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    New Plants, New Troubles in my Garden

    Time for some mid-summer photos! Here in my front yard I’m loving the potted coleus, especially the pot that’s sitting IN a border, serving as a focal point in an otherwise pointless arrangement. It’s paired with the same coleus in another pot nearby – under the hanging petunias. A...

    Posted by on July 15, 2016 at 7:15 am.   This post has 4 responses.
    Real Gardens, What's Happening

    Sit a Spell. It’s Not as Easy as You Think.

    I seldom sit in my garden. There are too many distractions. I have spots where I like to sit, but as soon as I plop my weary ass down, I see a stray weed. I’m not the only one distracted. Evelyn Hadden fought back. Rather than be dragged down...

    Posted by on July 13, 2016 at 8:12 am.   This post has 8 responses.
    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...

    Posted by on July 12, 2016 at 1:42 pm.   This post has 4 responses.
    It's the Plants, Darling

    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...

    Posted by on July 6, 2016 at 1:08 pm.   This post has 7 responses.
    But is it Art?, Designs, Tricks, and Schemes

    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...

    Posted by on July 5, 2016 at 11:51 pm.   This post has 9 responses.
    Shut Up and Dig

    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...

    Posted by on July 5, 2016 at 10:08 am.   This post has no responses.
    Gardening on the Planet, Science Says

    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...

    Posted by on July 4, 2016 at 10:31 am.   This post has 3 responses.
    It's the Plants, Darling, What's Happening

    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,...

    Posted by on July 2, 2016 at 9:47 pm.   This post has 2 responses.
    Books, Unusually Clever People

    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...

    Posted by on July 1, 2016 at 8:55 am.   This post has 4 responses.
    Ministry of Controversy, Unusually Clever People

    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...

    Posted by on June 29, 2016 at 7:26 am.   This post has 6 responses.
    Watch Someone Else Do It

    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...

    Posted by on June 24, 2016 at 7:48 am.   This post has 3 responses.
    Ministry of Controversy, Unusually Clever People

    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...

    Posted by on June 22, 2016 at 6:31 am.   This post has 7 responses.
    Garden Rant turns 10

    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...

    Posted by on June 21, 2016 at 8:18 am.   This post has 2 responses.
    Garden Rant turns 10

    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...

    Posted by on June 17, 2016 at 8:16 am.   This post has 20 responses.
    Real Gardens, What's Happening

    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...

    Posted by on June 15, 2016 at 2:51 am.   This post has 2 responses.