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Commentary: How to dig your way out of climate grief
This winter there were moments when I wasn’t sure I was going to make it back into my garden. I wasn’t sure I wanted to, would have time, would care. I wasn’t sure it would ever stop raining.
After six of the warmest years ever recorded in California, after five years of record wildfires, amid the driest period in 1,200 years, this year�...Read more
On Gardening: Heart to Heart ignites a fiery revival in caladiums
The last few years have been like a revival of the gardening spirit when it comes to The Gardening Guy and caladiums. In the '90s I went bonkers planting caladiums and impatiens as partners, and suddenly I stopped. I can’t even remember why. Now I am clowning around with caladiums.
That was a little tongue and cheek — the truth is that I ...Read more
On Gardening: The Garden Guy is pumped on daylilies
A trio of new daylilies has The Garden Guy pumped on daylilies once again. The three new selections make their debut in the Rainbow Rhythm series in 2024. Rainbow Rhythm Blazing Glory, Rainbow Rhythm Persian Ruby and Rainbow Rhythm Blood Sweat and Tears are blooming now to the rescue of The Garden Guy’s treasured daylily garden.
Last year was...Read more
One of LA's last family-owned cinemas is in limbo. Its fans aren't ready to give up
Most Wednesday nights, the 800-seat Gardena Cinema has only a handful of people sitting in front of its single screen.
But last week, hundreds of moviegoers almost filled the historic theater twice in one evening, for back-to-back shows as part of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. And that came days after another film organization ...Read more
Review: In Paul Schrader's disappointing 'Master Gardener,' a violent racist turns over a new leaf
"Master Gardener" completes what the writer-director Paul Schrader has described as a kind of trilogy, and what I've come to see as a fascinating game of topical bingo.
"First Reformed" (2018) was about a Christian minister radicalized by the threat of climate change; "The Card Counter" (2021) forced a professional gambler to confront his past ...Read more
'Master Gardener' review: A story of hate, redemption and horticulture, from the creator of 'Taxi Driver'
It springs from many inspirations, notably Robert Bresson’s “Pickpocket,” but writer-director Paul Schrader has made the components his own and then some: an isolated man, alone in a room, writes in his diary while ruminating about the forces of darkness outside that room and inside his soul.
Travis Bickle in “Taxi Driver,” written by...Read more
On Gardening: Silver Falls dichondra is the crème de la crème for your designs
There is nothing like a virtual visit to the falls to check the pulse rate of the gardening public — I can tell you it has reached a wonderful stage of artistic maturity.
I can imagine the puzzled look on your face right now as you start to wonder what in the world The Garden Guy is talking about. The answer is Proven Accents' Silver Falls ...Read more
Movie review: Seeds of hope blossom in 'Master Gardener'
With his latest film, “Master Gardener,” writer/director Paul Schrader closes out an epic trilogy exploring modern masculinity and existential dread. Written with Schrader’s prickly, challenging point of view, and crafted with arch expertise, the “man in a room” trilogy, made up of “First Reformed,” “The Card Counter” and now �...Read more
On Gardening: The queen rules with elegance in this year's mixed containers
Oh my gosh, the queen has spoken.
I am talking about the plant queen, who indeed does rule all mixed container designs in 2023: Queen Tut papyrus, Proven Winners' new selection in their Graceful Grasses program.
I’ve been showing several images in previous articles, and even more on my Facebook page. The gardening public has gone simply ...Read more
On Gardening: Persimmon petunia is perpetuating a plant panic
There is a plant panic of sorts going on, and it is just now May. We are just getting into planting season in the South, and I can sense an urgency to find certain plants from my Facebook followers. Supertunia Persimmon petunia is at the top of the list.
I wrote about this plant last summer as I was trialing it. If a flower grabs my attention ...Read more
On Gardening: Perfect score, top performer awards are just another reason it is lemon season
It is lemon season in the South, and The Garden Guy couldn’t be happier. OK, it’s not an edible lemon, and although we are celebrating in the South, you will have your shot, too. I am talking about Lemon Coral sedum.
This little succulent plant knows no end to the way it can be used in containers or the landscape. In December in Columbus, ...Read more
Coretta Scott King peace garden to be unveiled at Atlanta's MLK Center
ATLANTA -- In the days following the 1968 assassination of her husband, Coretta Scott King started making plans to build The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Change.
But in many ways, “The King Center,” as it is colloquially called, is just as much hers as it is Martin Luther King Jr.’s.
“I would not say that she is an ...Read more
A new way of vegetable gardening, with someone else's hands in the dirt
PHILADELPHIA — Jessica Dommes' backyard looked like a life-size advertisement for the joy of gardening on a recent April morning. A yellow forsythia bush bloomed under a cloudless blue sky; the sun shone in that newly spring way that makes you want to go outside and stay there.
Dommes, 33, was preparing for the season — but not by cobbling ...Read more
On Gardening: EZ Scape perennials recipes are like night and day
It is Night and Day at The Garden Guy’s house when it comes to perennials this spring. That is a little tongue and cheek — it's also the perfect recipe for which I had been looking for, and it's all thanks to Garrison Farm and Garden in Cornelia, Georgia. It's amazing that a small town in North Georgia is causing many of my Facebook fans to ...Read more
On Gardening: This is one honey of a petunia for your container designs
The Garden Guy has a new honey, but I assure you it is not the kind that will get Mrs. Jan upset: It is a petunia like I have never grown before. It is Supertunia Honey — actually, three of them that I planted last October.
Somehow, I missed its debut, but I know it won a bunch of Top Performer awards in 2020. Hopefully you haven’t been ...Read more
On Gardening: Picking your pockets for a large front yard
The Garden Guy and Mrs. Jan moved to our present house in spring 2019. Ideas flowed like a waterfall for backyard plantings, while the front yard was daunting, for one big reason: It is over a half-acre with a steep upward slope toward the home.
The Garden Guy was raised in west Texas, where trees were the occasional mesquite. Here in west ...Read more
On Gardening: Superbells Prism Pink Lemonade garners Classic City Award
One of my favorite green business operations I follow on Facebook is Rivers Greenhouse and Garden in Brandon, Mississippi. They have a wholesale greenhouse operation and a retail garden center a couple of miles away. They are the most picturesque destination out in the country if you ever find yourself near Jackson, Mississippi. They recently ...Read more
On Gardening: Truffula Pink gomphrena selected Proven Winners' Annual of the Year
No town will have more of a cause to join the celebration for Truffula Pink gomphrena as the Annual of the Year than Columbus, Georgia. The award selected by Proven Winners says a lot, considering they are the home of all of the Supers: Supertunia petunias, Superbells calibrachoas and Superbena verbenas.
The last few years in Columbus, Truffula...Read more
On Gardening: Bubblegum, Paradise, Fuchsia offer picture-perfect Vistas
The Garden Guy has had the most fun the past few months when I show Supertunia partnerships on my Facebook page. The comments start off with "Can it compete with my Bubblegum?" and then conclude with something like "My Bubblegum will cover that plant up, chew it up and make it disappear."
So it goes with Supertunia Vista Bubblegum, which is ...Read more
On Gardening: Superbena's imperial performance has begun
Right now, it is a verbena world at The Garden Guy’s house. It is super exciting, as I forgot I had so many, and which containers had what. The growth since the December arctic blast has been simply amazing. One in particular, Superbena Imperial Blue, almost looks like a mini-hydrangea.
Superbena Imperial Blue made its debut in 2022, and I ...Read more