High Line Update: A Completed Work of Art  by  Susan Harris

I first visited the High Line – New York’s famous elevated park along an abandoned railroad track – in 2013 when it was new and incomplete but already stunning, especially in August, as you can see in these photos. Since then it’s become increasingly popular, spurred revitalization in a part of the city that needed it, and opened its final Phase 3 in 2014. Feeling the pull of that new section, I made a day-trip to New York this week just to see it (for an amazing $36 round trip via BoltBus righ...
Tags: Gardening, New York, Washington, New York Times, Hudson, Public Gardens, Hudson River, Susan Harris, Anacostia River, High Line, BoltBus, 11th Street Bridge

Garden Year 2018: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly  by  Scott Beuerlein

Well, what with the recent screeching turn in the weather, it’s beginning to feel like the 2018 gardening season is wrapping up. Moreover, I just spent a few days organizing my photos from the year, which reminded me of all I saw, did, and didn’t do. Therefore, seems to me it’s as good a time as any to review Garden Year 2018. Things that Made Me Whoop Removal of perfectly attractive, incredibly healthy evergreen barberries. There are only so many times your hands can be pierced by 2-3” barbs t...
Tags: Gardening, Chicago, Delaware, Rogers, Shut Up and Dig, Scott Beuerlein, Piniella

The Spotted Lanternfly is No Hoax  by  Allen Bush

John Prine. Photo: Oh Boy Records. The singer-songwriter John Prine doesn’t have anything to do with the hungry spotted lanternfly, but bear with me. Spotted lanternfly is not a hoax. Unless you are a “fact-resistant human,” you should be scared. These border crossers are bad. John Prine, on the other hand, has some thoughts on the Tree of Forgiveness that I’ll get to in a minute. The planet needs redemption, and I’ve found comfort in one of his songs. I first heard of the Asian spotted lante...
Tags: Facebook, Gardening, New York, Kentucky, Virginia, Un, Donald Trump, Lloyd, John Prine, Austin City, Prine, Gardening on the Planet, Allen Bush, Ministry of Controversy, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Richmond Kentucky

Black Friday Deal - Disney 11-pc. Disney Princess Toy Playset 50% off - 10 Dolls Included

This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my full disclosure policy here. Pick up this Disney 11-pc. Disney Princess Toy Playset for $55. That's 50% off and it includes shipping. You get 10 dolls with this set. All your... [Author: Lana]
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That Day I Thought Gardening had Given me a Heart Attack  by  Susan Harris

The other day I was working in this garden, digging up and planting large clumps of these Black-eyed Susans, when my body suddenly scared the bejesus out of me. My heart was pounding fast and wouldn’t slow down when I stopped moving. After I sat down to rest and drank some water I noticed that my heart was pounding so hard, my chest appeared to be jostled by something. So of course I googled my symptom and found this from the Mayo Clinic: Heart palpitations are the feelings of having a fast-bea...
Tags: Gardening, Black, Susan Harris, Shut Up and Dig, Strauss Zelnick

Autumn inspires a rash of whackadoodle…  by  Carol Reese

Fall brings on the urge to clean up, but reconsider! I was reporting for jury duty, feeling anonymous in a pool of fellow citizens, when the court officer asked me how far back she could prune her landscape roses this fall. I sighed, and as everyone craned their necks to see whom she had addressed, I told her as much as she likes…but not now. Maybe in March. The calls about pruning start every autumn with the first breath of cold air. I should probably make a recording to save my own hot air,...
Tags: Gardening, Tricks, Designs, and Schemes, Carol Reese

The Evodia Tree – Finding Love in an English Garden  by  Bob Hill

So we were wandering the English Countryside in search of plants new, old, interesting, useful and lovely. The “new” and “old” part was made particularly easy for me because I had never before been to England and knew almost nothing of its plants. This was many years ago. I was the new gardening kid on the block. My Latin was limited to a miserable year in high school working on amo, amas, amat. That total ignorance was made much easier on this trip because one traveling companion was Woody Pla...
Tags: Gardening, England, United States, States, University Of Georgia, Southern Indiana, Logee, Bob Hill, Dooley, Darling, It's the Plants, Michael Dirr, Dirr, Vince Dooley, Invasive Plant List

The Campus Gardens of a Real Plant Geek, with Friends  by  Susan Harris

Horticulturist Sam Bahr, like so many people who work at the University of Maryland, is someone I first met as a neighbor in nearby Historic Greenbelt. He got his coveted job at the UMD Arboretum and Botanic Garden back in 2008 thanks in part to his good education – a B.S. in agriculture from Kansas State University, majoring in ornamental horticulture with an emphasis on landscape design and operations. I asked Sam to show me some of his work there and he generously gave me a guided tour, with ...
Tags: Facebook, Gardening, Maryland, Alabama, Pennsylvania, Smithsonian, Pele, Sam, University Of Maryland, Public Gardens, Andy, Bush, Greenbelt, Bradley, UMD, Greenwood

The Iconoclastic Gardener – Breaking May’s Stranglehold  by  Scott Beuerlein

Way back in 1914, an awful calamity happened that would ruin gardening in America forever. With the seemingly benevolent stroke of his pen, Woodrow Wilson foisted the Tyranny of Mother’s Day upon us all. Soon after came the backhanded slap from the long arm of the law of unintended consequences. To be clear, I’m actually fairly okay with honoring moms.  I’ve got one, and my wife even became one too. Willingly. What I don’t like, however, is that this holiday has established the second Sunday in...
Tags: Gardening, America, Woodrow Wilson, Scott Beuerlein

“Invasive” Ground Covers and the Case for Allowing Periwinkle  by  Susan Harris

  I have a beef with the inclusion of Periwinkle (Vinca minor) on my coop’s list of banned plants – banned because they’re considered invasive (despite NOT being listed on the Maryland Invasive Plant list). I’ve grown it in two suburbs of DC and in neither location (or the gardens of my neighbors) has it grown vigorously. If anything, my complaint, echoed by other area gardeners, is that it’s not vigorous enough. So let’s find out where it’s invasive and under what conditions, shall we? The Inv...
Tags: Gardening, California, Indiana, Norway, Mediterranean, Houzz, Daves Garden, Susan Harris, Darling, It's the Plants, Ministry of Controversy, Vinca, David Beaulieu, Maryland Invasive Plant, Treman State Park, Upstate New York Plant

This is why I don’t grow my own vegetables  by  Elizabeth Licata

Daniel Oles, Oles Family Farm (photo: Stephen Gabris) Normally, we try not to repeat recent topics, but I, too, have been thinking about small family farms, which Allen posted about yesterday. Like Allen, I am a frequent patron of farmers markets. I am also a CSA (community-supported agriculture) customer. I’ve chosen one of the best sustainable farms in the area, Oles Family Farm, which dropped off corn, tomatoes, peppers, kale, Napa cabbage, potatoes, onions, and yellow beans today. I expec...
Tags: Gardening, Csa, Daniel, Allen, Western New York, Oles, Elizabeth Licata, Eat This, Daniel Oles Oles, Stephen Gabris, Jane Oles, Nate Whitehead Milky Hill Dairy, Julie Blackman Blackman, Devon Dams O Connor

Plants I Ogle on My Way to Work  by  Scott Beuerlein

Like a yo-yo on a string, there I am, driving to work and back somewhere upwards of 300 times a year. While most any daily commute gets old, I am fortunate that mine takes me through mature communities with rich landscapes. Basically, for a plant geek like me, it’s 60 minutes a day of borderline creepy pleasure as I enjoy lingering, lecherous stares at the fabulous beauties that have come to be regular elements in my life. The trees and shrubs along my way? I track them through the seasons, root...
Tags: Gardening, Hyde Park, Xavier, CINCY, Dana, Observatory, Xavier University, Brandywine, EAB, Darling, Kodachrome, It's the Plants, Scott Beuerlein, Sycamore, Scilla, East Walnut Hills

Reasonable discourse: can gardeners lead the way?  by  Elizabeth Licata

Fall color along the Niagara Gorge Polarized is a word I’d never thought I’d hear as much as I’ve heard it over the past two years. “Fake news” is a term I’d never heard before 2017. (I prefer the terms “disinformation” and “propaganda.”) That was then; this is now. Seeing issues in black and white extremes is the norm. But I think we can do better. While gardeners are seldom known for their harsh rhetoric, I have noticed a certain strain of us vs. them thinking—even some fanaticism—in garden...
Tags: Gardening, White House, Doug Tallamy, Elizabeth Licata, Ministry of Controversy, Tallamy, Carol Reese, Niagara Gorge Polarized

Disney Princess Pop-Up Palace $38.95 (was $49)

This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my full disclosure policy here. This Disney Princess Pop-Up Palace is just $38.95(was $49.) Shipping is also free. This toy is on the Amazon Toy List this year. Kids can store the... [Author: Lana]
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Lionel Train Deals - Up to 50% off - Thomas, Polar Express, Disney & More

This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my full disclosure policy here. There's a selection of Lionel Trains on sale at Amazon. If you want a train to put around your Christmas Tree, this is a great deal. There... [Author: Lana]
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Kentucky Hemp and The Great American Weed Rush  by  Allen Bush

  I have a history of occasional, informal, peer-reviewed, THC trials of psychoactive marijuana. The trial was simple: I smoked marijuana with friends. I try to imagine I was judged, during these trials, as witty and funny—then again, perhaps merely as stupid. Details are fuzzy. It’s been a long time. Marijuana has been loved and reviled since the Chinese first recorded use in a 2600 BC pharmacopoeia. They didn’t know the difference between any of the 113 or so cannabanoids, including tetrahydr...
Tags: Gardening, Congress, Colorado, Kentucky, America, Usda, Canada, Coca Cola, Louisville, Winchester, University of Kentucky, Laura, Freeman, Kentucky Department of Agriculture, Mount Sterling, Laura Freeman

Trouble in paradise  by  Elizabeth Licata

Waiting for these Have you ever lived in a place that’s often the punchline of a joke? I have, for most of my life. It never bothered me or my friends much, though we sometimes would chat about unlikely scenarios that would transform Buffalo into a glamorous place to live. Like turning it into the Venice of the North by getting rid of our seldom-used metro line down Main Street, making it into a canal. That was just silly. But it turns out that the waterways we already have, combined with cli...
Tags: Gardening, White House, US, Harvard, Venice, Buffalo, Elizabeth Licata, Gardening on the Planet

Thoughts on water, living with water, and storms  by  Elizabeth Licata

This is some stage of Arthur, off Topsail Island, NC, July 2014 We’re drawn to water and connected through water, especially gardeners. Most of the gardeners I know—not just in WNY but all over the US—spend half their growing seasons hoping for water in the form of rain. They have rain gauges and weather stations and use apps and websites to monitor annual rainfall in their areas. They have become amateur rain scientists. Gardeners try to save rain with rain barrels and to stop it from runnin...
Tags: Gardening, US, North Carolina, Florence, Usmc, Arthur, NC, Elizabeth Licata, Gardening on the Planet, Ministry of Controversy, Topsail Island, WNY, Hazel None, NC Coastal Resources Commission

Another reason to use botanical names  by  Elizabeth Licata

Narcissus tazetta ‘Erlicheer’ Today a dire message arrived in my email. It was from a bulb company. “This year, there is a continued shortage of Paperwhite Ziva,” it said. Yikes! No narcissus tazetta ‘Ziva’?!! Actually, that’s fine with me. I have not bought this variety for 15 years or more, though I grow tazettas every year. I hate even using the term “paperwhite” because my friends immediately assume I am talking about Ziva, which is ubiquitous in every big box and high-volume mail-order h...
Tags: Gardening, Ziva, Darling, Elizabeth Licata, It's the Plants

On the Dissing of “Ornamental Plants”  by  Susan Harris

Anyone else bothered by the term “ornamental” to distinguish certain plants from those that are considered useful, usually edibles? For example,Wikipedia uses this petunia to illustrate the term and offers this definition: Ornamental plants are plants that are grown for decorative purposes in gardens and landscape design projects, as houseplants, for cut flowers, and specimen display. The Wiki authors (and I’ve noticed, users of the term generally) make it clear that the plants are for aestheti...
Tags: Google, Gardening, Wikipedia, India, Chicago, Greenbelt, Lower Manhattan, Susan Harris, Darling, It's the Plants, Grab Bag, Lurie Garden, Ornamental Plants, Buddy Attick Park, National Arboretum Chanticleer Garden

It’s Over: Ending 19 Wonderful Years in the Nursery Business  by  Bob Hill

As anyone who has ever opened a small, home-grown retail nursery can tell you, the economic reality for such is straight out of the veteran horse gambler’s prayer: Lord, I hope I break even, I need the money. So it went as we opened our Hidden Hill Nursery & Sculpture Garden 19 years ago on a hopeful wing, happy ignorance and a prayer. History was not in my favor. My obligatory role as a newspaper columnist had always been to make cheerful fun of capitalists, not become one. Yet I had grown to ...
Tags: Facebook, Gardening, Wisconsin, Lebanon, Pacific Northwest, Southern Indiana, Janet, Lowes, Arum, Bob Hill, Taking Your Gardening Dollar, Janet Hill, Michael Lindsey, Hidden Hill

Back on Campus, Figuring out Park(ing) Day  by  Susan Harris

Walking across the University of Maryland campus last week*, I happened upon the school’s National Park(ing) Day exhibit. I’ve never quite gotten National Park(ing) Day, but now I understand that at least in this case it’s a day for the Landscape Architecture Department to promote the profession, which no doubt could use some public exposure. But naturally there’s more to it. This post on The Dirt, the blog of the American Society of Landscape Architects, describes it like this: On Friday, Sept...
Tags: Gardening, University Of Maryland, Susan Harris, Asla, Jack Sullivan, Greenbelt Md, Get A Job, Association of Professional Landscape Designers, American Society of Landscape Architects

Hospitals find ways to create interior gardens  by  Elizabeth Licata

Remedy, by Joan Linder, located in Roswell Park Cancer Institute Can beautiful images of nature promote healing? Even healing from cancer? There is a British university study that suggest the viewing of beautiful art has a powerful effect on the brain’s “joy response” centers. Then there is the landmark 1984 study in which patients recuperated from surgery faster when they saw trees from their window. And recently, sixty percent of Cleveland Clinic patients reported a reduction from stress as...
Tags: Gardening, Buffalo, Cleveland Clinic, Institute, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Elizabeth Licata, But is it Art, Joan Linder, Roswell Park Cancer Institute Can, Shasti O'Leary Soudant, O'Leary Soudant, RPCI

Native Plants in Containers  by  Thomas Christopher

I visited a fascinating native plants garden this past week, the Mount Cuba Center in Hockessin, Delaware.  A botanical garden devoted to the native plants of Delaware’s Piedmont plateau, Mt. Cuba is preserving 1,000 acres of this special habitat.  It also provides object lessons about how you can use native plants in your own landscape, whether formal or informal. I was especially interested in the container plantings, which had, to my eye, a special kind of beauty.  They also provided examples...
Tags: Gardening, Tricks, Cuba, Delaware, Designs, Piedmont, Donna, Native Plants, Thomas Christopher, and Schemes, Shut Up and Dig, Mount Cuba Center, Hockessin Delaware, Native Containers, Native Plants For Formal Gardens, Native Plants in Containers

What Should a Gardener Drink?  by  Garden Rant

Guest Post by Linda Larson One of my favorite BBC shows is “As Time Goes By” with Judi Dench and Geoffrey Palmer playing Jean and Lionel.   In the show, many a dilemma is smoothed over with the quintessential British option of a Gin & Tonic.   I notice that bit because my cocktail of choice is a G & T.   After all, what else should a gardener drink? Gin is infused with botanicals such as juniper berries, lemon peel, almonds, cucumber, chamomile, angelica root, apple, coriander, leaves, fruits, ...
Tags: Gardening, England, Bbc, Oxford, Judi Dench, Seattle, Kew Gardens, Jean, Lionel, Mesa Arizona, Kew, Phoenix AZ, Linda Larson, Garden Rant, Geoffrey Palmer, Guest Rants

How about a wall of flowers?  by  Elizabeth Licata

Louise Jones, Wildflowers for Buffalo Recently, several Facebook friends have issued pleas for “palate cleansing” posts, preferably containing puppies and other cute animals or anything innocently funny or endearing. The idea is to get a break from the barrage of horrifying/despicable/sinister images and information that have been flashing through our social media feeds for the last twenty months or so. São Paulo mural by Mona Caron At the same time, I have noticed an increase in botanica...
Tags: Facebook, Gardening, San Francisco, Portland, Buffalo, Detroit, Jones, Sao Paulo, Caron, Elizabeth Licata, But is it Art, Mona Caron, Louise Jones Wildflowers, Louise Jones

Not bothering with clean-up, either; I’m too busy planting  by  Elizabeth Licata

These Narcissus jonquilla var. henriquesii Twinkling Yellow are my new favorites among the miniatures. The last shipment of bulbs has finally arrived and I made a Halloween resolution to lie about my zone when I order next year. It’s not that I think it’s too late to plant them; it’s just a little more pleasant to plant in warmer temps. John Scheepers and Brent & Becky’s think I should plant in November; I’d rather plant in October. It’s that simple. They might be right, but it really doesn’t...
Tags: Garden, Gardening, Dave, Elizabeth Licata, Shut Up and Dig, John Scheepers, Brent Becky, Garden Watchdog

The Grand Gardens of Baltimore  by  Susan Harris

Baltimore may be best known nationally for its murder rate and The Wire on HBO, but in horticulture circles it’s known for plants and gardens. So I happily signed up for a regional Garden Writers Association event featuring some top drawer gardens in and just outside of Baltimore. Here are my favorite shots from the day. Above, author Kathy Hudson (left) with Penney and A.C. Hubbard, owners of the garden at the center of the gorgeous book On Walnut Hill (foreword by our own Allen Bush).  The ga...
Tags: Gardening, Hbo, Baltimore, Carol, Penney, Hubbard, Susan Harris, Longview, Peter Ward, Real Gardens, Allen Bush, Garden Writers Association, Penney Hubbard, Kathy Hudson, Kathy Jentz, Walnut Hill

A Greener Way to Mow, Blow, and Go  by  Thomas Christopher

As proprietor of “Indigenous Ingenuities,” a landscape design, install, and maintenance firm in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Matthew Benzie pursues a multi-pronged program for greening his community. He uses organic products for coping with plant pests and diseases. He encourages customers to go native when it comes to selecting plants for populating their yards, and he sources his plant materials locally as much as he can. He also encourages clients to eliminate superfluous areas of lawn, and if t...
Tags: Gardening, Thomas Christopher, Gardening on the Planet, Lawn Reform, Doylestown Pennsylvania, Leaf Blower, Alternative Lawns, Electric Vs. Gasoline Lawn Mower, Matthew Benzie, Benzie

KPW4 battery life with audiobooks?

I am thinking of acquiring the new PW4 specially since it now contains Bluetooth. However I want to know how much does the audiobook playback impact the battery? how long does the battery last playing audiobooks continuously?
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