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 7 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

“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.

Marijuana, the Hottest Plant in Horticulture

Have you noticed what’s on the shelves in the gardening section of what’s left of book stores? LOTS of new or newly updated guides to growing marijuana, medical or otherwise. The bookstore-challenged can search “marijuana horticulture” on Amazon and find over 400 titles! Marijuana blogs are also hot, reporting on...

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Posted by on November 4, 2016 at 8:35 am   This post has 12 responses.

3 Take-aways from Garden Writer Meet-ups

I love hanging out with other garden writers, and have done quite a bit of that this year – at several local and regional events and especially, the Garden Blogger Fling in Minneapolis and the Garden Writers conference in Atlanta. I caught up with old friends, made new ones, and...

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Posted by on October 21, 2016 at 2:53 am   This post has 14 responses.

Preserving the White House Kitchen Garden

The White House Kitchen Garden was in the news last week, as Michelle Obama dedicated the garden and unveiled other “updates” made to preserve the garden. Via the White House: Making the garden even more accessible to kids and world leaders alike, the updates include establishing a revised layout with a...

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Posted by on October 10, 2016 at 7:22 am   This post has 2 responses.

The Season’s Last Hurrah and a Surprising New Beginning

  There are a few weeks left in my long, fitful gardening season. I will be busy trying to nail those lingering mischievous weeds. (How can I miss weeds, that I pass every day, with seed heads the size of Big Ben?) At the end of September I’ll put...

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Posted by on September 14, 2016 at 9:41 am   This post has 30 responses.

State Fair in the Big City

The DC State Fair, now in its 7th year, calls itself a “free showcase of the region’s agricultural and artistic talents” and a “celebration of all things homegrown: food, music, art and entertainment for everyone.” And of course it’s not at a county fairgrounds but in the middle of Washington, D.C....

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Posted by on September 9, 2016 at 7:26 am   This post has 2 responses.

Wild Designer Makes “Beautiful Places for People to Love”

Rant readers know that we love Thomas Rainer’s work and his book Planting in a Post-Wild World (here’s Evelyn’s describing the aha’s she got from it), but there’s another game-changing landscape architect I hadn’t heard of til recently, one who may be having an even greater impact through her ginormous...

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Posted by on August 5, 2016 at 1:12 pm   This post has 2 responses.

Norma’s Collectables and Cactus

Attention shoppers! The world’s largest Yard Sale is approaching. Four days, August 4 – 7, along 690 miles of U.S. Highway 127, from Addison, Michigan to Gadsden, Alabama, you will find more lamp shades, hub caps, ragged sofas, wire cutters, scuffed-up golf balls and used baby shoes than you...

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Posted by on July 27, 2016 at 7:45 am   This post has 8 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.

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.