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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
Recent Activity
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 3 days ago at Studiology
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 5 days ago at Studiology
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
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
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
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
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
The gallery in Occoquan will be putting up a new display on March 1st, a blacklight display. Not an entirely new concept for me, I spent a lot of time with blacklight photography. Painting is different though, and this last month I worked with fluorescent paints. The idea is to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2018 at Studiology
As a book shelf was reorganized today, I found one of my journals from 2012. Some early morning notes caught my attention, it was a reflection on a garden book written by Julie Moir Messervy titled "The Inward Garden". Julie's premise for the book is defining distinct garden styles and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2018 at Studiology
Back from the dead, or so I feel, for a full two weeks I suffered. The cough, the bronchitis, it's diminishing and I feel so happy to have it behind me. Awful, awful stuff!!! So on this day of festivities, the beginning of Lent and the Mardi Gras, I will... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2018 at Studiology
Before this month leaves I wanted to share a few photographs from my annual trip to New Orleans. This trip was one of the best with a full schedule and things falling into place. The workshop that I attend is planned around assemblage art with our hilarious teacher Michael deMeng.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at Studiology
The seed catalogs are arriving, sometimes two or three from the same company. Smaller, duplicate editions are trying to get your online order, or so I suspect. Mine are dogeared, pages marked, and folded. I'm not a seed starter, or I should clarify, I'm not an indoor seed starter. I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2018 at Studiology
Just home from a road trip that was filled with road trips. My youngest sister moved to southern Virginia, between the hills of the Jefferson National Park, where it is divided into a north and south. Her tiny town sits between the two, something she researched by reading maps, knowing... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2018 at Studiology
Create, complete, sell and repeat. A mantra that goes with the sales of creators. I'm pretty certain if an item did not sell, the inventor or creator may not repeat it, or they might do it again but with improvements. I surprised myself with the first creation in 2018, a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2018 at Studiology
Last fall I failed to take extra precautions with my outdoor plants. So of course here we are in January with a deep freeze. This test will prove the hardiness of gardenia and farfugium. I have no expectations for canna, dahlias, or even fig fruit, which is a pessimistic prediction.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2018 at Studiology
Since 2012 I have blogged about my guineafowl. The ups and downs, and the nightly attacks, the baby keets and their rearing. This year began with 2, we are now down to 1. A recent owl attack brought down the male companion to this last, lucky (or not so lucky)... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2017 at Studiology
A day off is a good thing. It's been a busy month and in one week I will be free to follow my own schedule until spring arrives. There will be days full of creative time in the studio and good book reading, something I am equally excited about. But... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2017 at Studiology
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 Dec 7, 2017 at Studiology
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
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
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
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
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
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
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