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Scary House

Since we don’t know each other very well, I am going to start my association with the venerable Garden Rant with a confession. My house is the “Scary House” It wasn’t ALWAYS like that. My garden was gorgeous! It’s been in magazines and books! My garden was in Martha Stewart Living for goodness sake!!!! People […]

Posted by  on October 30, 2013 at 1:20 am.   This post has 64 responses.

Call me archaic

When I posted the above image on Facebook yesterday, the reaction (such as it was) pretty much amounted to “huh?” If bulb sales are in trouble, the art of bulb forcing seems barely to exist outside of commercial flower growers and maybe people in other countries—though I’m not sure...

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Posted by on October 28, 2013 at 8:15 am

When she’s not gardening

As I was driving into work today, I listened to an account of a small solidarity protest held in front of the company that operates our local water system. Apparently, this company, Veolia, was reneging on agreements they had with their transportation workers in Boston. I was bemused that...

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Posted by on October 25, 2013 at 9:35 am

Tombstone as Landscape Feature

Continuing our theme of burial sites, there’s one in a small Alabama town that’s making national news. Patty Davis knew just where she wanted to be buried – just off his front porch, and that’s just what her devoted husband of 48 years did.  Trouble is, he asked permission...

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Posted by on October 24, 2013 at 8:13 am

Surprise Me With Grits and Weeds For the Sweet Hereafter

A few years ago, the father of a friend lay near death, and there were the usual matters to clean up before the end. His last will sorted out, the bedridden father was asked: “Do you want to be buried or cremated?” He propped up on his elbows, cocked...

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Posted by on October 23, 2013 at 8:10 am

Rant on the Road: Charlotte, Birmingham, Back to Charlotte, and Back to Denver!

I’m in Charlotte this week, and on from there–and that’s not all!  Lots more event dates to come–the whole list is here. And–the Wicked Plants exhibit in Hickory, NC is the same one you might have seen at the North Carolina Arboretum.  It’s traveling the country how, headed all...

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Posted by on October 23, 2013 at 5:31 am

GardenRant Announces New Partners!

Since 2006 GardenRant has been the work of four opinionated gardeners doing their best to “uproot the gardening world,” with occasional help from guests adding their voices to the mix.  But now that’s changed, with the addition of three new GardenRant partners as regular Voices over there in the...

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Posted by on October 21, 2013 at 9:42 am

The perils of giving and receiving garden criticism

I can’t get this provocative post by Anne Wareham out of my  mind.  (It’s on the U.K.’s Think in Gardens – highly recommended!)  It seems that a well-known gardener was shocked to read criticism of her garden, which criticism was so well known that Anne was shocked that the...

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Posted by on October 18, 2013 at 9:18 am

White House Kitchen Garden in Shutdown Mode

On the White House food policy blog Obama Foodorama, this post about the condition of the kitchen garden is making headlines.  Seriously.  Are people surprised that gardens need regular staff time or they’ll go to weed?  Maybe readers are glad to see that even this famous garden turns into...

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Posted by on October 16, 2013 at 12:26 pm

How to find sources you can trust on controversial topics – like GMOs

Today the Washington Post introduces a new feature in its Food Section that will tackle controversial food-policy topics, like genetically modified foods.  It’s called Unearthed and in the inaugural column the writer proposes a test for finding information about GMOs that can be trusted.  That’s a question I often...

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Posted by on October 16, 2013 at 10:03 am

Rant on the Road: DC, Atlanta, Charlotte

I’m in the DC area this week, then it’s off to Atlanta, Charlotte, and a bunch of other places you can find here.  Lots of Drunken Botanist fun, many fine drinks to be served.  Hope to see you. October 16 2013 06:00 PM — Cylburn Arboretum, Baltimore, MD The...

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Posted by on October 16, 2013 at 5:20 am

More ways to avoid gardening in fall

Sit around and do nothing This is actually my favorite strategy all year round. But it’s particularly rewarding in mid-October, when no pressing watering, deadheading, or staking issues are likely to present themselves. This is why my garden is set up more as a place to hang out than...

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Posted by on October 14, 2013 at 7:45 am

Garden Design Mag is Back and Totally Different!

Once a fan of Garden Design Magazine, I came to dislike it enough to ask for my unused subscription money back after it changed its target audience to the rich and beautiful people of Southern California, with their $1,000 patio chairs and al fresco dinner parties.  So I wasn’t...

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Posted by on October 11, 2013 at 10:31 am

One Bright Spot in Shutdown for a Family Nursery

Here in Shutdown Central, ground zero for political craziness (the D.C. metro area, of course), everyone is either a federal employee or knows lots of them, all of whom now know that they’ll eventually be paid for time off during the Shutdown.  But how about government contractors and people...

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Posted by on October 10, 2013 at 9:55 am

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

Rant on the Road: Denver, DC

I’m in Denver now and heading to DC next week.  If you’re in the area, drop by!  There might even be a drink in it for you.  Full list of upcoming events here. October 09 2013 06:00 PM — Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver, CO Drunken Botanist lecture October 10...

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Posted by on October 9, 2013 at 5:17 am

Fall out

It’s not that I really hate mums. I do dislike the common ones sold in the big boxes—the stiff form, the premature browning, and the fact that there’s more of a stench than a fragrance. But it’s not just the flowers themselves—it’s what they represent. At their worst, mums...

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Posted by on October 7, 2013 at 8:00 am

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

Rant on the Road: Livermore, Denver

Hey people!  I’ll be in Livermore, CA, and then in Denver for a bunch of events, including a garden-to-glass workshop for gardeners, bartenders, and anyone with their loyalties in both camps.  Hope to see you there.  Lots more events to come–here’s the whole list. October 08 2013 07:30 PM...

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Posted by on October 5, 2013 at 5:10 am

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
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