Ball vs. Bob

Under some of the most rigorous testing conditions possible, I have decided to try the mettle of some Ball FloraPlant starts against basement-grown seedlings provided by my neighbor Bob. Most of the Allentown street planters have been filled with Bob’s seedlings. I usually add in some storebought plants just to let people know the containers […]

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Posted by on July 4, 2011 at 5:00 am   This post has 6 responses.

A green roof with a view

I spotted this in Lake Placid last week. It's prominently placed on a building owned by the Golden Arrow hotel and there's a sign installed near the sidewalk that explains it to visitors. Keep in mind that it is relatively early in the season this far north, so the...

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Posted by on July 2, 2011 at 5:00 am   This post has 7 responses.

The experiment

Over the past week, Ball FloraPlant has sent me* 4 big boxes of annuals, most of them brightly colored petunias, osteospermum, verbena, calibrachoa, and other sun-loving container plants. To test, I guess—but both the amount and (to some degree) the type of plants are inappropriate for my small, mostly...

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Posted by on May 23, 2011 at 4:13 am   This post has 15 responses.

The title says it all

Here’s a column in the Minneapolic Star-Tribute called Winter Interest, Yeah, Right. Interesting And I couldn’t agree more. There are many magnificent winter sights throughout Western New York, but my garden isn’t one of them. If I want winter interest, I’ll drive up to Niagara Falls to check out...

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Posted by on January 27, 2011 at 5:00 am   This post has 20 responses.

Tropically speaking

Sometimes I carelessly throw around the word tropical where it doesn’t apply—referring to plants that merely require warmer temps than I’ve got. But when you’re as far south in the Caribbean as Barbados, you can use the word tropical with a fair amount of confidence. I saw plants here...

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Posted by on January 18, 2011 at 5:04 am   This post has 15 responses.

A Question

Why is shovelling snow so much less enjoyable than shovelling dirt?

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Posted by on January 14, 2011 at 4:08 am   This post has 23 responses.

The book that launched a vacation

As soon as I saw the cover of this book, I knew where we had to go for our annual winter break. Such a thing is necessary when you live in Western New York—at least I find it so. Nothing says you’re really away from it all like a...

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Posted by on January 11, 2011 at 5:00 am   This post has 8 responses.

Got a Public Garden to Thank?

We know it won’t be your top pick for the “What I’m thankful for” moment at dinner today, but at GardenRant we’re all ears on the subject of public gardens we know and love.  Mine is Brookside Gardens near me in suburban Maryland, and I hope you can see...

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Posted by on November 25, 2010 at 6:14 am   This post has 12 responses.

I Have a Caulking Gun, and I’m Not Afraid to Use It.

I live in a neighborhood that has pretty relaxed standards about landscaping and upkeep.  And personally, I'm charmed by flowers that find their way into cracks in the concrete and bloom there.  It's a metaphor for–something, right?  Urban beauty?  Bloom where you're planted?  Grace in the face of adversity?...

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Posted by on November 10, 2010 at 5:26 am   This post has 15 responses.

I think that I shall never see

We use an online form to request trees from the varieties offered, but this one is sort of faked; these addresses really do not need trees. But you have to give an address to get a tree. Yesterday was tree-planting day in the neighborhood, fall edition, and it had...

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Posted by on November 7, 2010 at 6:40 am   This post has 10 responses.

A silly way to talk about some cool stuff

Wisteria has surprisingly nice fall color. Agreed. Trend surveys are little more than marketing fodder and often are blatant advertising of certain products. However, I still like to look at them because I always found something interesting, or something that, regardless of why it’s named as a trend, I...

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Posted by on October 21, 2010 at 7:45 am   This post has 17 responses.

Seduced by Fritz Haeg’s Edible Estates

Boy, was I wrong about Fritz Haeg and his Edible Estates.  You know, those front-lawn-to-veg-garden make-overs he's been doing across the country?  I remember dissing the Baltimore demonstration site based on a photo like this one – because it didn't meet my design standards (such as they are).  I...

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Posted by on September 20, 2010 at 2:12 am   This post has 23 responses.

When a Garden Needs a Lawyer

Here's a guest rant from Michelle Clay/The Clueless Gardeners.  In July, against their wishes, the city of Bartlett, Illinois mowed down Donald and Benia Zouras’s garden.  And Don and Benia have to pay for it. I’ve sifted through their record of what happened, and I’ve read the relevant parts...

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Posted by on September 8, 2010 at 5:00 am   This post has 57 responses.

Community Gardens: Where “Garden” Becomes the Verb

Here's a guest rant from Chris/Flatbush Gardener  Community garden supporters on the steps of City Hall In New York City, every square inch of space is scrutinized, and land use discussions often devolve into war games. Community gardens, unique uses of open and green space, are not spared such...

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Posted by on September 6, 2010 at 5:00 am   This post has 17 responses.

Golden interlopers along the Gorge

Here’s a guest rant from Bob Baxter/co-contributor, Fading Into Myth Every April in the Greater Niagara area over 2 million daffodils bloom. This is known as the Festival of Gold because the daffodils are yellow. The origin of the festival is fading into the mists of antiquity (20 years ago?) which...

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Posted by on September 4, 2010 at 5:00 am   This post has 10 responses.

Public Gardens

Greetings from Maine!  This week, I had the incredible experience of sailing on my friend Tom's Catboat from Somesville Sound to Little Cranberry Island.  I contributed nothing to the sailing endeavor, but I did have a profoundly satisfying nap in the romantic little cabin on the boat.  And then...

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Posted by on August 27, 2010 at 8:49 am   This post has 4 responses.

The Street Gardens of Chicago

What IS it with these northern cities and their appreciation for gardens? We’ve covered Buffalo thoroughly here, and posted photos of Chicago’s Millennium Park especially its Lurie Garden from our Gardenblogger Spring Fling there in 2009.  But what struck me on this visit, in mid-August, were the street gardens…everywhere. ...

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Posted by on August 23, 2010 at 3:01 am   This post has 20 responses.

Popular Mechanics gets Wicked

It’s kind of cool that Popular Mechanics is still around. Friends of mine collect it; in fact, I found all kinds of stuff in the May 1963 issue, including a full report of the effect of classical music on corn plants and cool photos of women in Jackie-O outfits...

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Posted by on August 17, 2010 at 10:00 am   This post has 3 responses.

The Garden of Landcraft’s Dennis Schrader

Landcraft is a Long Island nursery specializing in tropical and green roof plants, and it's the baby of a very cool guy named Dennis Schrader.  And beyond cool is the back garden of his and partner Bill Smith's home next door, images of which you see here from my...

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Posted by on July 24, 2010 at 5:02 am   This post has 8 responses.

In the Washington Post: “Toss the turf.”

There's a great story by Adrian Higgins in today's Washington Post titled "Lose the Lawn" – and look at it on the cover of their Local Living section!  Here's the introductory story, in which Higgins weighs in with his own conclusion on the subject:  "Toss the turf."  (As if...

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Posted by on July 22, 2010 at 9:54 am   This post has 25 responses.
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