The Garden Blogger Challenge

During the month of October, GardenRant is participating in the DonorsChoose Blogger Challenge.  Here’s how it works:  teachers choose projects they want funded, bloggers pick projects they want to support, and challenge their readers to  make donations.   GardenRant has chosen a bunch of school garden projects and is encouraging other garden bloggers to join in. The idea is that by having one mega-garden-blogger...

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Damn Fine Dahlias

Every year these dahlias come up and I think, "What was I doing, planting these boring pinkish-white dahlias in a garden that’s supposed to be all orange and red and purple?"  In fact, they were probably mislabeled, because I have never been a pale pink kind of gal.  But then enough of them bloom at once that I can cut five or six and do this with them.  Damn. And so, having earned their keep for another year,...

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A Blank Slate

The side garden, before–completely neglected and overgrown.  I just never could get interested in this space.  It only gets morning sun thanks to the shadow our house casts, and because it’s by the kitchen door, that’s where the recycling and worm bin goes.  Not our most attractive moment. And the same garden, taken from the gate at the back: What now?  I suddenly realized that this long, narrow, enclosed...

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Those Naughty Hens

We thought we had foiled the chickens’ attempts to lay eggs outside their box by clearing out the nest they had made and blocking the entrance to it, but Eleanor stubbornly refused to give up and made herself a new nest under the berry vines, where the tangle of thorns almost prevented us from finding it.  All four hens have been lectured sternly and sent to bed.   I have no idea what’s gotten into them. ...

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Centranthus for Graham Rice

Graham Rice just did a post about the always lovely Centranthus ruber, or Jupiter’s beard. I have a lilac/lavender variety that I have only ever seen once.  I wish now that I had bought every one I saw.  But this one is quite tough and self-sows just like the others, so I’ve been moving the seedlings around my garden just to make sure I’ve got back-ups.  A friend saw this in my garden and gasped and said,...

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Along Came a Spider…

Imagine my excitement when I moved the couch and found this spider web filled with dead flies on a windowsill.  The spider herself was nowhere to be found, but damn, she’s been busy.  I am fortunate to be married to a man who doesn’t even blink when his wife, upon finding a mass grave of bugs in the house, says, "Wait!  Let me get the camera."  I asked if we could keep them; Scott agreed that they could...

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Whither the Bees?

I’ve been away from the garden too long. After a couple of months on the road, the place is a mess. Those hard freezes back in January turned some of my favorite shrubs into popsicles, but somehow spared the weeds, which have taken over. I’ve got some serious garden restoration work to do. But before I get back to pulling weeds, I’ve been eager to do something about the bee situation in my garden. The New York Times has been running dire...

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Recovering from Frost

At a plant sale a couple weeks ago, everyone was talking about what they’d lost during the freeze. Many of us were still having a hard time believing that it had happened at all. “It was just one freeze after another,” someone would say, shaking her head. “Night after night. It never let up.” Almost everyone who mentioned the freeze to me brought up tibouchina, or princess flower, the shrub with brilliant purple flowers and fuzzy...

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And the Nominees Are…

The 2007 Mouse & Trowel Awards, an award program just for garden blogs and websites, has announced its list of nominees.  I hope you’ll get over there this week and cast a vote for GardenRant and your other favorite blogs. Will there be a red carpet? Goody bags?  We’ll find out!

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Cast Your Vote for GardenRant!

I’m not asking you to vote for this blog, which I can barely manage to keep up, and am usually posting to via cell phone, which is just pathetic.  But please, consider casting a vote in favor of GardenRant. Where do you cast your vote?  Right here.

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