traits I wish were more common among native – they’re evergreen AND vigorous growers in the garden. First up, the unfortunately named Ragwort, a/k/a Golden Groundsel, officially Packera aurea. Here’s what it looked...

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Posted by on May 29, 2015 at 7:36 am

My Favorite Flower Show

  We got tipped-off about Celesta McComas’s flower show last year at Thanksgiving dinner. My wife Rose told Bobbie Ann Mason that we lived, part-time, in Salvisa, KY. Bobbie Ann lives a few miles away in Lawrenceburg. Clearly suffering from separation anxiety, Bobbie Ann confessed that Celesta had moved...

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Posted by on May 27, 2015 at 7:20 am

Coming to a town near you—an art project for monarchs

Among all the many seed distribution strategies I’ve seen discussed or proposed, this one is both simple and beautiful. Jenny Kendler’s Milkweed Dispersal Balloons project consists of a mobile unit towing a flotilla of balloons filled with milkweed seed. As the artist says on her website: The artist and...

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Posted by on May 26, 2015 at 8:10 am

Groundcovers Make the Rose Garden

I’m happy to see that (some) rose gardens are looking better these days, thanks to their good-looking and super-performing groundcovers. To my eyes, they cover all sorts of rosebush deficiencies throughout the year.  (Love the blooms; the plants not so much.) Here are some of my favorites, all appearing now...

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Posted by on May 22, 2015 at 7:15 am

Saving Spiders

Last year, I was organizing my new home and found myself in the bathroom doodad aisle of the local “everything” store, holding a blue glass jar with a fitted glass lid. It was just the type of item I usually talk myself out of buying. Years of decluttering have...

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Posted by on May 20, 2015 at 1:52 am

It wouldn’t be spring without them

Gardeners give up on tulips for good reasons. They’re prime deer food, coming at a time at the end of winter when I suppose the creatures are extra hungry. The hybrids don’t reliably perennialize, generally faltering and disappearing after two or three years. The foliage is unattractive as it...

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Posted by on May 19, 2015 at 8:30 am

Growing Popularity of Gardening in DC

With legalization of pot in DC – in small amounts – residents are showing a remarkable interest in gardening, with one website happily soliciting photos from growers. Growers are careful to show just six plants (the maximum allowed) or post anonymously. As pointed out in today’s Washington Post, DC’s law weirdly...

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Posted by on May 18, 2015 at 9:48 am

Scenes from the Georgetown Garden Tour

I recently attended the Georgetown Garden Tour in DC’s toniest neighborhood to find out how the other half gardens spends money on their yards, and naturally I have some comments about all that. Let’s start with the estate above, which was built as a home for the son of...

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Posted by on May 15, 2015 at 7:58 am

My Prairie Plot Thickens

  It would be a stretch to call our reconstituted former hay field a prairie. What we have is a beautiful contrivance—a make-believe prairie. Contrary to popular belief, Central Kentucky never had any prairies or savannas. The Inner Bluegrass was a deciduous forest with maple, bitternut hickory, ash, elm...

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Posted by on May 13, 2015 at 7:30 am

The Compostable Cup Trials

Some years back, I ran across some compostable water bottles at a Starbucks in Seattle and, because of the skepticism deeply embedded in  ProfessorRoush’s academic soul, I thought it would be a neat idea to try to bring them back in my luggage and test their compost-worthiness at home....

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Posted by on May 11, 2015 at 7:26 am
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