Painted palms on Sanibel Island

Sweet Land of Liberty, from Salvisa to Sanibel

  Two weeks ago, while stuck at winter’s ugly intersection of “alternative facts” and grays skies, I sat patiently and watched the red light flash green. It dried out, and the sun shone for a day. “I think I can, I think I can,” I began muttering. In a manic burst, I dug three small […]

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Posted by on February 15, 2017 at 7:46 am   This post has 6 responses.

PlantPOP Wants to Film your Story

In a recent post I recommended some videos by the very cool “horticultural film studio” PlantPOP (also on Youtube) and promised more about them soon. One phone call later, here ya go. To me it’s a fascinating story of art meets commerce. Art Parkerson grew up in the Tidewater region...

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Posted by on February 9, 2017 at 4:16 pm   This post has 7 responses.

Garden Videos can Teach or Distract

The February update from Good Gardening Videos starts with the news, then recommends 16 new or newly-discovered videos. Some have no point other than to entertain – so we thank them for the distraction. NEWS: GGVideos Welcomes Nonprofit Supporters The missions of the Garden Writers Association Foundation and Kids...

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Posted by on February 1, 2017 at 2:01 pm   This post has 2 responses.

Polar or Bi-Polar? An Honest Assessment of the Winter Garden

     Guest Rant by Scott Beuerlein I am a charlatan and a fraud. Maybe they’re the same thing. I don’t even know. But whatever that thing is, I don’t like it. And “it” is me. And I couldn’t be more disgusted with myself. For years, in talks, articles,...

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Posted by Scott Beuerlein on January 25, 2017 at 7:39 am   This post has 8 responses.

The Obamas’ New Yard

Part 2 of my Garden-Related Thoughts on Inauguration Day is a look-see the Obamas’ home and garden for at least two years while Sasha finishes high school. Enjoy the whole slide show on Cafe Mom, titled: “It’s no White House but Obama’s new $5.3M Mansion is Still Pretty Freakin’...

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Posted by on January 21, 2017 at 8:06 pm   This post has one response.

Farmers Dance. Why not Gardeners?

A farmer dancing in his barn is a recent sensation on Youtube and no wonder – he invokes the Let’s Move campaign and his dancing is very cool to watch. But as a kindred spirit and a gardener, my immediate reaction is – Where are the “Dancing Gardeners” on...

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Posted by on January 19, 2017 at 12:07 pm   This post has 6 responses.

The Heart and Sole(s) of Horticulture

Over 10,000 nursery folks, greenhouse growers, retailers, landscapers, gardeners, designers, plant brokers, teachers, students, writers and gawkers showed up last week at the Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show (MANTS), held annually in Baltimore. Anyone interested in a wide selection of seeds of perennials, alpine species, herbs, or ornamental grasses eventually...

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Posted by on January 18, 2017 at 8:58 am   This post has 11 responses.

New African American Museum’s Landscape

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, let’s visit the recently opened National Museum of African American History and Culture, located on the grounds of the Washington Monument. The critically praised building is the work of Tanzania-born, London-based architect David Adjaye. I see from his firm’s website that he’s about to...

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Posted by on January 13, 2017 at 9:49 am   This post has 3 responses.

Goals for a New Year

I have eschewed New Year’s resolutions this year – I typically set myself impossible goals such as moderating my seed purchases and then feel doubly badly about the ensuing order-orgy. But I do have some goals for 2017. I’m going to cap the cost of my seed expenditures by...

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Posted by on January 2, 2017 at 8:08 am   This post has 4 responses.

Dying on the Vine? Part II

Guest Rant by Scott Beuerlein, who insists the end is not nigh. Gardeners join together. One of my very favorite quotes came from a supervisor I had many years ago in what seems like a previous life. He said: “It’s not that I want to be an asshole, it’s...

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Posted by Scott Beuerlein on December 29, 2016 at 7:39 am   This post has 17 responses.

Dying on the Vine? Part I

    This is the first of a two-part series on the decline of plant societies and garden clubs. Tomorrow, Scott Beuerlein explains how to dig out of the hole.   Many of us who garden, and who benefit from garden group gatherings, have kept quiet about the decline...

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Posted by on December 28, 2016 at 7:38 am   This post has 16 responses.

How to Recommend Plants with Video

Searching the Internet for good gardening videos for over a year now, I’ve come to lament their dearth in one major category – ornamental plants. Thanks to Extension universities and a few media-savvy experts, there’s plenty of help for new veg-growing gardeners, but if you want to beautify your...

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Posted by on December 16, 2016 at 8:36 am   This post has 7 responses.

Rufus and the Pretend Prairie

Today, our pretend prairie celebrates the fifth anniversary of its first seed sowing. The prairie is our beautiful baby, and I don’t worry with questions about legitimacy. Central Kentucky—the Bluegrass Region—was until human settlement, a vast woodland with cane breaks of native bamboo, Arundinaria gigantea. There were no prairies...

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Posted by on December 14, 2016 at 7:57 am   This post has 9 responses.

Get your Holiday-Decorating Videos Right Here

My numero uno project these days is reviewing and collecting good gardening videos, as I might have mentioned here a few times (ahem). And to be on-trend (oh, always!), we’ve gone looking for some that demonstrate how to make holiday decorations out of (mainly) plants, and found these 14. If you’re...

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New Podcast Discovery: “Still Growing”

I’ve complained about the dearth of gardening podcasts and one of my favorites seems to have even gone dormant. But when I came across three podcasts about this year’s Garden Blogger Fling in Minneapolis, which I actually attended, I had to give a listen, and so discovered probably the...

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Posted by on December 2, 2016 at 10:00 am   This post has 5 responses.

For Giving Tuesday, consider Kids Gardening

Today only, donations to Kids Gardening will be doubled, up to $10,000.

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Red-Free Holiday Decorations!

Same-old holiday decorations, dominated by your basic Crayola red, give me the bah-humbugs faster than “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” on repeat play. So the holiday display that opened yesterday at the U.S. Botanic Garden is a relief and a respite for this perennial Scrooge because red seems to have been...

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Posted by on November 25, 2016 at 8:47 am   This post has 4 responses.

Cellar Holes

I took a break from leaf clean-up the other day (one of the penalties I pay for my garden’s wonderful woodland site) and took a walk to enjoy the late fall woods. This presents a very different aspect at this season, for with the leaves all down, the interior...

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Posted by on November 21, 2016 at 7:30 am   This post has 10 responses.

Bulb-Forcing Videos

Forcing spring-blooming bulbs is a popular topic here on the Rant, thanks to Elizabeth, our bulb-forcer extraordinaire. She inspired us at Good Gardening Videos to find videos demonstrating bulb-forcing to recommend to viewers – people like me who learn best by being shown. These 8 videos on the topic have...

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Posted by on November 12, 2016 at 7:03 pm   This post has 4 responses.

“Most Beautiful Bike Trail in the East”

Need some calming images? I sure do, so I’m sharing a few from my glorious visit to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware last week, where I greeted this sunrise. I always rent a bike at the beach, then cruise around slowly, admiring the residential landscaping. But for this visit I took...

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Posted by on November 11, 2016 at 9:44 am   This post has one response.