Versailles, the fanciest garden of them all. Image from Wikimedia commons

Gardening Under The Affluence

  I’m getting a little uncomfortable with something, and I’d like the Ranting World to let me know if I’m on point or totally off the mark. As I look through magazines and design blogs, I see fancy gardens everywhere. Industries are colluding to make us desire an outdoor lifestyle that is better than the […]

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Posted by on July 29, 2014 at 9:38 pm   This post has 58 responses.

Observations of the toured

As many Rant readers must know by this time, in Buffalo we have a yearly free garden tour called Garden Walk. Started in 1995 by two urban gardeners who wanted to show how verdant city living could be, the walk has grown to include close to 400 gardens, and...

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Posted by on July 28, 2014 at 7:52 am   This post has 10 responses.

How to Grow Bluebirds

Last Friday I rode shotgun through the Beltsville Ag Research Center in Marcia van Horn’s Ranger as she checked on some of her 175 nesting boxes for bluebirds and tree swallows, with the occasional chickadee, titmouse, wrens or nuthatches taking advantage of the accommodations. Nest boxes were first installed on the 6,700-acre property...

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Posted by on July 25, 2014 at 6:49 am   This post has 6 responses.

More Foreign Invaders: Possums on the Half Shell

  Robyn Brown, a Nashville buddy and talented gardener, told me last week that her garden is under siege by armadillos. I was all ears. The nine-banded armadillos are rooting around her garden like little armored feral pigs. These foreign invaders arrived in Western Kentucky over twenty years ago....

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Posted by on July 23, 2014 at 6:39 am   This post has 9 responses.

Garden Coaching by Rainer

Landscape architect/blogger Thomas Rainer is one of my favorite designers, something I may have mentioned before on this blog.   Gardenblogger Margaret Roach is a Rainer fan, too.  She sought him out for an interview on her podcast, and it’s terrific.  (Transcript here.) My favorite bits are toward the end, when Thomas...

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Posted by on July 18, 2014 at 8:09 am   This post has 21 responses.

Monday, monday

Know these? These hostas came with the house. They have unusually tall, deep purple (photo does not show this) scapes and very glossy leaves. They’re very common throughout my part of Buffalo, but I’ve no idea which cultivar they are. July fool! According to this article, people in Chautauqua...

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Posted by on July 14, 2014 at 8:15 am   This post has 10 responses.

Free Spirit Nursery: Landscapes, Laughs and Love

  Lambèrt Vrijmoed, a British Columbia nurseryman, once drove a Pontiac hearse as his get-around car. There was not a hint of Goth subculture about him, though there was a touch of the madman. But this is not such a bad thing. The best gardeners, designers and nursery folks...

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Posted by on July 9, 2014 at 6:53 am   This post has 9 responses.

Advice from others

Here’s more news from the gardening tips for newbies front. Huffington Post published a piece from Hometalk yesterday that offers the “9 best gardening tips for beginners.” I liked it OK—particularly the emphasis on good soil and organics—but couldn’t go along with some of the directives, which seemed chosen...

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Posted by on July 8, 2014 at 7:57 am   This post has 12 responses.

Flags in Other People’s Gardens

Happy Independence Day, Americans!  Have fun, stay safe, et cetera. Now on to our topic – flags in the garden and their impact on others.  Take my neighbor’s Old Glory above, hanging on the privacy screen between our townhouse gardens.  Like it or not – and for holidays I...

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Posted by on July 4, 2014 at 7:16 am   This post has 29 responses.

Open Garden Day Chez Moi

Last Saturday it suddenly occurred to me that after weeks of moving plants around and the construction of a privacy screen, my garden was finally looking good. And it would stay that way through July 4, when a slew of old friends would be gathering for our yearly reunion. Plus,...

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Posted by on July 3, 2014 at 10:50 am   This post has 7 responses.

Garden as Process

Is a particular plant a weed? Is a garden a work of art? And who gets to decide? If you’ve read our recent rantings, you’ve likely noticed these questions do not have simple answers. The answers vary, depending on the gardener. Many gardeners (like me) learn their land slowly....

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Posted by on July 2, 2014 at 3:09 am   This post has 21 responses.

Man vs. tree

Why do people hate and fear trees?  It seems incredible, but there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence to support such a bizarre conclusion. During a recent afternoon at my regular salon, the owner told me about an encounter with a neighbor. She has a large elm tree in the back...

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Posted by on June 30, 2014 at 8:00 am   This post has 24 responses.

What’s a weed? And is Spiderwort one?

How does a plant that arrives in your garden like a weed earn the right to not be weeded out?  I ruminated on this the other day when a neighbor asked me to identify a new plant in her garden that had arrived without her help. I told her...

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Posted by on June 27, 2014 at 9:51 am   This post has 34 responses.

The Kindness of Strangers or Tend To Your Own Garden, Interloper!

  Gardening in public can be so interesting. I have grown most of my food in my hellstrip for about 5 – 6 years now, since my backyard is the domain of an Evil Gopher Warrior King and my front yard has grown too shady for most edibles to...

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Posted by on June 25, 2014 at 10:26 am   This post has 75 responses.

It’s June and the subject is roses

Roses have to earn their keep in my urban garden, just like every other plant I have. Space is at a premium, so I need there to be at least two months of floral and foliar interest from any given plant and prefer more if possible. But my requirements...

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Posted by on June 23, 2014 at 9:02 am   This post has 23 responses.

The enigma of Olmsted

Home tomorrow night? You can catch the newest documentary on Frederick Law Olmsted on PBS. Entitled Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America, this is a basic overview of the seminal landscape architect’s career, starting with Central Park and ending with his final projects in Massachusetts and North Carolina. We’ve discussed...

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Posted by on June 19, 2014 at 8:00 am   This post has 10 responses.

Praising Our Public Gardens: A Video Tribute to Idaho Botanical Garden

The American Public Gardens Association (APGA) holds its annual conference in Denver next week. The theme is Everyday Magic: The Transformative Nature of Public Gardens. With tracks on education, leadership, art, horticulture, and more, the program schedule underlines just how hard public gardens work to lure visitors and to...

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Posted by on June 18, 2014 at 9:29 am   This post has 11 responses.

WANTED: Information on Occurrence of Basil Downy Mildew.

A scientist studying vegetable pathology at Cornell contacted GardenRant for help in gathering data about a new disease.  Please help out by spreading the word about the need for more info and how to report it. by Meg McGrath I recently have received several reports of Basil Downy Mildew on plants bought...

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Posted by on June 16, 2014 at 7:57 am   This post has 5 responses.

Removing Sod, Saving Earthworms, and Obsessing over Make-Overs

With lawn reduction growing in popularity, email groups are lively with discussions of how to remove the stuff.  There are basically four choices – digging, using a sod-cutter, smothering and spraying with herbicide.  I’ve removed a far bit of sod over the years, always using that first one – great...

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Posted by on June 13, 2014 at 7:20 am   This post has 10 responses.

The Joys of Cockroach Composting. No, really.

We’ve all been there in one way or another – you awake at 3 am and groggily make your way to the bathroom.  No need for the light you think, it’ll just wake me up.  And then, halfway through relieving yourself, you feel a giant thing scrabble madly down...

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Posted by Patrick Gentry on June 12, 2014 at 6:27 am   This post has 11 responses.
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