Nationally renowned garden expert Melinda Myers helps everyday gardeners find success and ease in the garden through her Melinda’s Garden Moments radio segments. Melinda shares “must have” tips that hold the key to gardening success, learned through her more than 30 years of horticulture experience. Listeners from across the country find her gardener friendly, practical approach to gardening both refreshing and informative! On this page, Melinda shares some more extensive garden tips, which expand on the information provided in her one-minute radio segments.
New tips are added throughout each month, providing timely step-by-step tips on what you need to do next in your garden! Visit Melinda’s website www.melindamyers.com for more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and answers to your questions.
Holes in the leaves of bean plants mean insects have moved in to share the harvest. Don’t fret there are some easy ways to manage these pests.
Several insects can feed on bean plants and their pods. The bean leaf beetle, Mexican bean beetle and spotted cucumber beetle are the most common.
The bean beetle is ¼ inch long, yellow-green to red with four black dots on its back. High populations can devastate a planting. Cover plantings with floating row covers to keep the insects off. Firmly secure the edges to prevent the beetles from crawling underneath.
The Mexican bean beetle is a bit larger and can be yellow or coppery brown with 16 black dots. The immature stage, larvae, is orange or yellow, fuzzy and rather hump-backed. Remove and destroy any of the insects and their bright yellow eggs that you find.
A thorough clean up in the fall will reduce future problems. A bit more information: The spotted cucumber beetle can also be found nibbling on your bean plants. It is long and narrow, yellowish green with black spots. Remove insects as found or use one of the more eco-friendly products like Neem, if needed.
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Expand your perennial plant collection or share a family heirloom with friends and family. Root cuttings of butterfly weed, bleeding heart and oriental poppies to start new plants to share.
Take root cuttings of most fleshy rooted perennials in late winter or early spring before growth begins. Wait until after the bleeding heart has stopped flowering and oriental poppies go dormant to make these root cuttings.
Start by raking the soil away from the base of the plant so that several roots are exposed.
Use a sharp knife to remove several roots. Cover the remaining roots and water the plant.
Cut the roots into 2 to 3 inch segments. Lay them on a well-drained potting mix, moist sand or other rooting media. Cover the roots and keep the rooting media moist but not wet.
New growth should appear in several weeks. Young plants can be moved into the garden or container in a sheltered location.
A bit more information: Division is the easiest way to start new plants. Simply use a sharp spade to dig the plant and lift it out of the ground. Use a sharp linoleum knife, drywall saw or two garden forks to cut the original plant into several small pieces.
Add a bit of the tropics to your patio or indoor garden with a Medinilla Plant.
This Philippine native is a relative newcomer to the North American garden scene. It produces exotic pink flowers several times a year. The colorful buds slowly open and expand into a spike covered with pink flowers and bracts.
Grow your plant in bright light indoors or indirect sunlight outside. Water thoroughly whenever the soil just starts to dry. You’ll water less often in the winter.
Pour off any excess water that collects in the saucer or use a gravel tray to elevate the pot above the water. This will save you time and improve the growing conditions by adding humidity around your plant.
Only fertilize actively growing Medinilla plants. Use a dilute solution of a flowering plant fertilizer whenever your plant needs a nutrient boost.
Keep plants indoors when outside temperatures are below 54 degrees F (12 degrees C).
A bit more information: Remove faded flowers as your Medinilla finishes blooming. Fertilize regularly as the plant produces new growth. Once stems are at least 10 inches long you can start the reblooming process. Move your plant to a cooler location with temperatures about 64 degrees F (17 degrees C). Continue to provide bright light throughout the reblooming process. Move back to its original location once the buds are at least 1 inch long. For more information visit http://www.medinilla.ca/plant-care.html
You wait all winter for your asparagus harvest and so do the common and spotted asparagus beetles.
These common pests of asparagus feed on the emerging stems causing browning, scarring and crooking of the stems. Later in the season the larvae of the common asparagus beetle feed on the foliage. Severe defoliation can weaken the plants.
Both beetles are about ¼ inch long and oval in shape. The common asparagus beetle is bluish black with cream-colored spots while the spotted asparagus beetle is reddish orange with black spots.
Start watching for these pests as soon as the asparagus peeks through the ground. Remove and drop the beetles and their worm-like larvae into a container of soapy water. Smash any of the eggs as soon as they are discovered.
Avoid chemicals as these also kill the parasitic wasp that helps control these pests. A little time controlling these insects means a bigger and better tasting harvest.
A bit more information: Control the weeds and you will also increase your harvest. Regular removal and mulching will keep annual weeds under control. Quackgrass and other perennial weeds require more persistence to remove these from the garden.
Cilantro by Melinda Myers,posted Jun 20 2014 4:24PM
Add some flavor and potassium to your family meals with a bit of homegrown cilantro.
Plant transplants or sow seeds directly in the garden after the danger of frost has passed. Cilantro grows best in full sun, cool temperatures and well-drained soil. Gardeners in cooler climates can sow seeds every 3 to 4 weeks throughout the summer for continual harvest. Those with hotter summers will have the best results growing cilantro in the cooler temperatures of spring, fall and even winter in some areas.
Harvest the leaves back to the ground when they are at least 4 to 6 inches long. Only harvest a third of the plant to allow it to keep producing. After several harvests or as temperatures warm the plant will set seed. After the white flowers fade, green seeds appear and eventually turn brown. Harvest and use the seeds, they are the herb known as coriander, or allow them to drop to the ground and sprout new plants.
A bit more information: The 2006 All American Selection Award Winner Delfino Cilantro has fine ferny foliage. It branches freely, producing more leaves to harvest and enjoy. Plus, it tends to form flowers and seeds later than other varieties.
Put down the weeder and break out the harvest basket. The weed you are trying to kill may be a tasty addition to your salads and sandwiches.
Purslane is an aggressive annual weed that can be found anywhere from cultivated gardens to vacant patches of earth. It grows flat on the ground with thick succulent leaves similar to a jade plant. It spreads by stem pieces and seeds that can last for up to 40 years in the soil. You’ll see more of this weed during hot dry summers.
Harvest young plants and use the leaves fresh in salads and on sandwiches. Stir-fry, puree or steam the leaves and use it as a spinach substitute. Just don’t overcook as it gets a bit slimy.
Be sure to wash the plants before eating and only harvest plants growing in areas where pesticides, including weed killers, have not been used.
If you become a fan of purslane, consider purchasing the seed of varieties bred for better flavor.
A bit more information: If you decide to control this weed, pull the plant before it goes to seed. Then mulch the soil with a one to two inch layer of shredded leaves or evergreen needles to help prevent the seeds from sprouting.
Celebrate National Pollinator week June 16th to 23rd by adding a few new bee-friendly plants to your garden. Both our native bees and the honeybees are important to our gardens and food supply.
Borage is an annual herb that grows 24 to 36 inches tall and is topped with beautiful blue flowers. It can be used for seasoning meat, the flowers can be candied and the leaves are steeped to make tea.
Calendula also known as pot marigold thrives in full sun and cooler temperatures. The bees will enjoy the nectar and you can harvest the white, yellow or orange flowers for cooking in soups and stews.
Goldenrod is not the cause of hayfever, but is a favorite of bees and other beneficial insects. The bright yellow flowers combine nicely with asters for a beautiful fall display.
And put away the pesticides. These products can kill the good insects as effectively as the bad guys.
A bit more information: Further help the bees by providing the raw materials they need for nesting. Leave a few small brush piles, dried grasses, reeds and deadwood for the wild bees. Or invest in one of the bee houses or beneficial nesting boxes like those available at Gardener’s Supply.
Looking for the perfect gift for dad? Consider the gift of time.
Help him enjoy gardening more or reduce time spent gardening, so he has more time to fish, golf or just relax under a shade tree.
Look for tools that make dad’s job easier and fun. Convert an old snow sled into a nifty plant sled. Add a longer secure rope so he can drag heavy items across the lawn. Or maybe that old wagon can be painted and find a second life as a means of moving watering cans and bags of mulch around the landscape.
Buy a stand-alone tool caddy or one that wraps around a five gallon bucket. Fill it with a hand pruner, Dee Weeder, pair of gloves or any of those small gardening tools that seem to disappear when needed.
And add a garden journal where he can not only record his garden successes, but also his secrets to share.
And don’t forget to offer your time to help him with weeding, mowing or whatever garden chore he least enjoys.
A bit more information: Here are a few other projects that will help dad be organized and save time in the garden. Purchase a plastic container with a lid for all of his seeds. Organize seeds alphabetically, label with dividers and take inventory. This way he can store seeds in the fridge to maintain their viability, quickly find seeds he needs and reference the inventory when seed shopping at the garden center or from a catalogue.
Looking for an easy indoor flowering plant? Try adding bromeliads to your collection.
These long blooming beauties require minimal care. Many bromeliads are epiphytes, naturally growing on trees and gathering nutrients and water from the environment, not by parasitizing the plants they live upon. You will find bromeliads at garden centers and florists mounted on boards, rocks or growing in well-drained potting or orchid mix.
Water the plants often enough to prevent the roots from drying out. Those bromeliads with a rosette of leaves that form a vase or tank absorb the water more efficiently through their leaves. So be sure to keep water in the leaf “tank” to keep these thriving.
Fertilize actively growing plants during the growing season with a dilute solution of flowering houseplant fertilizer. Once the flowers fade, the parent plant begins to decline. Don’t worry - new plants will soon appear.
A bit more information: Divide and repot the young plants that form as the parent plant declines. Once these plants reach maturity they can be forced to flower. Place a piece of an apple and the plant in a sealed plastic bag for three days. Remove and wait for flowers to form.
Is your garden looking a bit drab? It’s time to liven things up with a few new plant combinations.
Pair plants with opposite features to create a focal point and add a bit of pizazz to the landscape.
Start with color. Pairing plants with colors on the opposite side of the color wheel is sure to grab your attention. Blue salvia and yellow coreopsis, purple heliotrope and orange blackberry lily are just a few examples.
Look for opportunities to add some interesting textures. The fine leaves of ornamental grass are great against the bolder leaves of Canna. Or, mix Russian sage with your coneflowers.
And look for interesting and contrasting forms. Plant tall spiky speedwells next to round flowered zinnias or set a squatty round birdbath in front of a stand of tall hollyhocks. These contrasting combinations emphasize each partner’s unique features.
A bit more information: The same design strategy works in the shade. Combine the yellow daisy flowers of Leopard’s bane with the spiky blue flowers of Camassia. Or try mixing Japanese Forest grass (Hakonechloa) in front of a big blue leafed hosta
For more ideas on design strategies, click here.
It’s National Gardening Exercise Day, so get out and workout in your garden today!
Whether you have a large landscape, small city lot or garden in containers, indoors or out, you will burn calories, lower your blood pressure and improve your mood through gardening.
Plus, you will be nurturing beautiful flowers for bouquets and fresh fruits and vegetables for your dinner table.
No garden? Then plant one. Consider planting a pot of your favorite grilling herbs to grow right next to the grill. Or plant a pot or patch of black and blue salvia, cuphea, also known as cigar plant, and fuchsias to bring hummingbirds to your garden. And don’t overlook the benefit of growing tomatoes and peppers in a garden or container. They provide lots of vitamins and antioxidants – a perfect complement to your garden workout.
Make sure to follow a sensible routine, just like your workout at the gym.
A bit more information: Warm up with slow gentle motions. Then ramp up your garden workout with a few lunges as you weed. And be sure to finish gardening with some gentle stretches and slower movement.
Add some chocolate to your diet and garden without adding all those calories.
Chocolate mint is an easy to grow plant with a strong minty fragrance and flavor topped off with a hint of chocolate. It makes the perfect garnish for desserts and as an ingredient in tea, ice cream, mojitos and anything chocolate.
Like most mints this is an aggressive plant. Grow it in a pot on your patio, deck or porch to keep it accessible and contained. Place your pot of mint in full sun or partial shade. It prefers cool moist soils, but as most gardeners have discovered, it tolerates a variety of conditions.
Harvest leaves and sprigs of your chocolate mint as needed throughout the season. Don’t be timid - the more you harvest the more new stems and leaves will be produced. This fresh new growth has the best flavor.
Store sprigs of fresh mint in a glass of water or dry and wrap in plastic in the refrigerator.
A bit more information: Make larger harvests for drying and freezing just as the flowers begin to appear. You’ll get the greatest concentration of flavor. Larger harvests will not weaken the plant. Watch for fresh new growth and continue to harvest as needed.
The from-the-garden-to-the-table movement is not just about fruits and vegetables. Edible flowers like roses can provide beauty in a vase or on your dinner plate.
Rose petals are edible fresh in a salad, seeped in tea or cooked into jam and bakery. The flavor varies with the variety and weather conditions, but you may taste a hint of strawberries or green apples when munching on a rose petal.
Harvest petals from recently opened flowers. Remove the individual petals and cut out the often bitter portion at the base. Spritz the petals with water to wash off bugs and dust. Pat dry then use fresh or dry for future use.
Make sure no pesticides have been applied to or near the plants and that they have not been exposed to roadside pollutants.
Leave some flowers on the plant to enjoy and develop into fruit that is decorative, edible and high in Vitamin C.
A bit more information: Harvest rose hips when they are fully colored, and better yet, after a light frost when they are sweetest. Use to make tea, candy, sauce, jams and jellies.
Showing Your True Colors
It's entirely possible the world went insane on Thursday.
Someone posted a picture of a two-toned striped dress to Tumblr on Wednesday, and asked simply: “Guys please help me - is this dress white and gold, or blue and black? Me and my friends can't agree…"
And then the digital world exploded.
Is it white and gold? Or blue and black? It's turning into an almost uncivil war.
All sorts of people weighed in, and their opinions are strong.
Some, like Taylor Swift, are simply confused.
I don't understand this odd dress debate and I feel like it's a trick somehow. I'm confused and scared. PS it's OBVIOUSLY BLUE AND BLACK
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) February 27, 2015
The folks at The Today Show have the skinny. Or do they? You be the judge.
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Working Out with Queen Bey
Ever wonder how Beyonce keeps herself fit and toned?
Wonder no more.
Because on Wednesday, the Queen herself released an Instagram video to show herself in action, keeping fit and getting toned.
The video is speeded up to the tune of "Eye of the Tiger," but it shows Beyonce moves.
Think you can keep up?
Celebrating the 5th anniversary of Let's Move! #GimmeFive @michelleobama 💪
A video posted by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on Feb 25, 2015 at 1:52pm PST
Llamas on the Lam
A couple of llamas got loose in Sun City, Arizona yesterday afternoon, and the helicopter-shot video of the event quickly went viral.
Fox News picked it up, and (sorry) ran with it.
Shepard Smith provided running commentary on the "llama trot," and some of it is pretty funny. It's just not clear that it's intentionally funny.
"Were they someone's, like, backyard llamas?" he wondered. "Were they babysitting?"
"This is something I've not seen recently in New York," he said, "and we seem to see all kinds of weirdness up here in the New York."
We'll call this a slow news day phenomenon...
How is This a Thank You?
Kim Kardashian just reached 27 million followers on Instagram.
This is where you say "Whoopee" or "Yahoo," I guess.
So to say thanks, Kim posted a selfie to her Instagram page.
A selfie showing part of her butt wrapped around a pretty small thong bottom.
I'm sorry, but how is this a thank you?
Is there anyone on the planet who hasn't yet seen all of the KimButt?
I daresay no...
27 mil!!!!! Thank you so much!!!! I love you all!!!!! 😘
A photo posted by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on Feb 26, 2015 at 1:42pm PST
From T&A to Big Bang Theory
Melissa Rauch plays a scientist on The Big Bang Theory.
The other night on Conan, she talked about how she started performing at a very young age, in her parents' basement.
Her parents encouraged her in the arts, and let her see shows that maybe weren't appropriate for someone her age.
The show was "A Chorus Line," and Melissa's go-to song - lyrics, dance moves and all - was "Tits & Ass," a song about the plastic surgery one dancer gets to help her get more roles.
And of course, Melissa has a home movie to share with the world...
This Guy Had the Hot Hand!
Florida State University's basketball squad lost to Miami on Wednesday by four points, 81 - 77.
But that's only how the story ends.
How Florida State got that close - that's the real story.
Because freshman guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes scored 30 points.
Not on the night, but in the final 4 minutes and 39 seconds of the game.
Not enough for the win, but more than enough to impress a lot of folks...
FSU's Xavier Rathan-Mayes' 2nd half in loss at Miami: -Scored/assisted on team's final 38 pts -Scored 26 straight pts pic.twitter.com/W3E31jgJ1Q
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 26, 2015
Got Frozen Fever Yet?
The folks at Disney released the trailer for Frozen Fever, a short film featuring all your favorite Frozen characters this week.
It will be seen in theaters in front of Disney's Cinderella, which will be released on March 13.
And it seems like people are hot for it already.
The short, that is.
In the first day that it hit the Internet, it grabbed close to 2.5 million views.
Not bad for a short film, huh?
Ice-T Ices Cartoon Voices
A lot of people know Ice-T from his music, and his movies, and his long-running stint as one of the detectives on Law & Order: SVU.
But a lot less know him for his work as a cartoon voiceover artist.
(Stay with the bit. It works if you stay with the bit.)
Ice visited Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show this week, and revealed that he did some extensive voiceover work - you know, to pay the bills - on shows like G.I. Joe, Scooby Doo, and Dora the Explorer.
Check it out...
"Unless You Know How to Make Jokes, Don't Do It!"
Giuliana Rancic's comments about Zendaya's dreadlocks - smelling like patchouli oil and weed - during the Fashion Police episode focusing on the Oscars is still stirring controversy.
Yesterday on The View, Whoopi Goldberg took the others on the show to school about the difference between the late Joan Rivers, who made Fashion Police the iconic show it was, and Giuliana Rancic, who is not Joan Rivers.
Whoopi didn't defend Giuliani - not even close.
But she doesn't think she was being racist either. "She was just ignorant," says Whoopi.
Check out the clip....
Giuliani Gets Stewartized
Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani has been taking a lot of heat over comments he made about President Obama not loving America.
The reaction has come from all quarters - even some conservative quarters that Giuliani probably considered safe havens until now.
No surprise that Jon Stewart - never once considered a conservative safe haven - would have some choice words for the former mayor.
To say that Jon eviscerated him is a very fair comment indeed.
Nice to see that even as Jon's retirement from The Daily Show draws near, he's still got a lot of bite left.
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Get Off Your Duff For The DUFF
Seems like all the movie talk these days has centered on 50 Shades of Grey.
A little bit of controversy, a best-selling book series, and boom! You've got a blockbuster before it was even released.
Other movies tend to get put in the shadows by films like that.
Here's one that looks like it could stand a little light.
I stumbled on this while I was looking for something else - isn't that always the way with Internet surfing?
The movie is called The DUFF - an acronym for Designated Ugly Fat Friend. It's from a Young Adult novel, written by a 17-year-old while she was a senior in high school, about being a senior in high school.
The trailer sure catches your attention - enough to make me want to go to see it. It's got elements of Mean Girls to it, but it doesn't feel quite as mean.
It opened on February 20, and you don't need to bring any paraphernalia to watch it either.
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Madonna was closing out the show for the Brit Awards, roughly the equivalent of the Grammys in the UK, with a rendition of "Living for Love" on Wednesday.
And during the song, something happened with her cape, and she went for a tumble off the stage and down some stairs.
The folks at Hollywood Life have the story...
Not to worry - she's fine. And she blamed the whole thing on her Armani cape being tied too tightly.
Armani hooked me up! My beautiful cape was tied too tight! But nothing can stop me and love really lifted me up! Thanks for your good wishes! I'm fine! ❤️#livingforlove
A photo posted by Madonna (@madonna) on Feb 25, 2015 at 2:50pm PST
A Snow-Covered Cottage Industry
When Mother Nature dumps 100 inches and counting of frozen white precipitation on you, you spend an awful lot of time cursing as you move that stuff around.
Not Kyle Waring. This entrepreneur, who lives on the Massachusetts coastline north of Boston, had a better idea.
Package the white stuff, and sell it to people in warmer climates who don't get their fair share of snow.
And that's how ShipSnowYo.com was born.
It started with half-liter bottles for $19.99, but a lot of it melted by the time it got where it was going.
That's when he started packing six pounds of snow and shipping it for $89.
He told Boston.com that even though some will melt along the way, there's still enough frozen stuff to make 10 to 15 snowballs.
You can also get ten-pounds - a snowball party pack, I guess - for $119. Ingenious.
Time to start thinking about ways to sell my grass clippings this summer. Stay tuned!
Is 10lbs of snow enough? pic.twitter.com/GsjymU7eNO
— ShipSnowYo.com! ❄️ (@shipsnowyo) February 25, 2015
Can This Be Unheard?
Lady Gaga did quite nicely with her reboot of Julie Andrews' songs from The Sound of Music during Sunday's Oscars celebration.
Now a pair of metal musicians have cut into another Julie Andrews classic - this time "Supercalifragilisticexpialidoscious" from Mary Poppins.
I'm not 100% sure this was necessary.
And I'm pretty sure you won't be able to unhear it.
You are warned!
This Ain't Like Any Aquaman You've Seen Before
Zack Snyder, the director of Dawn of Justice, the new film that pits Batman against Superman, has decided to include a lot of other superheroes in the film.
One of them is Aquaman, who used to be seen as a blond-headed Speedo leotard-wearing guy who could live underwater and on land.
Honestly, I never quite understood the fascination. Except for his ability to breathe underwater, what was the guy's purpose.
With the new Aquaman, no worries. He's simply kick-butt, and that's probably his purpose.
The role is played by Jason Momoa, who played Khal Drogo on Game of Thrones.
And this picture that Zack Snyder tweeted certainly conjures up the Khal Drogo we all remember so fondly...
There is only one true King. #unitetheseven pic.twitter.com/RDFG8jbuI6
— ZackSnyder (@ZackSnyder) February 20, 2015
Bad Girl, Bad Girl, Whatcha Gonna Do?
When your world freezes, you've got to do what you've got to do.
A couple of weeks ago, a police department issued a warrant for the arrest of Punxsatawney Phil, the groundhog who promised six more weeks of winter - but failed to tell how severe those six weeks would be.
This week, in Hanahan, South Carolina, the local cops slapped cuffs on Elsa, the snow queen for Disney's Frozen, after she tried to put the freeze on the water fountain outside the PD HQ. South Carolina's been getting some uncharacteristically cold weather, including black ice, and the law hoped that putting Elsa out of commission, even for a bit, would make things better.
I'm not sure it helped. You watch the news account, and judge for yourself.
And see just how quickly Elsa ratted out her friend, Jack Frost...
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Wheel of Musical Impressions with Christina Aguilera
Wheel of Musical Impressions is becoming a semi-regular feature on Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show.
This week, Christina Aguilera visited, and played the game with Jimmy.
The concept is simple. Hit a button, and it presents another singer and a silly song for the player to sing in that singer's voice.
Jimmy did nicely with David Bowie and Michael McDonald.
But Christina hit it out of the park with her impressions of Cher, Britney Spears and Shakira.
Check it out...
An enterprising musician has taken the Weather Channel's Jim Cantore's delight with the meteorological phenomenon called thundersnow and set it to music.
You probably remember seeing the raw video of Jim going out of his skull outside Boston during their most recent big snowstorm.
As he stood outside - properly attired, of course - thunder roared overhead. A rare occasion in winter, but this was the perfect storm.
Well, for Jim, anyway.
The song isn't anything you can dance to, but it sure is fun to watch.
Oh, and My Spell Check is Broken
Who would have guessed that one of the most controversial things at the Oscar celebration on Sunday would be a comment by the folks at E!'s Fashion Police.
It started when co-host Giuliana Rancic took a shot at singer Zendaya's dreadlocks: "“I feel like she smells like pachouli oil.”
And as the camera cut away to a picture of Zendaya, someone else said, "Or weed."
Rumors flew that is was Kelly Osbourne who made that comment, and now she's all over Twitter, not only saying she didn't do it, but saying she could well leave the show over it.
Oh, and she clearly doesn't let Spell Check or autocorrect rule her world.
Let's play a new game and count the typos in these next four tweets, shall we?
I WILL NOT BE DRAGED INTO THIS! The situation is being rectified like ADULTS by both parties. I hope you can leave it to them & do the same!
— Kelly Osbourne (@KellyOsbourne) February 24, 2015
you guys do realize that @Zendaya is my friend right?
— Kelly Osbourne (@KellyOsbourne) February 24, 2015
Im giving everyone involved 24 hours to make it right or the world will hear how I really feel. contactually Im not allowed to speak!
— Kelly Osbourne (@KellyOsbourne) February 24, 2015
I DID NOT MAKE THE WEED COMENT. I DO NOT CONDONE RACISM SO AS A RSULT OF THIS IM SEREIOULSY QUESTIONONIG STAYING ON THE SHOW!
— Kelly Osbourne (@KellyOsbourne) February 24, 2015
Did you say six?
Then you'd be right - and we're not counting punctuation!
"A Soulless Twitter Troll"
ESPN suspended host Keith Olbermann after he made some thoughtless comments about some students at Penn State who raised $13 million in the school's annual dance marathon to fight pediatric cancer.
A Penn State alumna tweeted the news to Olbermann, and he responded with "Pitiful."
And that started a Twitter war that resulted in Olbermann's ouster - but only for the rest of the week.
Check out a few of the salvos...
@KeithOlbermann so you have no opinion on Penn State raising over $13 million for pediatric cancer research?
— Colin Benner (@ColinBenner) February 24, 2015
.@ColinBenner Good for you. Doesn't change the school's reputation. Check back next century.
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) February 24, 2015
@KeithOlbermann @ColinBenner Penn State remains great while you peaked 20 years ago.
— Josh Barnes (@jb82mets) February 24, 2015
@KeithOlbermann @ColinBenner You were once near the top of the sports mountain, your career has bottomed out as a soulless twitter troll.
— Josh Barnes (@jb82mets) February 24, 2015
For the record, he did apologize. The timing seems to roughly coincide with the announcement of his suspension...
I apologize for the PSU tweets. I was stupid and childish and way less mature than the students there who did such a great fundraising job.
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) February 24, 2015
A Glory-ous Oscar Moment
One of the best and most poignant moments of Sunday's Oscar awards show was John Legend and Common performing "Glory" from the soundtrack of Selma.
A very moving performance on so many levels that brought many in the audience - both in the theater and around the world - to tears.
No surprise that it picked up the Academy Award for original song.
"Unfortunately Unable to Feature"
The internet was buzzing all day yesterday about the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences' failure to include Joan Rivers in the "In Memoriam" segment on Sunday's Oscar show.
Many people thought the snub was simply a mistake. I mean, maybe the Academy didn't have access to Joan's IMDb page.
But forgetting her movie career, Joan made the pre-Oscar red carpet arrivals an EVENT. Without her sideline snarkiness, the Oscars would open and close inside the theater.
Here's the worst part. It wasn't a mistaken snub. It was an on-purpose snub.
According to BuzzFeed.com, an official for the Academy stated, “Joan Rivers is among the many worthy artists and filmmakers we were unfortunately unable to feature in the ‘In Memoriam’ segment of this year’s Oscar show. She is, however, included in our ‘In Memoriam’ gallery on Oscar.com.”
Joan's picture is there - number 68 of 129, alphabetically sandwiched between director Alain Resnais and film editor Tom Rolf, both of whom were among the 50 or so folks who were fortunately able to feature in the memorial segment presented at the show...
"Acting is a Noble Profession"
Neil Patrick Harris did a bit of a spoof on a sequence from Birdman during the Oscars show on Sunday night.
It was one of the funnier moments in the show, but you really can't help but wonder if it was timed to put an idea into some advertising executive's head.
Wouldn't NPH be just the guy to jazz up a Hanes commercial?
Or to take over for The Biebs as the next Calvin Klein guy?
House of Cards Blown Away by Sesame Street
The folks at Sesame Street are already puppet masters.
They're quickly becoming parody masters as well.
Check out their latest parody, this time of Netflix's House of Cards.
They've got all the elements - the smarmy southern Frank Underwolf, his designs on the White Brick House, his quirky talking to the camera - everything.
And a fun punchline to the bit as well.
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I scoffed when I read the teaser.
"This xylophone cover of Led Zeppelin is the only one you need," according to The Daily Dot.
Xylophones and Zeppelin? Can't be.
I scoff no more. The Louisville Leopard Percussionists out of Louisville, Kentucky absolutely nail this Zeppelin medley.
How good is it? Good enough for Jimmy Page, Zeppelin's founder and lead guitarist, shared it on his Facebook page, saying it was "too good not to share."