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Gardening is Much in the News

Lately I've seen an uptick in gardening mentions in the news, and the one above has to be my favorite headline of all. Then...

The Search Begins. Again and Again.

Bob Hill, one-time Garden Rant partner, has been scratching his head. Finding the right place for new plants often turns into a magical adventure—again. Mid-May...

At least we have Virtual Chelsea. And some stamps.

It's legendary. It's the largest in the world. And this year the Chelsea Flower Show is virtual, so possibly accessible to all of us!...

Lingering Springs, Bittersweet Memories and The Evolution of a Gardener

The latest in the on-going correspondence between Marianne Willburn & Scott Beuerlein. __________________________________ May 14, 2020 Lovettsville, VA Dear Scott, My heart aches for you and your family coping...

Superb Wine Chaser–The Gaura-Oenothera Connection

Mary Vaananen returns for her latest Guest Rant with some thoughts on the varying ways plants are anointed with their names. I am fascinated by...

Blackberry Winter and a Bucket of Blooms

  “Time is not a movement, a flowing, a wind then, but is, rather, a kind of climate in which things are, and when a...

Advice on When to Prune Shrubs – Mostly Wrong?

In a recent post I mentioned hiring an expert to teach my coop to prune their (damn) shrubs and linked to the pruning instruction that...

Native vs. “Native”

For my podcast and radio program this week (they’ll post on Wednesday), I interviewed Uli Lorimer, the Director of Horticulture at the Native Plant...

Thickets for Wildlife

Like so many people these days, I've been catching up with old friends by phone - including former Ranter Evelyn Hadden in Boise, Idaho....

Plants and Pandemics, and, Gardeners Go for the Glory!

The latest in the on-going correspondence between Marianne Willburn and Scott Beuerlein. April 29, 2020 Cincinnati, Ohio Dear Marianne, I apologize for taking so long to reply to...

The Ping-Pong Patch

If COVID-19 wasn’t worrisome enough, we dodged tornadoes, scared off black vultures, and survived two nights of hard freezes this month. Gardening and Ping-Pong,...

Earth Day for Naturist Gardeners and iNaturalist

Naked Gardening We get press releases about naked gardening occasionally, especially for World Naked Gardening Day (yes, it's a thing). So I wasn't surprised to...

We Hired an Expert to Teach Coop Members to Prune their (damn) Hedges

Marianne made the case against HOA gardening rules, but my community has a different problem, dare I say a much bigger one? A New...

A Very Rocky Obsession

Back when the gardening bug really hit me, we were raising two kids and watching our dollars. Or, at least watching the few we...

Is social distancing a natural thing for gardeners?

A better term is “physical distancing,” which is literally what I have to do when I am working in the front garden and anyone...
 
 

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