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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
Recent Activity
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 6 days ago at Studiology
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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