Gardening on the Planet

When you’re at the beach, but it’s still your day to post …

… you discuss sand castle landscaping. Here is a fine example that probably looked even better before it got a night’s worth of rain. Note the minimal yet effective use of beach grasses and other plants to lightly adorn the structure. It reminds me that the grasses are themselves guardians of a fortress of sorts—the […]

Posted by  on July 12, 2016 at 1:42 pm.   This post has 4 responses.

Ask a Designer: Favorite Shrubs

For my first Ask a Designer post the question targeted groundcovers. This time it’s shrubs and I asked another fabulous designer about her favorites. Barbara Katz of London Landscapes in Bethesda, Maryland responded that she has “great respect” for these shrubs. (Here’s some of Barbara’s work.) With deciduous shrubs there are...

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Posted by on July 6, 2016 at 1:08 pm

One Way of Relaxing in an Imperfect Garden

My garden will never be perfect. I know that. And sometimes that makes it hard to relax in. I’ll sit down and try to enjoy being outdoors, but instead I’ll catch myself scanning around for things to add to my mental “want-to-do” list. For my own sanity, there are...

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Posted by on July 5, 2016 at 11:51 pm

The meadow rue’s lament

Tiny, pendulous, lavender-purple flowers with contrasting yellow stamens appear in late summer in loose, airy clusters atop sturdy, purple flower stems which rise well above the foliage to 4-6′ tall (infrequently to 8′). When massed, the overall effect of the bloom can be spectacular. This is stupid. What am...

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Posted by on July 5, 2016 at 10:08 am

What’s Native?

What better day than July 4th – our national independence day — to consider the issues surrounding gardening with natives versus gardening with plants of foreign origin? (For the record, I grow both.) And what, for that matter, is a truly native plant? Typically, we define “native” in terms...

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Posted by on July 4, 2016 at 10:31 am

The Discovery of Daylily World

Folks living along Gilberts Creek Road, a few miles south of Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, must have wondered what was going on this weekend. Twelve tour buses rambled down the country road to visit Daylily World. I didn’t have far to drive. Daylily World is only 6 miles from our Salvisa,...

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Posted by on July 2, 2016 at 9:47 pm

Any gardener would love “Lab Girl”

It was Amy Stewart’s  review of Hope Jahren’s Lab Girl  in the Washington Post that got my attention. Here’s the blurb the publisher put on the back cover: “Sparkling, unexpected…Delightfully, wickedly funny.  I love this book for its honesty, its hilarity, and its brilliant sharp edges. Powerful and disarming.” Her review, for a...

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Posted by on July 1, 2016 at 8:55 am

Calling long range forecasting on its BS

He had me at “silly on weather.” A retired, Buffalo-based, 30-year broadcaster and longtime meteorologist,  Don Paul still contributes occasionally to the local paper with smart articles like this one. Reading them is so much more interesting than looking at some guy (or gal) standing in front of an...

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Posted by on June 29, 2016 at 7:26 am

Videographer Teams up with Horticulturist Neighbor

Connecticut-based videographer Patrick Volk emailed me recently, having discovered my blog posts about videos. It seems that this son of a landscape architect teamed up with neighbor Eric Larson, long-time director of Yale’s Marsh Botanic Garden, to create a slew of outstanding gardening videos. They call their website and...

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Posted by on June 24, 2016 at 7:48 am

The Greatest of All Time and the Meadow

  Muhammad Ali was laid to rest in my hometown on June 10th. Tens of thousands lined the city streets for a 19-mile motorcade processional that led from his childhood home on Grand Avenue to Louisville’s Cave Hill Cemetery. 20,000 filled the Yum Center for a memorial service that...

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Posted by on June 22, 2016 at 6:31 am

Thanks for the memories!

Ah, the early days of garden blogging. I started in 2005. Facebook was about a year old; Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest were yet to be born. The reason I started is that I had been forced to sign up with Blogger in order to participate in a class as...

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Posted by on June 21, 2016 at 8:18 am

How 10 Years of GardenRanting Changed my Life

I’m a late-bloomer. Back in 2006 when Amy and Michele invited me to join them in the venture that became GardenRant, my resume as a writer amounted to some pieces in a college anti-war newsletter, two articles for a local dance magazine (edited by a friend), and then a...

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Posted by on June 17, 2016 at 8:16 am

Praise for Open Gardens

Does your area offer regular open gardens for touring? I’d love to see my town of Boise participate in the national Open Garden program operated by the Garden Conservancy, but we do have a well-run annual tour organized by the Idaho Botanical Garden. Each year, there are six to...

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Posted by on June 15, 2016 at 2:51 am

Gardening and love

As family members waited at Orlando’s Beardall Senior Center to hear about their loved ones, a couple of women who lived nearby realized why all the cars were there and went around leaving flowers (carnations) and  messages (we love you) under their windshield wipers. A small act of grace...

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Posted by on June 14, 2016 at 8:07 am

Good Gardening Videos now on Youtube

Good Gardening Videos continues to add new videos to the website, but even better, it has its very own Youtube Channel for your viewing and subscribing to. Why better? Because more videos are found and viewed by searches on Youtube itself than by any other way, so we needed to be...

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Posted by on June 12, 2016 at 1:12 pm

I Aspire to Buffalo-Style Gardening

Elizabeth’s recent post about the new term “Buffalo-style gardening” got me thinking. The style is said to be characterized by gardening not landscaping, man-made objects, and less lawn, but to me there’s more to this, my favorite style of gardening ever. I‘d add to the list: color and lots of it,...

Read more in: Garden Walk Buffalo, Real Gardens
Posted by on June 10, 2016 at 8:16 am

A Gardener’s Day Off: Eenie, Meenie and Rubinstein

  I had a happy 65th birthday. Besides my initiation into Medicare, I had the love of family and friends, and I got to listen to extraordinary chamber musicians. And then there was Arthur Rubinstein. If you’ve got a few minutes, I’ll tell you about the Chamber Music Festival...

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Posted by on June 8, 2016 at 7:49 am

Add a new term to the gardening lexicon

Now, you can Buffalo your garden. That’s what I am hearing from a group of gardeners in the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia. Here is what Eric S. emailed me a couple days ago: I’m part of an active gardening community in a section of Philadelphia called Mt. Airy....

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Posted by on June 7, 2016 at 8:08 am

Designing with your hoe

More than three decades ago, my wife-to-be dragged me kicking and screaming to central Texas, where she had a job at a scientific research institute. A born and bred Yankee, I had a keen sense of what I was leaving behind me. What wasn’t clear to me at departure...

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Posted by on June 6, 2016 at 10:39 am

Ask a Designer: What’s a Good Ground Cover for Shade?

When a local (DC-area) Yahoo group was asked for ground cover recommendations for shade, these plants were suggested: Ajuga, Hosta, Pachysandra (native and nonnative), Epimedium, and Lily of the Valley, ferns, Hellebore, “some phlox, some carex,” Dicentra (bleeding heart), Sedum ternatum, Tiarella, Acorus, Asarum canadense (ginger) and “lots of spring ephemerals.”...

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Posted by on June 2, 2016 at 10:31 pm
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