Rant on the Road: LA, Asheville, NC, and Portland

Hey folks–if you’re in any of these places, I’ll be there too. See you? May 04 2012 06:00 PM – Los Angeles Natural History Museum First Friday Series, Los Angeles, CA Wicked Bugs in conversation…. May 06 2012 01:30 PM – North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville, NC A special Wicked Plants lecture in conjunction with the Arboretum’s exhibit […]

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Posted by on May 2, 2012 at 6:52 pm   This post has 3 responses.

50-Mile Bouquet–We Have (Another) Winner!

Debra Prinzing chose a winner from among you brave people who shared a photo of your own floral handiwork.  She put them all in a bowl and let her son choose one. The winner of our random drawing is: Ann Amato, A Year of Ikebana Thanks,everybody!

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Posted by on May 2, 2012 at 3:30 am   This post has Comments Off.

The 50-Mile Bouquet–We Have a Winner!

Thanks to everyone who posted a comment to win a copy of Debra Prinzing and David Perry’s fine new book The 50-Mile Bouquet.  If you didn’t win, you’re in luck, because we have a guest post coming up from Debra Prinzing soon, and you’ll have another chance to win. Meanwhile,...

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Posted by on April 25, 2012 at 4:00 am   This post has one response.

Why Is Chicago So Civilized?

Friend of Rant and Chicago radio personality Mike Nowak now has a TV show on Comcast 102, Dig In Chicago, which will debut tomorrow. We love Mike because he blasts away the twee in gardening, is a real journalist willing to take on all kinds of political and environmental issues...

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Posted by on April 20, 2012 at 7:18 am   This post has 10 responses.

Rant on the Road: Nebraska and Arkansas

I have a feeling I'm going to see some very pretty countryside this week!  Here's where I'm headed: April 19, 2012 Lauritzen Gardens Omaha, NE April 21, 2012 1:00 Flower, Garden, and Nature Society of Northwest Arkansas Springdale, AR

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Posted by on April 18, 2012 at 10:33 am   This post has one response.

The 50-Mile Bouquet

Please welcome photographer David Perry who, along with author Debra Prinzing, has been at work on this book about sustainable cut flowers, The 50 Mile Bouquet, for–well.  A loooooong time.  Honestly, I can think of few authors who have been as committed to their subject as these two have been. They knew from...

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Posted by on April 18, 2012 at 4:23 am   This post has 58 responses.

The Mushrooms Will Save Us

Ordinarily, I’d be writing about my tulips now. But there are so many noteworthy news stories at the moment for gardeners that a series of links seemed more pressing. Good news for the plastic life! Yale students have found a fungi from the Amazon that can break down polyurethane–even without oxygen,...

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Posted by on April 13, 2012 at 5:45 am   This post has 19 responses.

Williams-Sonoma Goes Agrarian

Williams-Sonoma got a little buzz last week when it announced a new line of DIY, homesteading, gardening, chicken-keeping stuff. The line is calledAgrarian, and while it wasn’t quite live when the press hit last week, it’s all up there now. Let’s have a look, shall we? I went straight to the chicken...

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Posted by on April 10, 2012 at 10:05 am   This post has 31 responses.

Thomas Rainer’s 5 Myths about Native Plants

Part 2 of my summary of Thomas Rainer’s talk about designing with native plants at the Lahr Native Plant Symposium.  Part 1, covering design, is here. Thomas’s myths about native plants: 1. That native plants are drought-tolerant, requiring less supplemental watering, a notion Thomas calls total ‘hogwash”.  Au contraire.  In...

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Posted by on April 10, 2012 at 6:30 am   This post has 16 responses.

Tulip solution: species in the ground, hybrids in pots

These were taken out of the garage in March and have flower buds about 4-5 inches up. I think all the pots are either Prinses Irene/Passionale, or Black Hero/Orange Princess. If you want to treat hybrid tulips as annuals—and I know that’s not for everyone—this is the easiest way...

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Posted by on April 9, 2012 at 5:29 am   This post has 12 responses.

Making Nature Irresistible

Rant readers, please welcome Ken Druse, one of the few garden writers whose work I find truly exciting. Druse is the author of 17 books about ornamental gardening, including The Natural Shade Garden, Planthropology, and a supremely useful book just released in paperback, Making More Plants: The Science, Art, and Joy of...

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Posted by on April 6, 2012 at 1:31 pm   This post has 8 responses.

An elegant species slumming it in my yard

Michele’s Friday post will be up soon. In the meantime, are you (those in my zone-ish) enjoying your first species tulips of the season? This is humulis “Persian Pearl,” I love the sharply defined silver and purple, kind of like the panels on a pre-1800s ballgown. There are some...

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Posted by on April 6, 2012 at 6:31 am   This post has 11 responses.

Goodnight, ladies

” More this. Less this. In a retooling of the Dig.Drop.Done. campaign, which I’ve written about here, it looks like we won’t be seeing the three cartoon-y “ladies” who were central to a bulbs-as-lifestyle marketing narrative. They’ll be dropped, at least for the time being. Are they done? Maybe...

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Posted by on April 2, 2012 at 5:25 am   This post has 11 responses.

The Magnolias Are Confused and So Am I

March is defnitely the cruelest month.  I never heard the phrase “mud season” until I moved to upstate New York 20 years ago, but March is it, mud season. Of course, April is no cakewalk, either.  I can usually count on there being snow on the ground in Saratoga...

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Posted by on March 30, 2012 at 6:27 am   This post has 18 responses.

Kat Kinsman of Eatocracy: Woman After My Own Heart

I really enjoy Kat Kinsman’s playfully broad definition of food reporting on CNN’s Eatocracy site, and she makes me laugh on Twitter. But today, she ventures into the vegetable garden in a delightfully sloppy and inexpert way, with precisely the right message for beginners: Don’t worry if you’re doing it...

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Posted by on March 28, 2012 at 2:56 pm   This post has 5 responses.

Worm Giveaway–We Have a Winner!

Wow.  I think we got more comments on our earthworm post than we've ever had.  Clearly you people are into your worms. And our winner, chosen with a little help from a random number generator, is–Janet at The Queen of Seaford. She's already a worm lover, so now we...

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Posted by on March 28, 2012 at 5:04 am   This post has one response.

Can’t Wait for School to Start!

It's a bizarrely early spring here in upstate New York.  I've never started planting out of doors at the same moment I've started tomato seedlings in the basement, but that's where we are this year.  Ready to go! I've been looking at my own garden with something of a...

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Posted by on March 23, 2012 at 7:53 am   This post has 11 responses.

Living dangerously?

What's the point of keeping forced tulips inside when it's 75 out—my patio could use the color. It’s lucky that a greenhouse bursting with perennials in not close at hand, because who knows how crazy I might get this spring. Buffalo is balmy; so are most of the contiguous...

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Posted by on March 19, 2012 at 5:41 am   This post has 23 responses.

Daylight Savings Time: Farmers hate it, gardeners may like it, and the rest just go shopping

Sunrise from my house at 7:30. It’s disconcerting to be plunged back into early am darkness as I get ready for work, but it’s even more disconcerting to hear that, far from saving anything, Daylight Saving Time actually increases residential energy use as well as gasoline consumption. I read...

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Posted by on March 12, 2012 at 5:52 am   This post has 16 responses.

A New Leaf

I never was a seed starter.  There was a nursery near me that for a long time had a fantastic selection of vegetable seedlings.  But then the lovely people who owned it sold their house, moved to the South, and only returned in the spring and early summer to...

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Posted by on March 9, 2012 at 6:37 am   This post has 33 responses.
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