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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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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 4 days ago 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 7 days ago 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 7 days ago 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
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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