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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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As if life isn't already full of work deadlines, doing laundry, car maintenance, and child care (for some of you), we have birthdays, holidays, and life events. The latter rarely trump work related schedules, but they can cause complications when it comes to the calendar. In some cases this is... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Studiology
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How did big families ever manage?! That has been my ongoing question. My mother was one of 6, and is some cases that was a small family. After 4 days with 3 grandchildren and family, 1 granddog (part time) and parent, cooking, cleaning etc.. I'm befuddled! I guess everyone had... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2017 at Studiology
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Seed, the gardener's world has gone to seed. Berries, floating puff balls, the dispersal is upon us. As these varied embryos fall or fly, they are prepared to wait for the perfect set of circumstances to occur before they risk the one chance they have to sprout. So many days... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2017 at Studiology
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That not so jolly Krampus is back. He's a smaller version of the three I created last Christmas, but certainly no less menacing. White hair is a departure, more like the original nut crackers, those totally innocent nutcrackers which lack the teeth, the claws, the horns! Also added to the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2017 at Studiology
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I have been averting my eyes as I pass by my raised beds, the garden that is a summer wonder. The death, the limp leaves, the loss of things I didn't save. I have aged and made decisions, cut some ties, hardened my heart. In comparison I guess I still... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2017 at Studiology
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Henry Mitchell once wrote that the first eight days of November are some of the finest of the year. Of course the gardener never thinks of these days as particularly memorable. Scenes of April and May are what flashes in our head. November seems like a winter month, a cold... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2017 at Studiology
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The kitchen smells like pumpkin innards! My usual, last minute carving, which I love to do. Simple, not too complicated, all fingers are intact. Happy Halloween folks! Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2017 at Studiology
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The garden shed chatter is usually about the weather. Temperatures, rain, the forecast, these are things of great importance. Keeping that in mind, it seems that we've been cheated this fall. No reds, oranges, very little yellow and worse yet, dry and drier. I just finished a lecture on color... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2017 at Studiology
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Just in time for next week's reception, I completed another interactive magnet piece. This one holds an elephant, a circus elephant, but he can be moved around because he is held in place with magnets. Not only is the elephant movable, but also the circus balls which can be lined... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2017 at Studiology
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Metal, imagination, fabrication, and cars all come together at the Rockabilly Rumble! A one day event that fills a large field where rat rods, hot rods, and finely tuned race cars meet to show off. The fine details of each car sends my head a wizzin! What you may not... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2017 at Studiology
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October, the month that comes before November, the month of frost and potential freezes, woe is the gardener that dreads the garden season's finish. My primary garden is a jumble. The raised beds can barely be seen, the wood sides covered in growth. The red cypress vine, Jamaican toothache plant,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2017 at Studiology
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Bound for the gallery is another addition to the Alice in Wonderland Pez series, this time it's the "Hookah Smoking Caterpillar". He was once Dory the fish from "Finding Nemo". Of course arms were added and these luscious caterpillar lumps, which were great fun to paint. Consider a visit to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2017 at Studiology
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After a month that felt like a life time of busy, I have checked off my obligations. A deep breath and satisfaction with many things that challenged me on entirely new levels of achievement in September. Today was the official hanging of the new show titled "The Traveler's". I completed... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2017 at Studiology
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Does a plant go to sleep faster than it wakes up? Does gravity help a root grow deeper and pull the summer's energy downward? The gardener wonders about these things as they find a unanimous shift of leaf color and plant vigor in fall. In our fields the corn and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2017 at Studiology
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The gardener's heart can beam with love for their garden. In this season, the turn to fall, so many things happen, tiny nuances that make you aware that with each passing day there is a shift. This change is not just in the plants themselves but in every living thing.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2017 at Studiology
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This will be the third year in a row that I have chosen October as my featured artist show month. It works for me, the month that brings fall and celebrates Halloween and spooky things. The title for this year's show is "Travelers" and I'm building assemblage pieces that are... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2017 at Studiology
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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 Aug 21, 2017 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 Aug 17, 2017 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