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Posted Jun 4, 2012 at Garden Rant
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We are shutting down this Typepad blog and unveiling a new Wordpress website—probably by Monday a.m. You won’t see new content here Friday-Sunday, because our IT guy, Steve Ansell, will be completing the switch over the weekend. The new site... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2012 at Garden Rant
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This might be at the other end of the spectrum from funky bottle trees and found object enclosures. Acres and acres of lawn. Although Asheville’s Biltmore estate is set inside a magnificent wooded landscape, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2012 at Garden Rant
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Voodoo Lily image from the Gentling garden, Asheville There’s no doubt that independent garden centers and nurseries—like many businesses—have been seeing their sales decline over the last few years. The percentage dips have been in as much as the double... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2012 at Garden Rant
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I don't mind stealing a phrase many others have used concerning the Asheville garden of Christopher Mello, visited by garden bloggers (our annual get-together) this past weekend. The space is dominated by a central circular space filled with Tonka trucks... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2012 at Garden Rant
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I have a habit of planting lilies everywhere, often where I should have left well enough alone. Here, they are interfering with a perfectly nice dicentra. Do we become more tolerant of the multiple problems and imperfections in our gardens,... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2012 at Garden Rant
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Avast and belay! I couldn't help but notice some familiar names on the Kickstarter list, so thanks to any of our readers who contributed to the Farmer Pirates Kickstarter campaign. They made their goal late last night, and will be... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2012 at Garden Rant
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...if I didn't brag about my tulips. This year, I focused on hybrids in containers, as well as in the two round raised beds on the hellstrip. In the containers: Triumphs Prinses Irene and Passionale (these are the ones I... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2012 at Garden Rant
This is how Buffalo urban farmer Dan Ash explains it: “Pirate is a word that embodies resistance, and for farmer pirates that means resistance to the current industrial food system. We’re opting out by growing our own food.” It was... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2012 at Garden Rant
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As a commenter astutely pointed out a couple weeks back, my relationship with tulips has nothing to do with low-maintenance or saving money. I’m not sure any of my gardening is centered around those priorities. Indeed, I hope it never... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2012 at Garden Rant
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These were taken out of the garage in March and have flower buds about 4-5 inches up. I think all the pots are either Prinses Irene/Passionale, or Black Hero/Orange Princess. If you want to treat hybrid tulips as annuals—and I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2012 at Garden Rant
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Michele's Friday post will be up soon. In the meantime, are you (those in my zone-ish) enjoying your first species tulips of the season? This is humulis "Persian Pearl," I love the sharply defined silver and purple, kind of like... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2012 at Garden Rant
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" More this. Less this. In a retooling of the Dig.Drop.Done. campaign, which I’ve written about here, it looks like we won’t be seeing the three cartoon-y “ladies” who were central to a bulbs-as-lifestyle marketing narrative. They’ll be dropped, at... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2012 at Garden Rant
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“Without the proper pussy willows, who knows. Marriages might not happen. Relationships could fall apart,"—Eddy Dobosiewicz, Dyngus Day Buffalo co-founder Those of you who are wondering what the hell Dyngus Day is and why pussy willows are involved should not... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2012 at Garden Rant
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What's the point of keeping forced tulips inside when it's 75 out—my patio could use the color. It’s lucky that a greenhouse bursting with perennials in not close at hand, because who knows how crazy I might get this spring.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2012 at Garden Rant
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Here's another guest post from Friend of Rant, professor of veterinary medicine, and master gardener James K. Roush, who blogs at Garden Musings. Hark to his tale of frustration with QR codes and questionable, albeit tempting, spring bulbs.—Elizabeth I was... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2012 at Garden Rant
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Sunrise from my house at 7:30. It’s disconcerting to be plunged back into early am darkness as I get ready for work, but it’s even more disconcerting to hear that, far from saving anything, Daylight Saving Time actually increases residential... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2012 at Garden Rant
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Commenter ELSA will take away the alpines. Thanks, Joseph and Arrowhead Alpines! Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2012 at Garden Rant
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I am so pleased to present Friend of Rant Joseph Tychonievich. Joseph has a new position at rare plant nursery Arrowhead Alpines and wants to share his enthusiasm about alpines, as well as share some alpines!—Elizabeth The winner will be... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2012 at Garden Rant
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Now we know what it takes to get people in State College, PA excited about plants in the middle of winter. Just include caricatures of the major players in Penn State’s recent sex abuse scandal as part of the anarchic... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2012 at Garden Rant
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"At some point, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. [Landscape] roses will be all you have; the beautiful, unique hybrid teas will be gone." —Charlie Anderson, president of Weeks Roses This makes me sad. I’m no big fan of hybrid teas,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2012 at Garden Rant
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At the request of my friend Miriam Goldberger, co-founder and owner of Wildflower Farm, I have sown Eco-Lawn grass seed in my forced tulips, which are coming up now. Eco-Lawn is a fescue grass that, according to the WF site,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2012 at Garden Rant
Congratulations to our winners! Lisa/Chickens on the Lawn gets The Untamed Garden and A. Marina Fournier wins Incredible Edibles. I know I am late posting this. Actually I was in the salon chair when 10 am struck. Beauty first, in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2012 at Garden Rant
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This beef bouquet, as with much of the botanical-related weirdness I find on the interwebs, comes courtesy of Neatorama.com (first sighting) and hungeree.com (original). Joking aside, these flowers are better value and much more useful (if you're a carnivore) than... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2012 at Garden Rant
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WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED SATURDAY AT 10 A.M. EST. Remember Sonia Day’s engaging guest post here about heirloom tomatoes, lawns, native plants, and other hot button topics? You should also know that the Toronto-based garden writer has two recent books... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2012 at Garden Rant
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