Articles tagged as gardening

Image The New German Garden Style
By Larry Rettig on April 13, 2010

Until recently, most gardeners in temperate zones in the U.S., in Canada, and throughout much of Europe have paid little attention to the strict ecological requirements of the perennials we plant in our gardens. (Note: This article does not display well in most versions of Internet Explorer. Please use Firefox. If you need to download it, you may do so free of charge at the end of this article.)

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Image Karl Foerster's Lasting Imprint on the World of Horticulture
By Larry Rettig on April 26, 2010

As a gardener--especially if you’re a fan of the wildly popular clumping grasses—you may be familiar with a grass called Calamagrostis acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster,’ more commonly known as Feather Reed Grass. In 2001 it was even named the Perennial Plant of the Year by the U.S. Perennial Plant Association. But it’s not the plant that is the subject of this article. It’s the man.

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Image Papaver somniferum: Is This Drop-Dead-Gorgeous Poppy Illegal to Grow in the U.S.?
By Larry Rettig on July 5, 2010

As a gardener and avid reader of articles and books related to gardening and horticulture, I’ve more than once stumbled upon a curious assertion that the Bread Seed Poppy, Papaver somniferum, is actually the Opium Poppy and therefore illegal to grow. I didn’t give the claim much credence, because the seed is sold openly by such venerable establishments as Thompson and Morgan, Burpee, Park Seed, Cooks Garden Seeds, and many others.

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Image My I-380 Garden
By Larry Rettig on January 4, 2014

It was a warm evening in May, in fact the third warm evening in a row, when the phone rang just before dark. It was our daughter, Robin, calling to inquire about her window air conditioner. My wife and I had stored it for her in our attic during the off-season, and she allowed as how it was getting rather warm in her apartment. Could I please come and install her air conditioner? Being the ever dutiful and doting parent, I responded, “Of course!”

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