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Karen Rexrode
Aldie, Virginia
Previous nursery owner, currently enjoy gardening and many forms of creative interpretation.
Interests: gardening, photography, assemblage, mixed media
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Recently announced (August 2nd), the Perennial Plant Association chose the perennial plant of the year for 2018, picking a relative newcomer, an ornamental onion named Allium 'Millenium'. The program that selects these perennial standouts is a subsection of the Perennial Plant Association and members of the group are asked to... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Studiology
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Listed below is my late summer and fall schedule with lectures and featured artist show in Occoquan. These are open to the public, all lectures at Merrifield Gardens are free. Friday, August 18 Something new for me, a podcast! I was interviewed by Jennifer Ebling of the "Still Growing Podcast"... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Studiology
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August is not a month to back off of garden chores. This month offers the gardener a time to plant, divide, maintain, and clean-up various parts of the garden. I look at all of the day to day activities I accomplish as an estate gardener, making a mental note of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2017 at Studiology
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The garden that I nurture peaks in August and September. The month of June and July are ornamental enough, to the casual observer, it's probably lovely. But truthfully, August 1st is like turning on the "GO LIVE" switch. Peak hours are 8:00 PM to 6:00 AM, at that early morning... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at Studiology
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After three months without a real working space, I can finally say it's done! Lessons learned from having a wonderful studio before gave me some valuable lessons in creating this one. Limited windows so that there was more wall space was important. Electrical outlets all over plus one for outside... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2017 at Studiology
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Triumphs and challenges abound for the gardener. The vegetable gardener, flower gardener, even the gardener of containers suffers from periods of dissatisfaction. When these low points arrive, it's wise to write them in your garden journal and take a photograph. A valuable lesson can be gained by doing both, there's... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at Studiology
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Today is Felicity's 6th birthday. My first grandchild, the smart, outgoing, love of animals, little person that will pull a prank in a heartbeat. She is the insistent big sister that begs her younger brother to do more, adventure more, romp harder, yet she is the loving big sister to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2017 at Studiology
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During the Fling or the garden bloggers gathering of June 22 to 25, daily bus rides delivered us to 16 stops. The largest collection of gardens on our agenda were those on the National Mall. For this we were allotted a 3 hour window to walk in and out of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2017 at Studiology
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Put 100 garden bloggers on buses and send them out to see fabulous gardens for three days, and it might be heaven on earth. Our fearless leader, Tammy Schmidt holds a special place in my heart for her efforts, as well as her team of assistants. 'We were wined and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2017 at Studiology
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Something new for me, I am participating in a convention of sorts, a gathering of bloggers, garden bloggers. Since it's happening in my neck of the woods, I am taking off from my various jobs and getting on a bus everyday to visit a few gardens and fraternize with folks... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2017 at Studiology
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The clouds have been remarkable for the last 2 months. I have paid more attention because I have been painting cloud studies. It began with a piece I was building for the gallery - "Art A La Carte" which required a background of clouds. With this last piece, I continued,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2017 at Studiology
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Summer is here, defined by warm, humid days, who better to represent the summer garden than coneflower? A tough member of the aster family, the largest family of plants in the entire plant world, best recognized as daisies or rayed flowers. Cousins include fleabane, gaillardia, and sunflowers, arriving as butterflies... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2017 at Studiology
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With this surge of heat, work in the garden is best split into early mornings or late evenings. With long days, the evenings are one of the best things about summer. It's also one of the best times to cut flowers for arrangements, something I've been doing every week as... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at Studiology
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Tomorrow and Sunday is the huge, giganormous "Occoquan Art and Craft Festival". Vendors come from all over to sell their wares. Art of every sort is sold, the streets are closed so visitors must come into town via shuttle buses. Use this link to find out where you can park... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2017 at Studiology
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There is still a week left in this delightful month. My garden has been outstanding and I am always trying to photograph its contents. My spring gardens are small, one for sun and one for shade. They are a size I can manage, the bigger garden is for summer and... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2017 at Studiology
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There is lots of confusion over poison ivy, poison sumac, and its relatives. Even the actual rash that comes from poison ivy contact has many false beliefs. It's not contagious, those seeping, oozing bubbles that make you want to amputate itchy limbs or skin. Relief can be found from various... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2017 at Studiology
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A studio art space is slowly coming together at my home. Of course it can't happen fast enough. In the meantime I am working on several projects. A recent request for a Dolly Parton Pez dispenser came to fruition. It's hard to make a Pez dispenser curvaceous, it helped to... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2017 at Studiology
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Juniper Faith arrived on May 2nd. She's a carrot top, at least for now. As grandbaby number three, she's not offended by her siblings chatter, it's always been a part of her world. Raucous noise, the sound of cars crashing, from Quinn, all part of a normal day. She's a... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2017 at Studiology
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Growing out the rocks, at a particular spot on Route 15, is a plant that I wanted to grab. This meant pulling over and yanking it out of the rock that it grows in. My purpose was to use it in a flower arrangement, the flower heads are chartreuse. This... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2017 at Studiology
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With all that's going on in spring, I can add one more, the Historic Garden Tour in Warrenton, Virginia. Five gardens will be open on Wednesday, April 26th, and Thursday, April 27th from 10 to 5. The fee for all five is $35, single site tickets are $15. I am... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2017 at Studiology
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Virginia is a state with lots of champion trees and a big advantage, it's home to the two most famous big tree hunters in the country. They form a tag team, looking for large trees that may outrank other large trees. Gary Williamson is a retired park ranger from Chesapeake,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2017 at Studiology
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I attended the 54th annual Daffodil Show today, a day that hit 90 degrees, but the thermostat was set to 65 at Buchanan Hall in Upperville, Virginia. The judges had come and gone, but this was an opportunity for me to make some judgments, a few things to seek out... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2017 at Studiology
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Big and heavy, as a rhino should be, this recent assemblage piece is finally completed. Three tick birds sit on his back, they dig out insects from the rhino's thick skin. It works for both of them. Titled "An Homage to the Rhino", it was built with reverence. Seems I've... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2017 at Studiology
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Following February, the disturbingly warm February, we entered March. Freezing cold winds, a wee bit of snow, but enough to declare a state of emergency (oh how my northern friends laugh), and maybe a return to normal (what is that?). Before the first freeze, literally on March 1st, I made... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2017 at Studiology
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Dribbles of blue can easily be achieved in early spring. Possibly the best time to plan and plant for the elusive color, the gardener's Holy Grail, true blue. There are a few choices for later in spring, say amsonia, larkspur, and a few rare salvias (that are blue, not purple),... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2017 at Studiology