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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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I wanted to thank everyone that came to my reception, I was truly humbled. The masks were a big hit and they were literally finished the morning of the big day. Such wonderful friends I have and so many positive comments, this was a show that will always be remembered... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Studiology
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The show is up, a huge sigh of relief, another year down. There will be a reception on Saturday, October the 12th with wine tastings and finger food. I hope to see some of you at Art A La Carte, 310 Mill Street, Occoquan, Va. from 2 to 5. Here... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2019 at Studiology
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Gardening one fall day I was struck by a cold wind that rustled the leaves around me and ushered the warm air out as it charged south. Looking skyward I was stuck by the most incredible vision, a line of migrating birds stretching as far as the eye could see.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2019 at Studiology
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This my friends is my 500th blog post and how fitting to have the topic be my night garden. Of my three large brugmansia or angel's trumpets, one always takes center stage for a few nights of the year and this year it's 'Charles Grimaldi', or so I have dubbed... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2019 at Studiology
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I am once again sharing the spotlight with Kathleen Kendall at Art A La Carte Gallery this fall with a two person show. Titled "Sea Odyssey", there will be plenty of mermaids and various sea creatures in 2D and 3D. The show goes up on Friday, the 27th of September,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2019 at Studiology
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The garden is usually a place of happiness, escape and calm. This year I gave up using Roundup so there are parts that have gone rogue. I get a bit tense about them, but that's not what's got me in a funk about my garden. The despair comes from my... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2019 at Studiology
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As you may recall I traveled to Raleigh, NC to buy dwarf heirloom tomato plants from Craig LeHoullier in spring, the author of "Epic Tomatoes". I was intrigued by his book and the idea of dwarf plants with big fruit and great flavor. I was also sent home with some... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2019 at Studiology
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The perfect hostess talked me out of visiting Wisconsin in June, instead recommending August, a nice time to leave the heat of Northern Virginia. Little did I know that it was also the peak week to go for cherry picking, and of course the weather was delightful. My destination was... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2019 at Studiology
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The daily routine of weeding is constant. The process teaches us a lot about the tenacity of weeds. If they don’t explode, they catch on your clothes, fly in the wind or arm themselves with thorns. In fact weeds are so good at spreading their seed that modern inventions have... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2019 at Studiology
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This summer is dry, hot and dry. Last year was so different, a real contrast and hard to believe they can be back to back. The garden needs water this year, the frogs need their pools filled and my night garden is extra thirsty. At least July has passed and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2019 at Studiology
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Not even talking about the heat, it's just a busy time of year. In the garden it's a watering, deadheading, weeding, and oh, watching butterflies. There are also the extraneous things like birthday parties, Cullowhee Native Plant Conference, and serving as a bodyguard to the guinea. In this last duty,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2019 at Studiology
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A gardener's summer is filled with deadheading. In my case, I'm consumed by it, a daily activity, the act of keeping things tidy. As much as anyone understands deadheading, the principle is simple; to remove a finished flower or seed pod to encourage energy to flow back into the plant,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2019 at Studiology
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The call came from the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center that my turtle's fractured jaw had healed and he needed to go back home. Since this was a difficult rescue and the scariest one of my life, I have spent some time plotting on how to take him home. The request... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2019 at Studiology
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The work for a fall show began in late winter and is well on its way with a few finished pieces that fit the theme of a 'Sea Odyssey'. This piece was so involved (40 tentacles) and so daunting when it came to painting that I actually became afraid of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2019 at Studiology
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The highly diverse carrot family offers many plants that are aromatic and useful as herbs or spices. When flowering they are described as umbelliferous, the stems (usually hollow) produce spoked floral stems that break into a smaller spoke which carry the tiny flowers. The term for this arrangement is compound... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2019 at Studiology
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I ventured up to Chanticleer Gardens last week, the beautiful gardens that blend art and horticulture. What used to take two and a half hours to drive now takes all of three and a half, located very near Philadelphia, I wish it was closer because it never fails to inspire... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2019 at Studiology
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If you have a partial sun garden and no deer, or a well secured deer fence, you might be tempted to fill it with hydrangea. The big leaf hydrangea or Hydrangea macrophylla can be magnificent in June, maybe even better in July, when they age and soften. The petals, technically... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2019 at Studiology
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Two weeks ago I mentioned that I was in a battle to weaken a very large wisteria plant. My goal is to cut all new growth every week. After a span of 9 days, I measured the new growth today. That's a yard stick! So wisteria grows about 5 inches... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2019 at Studiology
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All is good in the garden, the heat hasn't been too bad, the bugs are okay and lots of things are in flower. So I had this brilliant idea 3 weeks ago, the one that may not make it past June, but to me, it's sheer genius. I am going... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2019 at Studiology
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Three new pieces of art are finished and delivered, not part of a themed show, just some gathered items that become something. During the intermediate times, when there is spare time to create something that just rises from nothingness, I question why I go where I go. My mother can... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2019 at Studiology
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Flamingos were the theme, wear them on your head, on your shirt and eat them on your cake. So it goes when Juniper turns 2 and it's time to party. Her older brother was sick and in quarantine, which he handled admirably, because there was a lot of noise and... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2019 at Studiology
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On the last day of a busy month, there is much to share. In a wide space in a trickle of a creek on the farm I found some interesting squiggly things in early April. They turned out to be American toad embryos, strung out in a long flesh-like tube... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2019 at Studiology
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Today was green. Right now the green is rich, luscious and soft, take it in and breath it deep, because it's lovely and fleeting. In a week it might be a different, not the green of Oz, but the green of olives and pesto. Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2019 at Studiology
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Back in the days of the plant farm, there was a field in the back that was home to tomato plants. Leftover plants from spring sales ended up here; we picked and sold all summer. There was little in the way of urgency in our field patch, it was another... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2019 at Studiology
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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