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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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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
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As the wind howls tonight, I watched my last two guinea fowl go up into a cryptomeria tree. They will be chilled to the bone by morning with wind chill temperatures at 8 degrees tonight. Their usual roost is a thin white pine tree, which is far windier. In late... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at Studiology
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Before the bitter cold of this coming week (bitter, bitter damn'd cold), I was able to photograph some of the witch hazels at Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria. With the warmer February, they were out in full color. Our predicted snow will help plants on the ground by insulating them,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2017 at Studiology
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This entire blog was named and started because I had acquired a studio space. The most wonderful place on the planet, it came to me through The Center for the Arts of Manassas, Virginia. My initial concept was to record my growth as an artist. Seems I had a lot... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2017 at Studiology
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I can't ever remember a winter like this with so many scheduled garden lectures. As it's time to return to work, there are a few more, big and small in the works for 2017. March 4th, Green Spring Gardens - 10:00 AM" Landscape Rejuvenation" - Numerous concepts are covered in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2017 at Studiology
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With each trip to New Orleans I learn more about my fellow artists, most of which have returned for many years. We become closer each time, a second family to me. The really creative cousins. My travel companion is Sharon Ross, a person with little time but a huge desire... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2017 at Studiology
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Our local fields often contain a native grass that has a winter presence which is hard to miss. I have seen it turn a rich rusty red, although this winter it's a tan like the color of mocha. What triggers the darker color is usually a wet fall. I remember... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2017 at Studiology
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My 6th trip to New Orleans is like my bungee cord, a winter trip that I look forward to with great anticipation. Even though, and this can't be denied, the French Quarter of New Orleans can be despicable. It's humanity at its lowest form, except for the food, music and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2017 at Studiology
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February is the month for hearts. It's also the month for chocolate, roses, maybe even champagne. Many artists create works that speak to the month of love. We like to get in on the action. I made two heartfelt pieces. And just finished is a small piece with two, tiny... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at Studiology
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Familiar with the Tyrannosaurus rex? A large dinosaur, now extinct. The theme, as I've worked in the studio, has been dinosaurs. January has been slipping away as I've made small assemblage pieces. Sometimes they are driving cars (or trucks). A modified Hudson (convertible), ferries this little, flared neck lizard around.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2017 at Studiology
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With a damaged cherub, I proceeded to build this latest assemblage piece. The cherub was missing a head, already used elsewhere, a missing leg (shattered in a fall), and an arm that needed to come to the front. It was going to be a challenge, but one I was excited... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2017 at Studiology
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Suppose that I just handed you a plant tag and the name said (only) "Wrangler's Savage Love". My question would follow, what genus of plant might this be? My own knee jerk reaction is a daylily, those flamboyant hybridizers are notorious for crazy names. And I would be wrong. The... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2017 at Studiology
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I have an east facing windowsill lined with plants. I want winter flowers or exceptional foliage for my collection which can keep me as busy as I want it to. Preening, fertilizing, or rotating pots, simple happiness. A couple of orchids, new tropicals, there's that endless desire for new. Doesn't... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2017 at Studiology
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As promised, here is the progress made on my most recent piece of assemblage. The first piece of art completed for 2017. When these things come together, many thoughts enter your head; is it going in the right direction?, do I need to do more?, have I gone too far?.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2017 at Studiology
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The music is on, playing all day. Listening to David Bowie, Leon Russell, Prince, Sharon Jones, just to name a few. Reflecting on 2016, a wonderful year for me. It's hard to express how grateful I am for the beautiful people in my life. There are also the beautiful places.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2016 at Studiology
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I have been working at Merrifield Garden Center almost everyday for the holiday season. It's been hard to get much else done. That time will soon be over, I am a seasonal employee, returning in spring. All of my jobs are seasonal, so winter is a love-hate thing. I love... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2016 at Studiology
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Number 3 was delivered today, Krampus the third came together very nicely. Number 1 and 2 have gone to good homes, or shall we say, people that understand Krampus. This piece, along with the altered Christmas light bulbs, are at Art A La Carte, in Occoquan, Virginia. And I am... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2016 at Studiology
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The seasonal flowers of Christmas are few. Nothing like the countless options for Mother's Day or Easter. It boils down to forced flowers that are best grown in a greenhouse or those that require cool temperatures to be happy. With only one exception, the wonderful Christmas cactus that can be... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2016 at Studiology
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The thoughts in this little two year old's head are usually on wheels, trucks, tractors, and things that roll. His outgoing big sister entertains him, talks for him, and generally introduces him to others. This is Quinnie, she says. He is quiet, studious, has time to think while she chatters... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2016 at Studiology
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I am blessed in so many ways, on this day I embrace them all. I have no complaints! Blessings to all. Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2016 at Studiology
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This half goat, half demon, character has its roots in Germany. The name krampus, comes from the German word krampen which means claw. Its origins are a bit obscure, but the theory is that Krampus punishes children who have misbehaved, in contrast to our favored Santa Claus. Some think he... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2016 at Studiology
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It's always been said that the gardener should get a physical in summer or fall when they are at the peak of their health. All of that dead heading, cutting back of perennials and weeding gives us stamina and mobility. Soon the garden will slumber, Mother Nature drops a blanket... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2016 at Studiology
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My back, my hands, are tired. Gardening is exhausting. Today I finished digging my tender plants, they are in their winter homes. Whew! A hot tub soak would be ideal right now. The "putting the gardens to bed" is still ongoing. It's been many weeks but I see results, the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2016 at Studiology
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I worked today, cutting back perennials to put gardens to bed. It was pleasant, especially with my music set to Pandora and Halloween music. Bebop swing tunes from the 60's played, songs that I used to sing on a school bus with everyone else. In the late 60's I was... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2016 at Studiology
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Tonight is a first frost, or so they say, and I hope not! Yes, I know it's time. What have you been doing, you ask? Why aren't those tender plants dug? Instead I'm thinking about someone special who just passed. Someone that was enthusiastic, in love with many aspects of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2016 at Studiology