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Please, let there never be a Yelp or a Tripadvisor for garden tours

I was just reading about visitors to Sequoia National Park and Yellowstone leaving 1 star reviews for the natural attractions because they didn’t have...

Border Control

I arrived in Raleigh a few days before last week’s Perennial Plant Association (PPA) Symposium. I checked into the hotel and made a beeline...

Dying to Go

I’ve been haunting cemeteries ever since my teenaged years.  Not literally – I leave that to the dear departed.  But I’ve always liked the...

My Indoor Cats and their Craving for Grass

It must be Cat Week here at the Rant, with Elizabeth's post about indoor cats prompting me to finally find out if my own...

A Summer Phlox Survives Storms and Spies

Just off our front porch, a Phlox of sentimental interest didn’t flinch during heavy storms a week and a half ago. But what about spies? During...

A solution for letting cats enjoy the outdoors—safely

Backstory: As some readers will remember, I’ve posted before about free-roaming and feral cats and the dangerous lives they lead—dangerous to both them and...

Making Peter Great Again – One Fountain at a Time

Most gardeners after about 40 years in the asparagus patch begin to at least consider downsizing. You know, cutting back to only three-quarters of...

The Sights of Cornell, Ithaca and More

Almost on a whim I drove to Ithaca to attend the Children and Youth Garden Symposium being hosted by Cornell (with the American Horticultural...

Natives here, natives there, natives, natives everywhere…

Now and again, someone asks me where they can buy native plants. Sometimes they go on to complain that native plants are hard to...

Painted plants? It’s only Ok when I do it.

It does seem a bit hypocritical. For years, we have consistently ranted or hosted guest rants decrying glittery silver poinsettias, blue orchids, and garishly...

Slow Flowers Summit and the Farmgirl Story

I'm a big fan of Debra Prinzing and her amazing Slow Flowers movement, which I generally describe as "local and seasonal flowers" but Debra...

Great Dixter Through the Lens of an 11-Year Old

Rose and I traveled to England early this month with Story May Lowe, our 11-year-old granddaughter. To Story, I am known as Babu a...

Gardening For Health – Part II

So long ago that I can’t remember when, I gave up on the idea of having any real pride in myself. It wasn’t what...

Coop Office Make-Over at Mid-Summer

When I last reported on this make-over I declared that I'd kept the old junipers, despite your advice, and showed pics of the limbed-up old junipers...

Managing plant withdrawal

I’m starting slow. When I see one of these that hasn’t set buds for whatever reason, instead of leaving it to gather strength for...

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