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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 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
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Sweet Duke was buried in the garden yesterday. Just shy of 12. We walked for years on the farm, the daily 3 miles, to the mud hole and then the pond to rinse off. His sweetness was profound. In the woods he would point out box turtles to me and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2020 at Studiology
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The website for the gallery in Occoquan has been revamped and I'm very happy to see it in its new and ever progressing form. As time passes, the artists in the gallery will add their wares, we are 20+ strong, so there is real potential for a fun and eclectic... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2020 at Studiology
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Where the native plants grow, a trial mini meadow is on its third year. A hodge podge of plants, some actually planted in threes, I love how it looks this year. The ground covering plant with little yellow flowers is Lysimachia lanceolate var. purpurea or lance leaved loosestrife. So tight... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2020 at Studiology
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It's solstice time, the longest day of the year. With the sun at its highest, we enter the so-called dog days of summer when the dog star or Sirius rises at the same time (or nearly so) as the sun in the Northern Hemisphere. In year's past, especially in droughty... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2020 at Studiology
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Most years there's a sizable shift in a gardener's attitude from April to May. Relief from cold, acceptance of another year in the garden, followed by numerous trips to the nursery. This year dragged on and on with frosty nights even into mid-May and I (like many) threw up my... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2020 at Studiology
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This is how some of us have felt during the pandemic, isolated, missing our friends, missing our friend's hugs. This piece is built from an antique clock case, there is an hour glass that doesn't move at the bottom, a clock that has only one hand stuck in one place,... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2020 at Studiology
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My garden book library is very large, held on two oak bookshelves my husband built. Winnowed down many times, there are some I've given away and regretted. One that I no longer own was written by Barbara Damrosch titled the "Theme Garden" published in 1982. Barbara's ideas for themes were... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2020 at Studiology
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Creativity can ooze out of an artist during tough times, which is not exactly what happened here, I was invited to join a group that would exchange pandemic art and I said yes. Keeping with wands, specifically wands that are meant to ward off the bad mojo, I made two.... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2020 at Studiology
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When the numerous frosts of May were finally finished, the gardeners leapt into action, it was finally time to get serious. Some of us planted too soon, happily I was not one of them, I was warned at the end of April that May 10th would bring a low of... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2020 at Studiology
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With closed doors at the art gallery in Occoquan, I have continued to work on assemblage pieces, both big and small. A few are for the October show which I am calling "The Dream Show". But in anticipation of opening doors to the public, I have concentrated on some smaller... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2020 at Studiology
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May is the floral explosion month with roses, iris, clematis and baptisia, all coming into flower. The work of general weeding turns to staking and deadheading with the occasional smile of admiration. A key player in this glorious gush of beauty is the native perennial baptisia. A plant with few,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2020 at Studiology
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Going through the garden, an individual can spot their color palette and style. It may be haphazard, with no real attempt at color theory or matchy, matchy business, or really honed to perfectly placed neighbors, all playing well together. Clearly I like the weird plants, although I'm not "The Adam's... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2020 at Studiology
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In these stressful times I am privileged to have a place to wander and get lost for awhile. On a few of my trails I have cameras set up and have rounded up a few recent photographs to share. We have a healthy population of turkeys and it's mating season.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2020 at Studiology
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As a representative of the gallery Art A La Carte in Occoquan, VA, I created our Peep Show for 2020. The title is "Peepzan" as in Tarzan and Jane (of the jungle). The diorama is a jungle scene with tourists taking cell phone pictures and looking at exotic flowers and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2020 at Studiology
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When you can't keep your thoughts from spinning and a sense of agitation sets in, it's good to go to the garden. With recklessness you can weed, with delight you can uncover newly emerging sprouts, and with clippers you can prune and make things right. It's been my salvation over... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2020 at Studiology
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Maybe all the gardener grows is a vegetable garden, but this is certainly the year to consider growing your own food if you haven't been inclined to do so before. I have had a vegetable plot since I began gardening and last years was probably the best ever, a year... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2020 at Studiology