Taropy

Two weeks ago I stood in the checkout line at Louisville’s Whole Foods. Sleet, freezing rain and snow were predicted for the next day. (I knew ahead of time that I would have to pay a price for spending ten warm and sun-drenched days in tropical Hawaii.) The forecast sounded terrible. I imagined even worse—like […]

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Posted by on January 24, 2018 at 8:01 am   This post has 2 responses.

Hygge and houseplants

On a whim, I googled the two words, and, as expected, houseplants are included in the lifestyle instructions issued by the hygge movement. I wouldn’t be insulting readers by assuming they don’t know what this Danish word means because there is no good English translation, but I am sure...

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Posted by on January 23, 2018 at 9:24 am   This post has 8 responses.

Land Mines of Botanical Vernacular And The Virtues of IPPS

 Scott Beuerlein returns with another Guest Rant. Unless you’re some kind of freak show superstar brainiac like Paul Cappiello, Bill Barnes, or Win Dunwell, at one time or another you’ve been stressed and humiliated by botanical Latin and horticultural terms. Ever enjoy the mixer at the International Plant Propagators...

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Posted by Scott Beuerlein on January 17, 2018 at 9:09 am   This post has 19 responses.

The Little Greenhouse That Could

My first greenhouse was neither big nor fancy. Built in 1980, the 14’ X 32’ hoop house—small by commercial greenhouse standards—became my plant propagation house for the next 15 years. I spent a lot of time in the little greenhouse at Holbrook Farm and Nursery near Mills River, NC....

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Posted by on January 11, 2018 at 9:25 am   This post has 6 responses.

Criminal Charges for Bamboo “Blight” in Yard

From articles in the New York Times and the New London Day I learned that the City of New London, CT has declared overgrowth of bamboo in the yard of resident Carlos Carrion a blight. After failing to pay fines and ignoring orders to cut back the plant, he’s become “one of...

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Posted by on January 4, 2018 at 3:17 pm   This post has 20 responses.

Too darn cold

After reviewing the situation in my root cellar over the weekend, I decided I better just get all the hyacinths out of there, whether their buds are large enough or not. The temps have been in the single digits for days now, with no relief promised, and the root...

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Posted by on January 2, 2018 at 10:04 am   This post has one response.

Tulip or Not Tulip – THAT was the Question

There is a soldiers and sailors memorial garden near the center of my small Ohio River town that also pays homage to our local police and firemen. Nobody wanted to leave anybody out. It’s just that kind of town. When we moved here to Utica, IN about 40 years...

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Posted by on December 29, 2017 at 8:42 am   This post has 4 responses.

Rock me, Kokedama

Most Rant readers are likely familiar with Japanese moss ball plants, or kokedama. I was not, however (or maybe I forgot about them), and when I saw a pre-Christmas email from a local plant store offering kokedama of various sizes for sale, with images, I was there the next...

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Posted by on December 28, 2017 at 10:27 am   This post has 2 responses.

Is Landscape Fabric EVER Not Horrible?

No holiday post from me – but I bet you’ve seen plenty lately and anyway, this post has been sitting in draft for ages. Because I watch so many gardening videos, I’ve naturally come across a few about landscape fabric, also called weed cloth. Though we associate its use...

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Posted by on December 22, 2017 at 8:36 am   This post has 18 responses.

Season’s greetings from Key West

Where: -You would barely imagine that a category 4-5 hurricane had swept past just a few months previously. -Santa is everywhere, as a culture of white-bearded men has already long been in place and just requires a few seasonal tweaks. -Front gardens are the most creative in the less-moneyed...

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Posted by on December 21, 2017 at 9:23 am   This post has 5 responses.

A Holiday Aspiration

“Disarming Hearts, Forging Peace” is the motto of RAWtools, and who can argue with that, especially at this holiday season? Taking Judeo-Christian scripture literally, this organization is committed to transforming people-killing weapons into implements of peace.  Send RAWtools a gun and it will re-forge it into gardening tools. This...

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Posted by on December 18, 2017 at 9:59 am   This post has 9 responses.

The landscaping potential of snow

It’s not 12/21 yet, but winter has officially begun in Western New York; I had gotten my final bulbs in just a few days before the season’s first major snowfall hit on 12/10 (making for a really bizarre football game that day). For the most part snowstorms are no...

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Posted by on December 14, 2017 at 11:53 am   This post has 2 responses.

Where the Giant Redwoods Roam

We grow many things in Los Angeles; desert agaves, tropical kiwis, tomatoes in November, carrots in January. We like to think we can grow anything, climate be damned. So we plant the treasures of our state, California Redwoods (Sequoia Sempervirens). 240 million years ago redwoods lived through much of...

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Posted by Rick Perillo on December 11, 2017 at 7:44 am   This post has 5 responses.

Plant-Adjacent Gifts to Myself

My family stopped long-distance gift-giving long ago, so holiday shopping for me could’t be easier – what does Susan want? So last week I bought myself a spanking new bike! Not gardening related, but it does let me tour neighborhoods at the right speed for garden-observing, and at a faster...

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Posted by on December 7, 2017 at 1:22 pm   This post has 4 responses.

Why isn’t gardening included in exercise tech?

My husband and I were early adopters of Apple watches when they were first introduced in 2015. I now have a series 3, which can act independently of the iPhone, (solving what had always been a drawback). One of the basic ways I use the watch is as an...

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Posted by on November 30, 2017 at 10:05 am   This post has 7 responses.

Perennial Royalty: It’s Inbred

There are few families in American horticulture with four generations of successful nursery crops. There are even fewer nursery legends with a story so well remembered as that of Jack Schultz, the 88-year-old Schultz family patriarch and founder of Springbrook Gardens, wholesale perennials growers, in Mentor, Ohio. Jack’s dad,...

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Posted by on November 29, 2017 at 7:56 am   This post has 2 responses.

Amo, Amas, Amat in the Garden

The further I get into this horticulture life the more I realize how little I know, especially of its outer edges; all that Latin derivation and categorization stuff. That used to bother me. People forever mistake me for an expert. I’m about over it. I’m in my Old Guy...

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Posted by on November 27, 2017 at 8:10 am   This post has 4 responses.

Bulb-Planting Rules I Break

Who doesn’t love spring-blooming bulbs? I love all of them (well, except for hyacinths) and used to plant a large assortment every fall. Above are shots from my former garden, where I planted tulips, yanked them out after the blooms faded and had the fun of trying new ones...

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Posted by on November 24, 2017 at 9:21 am   This post has 11 responses.

Goodbye, and thanks for your service

Trees are suffering. First, there are the pests; among the most current are the emerald ash borer, the mountain pine beetle, and the wooly aldegid. Then there are the ravages of fires, hurricanes, and other natural disasters; it was awful to see the defoliation in the Caribbean earlier this...

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Posted by on November 21, 2017 at 12:12 pm   This post has 8 responses.

Video: Best-Performing Native Plants in my Garden

These days we’re all paying more attention to beneficial wildlife in our gardens, and to that end, looking for good native plants to grow. But which ones? Those official lists of state or regional natives don’t really help the aspiring eco-gardener make their choices. So many of the listed...

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Posted by on November 17, 2017 at 8:26 am   This post has 10 responses.
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