Our Final Fiskars Frenzy

Gen rides off into the sunset with her toys from Fiskars. Okay, this is it:  We have finally worked our way through the last of the tools Fiskars sent us a few weeks ago.  I have to say, this one was the most fun for me, because it's a totally new tool, something I've never […]

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Posted by on February 23, 2011 at 4:29 am   This post has 35 responses.

Yet Another Fiskars Adventure, Plus Buddleia Abuse

Genevieve Schmidt hates my buddleias.  I hate them too, a little bit. But there's something about those flowers. How can you not love this? I know, I know, I know.  They're weedy, they shed, and they're total thugs.  It's frightening how much they want to grow.  I left a...

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Posted by on February 16, 2011 at 4:01 am   This post has 29 responses.

Fiskars Madness Continues

First–we have a winner for last week's Cuts+More giveaway.  The scissors go to Sally, who writes, I raise dahlias in raised fieldstone beds by a quiet pond in Northeast PA and broke my little Fiskar deadheading scissors last fall. Dinner plate dahlias were too much for them. This spring...

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Posted by on February 9, 2011 at 3:28 am   This post has 33 responses.

Fasten your seatbelts—we’re about to be hit with $6m of bulb marketing

If a freshly hatched marketing plan has anything to do with it, the words “Got bulb?” will soon be on the lips of formerly bulb-apathetic gardeners everywhere. According to an article spotted in garden industry trade mag Garden Center, a group of bulb companies affiliated with Dutch bulb industry...

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Posted by on February 8, 2011 at 5:00 am   This post has 22 responses.

Fiskars Madness!

Opening a beer with my new scissors. No beer for Ladybird!   Last week, Genevieve Schmidt of North Coast Gardening showed up at my house with a box full of freebies from Fiskars.  We played around with them in my backyard and offered up our opinions in these here...

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Posted by on February 3, 2011 at 4:00 am   This post has 61 responses.

It’s come to this: I’m spying on my plants

  This has been sitting in a box in an upstairs room for about a year and a half.  You know how that happens. I finally took the PlantCam out and set it up (very easy). As some of you know, this device takes pictures at set intervals for...

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Posted by on January 30, 2011 at 7:14 am   This post has 15 responses.

Cold comfort

Seed catalog browsing is all very well, but when the temps have a “minus” in their name, seed catalogs are not enough. In addition to traveling to where flowers are always in bloom and growing bulbs indoors, I have been contemplating the possibilities of locally-grown cut flowers becoming part...

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Posted by on January 25, 2011 at 5:14 am   This post has 15 responses.

Great expectations

A guest rant from Joseph Tychonievich. See more of Joseph's cartoons here. (Joseph was a popular attendee of garden bloggers' Buffa10. Many of us wanted to adopt him.)

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Posted by on December 28, 2010 at 4:35 am   This post has 15 responses.

Trey Pitsenberger, Nurseryman with a Mission

Trey Pitsenberger has been online as The Blogging Nurseryman since 2005 and commenting here on the Rant since we started a year later.  Yeah, he's definitely an early adopter, as he recalls in a recent message to Independent Garden Centers and Nurseries.  He tells the story of having been...

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Posted by on December 27, 2010 at 6:12 am   This post has 9 responses.

Wicked Plants: The Seed Collection

Update:  Head over to the Algonquin Books Blog for another chance to win some seeds! As some of you know, I planted a poison garden while I was working on Wicked Plants.  I'd never grown, much less seen, some of the plants in the book, and it's just too...

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Posted by on December 15, 2010 at 4:07 am   This post has 28 responses.

Bayer/EPA memo: Better living through poison

We’ve all been hearing about a leaked EPA memo that appeared a few days ago, linking colony collapse disorder to Bayer CropScience and the pesticide clothianidin, which the company wants to use on mustard seed and cotton. This pesticide attacks the nervous system of insects; it is used to...

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Posted by on December 14, 2010 at 4:55 am   This post has 15 responses.

That Monrovia Thing, Continued.

So here's what I find interesting about this Monrovia story, from a gardener's perspective. Monrovia is a big ol' grower of popular and familiar plants, and you know how I feel about popular and familiar plants, especially when they've got a corporate logo plastered across the pot.  Mass-produced. Predictable....

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Posted by on December 8, 2010 at 12:30 pm   This post has 51 responses.

English Garden Tools–We Have a Winner!

You people did not make it easy to choose a winner. I chose a few favorite and then drew one at random–and our winner of a Clarington Forge spade is: Benjamin, the poet, the writer, with this clever and thoughtful entry: Depeche Mode – Personal Jesus Reach out and...

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Posted by on December 8, 2010 at 10:49 am   This post has 2 responses.

Monrovia to Indie Retailers: Buy Some Plants! Now!

This just in:  Monrovia, facing a serious cash crunch, has asked garden centers to hurry up and order some plants so they can raise the $20 million the banks want to see on their balance sheet by January.  According to the story, the banks also want to see them...

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Posted by on December 7, 2010 at 2:28 pm   This post has 16 responses.

Our Clever Readers and the Gifty Things They Make.

As promised, here's a round-up of some of the very cool things you people make and sell and would like to share right now, during the holiday shopping frenzy.  You are all so clever and creative that we just can't stand it.  While self-promotion can be a little weird,...

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Posted by on December 2, 2010 at 2:53 pm   This post has 16 responses.

English Garden Tools. We love them, yeah, yeah, yeah…

Imagine my delight when Clarington Forge sent a box of English garden tools all the way to northern California.  Genevieve Schmidt of NorthCoastGardening is known for making actual useful, instructive videos about garden tools–not the kind of rambling, intoxicated things we normally do on GardenRant — so Gen and...

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Posted by on December 1, 2010 at 3:32 am   This post has 33 responses.

And here’s another winner

This is for the Troy-Bilt story-sharing snow thrower contest. John wins his choice of the Flurry 1400 or the 3090XP for his comment. I chose it because it was about snow fun. I regret to say I haven't had this kind of fun in the snow for many years....

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Posted by on November 23, 2010 at 2:28 pm   This post has one response.

Calling All CraftyPersons

So there's been a discussion on Facebook with a certain artistic garden writer about how she really must make her beautiful artwork available for sale as holiday cards. She's promised us that she will, and that got me thinking:  Who else makes cool stuff that holiday shoppers might want...

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Posted by on November 17, 2010 at 9:21 am   This post has 24 responses.

Snow stories and the equipment to go with them (contest)

I am in this picture. Somewhere. When you’re snowbound for a week or better, as in ’77, you remember it. But a lot of snowstorms—even ones that seem spectacular at the time—can fade into the mist. It melts. And all the storms melt together as the years go by....

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Posted by on November 16, 2010 at 5:00 am   This post has 31 responses.

An Idea for Garden Centers We Might Just Like.

I'm all ready to be skeptical about some company that promises to offer garden centers a canned, pre-made, searchable website database thingy that promises to solve all their Internet and social media woes.  I mean,the whole point of independent garden centers is that they're independent, right?  And any kind...

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Posted by on October 27, 2010 at 4:54 am   This post has 24 responses.
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