Stories about cherry blossoms in Washington can be pretty boring, but this report about how they’re celebrated in Japan is anything but.
Posted by Susan Harris on April 14, 2015 at 6:43 am. This post has 5 responses.
Ministry of Controversy
The drought news from the West and Southwest combined with watching Interstellar over the weekend has me thinking about water and the lack thereof. We don’t have a drought threat here in Western New York, but, just as the article I linked to above says, “Nothing about water is...
Posted by Elizabeth Licata on April 13, 2015 at 8:03 am. This post has 9 responses.
Designs, Tricks, and Schemes
Avid gardeners, I bet you love your tools as much as I do, especially the ones for digging. Gloves I buy by the dozen but digging tools I expect to last forever, which of course they don’t. I recently destroyed my long-handled shovel by treating it like it was...
Posted by Susan Harris on April 10, 2015 at 8:22 am. This post has 19 responses.
Science Says, What's Happening
The Kentucky Derby is right around the corner—the first Saturday in May. I am gripped with fear. I won’t lose sleep over another losing Derby bet, but I’ve just read in the past few weeks that Bourbon disease could rear its ugly head. I hope not, but who...
Posted by Allen Bush on April 9, 2015 at 7:57 am. This post has 4 responses.
Gardening on the Planet, Unusually Clever People
‘Tis the season of garden seminars. Recently I participated in a thought-provoking one-day seminar on the theme of bringing nature into our cities. I spoke about hellstrip gardens, but a couple of the other speakers addressed larger-scale landscapes. After seeing their photos and hearing about so many projects that...
Posted by Evelyn Hadden on April 8, 2015 at 2:03 am. This post has 7 responses.
While visiting in Louisville, Panayoti Kelaidis and Jan Fahs of Denver, Colorado graciously agreed to make the drawing for the Garden Rant Giveaway that you’ve all awaited. Drum roll, please…The lucky winner of Essential Perennials: The Complete Reference to 2700 Perennials for the Home Garden: is Mary Beth Martin of...
Posted by Allen Bush on April 7, 2015 at 6:14 pm. This post has 2 responses.
Science Says, What's Happening
The banning of pesticides on ornamentals plants started in Canada but is gradually spreading to the south. Liberal Takoma Park, MD recently became the first place in the U.S. to implement such a ban on public and private property, as reported here. And now the proponents of that ban are taking it...
Posted by Susan Harris on April 3, 2015 at 8:33 am. This post has 11 responses.
Are you ready for another great Garden Rant Giveaway? Now’s your chance! You could be the lucky winner of Essential Perennials: The Complete Reference to 2700 Perennials for the Home Garden. Post a comment below and tell us what your favorite perennial is and why you like...
Posted by Allen Bush on April 2, 2015 at 7:55 am. This post has 109 responses.
Wherever you live, this mini-rant is for you. The DC Gardens crowd-sourcing campaign to promote gardening and public gardens is happening through May 1 at Indiegogo.
Posted by Susan Harris on March 31, 2015 at 2:25 pm. This post has no responses.
Gardening on the Planet, Ministry of Controversy
Glyphosate and neonics—herbicides and pesticides contested as benign by most of big ag and big gardening— were in the news again. The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer has stated that glyphosate is probably carcinogenic to humans; its evidence came from human agricultural exposure as well...
Posted by Elizabeth Licata on March 30, 2015 at 8:30 am. This post has 8 responses.
Designs, Tricks, and Schemes, It's the Plants, Darling
Photo by John Taylor. Title: Lady Bird’s Gift Another great column by John Kelly for the Washington Post – this time about Lady Bird Johnson’s “beautification” program. Lady Bird’s beautification campaign started in the spring of 1965. She was involved with a group called the Society for a More...
Posted by Susan Harris on March 27, 2015 at 8:26 am. This post has 14 responses.
First there was news that head White House floral designer Laura Dowling had left her job a few weeks ago, with no fanfare, and no one knew why. There were reports that she’d actually been “escorted off the grounds”! Two days later the Washington Post’s gossip-column had an update –...
Posted by Susan Harris on March 26, 2015 at 8:12 am. This post has 3 responses.
It's the Plants, Darling, Public Gardens, Real Gardens
A person’s relationship with a garden can be one of the most profound relationships we can have. Just as profound as the ones we have with our husbands, our wives, our children. A connection with a garden can be like the one we have with a lover –...
Posted by Ivette Soler on March 25, 2015 at 12:12 am. This post has 31 responses.
Shut Up and Dig
By now we northeasterners are aware—though not surprised—that the first few days of “spring” aren’t bringing much relief. Snow cover is still receding, temps are still minimal, and it seems incredible that within weeks we’ll be seeing daffodils and hellebores. Here’s how I get through the last dreary gasps...
Posted by Elizabeth Licata on March 23, 2015 at 8:00 am. This post has 8 responses.
CBS Sunday Morning story this week did a story on late bloomers, which had me looking up from my newspaper expecting flowers. Turns out, it was much more interesting, at least to this late bloomer. First up, reporter Susan Spencer introduced us to Carol Gardner who (in her 50s) started a...
Posted by Susan Harris on March 20, 2015 at 9:26 am. This post has 3 responses.