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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 followed. Louisville WDRB Sports Journalist Eric […]

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

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...

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

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...

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Posted by on June 17, 2016 at 8:16 am   This post has 20 responses.

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...

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

Gardening and love

As family members waited at Orlando’s Beardall Senior Center to hear about their loved ones, a couple of women who lived nearby realized why all the cars were there and went around leaving flowers (carnations) and  messages (we love you) under their windshield wipers. A small act of grace...

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Posted by on June 14, 2016 at 8:07 am   This post has 15 responses.

I Aspire to Buffalo-Style Gardening

Elizabeth’s recent post about the new term “Buffalo-style gardening” got me thinking. The style is said to be characterized by gardening not landscaping, man-made objects, and less lawn, but to me there’s more to this, my favorite style of gardening ever. I‘d add to the list: color and lots of it,...

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Posted by on June 10, 2016 at 8:16 am   This post has 10 responses.

A Gardener’s Day Off: Eenie, Meenie and Rubinstein

  I had a happy 65th birthday. Besides my initiation into Medicare, I had the love of family and friends, and I got to listen to extraordinary chamber musicians. And then there was Arthur Rubinstein. If you’ve got a few minutes, I’ll tell you about the Chamber Music Festival...

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Posted by on June 8, 2016 at 7:49 am   This post has 4 responses.

Add a new term to the gardening lexicon

Now, you can Buffalo your garden. That’s what I am hearing from a group of gardeners in the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia. Here is what Eric S. emailed me a couple days ago: I’m part of an active gardening community in a section of Philadelphia called Mt. Airy....

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Posted by on June 7, 2016 at 8:08 am   This post has 10 responses.

Designing with your hoe

More than three decades ago, my wife-to-be dragged me kicking and screaming to central Texas, where she had a job at a scientific research institute. A born and bred Yankee, I had a keen sense of what I was leaving behind me. What wasn’t clear to me at departure...

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Posted by on June 6, 2016 at 10:39 am   This post has 8 responses.

Ask a Designer: What’s a Good Ground Cover for Shade?

When a local (DC-area) Yahoo group was asked for ground cover recommendations for shade, these plants were suggested: Ajuga, Hosta, Pachysandra (native and nonnative), Epimedium, and Lily of the Valley, ferns, Hellebore, “some phlox, some carex,” Dicentra (bleeding heart), Sedum ternatum, Tiarella, Acorus, Asarum canadense (ginger) and “lots of spring ephemerals.”...

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Posted by on June 2, 2016 at 10:31 pm   This post has 14 responses.

Something there is that doesn’t love a wall

It’s hard to believe that we’ve been living with this brick bed enclosure for over sixteen years. But when you have an 1870 house, there’s something new to do every year, and certain jobs—new roof, new kitchen, window repairs—have to take priority. Finally, it’s time. This is coming down...

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Posted by on May 31, 2016 at 9:25 am   This post has 2 responses.

Fear of the Outdoors or Sensible Defenses Against Insects?

Gardeners and other outdoors-types have always had to deal with mosquitoes, ticks and chiggers, and many of us chose to pretty much ignore them. But then came Lyme Disease and West Nile Virus, which got even a diehard like me starting to worry. A friend contracted the dreaded Lyme...

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Posted by on May 27, 2016 at 10:42 am   This post has 22 responses.

Felder Rushing’s Mississippi Garden

You may know Felder from his radio show, his books, or one of his highly entertaining talks.  Actually, I’m entertained by everything Felder does so while researching for Good Gardening Videos I was delighted to find this 16-minute tour of his home garden, with plenty of bon mots from...

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Posted by on May 22, 2016 at 10:33 am   This post has 2 responses.

Tallamania!

Ranters have been talking to scientist Doug Tallamy, professor and chair of the department of entomology and wildlife ecology at the University of Delaware, since 2007. So, since this is Throwback Thursday, I’d thought I’d include some of our earlier discussions with the professor, as well as a recent...

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Posted by on May 19, 2016 at 7:50 am   This post has 2 responses.

Shopping for Annuals and Perennials

A few weeks ago, I posted a list of tips concerning shopping for trees and shrubs. I promised at that time to follow up with a list of shopping tips for annual and perennial transplants, so here goes. Shop at a well-run garden center. I am leery of big...

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Posted by on May 16, 2016 at 6:41 am   This post has 16 responses.

Mom and Dad’s Ohio Garden

Matt Adolph, shown here somewhere in Ohio with his mom, made a home video about his parents’ garden – his mom’s native plants and his dad’s vegetables – and I love it. I came upon this video tour of the Adolph family garden when I was looking for home-garden...

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Posted by on May 15, 2016 at 3:09 pm   This post has 4 responses.

Photography Lesson in a Garden

As an eager but very amateur photographer, I’ve attended all sorts of photography classes and talks, with little improvement to show for it. Then I stumbled upon a teaching method and classroom setting perfect for me – a “photo safari” with an extraordinary teacher and a small class of enthusiasts...

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Posted by on May 13, 2016 at 9:49 am   This post has 3 responses.

Bill Best Knows Best about Wonder Beans

Kentucky has a long distinguished history of seed selection and preservation. Before Bill Best got serious with heirloom green beans seeds, there were Native Americans who put Kentucky on the world map before there were maps: four thousand years ago. We seldom get credit for being a world center...

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Posted by on May 11, 2016 at 7:16 am   This post has 4 responses.

Do you have a Palafox borealis?

Of course you don’t. I am pretty sure it’s a made-up plant. I was reading about it in a novel by Angela Thirkell called The Old Bank House. Here’s the description of it: …a clump of rather ugly serrated leaves, fleshy and covered with a kind of whitish bristles...

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Posted by on May 10, 2016 at 10:11 am   This post has 8 responses.

In pruning old azaleas, is radical renovation too scary?

I sent my first New Videos! e-blast this week, featuring 14 videos added to Good Gardening Videos since its launch last month. Two of those videos teach azalea-pruning, but from different perspectives. Woody-plant specialist Phil Normany demonstrates going all the way down to the ground, being bold and trusting that...

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Posted by on May 8, 2016 at 4:01 pm   This post has 3 responses.
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