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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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When the rains arrived in spring, a bright yellow contractor’s wheelbarrow filled up and over flowed as it sat in the yard. Within two weeks there were tadpoles swimming around, enjoying the six cubic feet of water (44.883 gallons), and that ended the need to use the wheelbarrow. Summer arrived... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Studiology
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Today is my wedding anniversary, my 40th wedding anniversary! Our wedding was with the Justice of the Peace in Leesburg, Virginia. At the time we were living in a trailer, hoping to buy some land. I was working at Kenny Roberts Garden Center and he was working at Stone Truck... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2018 at Studiology
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I'm leaving for a little trip, dubbed a celebration of life, my traveling companions are my sisters. The reasons are two; we are all healthy, and what better time to celebrate? Secondly, my parents estate is finalized and we made it through both parents passing and the settlement of a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2018 at Studiology
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I have some interesting events coming up this fall. Here is the roundup of dates and topics. Many are free, a few have a materials fee or a registration fee. Links are provided. Saturday, September 29th at Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria, VA I will be joining Kathy Jentz in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2018 at Studiology
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The most lively spot in my garden is my patch of milkweed. Three of its regulars are all seeking the same thing, toxic cardiac glycosides. As they feed on the milky latex, an acquired taste for sure, they become more and more toxic or poisonous, the key to survival. Not... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2018 at Studiology
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My garden is full, not just with flowers but caterpillars! It's been a good year. The monarchs are there everyday, ladies laying eggs and sipping, babies munching, and munching. To my eye, the effort is paying off, the move to plant milkweed by so many is paying off, at least... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2018 at Studiology
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Every year, for the past four years, I have been the featured artist at the "Art A La Carte Gallery" during the month of October. Every year I come up with a theme and work on it until it's time to put up the show. This year the show is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2018 at Studiology
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Other than the kudzu, areas of northern North Carolina can be almost pristine. The small town, more like an outpost, of Cullowhee is clothed in kudzu vine, it creeps into the road and smothers the mailboxes that line it. Imagine having to uncover your mailbox to receive mail? There is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2018 at Studiology
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I have returned from a truly wonderful experience, the Cullowhee Native Plant Conference, held at the Western Carolina University. Two of those nights involved moths, it was our night entertainment. It also may have been the activity I was most excited about. And as it turns out, this is National... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2018 at Studiology
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I have been doubling up on my day job in anticipation of going down to the Cullowhee Native Plant Conference. One day I worked from 7 to 7 and then weeded in my own garden, thinking how happy I was and grateful for a job that keeps me asking questions.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2018 at Studiology
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Apparently the age of seven is perfect for a big birthday party. There was gratitude and a genuine thankfulness for all that was presented to my beautiful granddaughter on her big day. Furthermore, her mother had organized some fun events and the photographs will readily display what type of shenanigans... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2018 at Studiology
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After a morning walk about, like the lord of his castle, I realize that much is happening in the garden, although some are not getting the memo. Directly next to the gloriosa lily is the support on which she is destined to climb, or so is my intent. Day after... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2018 at Studiology
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How long does a flower last, there I ponder the concept of floral real estate. Not to be confused with how many flowers occupy your real estate, but the actual size of each flower. Does it matter if a flower is large or small; will one last longer than the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2018 at Studiology
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Today, 45 years ago, I graduated from High School. A small school, located in the suburbs of Mexico City, it's unlikely that you would know anyone else that graduated from Lomas High School, our graduating class was 18. I found the commencement pamphlet when I cleaned out my parents home... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2018 at Studiology
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I've been testing some new products that I would like to share. Previously considered "top secret stuff", only because it made me look like a superstar, but in the spirit of sharing, and because I want you to look like a superstar too, I am disclosing these wonderful products. All... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2018 at Studiology
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The garden marches on, bud, flower, seed, no time to wait. June is on its heels, and the gardener better get things in order. The "post bulb departum" is well underway, the slimy remains of daffodil foliage are fun, they even make that slurpy sound when you gather them up.... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2018 at Studiology
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As plants go, specifically perennials, there is a group I find appealing and I can spot them from across a garden or woodland. Oddly they are members of two families, although they could be twins. I'm referring to the Solomon Seals, the disporums, uvularias and maianthemum. Dicots or slender veined... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2018 at Studiology
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A package arrived in the mail today, a box that was much anticipated but the source of great emotion. Four simply framed enamel squares are mine, created by my high school friend Mona Avellino, who sadly passed in 2014. We went to High School together in Mexico City, The American... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2018 at Studiology
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With their sights on the sun and lengthening days, the spring ephemerals rise. Triggered by warming soil and more hours and minutes in each day, their agenda is set. Pollen, nectar, and odor are delivered with precision, such that we mortals are still trying to understand the mechanics of how,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2018 at Studiology
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Not too long ago I completed a commissioned piece. The request came over a year ago and I found myself challenged as an artist. Not that any of that stopped me from saying yes, yes I can do that. The project was to create a video gaming character named D.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2018 at Studiology
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The weatherman will announce potential frost warnings now, before it was just cold! I endured thirty degree mornings, everyday, week after week, trudging around in coveralls. We are over the hump. A south breeze has arrived, lifting the mercury to a position we haven't seen in awhile. Most of us... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2018 at Studiology
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A sudden turn of events has me in South Carolina where the trees have leaves and the azaleas are flowering. My plate is full and I will be here for awhile, so there will be few if any posts. The good news, it will be 70 degrees here today. Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2018 at Studiology
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On a quiet day, building a garden presentation, I am perusing my collection of photographs. Occasionally I come across something exceptional, but rarely garden related. I fall in love again and remember spending hours working or "processing" the image. Most are large Photoshop files, enormous in comparison to others, most... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2018 at Studiology
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Where trees live, concentrated enough to be a forest or a glen, there exists an understory, the space that occupies their feet. Herbaceous plants live here, as well as tree saplings. The second, third, fourth chapter in the evolution of a forest lies in wait. A habitat forms, a place... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2018 at Studiology
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The spring clean-up seems monumental at times, and so it begins this first week of March when it's still so chilly, but necessary. Weeds like hairy bittercress (Cardimine hirsuta) are just flowering, so smug with their tight little cluster of leaves. It's the perfect time to pull them, before this... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2018 at Studiology