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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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Most, if not all, gardeners speak to their plants. Scientists say the only benefit they receive from our spoken words are carbon dioxide. Of course we feel differently, our nurturing self believes our plants hear us, respond to us, maybe even think (like they have a brain). Recently I surveyed... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Studiology
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There's a new rule in the house, no hunting 3 hours prior to serving the Thanksgiving meal. Prompted by a repeated habit of family members missing in action when it comes to dinner time. As my daughter, son and Melissa (his girlfriend) sat and enjoyed our meal with the grandkids,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2018 at Studiology
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With only one more day out in the field, finishing the gardens, I have spent time in the studio. A commission had me revisit the Saint of dentistry, which is now completed and will soon be delivered. She is headed for a dental museum. The parts and process were nearly... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2018 at Studiology
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Four pumpkins carved. A lovely warm night. Best wishes to everyone for a Happy Halloween. And I would like to thank everyone that has bought art from me this year. Here is a photograph from the show with myself and Kathleen Kendall. The show closes today, but it was the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2018 at Studiology
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Despite the deary day, I am excited. There are 2 new pieces of art to deliver and I have a fabulous costume. There will be photographs of the "Meet the Artists" reception, but maybe I will see some of you at Art A La Carte, before the day is done.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2018 at Studiology
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It's that time of year when the woolly caterpillars are traveling. I'm not sure if they do it for several months, or I just remember that they cross the highways in September. As a naturalist, or a lover of nature, I veer a bit as I drive, trying to avoid... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2018 at Studiology
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There will be a nip in the air before the week is done. That will begin the process of closing my garden, digging special plants and remembering a summer of rain. It appears to be somewhat of a mast year, with plenty of acorns, persimmons, and walnuts. Is it a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2018 at Studiology
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The Admit One Show opens today at Art A La Carte in Occoquan, Virginia. A reception will be held on Saturday, October 27th, from 2 t0 5 with wine tastings and treats. There are 23 new pieces of art in this show, which includes a handful of altered Pez dispensers.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2018 at Studiology
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When the rains arrived in spring, a bright yellow contractor’s wheelbarrow filled up and over flowed as it sat in the yard. Within two weeks there were tadpoles swimming around, enjoying the six cubic feet of water (44.883 gallons), and that ended the need to use the wheelbarrow. Summer arrived... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2018 at Studiology
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Today is my wedding anniversary, my 40th wedding anniversary! Our wedding was with the Justice of the Peace in Leesburg, Virginia. At the time we were living in a trailer, hoping to buy some land. I was working at Kenny Roberts Garden Center and he was working at Stone Truck... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2018 at Studiology
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I'm leaving for a little trip, dubbed a celebration of life, my traveling companions are my sisters. The reasons are two; we are all healthy, and what better time to celebrate? Secondly, my parents estate is finalized and we made it through both parents passing and the settlement of a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2018 at Studiology
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I have some interesting events coming up this fall. Here is the roundup of dates and topics. Many are free, a few have a materials fee or a registration fee. Links are provided. Saturday, September 29th at Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria, VA I will be joining Kathy Jentz in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2018 at Studiology
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The most lively spot in my garden is my patch of milkweed. Three of its regulars are all seeking the same thing, toxic cardiac glycosides. As they feed on the milky latex, an acquired taste for sure, they become more and more toxic or poisonous, the key to survival. Not... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2018 at Studiology
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My garden is full, not just with flowers but caterpillars! It's been a good year. The monarchs are there everyday, ladies laying eggs and sipping, babies munching, and munching. To my eye, the effort is paying off, the move to plant milkweed by so many is paying off, at least... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2018 at Studiology
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Every year, for the past four years, I have been the featured artist at the "Art A La Carte Gallery" during the month of October. Every year I come up with a theme and work on it until it's time to put up the show. This year the show is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2018 at Studiology
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Other than the kudzu, areas of northern North Carolina can be almost pristine. The small town, more like an outpost, of Cullowhee is clothed in kudzu vine, it creeps into the road and smothers the mailboxes that line it. Imagine having to uncover your mailbox to receive mail? There is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2018 at Studiology
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I have returned from a truly wonderful experience, the Cullowhee Native Plant Conference, held at the Western Carolina University. Two of those nights involved moths, it was our night entertainment. It also may have been the activity I was most excited about. And as it turns out, this is National... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2018 at Studiology
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I have been doubling up on my day job in anticipation of going down to the Cullowhee Native Plant Conference. One day I worked from 7 to 7 and then weeded in my own garden, thinking how happy I was and grateful for a job that keeps me asking questions.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2018 at Studiology
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Apparently the age of seven is perfect for a big birthday party. There was gratitude and a genuine thankfulness for all that was presented to my beautiful granddaughter on her big day. Furthermore, her mother had organized some fun events and the photographs will readily display what type of shenanigans... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2018 at Studiology
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After a morning walk about, like the lord of his castle, I realize that much is happening in the garden, although some are not getting the memo. Directly next to the gloriosa lily is the support on which she is destined to climb, or so is my intent. Day after... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2018 at Studiology
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How long does a flower last, there I ponder the concept of floral real estate. Not to be confused with how many flowers occupy your real estate, but the actual size of each flower. Does it matter if a flower is large or small; will one last longer than the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2018 at Studiology
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Today, 45 years ago, I graduated from High School. A small school, located in the suburbs of Mexico City, it's unlikely that you would know anyone else that graduated from Lomas High School, our graduating class was 18. I found the commencement pamphlet when I cleaned out my parents home... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2018 at Studiology
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I've been testing some new products that I would like to share. Previously considered "top secret stuff", only because it made me look like a superstar, but in the spirit of sharing, and because I want you to look like a superstar too, I am disclosing these wonderful products. All... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2018 at Studiology
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The garden marches on, bud, flower, seed, no time to wait. June is on its heels, and the gardener better get things in order. The "post bulb departum" is well underway, the slimy remains of daffodil foliage are fun, they even make that slurpy sound when you gather them up.... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2018 at Studiology
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As plants go, specifically perennials, there is a group I find appealing and I can spot them from across a garden or woodland. Oddly they are members of two families, although they could be twins. I'm referring to the Solomon Seals, the disporums, uvularias and maianthemum. Dicots or slender veined... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2018 at Studiology