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I give up on my garden in the dead of summer

I have a confession. I let my garden go to hell in the dead of summer. Even worse? I think I might be okay with that. In the intense sun and dry heat of the Colorado summer, I become a lazy gardener. I have to admit that unlike ranter Allen Bush, I know how to “sit […]

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Posted by Emily Reeves on July 26, 2016 at 7:31 am   This post has 16 responses.

What do we think about stone?

Well, duh. We love stone, right? Stone is the highest and best type of garden hardscaping, right? Better than brick, better than wood, way, way better than plastic. And resin? Really? This summer, I made the decision that stone would be better than wood and brick. We had two...

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Posted by on July 19, 2016 at 8:06 am   This post has 11 responses.

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...

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Posted by on July 15, 2016 at 7:15 am   This post has 4 responses.

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...

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

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...

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Posted by on July 6, 2016 at 1:08 pm   This post has 7 responses.

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...

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

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...

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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,...

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

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...

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Posted by on July 1, 2016 at 8:55 am   This post has 4 responses.

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...

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Posted by on June 29, 2016 at 7:26 am   This post has 6 responses.

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...

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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.
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