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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 the seed catalogs arrive the gardener highlights or folds over pages of interest. While the garden is in its brown phase, colorful pages take us into the future and the past with memories of failures and success's. I always hesitate at flowering sweet peas and wonder if anyone moves... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Studiology
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Taking 2 weeks to quarantine after the holiday job, it was time to visit the grandchildren. With presents and food packed into the truck, it was a second Christmas for them. We visited Lewis Ginter Gardens for their light festival, took turns on the zipline in the backyard, and had... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Studiology
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Soon behind us, this final day of 2020 can't come fast enough, but it was a year in our lives and I hope it has left you healthy and happy. I enjoyed a romp through my phone's pictures, picking one for each month, a curation of my year with photographs... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2020 at Studiology
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The month of December has been a whirlwind and I have been dropped off on the other side. Landing with a deep breath and happy to be healthy, the crunch of work in making holiday greens and flower arrangements was exhilarating. I failed at taking many photographs but have a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2020 at Studiology
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About 40 years ago there was a desperate attempt to create shade on my property, which was previously grazed by cattle and wide open. Seedling white pines were planted, 100 or more and they have grown to twenty-five and thirty feet, creating shade, often more than desired, and a slew... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2020 at Studiology
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It's been a slammin, walkin miles a day, and hectic 2 weeks since I returned to Merrifield Gardens to work on holiday arrangements. I love the opportunity to be creative with evergreen boughs, berries, ribbon, and pinecones, and I'm in a bubble with fellow creatives and unbelievable choices in content.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2020 at Studiology
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Like so many gardeners believe, the warm weather has been nice, but.... it's the end of November! We get a bit nervous thinking about the backlash. A walk around my garden revealed a few delightful discoveries, some of which are better than average with the prolonged mildness. I seem to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2020 at Studiology
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I decided to revisit the altered light bulb ornaments this year but wanted to tackle a common problem that need resolved. With a new design, I have finished 7 and they have been delivered to the gallery. The tops are old wood finials, the base is a light bulb that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2020 at Studiology
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The Corona virus has been a horrible event but a good thing for the gardening world. There may have been toilet paper and hand sanitizer shortages, but there were also seed shortages, with some seed companies experiencing sales twenty times higher than last year. As a lifelong gardener and proponent... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2020 at Studiology
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Middle of November and I wonder, as the outdoor lights go on at night, if the moths are dying of old age? This prolonged warm weather, a huge shift in what is normal, has given me plenty of good days to put gardens to bed, spread mulch and dig tender... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2020 at Studiology
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While in Oaxaca, Mexico last year, I photographed many things. Between the ofrendas, cemetery visits, and architecture, it was an amazing trip. Bright and colorful is the norm, but for Day of the Dead or All Souls Day, everything is escalated. Cobbled streets, door ways, just about everything is festooned... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2020 at Studiology
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This time last year I was in Mexico for Day of the Dead festivities. So much has changed with events cancelled all over the world, even though they have may have been going on for many, many years. I suspect that there might be some small gatherings but I understand... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2020 at Studiology
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If points were given for enduring extreme climate fluctuations, continents splitting, and glacial cleansing, the aster family would earn more than any other plant family. This is really evident when a diagram of the tree of plant evolution shows the most advanced plant families in the uppermost branches. Once known... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2020 at Studiology
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October has arrived, the deadline to finish my year long undertaking, The Dream Show. Delivery was made, the wall rearraigned and all went swell. I worked in the gallery on that day, and it was an incredible day, customer's were receptive and ever so interesting. I love a day of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2020 at Studiology
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Everyday is a special day of some kind or another. Bean day, cream puff, and bloody Mary day are all legitimate. I happened to be spending the day with my daughter on National Daughter's Day to celebrate her upcoming birthday, which is today, and it was especially wonderful given the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2020 at Studiology
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My garden deserves a big thank-you, it's needy, requires weeding, watering, and deadheading. In return I receive rewards that are innumerable, some of which are small, even difficult to define. This year's greatest gift might be the simple escape from reality, a place to lose your mind. Even when the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2020 at Studiology
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As a gardener, particularly one that takes care of private gardens, I'm feeling penned up. No conferences to inspire, no overnighters to gardens to reinvigorate, no lunches with friends to tune up your creativity; I'm feeling the gardening blues. July was the game changer with it's high temperatures and no... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2020 at Studiology
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Eight and a half years ago I began my guinea chapter in a blog and sadly it's over. The last one, Honeynut (as the grandchildren named him) disappeared. Two recent visits by a fox probably tells it all, even though I did my best to scare the fox with yelling... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2020 at Studiology
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It seems like only yesterday that some of us celebrated the arrival of summer with the equinox. Today I worry about the end of my delicious tomato crop as we look at September. Frost may be 6 to 8 weeks away but tomatoes love warm soil and warm days. I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2020 at Studiology
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In my span as a gardener and a grower, it is interesting to note where the perennial world has gone in terms of new plants. Some that were once popular are no longer available at local nurseries, even though they may have been the single most favored by wise gardeners... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2020 at Studiology
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My October show is titled "The Dream Show" and every artist is questioning how to have a reception or show given the pandemic. October 24th has been chosen with hopes of some personal attendance in the gallery, but I will also plan on a live show of some sort. Quite... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2020 at Studiology
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After a couple of months of not checking my stealthcams, I ventured out to gather the SD cards and have a look. Of course I had to laugh when I found this, the entire lens had been covered with spider webbing. I'm sure it's the nest of a jumping spider,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2020 at Studiology
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July was hot, ridiculously hot and dry! It was good that all events are shut down, I was home to water, every stinkin day. This last rain was gentle and delivered half of an inch, the garden soaked it in as did the frogs. My night garden is thriving, this... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2020 at Studiology
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Dependent on humidity and recent rain, my tree frogs are loudest at night, joined by the katydid who repeats katy-did, katy-didn't. Summer nights can be alarmingly noisy, yet it is something that registers in our sound library to the point of disregard. If summer nights became as quiet as winter,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2020 at Studiology
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As numerous birthdays that have come and gone without celebrations due to the pandemic, a decision was made to give Felicity a nice birthday party. How nice to spend time with the grandchildren. As is my daughter's creative style, this party's theme was Coyote Peterson, after the You Tube sensation... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2020 at Studiology