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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
Final arrangements have been made to sell the house and the last 15 acres. The deadline is Thanksgiving, which is 15 days away. Out of necessity I have become an obsessive duster, box seeker, and semi-long-distance driver. We are doing all of the moving ourselves, and I'm not sure why.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2022 at Studiology
With intention and persistence, a plan can come together and so it came and went, almost a week with my sisters at my new house. The plan; before the clutter becomes too much, before the husband is moved in, before the dust settles too thick, before a garden is planted... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2022 at Studiology
Sometimes, after a lot of preparation, things come together. While I am in the thick of reorganizing and moving, the overwhelm is a constant, so any progress in that direction is excellent. Today was one of those days that was just that and more. A meeting with the Aldie Horticultural... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2022 at Studiology
I have some news to share, information that has been waiting for a long time, waiting for things to fall into place before the big reveal. In April I purchased a house in the Charlottsville, Virginia area, specifically Scottsville. A downsizing of property but an upgrade on a house. There... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2022 at Studiology
In a recent Fox 5, zip trip to Occoquan, five "must stops" were highlighted, places that warrant a visit to the little town of Occoquan which sits next to the Occoquan river. Some crazy, peculiar luck found me watching the segment live on TV, only to find out that our... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2022 at Studiology
Hard to believe, Felicity is growing up so fast, she just turned 11 and had one thing on her mind - chickens. Yep, the theme was chickens, the presents were for a chicken coop, and that's how the party went. Of course there was an egg race, but also a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2022 at Studiology
I have spent much of this late spring and summer moving bulbs. In an attempt to move the Cyclamen hederifolium (one of the hardy types) out of my garden path, I waited for the foliage to shrivel to the point that I knew the tubers would be dormant. A week... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2022 at Studiology
The weather is beautiful and the gardener wants to be outside, recharged and recharging. Today I took cuttings of my native azaleas, hoping that it's not too early. The key to knowing when to propagate cuttings of most flowering shrubs is when the stem, when bent, will snap instead of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2022 at Studiology
In May of 2020 I was urged to start drawing with my daughter and granddaughter on Thursday nights. Initiated by a group of teachers, exemplary illustrators, all to join together while Covid was raging. This small weekly effort has continued and only grown stronger. As a family, the 3 of... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2022 at Studiology
The youngest grandchild just turned 5. A May birthday, which almost coincided with mother's day, a day that I can't help but reflect on spring, the garden, and how this would have been the craziest weekend of the year at the plant farm. It's hard to shake those memories. But... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2022 at Studiology
Stand back, it's spring! The rush of growth, flower to seed, emergence of good and bad, it's all happening at warp speed. I always remember this week, it's the week my son was born and coming home from the hospital - a 3 day stay at the time, was like... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2022 at Studiology
Time in the studio has been good, many things have been completed and more are underway. Literally finished last night and delivered to the gallery today is a piece titled "Swan Ride". This one was difficult to assemble, it made little sense to me, and it included a doll, which... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2022 at Studiology
I think of this day and all those years at the nursery with a similar weather slap down. The high winds from the north and west accompanied with a drop in temperatures can be fretful. In a positive way I'm happy that the Callery (Bradford) pears will freeze in full... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2022 at Studiology
There's been a lull in my art work. I attribute it to a few things, one of which is the ongoing war in Ukraine, which put me in a major funk! Which ever part of the brain was in a bad mood was directly affecting my creative side. There were... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2022 at Studiology
Two weeks ago I found a place where the wood frogs sound their mating calls and have gone back almost every day to hear them again. Apparently, there are no wood frogs on the farm, so it was a real shock when I first heard the sound, suspecting it might... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2022 at Studiology
For a brief span of 4 days, I worked with cut flowers to make Valentine Day bouquets. The faithful underling who was delighted to once again join the professionals to learn a few tricks and navigate the pure joy of working with fresh flowers. In my span of nursery work... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2022 at Studiology
This last week was the anniversary of the adoption of Birdie. Now a 9 year old, or so we believe with a birthday set at January 29th. She has calmed a bit with fewer signs of stress from whatever her life was before. Occasionally she will suddenly cower or need... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2022 at Studiology
Architects know and use the word fenestrate; it stands for the arrangement of windows in a building. Everything from pointy or goth-like to typical rectangles or squares, and the imitations of nature with Antoni Gaudi's glorious architectural buildings in Spain (arching and irregular). The most famous Gaudi creation is Casa... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2022 at Studiology
Wintertime (for the gardener) is soft socks, oversized fuzzy shirts, and fat pants. There is the wonderful sleeping in with no alarm clock, except for a little dog that needs to pee. Most days are working in the studio or walking the dog who has taken a liking to a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2022 at Studiology
There may be an adjustment or an approval of diminishing color during the winter months. With dormant perennials and bare trees, there is a starkness. Browns, blacks and scattered winter berries bring a glorious palette of muted colors which are especially nice on gray, murky days. When walking Birdie, my... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2021 at Studiology
I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and warm wishes for good things. The challenges seem to keep on coming but I certainly have much to be grateful for. With a hectic schedule that is now in the rearview mirror, there will be lots of time for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2021 at Studiology
As requested, another dynamite Nerf battle! Fun for kids and adults, the only thing stopping them is night fall, although there are "glow in the dark" Nerf bullets. Mr. Quinn, turned 7 today and it was a rowdy event with some serious battles. Calling them in for cake took several... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2021 at Studiology
So much is up, and it's all good. I am rearranging my life right now with a few major changes. I have retired from Oak Hill, after 15 years. The drive out of the estate on my last day may have been one of the saddest of my life. That... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2021 at Studiology
From the everyday meals or walking the cobblestone streets, art and color come in so many glorious forms in Oaxaca, Mexico. Elevated for Day of the Dead, as it is for the Radish Festival, the Guelaguetza (Ethnic Folk Festival), or The Festival for the Virgin of Guadalupe, flowers are present... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2021 at Studiology
With my trip to Mexico and back, I feel so thankful to have made it there and home again with no alterations in my plans. The art group met after a 2 year absence and it was so wonderful to be back with each other and doing what we love.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2021 at Studiology