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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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First off, my daffodils are amazing. I splurged on a few newbies last year and I have been very patient, or so it seems, because I have watched them from the moment they sprouted. One purchase was truly a splurge because it is not very perennial, to really and truly... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2019 at Studiology
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I have finished some assemblage pieces, created with what I had on hand, but inspired by New Orleans and daydreams. The first is a shrine dedicated to the Sisters of Bon Secours. Created with a metal piece that depicts a sister of this branch of the Catholic church, the French... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2019 at Studiology
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Trees are still bare of leaves but many things are about to happen in the woodland. In March a deciduous forest receives 50% of the light when compared to an open field. That percentage may be higher in areas where ash trees have all succumb to the emerald ash borer,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2019 at Studiology
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It may have officially arrived but it's darn cold in the AM. This morning was a 4 layer morning with the usual 10:00 thinning. I chuckle everyday when I begin to defrock, gardeners can be so plump in early spring and once we begin to wear regular clothes people think... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2019 at Studiology
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Now that I've been working in the garden for a week, I feel a bit better. The first day is completely overwhelming. It would be easy to just go back inside. But if I might give you some guidance, or inspiration, a few jobs should be tackled first. The shade... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2019 at Studiology
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A week of dry and relative warmth, I began my garden cleanup yesterday, and day one was ecstasy, today I feel it! So much changes when work begins, early nights for early mornings, not the late night, carefree, sleep in, maybe bad habits, I've gotten used to. That is what... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2019 at Studiology
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Home from the hubbub that was New Orleans, we went and assembled, assembled together for parades, art, and food. Not in any particular order. Well, art did consume our days, nights were another story. Our leader, Michael deMeng and Katherine Engen, (the organizer) did a superb job, this was a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2019 at Studiology
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On the cusp of spring, closer to winter, across a broad swath of northern North America, maple trees are being tapped for sap. Quebec, Canada is the highest producer of maple syrup, followed by the state of Vermont, a product that is unique to this continent. The sugar maple or... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2019 at Studiology
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Nineteen participants enjoyed a fun week of instruction from Michael deMeng in New Orleans this past week. One of many highlights was our second line parade with the Panorama Brass Band. To prepare for our Noir themed event we participated in a 3 hour makeup tutorial. The idea was to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2019 at Studiology
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Just delivered 2 new assemblage pieces. The elephant was a drawer pull, the wooden box is edged with gold leaf. Titled "The Pachyderm Palace". The second piece is titled "The Spring Thaw". Another fancy wooden box with small branches made from wires and clay on the inside. A bit of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2019 at Studiology
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As soon as the calendar permitted I was off to Wytheville, Virginia to visit with my sisters for a quick weekend. The first evening was spent at the new brewery in town, the 7 Dogs Brewpub. The owner is a dog lover (of course) and a wall is painted with... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2019 at Studiology
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My stealth cameras have been repositioned to the wilder parts of the farm. Two days after our last snow storm I ventured out and was able to see how traffic moved by the prints in the snow. Apparently deer paths are not just used by deer. Even as I walked... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2019 at Studiology
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Maybe more appropriately titled "Jack on the Pulpit", another in my plans for horticultural common name humor. Botanically speaking there are faults. The oracles are missing or the curl on the spathe edges which are also known as ears. The stripes are also not correct, they stripe their way within... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2019 at Studiology
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Aside from the plummeting temperatures and short days, January can be a fine month. I work like a fiend in the studio and try to catch up with new assemblage pieces that intrigue me or speak to the season. My latest epiphany was taking the common name of plants and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2019 at Studiology
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Any gardener that brags about uncommon successes in the garden might be taken for a lunatic. That being said, I don't think we brag near enough and reserve them solely for fellow gardeners or a spouse. The topic, the subject of the matter, is most likely lost if the recipient... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2019 at Studiology
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The biggest draw in the garden today were the leftover stalks of tithonia. Birds of all sorts feasted while it snowed, climbing in and out of the tangled stalks, breathing new life into something that's been dead since fall. Commonly known as the Mexican sunflower, I allowed 7 seedlings to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2019 at Studiology
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In November I was given a very special gift, a diary written by Glenn Israel Dettweiler. A small 5 year diary, written from 1937 to 1941. Each page has 5 spaces, like a written paragraph in size, for the same date 5 years in a row. The cover is gone,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2018 at Studiology
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Today I finished what will be the last piece of art before we begin 2019. It seemed a little fitting to be another wand, this one is called "Thunderbird" after the tradition of the thunderbird of Native Americans. Oversized wings can flap and create storms. It was the overseer of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2018 at Studiology
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The holidays sped by, Christmas was yesterday, and today is my first official day of chillin. For 5 weeks I worked in the floral department at Merrifield Gardens, creating Thanksgiving arrangements and centerpieces followed by Christmas arrangements, advent wreaths and more centerpieces. My boss, the lovely, talented and patient Wilson,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2018 at Studiology
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Most, if not all, gardeners speak to their plants. Scientists say the only benefit they receive from our spoken words are carbon dioxide. Of course we feel differently, our nurturing self believes our plants hear us, respond to us, maybe even think (like they have a brain). Recently I surveyed... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2018 at Studiology
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There's a new rule in the house, no hunting 3 hours prior to serving the Thanksgiving meal. Prompted by a repeated habit of family members missing in action when it comes to dinner time. As my daughter, son and Melissa (his girlfriend) sat and enjoyed our meal with the grandkids,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2018 at Studiology
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With only one more day out in the field, finishing the gardens, I have spent time in the studio. A commission had me revisit the Saint of dentistry, which is now completed and will soon be delivered. She is headed for a dental museum. The parts and process were nearly... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2018 at Studiology
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Four pumpkins carved. A lovely warm night. Best wishes to everyone for a Happy Halloween. And I would like to thank everyone that has bought art from me this year. Here is a photograph from the show with myself and Kathleen Kendall. The show closes today, but it was the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2018 at Studiology
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Despite the deary day, I am excited. There are 2 new pieces of art to deliver and I have a fabulous costume. There will be photographs of the "Meet the Artists" reception, but maybe I will see some of you at Art A La Carte, before the day is done.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2018 at Studiology
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It's that time of year when the woolly caterpillars are traveling. I'm not sure if they do it for several months, or I just remember that they cross the highways in September. As a naturalist, or a lover of nature, I veer a bit as I drive, trying to avoid... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2018 at Studiology