More danger from flowers—and to a favorite flowering tree

Well, duh on me. This week I’ve been researching Lilium longflorum (Easter lily) to find out what, if anything, might be happening to cause the loss of fragrance I’d noticed in the plants so ubiquitous now in supermarkets. (I wonder what they do with the leftovers on Easter Monday?) But all I found were warnings […]

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Posted by on April 8, 2007 at 5:00 am   This post has 12 responses.

A BIG Thumbs-Up for SafeLawns.org

It seemed that everywhere I looked there were press releases promoting the kick-off event for an organic lawn organization - on the Mall in Washington!  You know, just like the Million Man March and countless other events that made history.  Trouble is, the Mall’s a pretty big place, so...

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Posted by on April 7, 2007 at 5:52 am   This post has 15 responses.

Music in the Garden – a Year Later

MUSIC WHILE BLOGGINGNow sitting at the computer is something else again.  Yes, I could just stick a CD in my E drive and listen, if I owned any CDs I actually want to listen to. Since I don’t, I’ve been listening to XM Radio via the Internet – until...

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Posted by on March 22, 2007 at 5:56 am   This post has 8 responses.

Can we all bloom along?

America’s been in bloom since 2001. Buffalo’s been in bloom since 1995. So has Canada. Britain’s been in bloom since 1963, though perhaps not continuously. From individual cities to regions to entire countries, various "in bloom" programs, sometimes connected to a larger program, sometimes not, employ contests and other...

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Posted by on March 21, 2007 at 5:04 am   This post has 6 responses.

Landscape by Jude Law

We’ve been anticipating "Breaking and Entering," with Jude Law’s performance as a gardener (well, landscape architect, close enough for our purposes), and I can finally report that: It’s Jude Law.  Isn’t that enough?  Actually, it’s also Anthony Minghella (English Patient, Cold Mountain), Robin Wright Penn, an amazing Juliette Binoche...

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Posted by on February 25, 2007 at 3:07 pm   This post has 2 responses.

Dogs and their Gardens

A reader asked this question of Washington Post Green Scene writer Joel Lerner: We have two large dogs that have torn up the lawn in our back yard.  It is fairly shady.  Can you suggest something that can withstand these conditions? And here’s Lerner’s tough-love answer: Turf won’t thrive...

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Posted by on February 6, 2007 at 4:56 am   This post has 18 responses.

What Blogging Mistakes are YOU Making?

If, like me, you have too much time on my hands, you’ve probably already found Jakob Nielsen, who’s written quite a bit about site and blog design and ways to write effectively for the Internet.  Check out his Top 10 Blogging Mistakes and let’s discuss among ourselves, okay?  Me,...

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Posted by on February 4, 2007 at 5:11 am   This post has 17 responses.

Can We Make Ugly Pretty Again?

Of course, these whims never seem like whims at the time to all the elected and appointed officials and developers and construction-company bosses who make them reality.  Ever-widening suburbs, roads, dams–in their given moment, they all seem crucial to the proper functioning of society, because what else would you...

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Posted by on February 2, 2007 at 6:56 am   This post has 6 responses.

Are garden blogs replacing garden forums?

Gardenweb was my first introduction to the online gardening community. I happened upon it in early 2000, and immediately dove right into the rose, perennial, and bulb forums. Then I found that there were even more informative—and way more provocative—discussions going on in some of the other forums. Many...

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Posted by on January 29, 2007 at 5:07 am   This post has 14 responses.

The Shovel and the Superhighway

Here, upstate, I see the fall-out of such monumental arrogance towards the landscape in the tragic city of Albany.  Albany has a lot going for it, in theory.  First of all, it is the state capital, so, unlike most upstate cities, it actually has a thriving industry–government–which employs many...

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Posted by on January 26, 2007 at 9:49 am   This post has 10 responses.

Ice, ice, baby

Gardeners in Western New York have been preoccupied with calamity over the past few months. A freak snowstorm in October caused serious and widespread damage to the urban and suburban tree canopy, damage we are still assessing and won’t know the true extent of until the spring of 2008....

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Posted by on January 24, 2007 at 5:39 am   This post has 2 responses.

What Surfers have to say about Gardening

With the new year came some excitement on the home front.  Netflix‘s new $4.95/month deal casts a wide enough net to snag even me, the most regular of movie-goers, and my very first Netflix movie  was the surfing documentary "Step into Liquid."  Called "insanely gorgeous" by the NY Times...

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Posted by on January 16, 2007 at 4:55 am   This post has 3 responses.

Hottest GardenRants of 2006

Naturally any rant about leaf-blowers is bound to provoke collective outcry from readers and this one didn’t disappoint.  It’s called Let’s All Go Hollywood Hoping to milk those leaf-blower passions, we asked Christopher C. if he had anything to add in defense of landscape workers and boy, did he. ...

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Posted by on December 31, 2006 at 6:13 am   This post has 6 responses.

iGarden Because iHave iTunes

The only problem with the iBulb is that eventually the batteries run out. Fortunately, they’re rechargeable! Just the occasional application of some iBulb Energy Granules and it will last for years and years. It will even get bigger and produce additional smaller iBulbs of the same type (thus making...

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Posted by on December 7, 2006 at 4:20 am   This post has 4 responses.

This Week in Horticulture

In other news:  Hollywood’s trademark palm trees are being replaced by native species.  Oh, sure, they’ll keep a few around to placate the tourists, but between the lack of shade and the high maintenance costs, they’re outta here.  The city might want to do the math first:  horticulturalists at...

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Posted by on November 27, 2006 at 6:33 am   This post has 5 responses.

Girl Gardening Gangs – for Texans Only?

Now as a long-time garden club president, I picked up on the Human Flower Project remark that garden clubs of 40 years ago were "more leisurely noblesse, less grunt" and that today garden clubs have switched from beautification to serious endeavors like conservation. And "The cult of loveliness has...

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Posted by on November 21, 2006 at 5:22 am   This post has 14 responses.

Let’s All Go Hollywood

Something nice happened in Los Angeles and 20 other communities in California during the ’90s - they quieted down.  Stars like Peter Graves and Meredith Baxter lobbied politicians to prohibit those gawd-awful leaf blowers.  This year Palo Alto joined the quiet movement with a ban that went into effect...

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Posted by on November 18, 2006 at 12:02 pm   This post has 17 responses.

The Last Drop

This New Yorker article is damn relevant to our decisions about water usage, in the garden or anywhere.  Items: Nearly half the people in the world don’t have the kind of clean water and sanitation services that were available 2,000 years ago to the citizens of ancient Rome. Simply...

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Posted by on November 3, 2006 at 6:13 am   This post has 2 responses.

Green House Exhibit Gets it Wrong on Landscaping

Lord knows I hate to rain on the parade of this important exhibit at D.C.’s National Building Museum:  "Green House: New Directions in Sustainable Architecture and Design."  And you know I’m all aboard the sustainable train myself.  And to echo all the good press the exhibit’s been getting, I...

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Posted by on October 26, 2006 at 5:51 am   This post has 9 responses.

Save the Pollinators – Plant Flowers

Here’s a disturbing report, and we thank Robert and Michael for alerting us.  Populations of birds, bees and bats have demonstrably declined in North America and Europe.  The cause?  Loss of habitat and the use of herbicides and pesticides, the usual culprits.  And a new one – global warming...

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Posted by on October 22, 2006 at 7:06 am   This post has 6 responses.
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