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....................Welcome to Felder Rushing's Website  
 
 
SLOW GARDENING BOTTLE TREES GARDEN HEARTS FUN and WHIMSY

Felder's Garden Heart

book is out!

 

and Felder's

Bottle Trees and other Garden Glass

book is out!

SCROLL DOWN FOR DETAILS

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FELDER'S FUNKY STUFF

Green/Lazy/Cheapskate Garden page

Rain Harvester Porch

Green Roof Entry Arbor

 

Slow Gardening (R)

Slow Gardening book

_Click image for details

For a short video on Slow Gardening click here

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'MATER SANDWICHES

AND BOOK SIGNINGS

DETAILS - click HERE

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THE TRUCK GARDEN

CLICK PHOTO

Planted in1988 and

driven over 500,000 miles

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BOTTLE TREES

the SITE

Click IMAGES

 

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Garden Hearts click here

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ELBERT TAYLOR

Felder's first horticulture guru

from Indianola, Mississippi

"Chief" taught me everything about plant propagation, and a LOT about Life...

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Relaxing on my front porch...

(Figure made by Felder and Rita Hall for his Scarecrows and Other Yard Folk book)

 

 

 

JIM POWELL

TRANSCENDENT

URBAN

GARDENER

CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS OF JIM'S GARDEN

 

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GARDEN PORN

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(WARNING: Nudity, Violence, Obscene language, Drugs, AND MORE)

TO ENTER you must agree that YES you have an adolescent/bawdy/off-color sense of humor

CLICK HERE

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Ever been rickrolled?

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Well, well!

Glad you're here!

 

I am a Southern gardener with way too much book learning and travel experiences to suit my laid-back style, so when I am not on the road lecturing, I'm knocking around the celebrated garden surrounding my little backyard cabin in Mississippi with my brown dog named Rusty, where I work hard at relaxing and having as much fun as possible - with as little effort as practical.

When it comes to the "left brain" of horticulture science, I have my bases covered (see the Biostuff link). Plus, I had renowned landscape architect Rick Griffin guide me through developing my garden spaces, and progressive architect Jeff Seabold design large "green" construction projects, so I can enjoy my efforts year-round without a lot of huffing and puffing and off-site resources. It's an overstuffed cottage garden with plants both common and rare, and plenty of, er, "accessories."

But when it comes to the "right brain" of just having a fun, pretty, and productive garden - with as little effort as possible - I am a charter member of the scattered tribe called "dirt gardeners" who plant what we like, where we like, and for whatever reason we like. Because we are opinionated REAL gardeners, some folks like us and our approach, others do not. (SHRUG)

Take a few minutes to browse around. E-mail me if you have some comments (keep 'em clean). Here's hoping you have fun in your own "guarded area" - your garden.

 

 

 

Photo taken at Terra del Madre,the biennial Slow Food event in Turin, Italy

Felder during 2010 winter solstice

Darwen Tower, Northern England

(photo by Matt Donnelly appeared in Lancashire Telegraph newspaper)

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Felder participated in the 2011 winter solstice

at STONEHENGE

Felder's interpretation:

PEG HENGE

(feel free to improvise your own, and send photos)

CLICK HERE FOR MORE HENGES

including the 2011 winter solstice at STONEHENGE

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Judging hanging basket competition in Claverly village

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DALE CHIHULY GLASS SCULPTURES

AT THE

DALLAS ARBORETUM AND BOTANICAL GARDEN

CLICK IMAGE FOR MORE

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TOUGH PLANTS

for SOUTHERN GARDENS

Click HERE to go to a page of "LISTS"

that includes popular, tough, low-maintenance plants

for Southeastern gardens.

NOTE: Cool Springs Press published my Tough Plants book series that includes

titles for the South, North (Midwest and New England), California, and Florida.

All are available from online bookstores...

Chrysanthemum 'Clara Curtis'

also known as Country Girls and Ryan's Pink

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LABYRINTH LAWN!!

(A spiral is a very simply labyrinth -

a one-way path, as opposed to a puzzle-like maze with turns and choices.)

(STUPID "LAWN RULES" - HAVE FUN!!)

Here is a small daffodil maze, and a larger daffodil labyrinth designed by Felder

for an Arkansas schoolyard):

Labyrinth - single path winding to the center and back out

Maze - a puzzle with choices, some which lead to dead-ends

(Most mazes are made with high hedges so you can't see where you are going)

FOR A NEAT ALTERNATIVE TO THE TRADITIONAL

MANICURED LAWN, SCROLL DOWN TO THIS

"MEADOW LAWN" LINK RIGHT BELOW:

THE MEADOW LAWN

A call for a practical approach

(click photo)

 

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WHAT A BLAST !!!

FELDER and his Green Truck

with the bottle trees and stuff growing in the back

were the

GRAND MARSHAL

of the 30th Annual

MAL'S ST. PADDY'S DAY PARADE

5th largest St. Patrick's Day parade in America -

50 floats, countless marching groups, and 70,000 attendees

PART OF FELDER'S ENTOURAGE

The Fabulous DOO-DAH DOLLS

The Garden Arch in the garden

...and as a truck accessory

Stephanie Dwyer, who created the bottle sconces for Felder's truck,

made an entry arbor for his garden which was temporarily

put onto the green garden truck for the parade as a backdrop for

Felder as he tossed beads and MoonPies® from the back of his truck...

The float that followed, overstuffed with Felder's friends,

included the largest bottle tree in the known universe...

 

That was ONE FINE PARADE!

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HOOOO-EEEEEEEE !!!

What's that bad smell in Felder's yard?

It's the flower of his Dracunculus, sometimes called

"corpse flower" because it smell like... well, something dead.

It smells that way to attract pollinating flies,

but even my brown dog goes out of his way to avoid it...

The bulb-like plant is perfectly winter hardy in Mississippi gardens.

Below: Daughter Zoe (when in her teenage GOTH phase) and

our shady backyard "voodoo lily" (Amorphophallus 'Konjac')

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Zoe and a titan arum (Amorphophallus titanum) - world's

largest (and smelliest) flower - at a North Carolina botanical

garden greenhouse...can you see the tears in her eyes from the stench?

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GARDEN CRITTERS

REPTILES FOUND IN FELDER'S YARD

CLICK HERE

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Felder's newly-redone backyard flower bed

and a tabletop plant collection

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Felder as a Green Man

For the Green Man link

scroll halfway down the page

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TOPIARY

The art of boogering up a plant well

Click here for examples from around the world

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FELDER'S GARDEN HAS STONES...

LOTS of them, all sizes, all uses...

CLICK HERE FOR A FEW EXAMPLES

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MAKING A TRADITIONAL HEDGEROW

CLICK HERE

 

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HOW TO MAKE FLOWER POTS...

From USED TIRES

TIRE PLANTER AT DISNEY

(It ain't just a trashy Mississippi thing)

Click here for photos and how-to

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FELDER'S FRONT BACKYARD

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Rusty and I live in a one-room cabin behind my "regular"

home (which is rented to some medical students),

which suits us fine. The garden is tiny, but includes many

dozens of different plants and garden art. There is a

flagstone and raised wooden walk all the way around

for better enjoyment in all weather.

Here're some shots of my new kitchen addition, which I call the Cornbread Chapel (Praise heaven and pass the butter!)

 

 

Before kitchen

 

 

 

After kitchen addition

First wall adornment

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ELEMENTS OF A SOUTHERN COTTAGE GARDEN

click here

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Easy WATER GARDENS

Felder's Front Garden

For more, click here

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ORNAMENTAL GRASSES

CLICK HERE

FOR A FEW OF FELDER'S FAVORITES

 

CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW 2011

CLICK HERE

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Listen to Felder Rushing and guests on MPB Radio every Friday at 9 a.m., and rebroadcast Saturday at 10 a.m., on

The Gestalt Gardener
Radio Program

CLICK HERE

FOR MPB's GESTALT GARDENER

"...gardening is as easy as frying bologna..."

 

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Gestalt Gardener Haikus from Listeners:

 

No rain out west here

Central Texas drought again

watering pumpkins

- Matt Evans, Austin Texas

 

"Crape Myrtle & Company" by Diana Shaw, Mobile Alabama:

High-born pink inks the

Blank green leaves below it, thus

Publishing its blushes.

Nine in the morning,

Waiting for Felder to come on.

Okra in the pan.

- Ken Brown, Grand Bay, Alabama

Tomatoes netted.

Squirrel invades, is run off.

Leaves fertilizer.
- Alison Steiner and David Reynolds, Jackson

Rotting pine tree falls,

Brown bark splitting off, decay.

Stillness on the ground.

- Ken Brown, Grand Bay Alabama

I compost with glee,

dirt under my fingernails.

These are not travails!

- Hilary Shughart, Oxford MS

 

No rain for twelve days.

In the birdbath fat doves splash.

Daylily hides the cat.

- Linda Campany, Columbus MS

 

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NATIONAL HEIRLOOM EXPOSITION

Here are a few shots I took in early September between my lectures at the National Heirloom Exposition in Santa Rosa, California, including gourds, tomatoes (including a variety-tasting I conducted), and a vegetable-carving chef...

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Giant pumpkins

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Tomato tasting .Giant tomato

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Chef carves veggies

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Squirrel Scare device

by Jim Barnett of Natchez

 

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GLASS FOREST

blows bottle trees away!

While spending my usual summer in a Crown cottage farm in the western Midlands of England,

I made a side trip to Germany to photograph a stunning forest of trees made entirely of glass

(with some supporting metal and fasteners). I had read about this for years, and finally just "up and

went" - rented a car out of Munich, and headed off into the Bavarian Alps to the little medieval

village of Regen where this fantasy has been constructed.

Click on this link to get more photos of a real glass forest!

 

CLICK HERE FOR MORE

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GOT BEES?

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For information on beekeeping, check out the

Mississippi Beekeepers Association website:

http://www.mshoneybee.org/

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NO BEES? Here is how to hand pollinate squash:

Find a male flower (grows on a simple stem), peel off the petals,

and dab its pollen in a female flower (on the end of an immature squash).

 

This works on all kinds of squash, cucumbers, and melons.

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*DISCLAIMER

Neither Felder nor MPB receives compensation, products, or services

in return for anything mentioned on this site or on MPB's Gestalt Gardener program.

Any promotion done on this site is soley at Felder's discretion,

based on his honest, unbiased experience or observations - with no strings attached. Really.

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GOOD GESTALT GARDEN WORD: Terroir - French word used in wine and coffee, denotes how

characteristics of a place (soil, climate, etc.) impart themselves onto something...

It's what gives something (gardeners, gardens, garden styles) our special "Sense of Place"

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"Most gardeners are daunted, not dumb."

"Lightening up doesn't necessarily mean lowering your standards."

"I DO care what the neighbors think... it just doesn't MATTER!"

"Doesn't matter what you do, or how you do it, your neighbors are gonna talk about you ANYWAY." (this quoted aloud and credited to Felder by Martha Stewart)

"Life already has so many boundaries and pressures - why add more in the garden?"

"Salsa is good for your body; tomato gravy is for your Southern SOUL." (Plus, a little grease in the diet helps you slide through the humidity better.)

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GENERAL PHOTO STUFF

(updated every now and then)

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GREEN MEN

Carvings of mysterious foliate faces

are found throughout Britain and western Europe,

mostly in churches and cemeteries

for more Green Man images click the photo above

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Felder's Mississippi Winter Garden

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Felder's rented English Farmhouse in Winter

the cottage (circa 1800)

scene from bedroom window

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shrubs outside door and along the ancient hedgerow

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snow covered cemetery cherub and "hoar" frost

(strands of frozen fog)

along the hedgerow footpath to Pattingham village

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NEW STUFF!

Gaudi's cathedral, Barcelona

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Fabulous 'Graham Thomas' rose named "World's Favorite Rose"

CLICK HERE for photos

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WORM COMPOSTING INDOORS

CLICK HERE

 

LIRIOPE

and other "monkey" grasses

(CLICK HERE)

 

GREAT VINES

FOR SOUTHERN ARBORS AND TRELLIS

(CLICK HERE)

 

Clothespin Tombstone in

Middlesex Vermont

 

ROADSIDE "FLOWERS" IN NORTHERN PENNSYLVANIA

TRUCK CROP ON EASTERN LONG ISLAND NY

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WATERMELON FESTIVAL

IN MIZE MISSISSIPPI

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SEED SPITTING....

FELDER AND THE QUEEN.

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University of Tennessee - Jackson

Succulents Garden

Click here to see more

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Wanna See a Little Lawn?

Click HERE for Felder's New Lawn

 

Doris Foscett's Agave in bloom - Canton MS

 

Can't we all share with one another?

 

More Agaves from Felder's Photos

Zoe and California Agave

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Felder's variegated agaves and bronze Dyckia

and the agave atop his "green roof" arbor with blue bottles

Felder's "Green Roof" Entry Arbor

(for details see link at upper left)

Felder's "Rain Harvester" Porch Roof

(for details see link at upper left)

The Keep Fondren Funky site

CLICK HERE

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Rusty the Howling Spaniel

that eats my hats

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Important message from Klaatu and Gort

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PARTLY PERSONAL

There are tens of thousands of highly intelligent, well-raised, educated young men and women - their names are not important here - who are real heros because of what they suffer day after day overseas in our military.

Few can imagine what they are going through, especially considering that they are there as volunteers.

These men and women find rest whenever and wherever they can.

 

I am asking that you think about them as unique and beloved, individuals as real as any son, daughter, father, mother, husband, or wife.

And please - perform whatever ritual you have at your heart's and soul's command to bless all these young men and women at their job, and wish them - and their loved ones - comfort as well as strength.

Whatever it takes for them to finish their terrible work and come home safe.

And remember: They are real people. They are not numbers. Who they are, and what they are doing right now, is precious.

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