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Archived Since:March 5, 2008

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I’m on Central Texas Gardener talking about water-saving gardens

11 hours agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

I’m on Central Texas Gardener this week! Huge thanks to producer Linda Lehmusvirta and host Tom Spencer for having me on to talk about my new book. The show airs on KLRU, Austin’s PBS station, this Saturday at noon and 4 pm and again on Sunday at 9 am. Show More Summary

Aloe from the other siiiiiide

3 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

With apologies to Adele and her earworm of a song, aloes are still saying hello in my garden this mild winter with spring-like flowering. I find their leaves equally eye-catching, with white spots reminiscent of disco-ball light effects. Show More Summary

Read This: Outstanding American Gardens

4 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Nothing teaches you more about good garden design than visiting as many gardens as you can. The Garden Conservancy helps by coordinating public tours, called Open Days, of hundreds of private gardens across the U.S. each year. If you’re...Show More Summary

Creek hopping at St. Edward’s Park

5 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Winter days in the upper 70s must not be squandered, as every Austinite knows. The tiny parking lot at St. Edward’s Park was overflowing yesterday morning, but the trails themselves were blissfully quiet, with only a few other hikers apparently willing to risk wet feet to cross Bull Creek and climb the steep bluff trail. Show More Summary

Modern porch decor on Tribeza’s Interiors Tour

I’ve been on garden tours, and I’ve been on home architecture tours, but I’d never been on an interiors tour until last Saturday. My friend Cat of The Whimsical Gardener and I toured seven homes on Tribeza’s Interiors Tour, and I swooned over all the bold wallpaper, cozy black bedrooms, and modern lighting. Show More Summary

Plant This: Purple prickly pear adds rich winter color

Photos of rich-purple pads on a spineless prickly pear called ‘Santa Rita’ sent me running to the nurseries about 10 years ago. I came home with this, a purple prickly pear I thought was ‘Santa Rita’ but now believe to be Opuntia macrocentra. Show More Summary

Plant This: Grapes gomphrena

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Since first planting it at Green Hall Garden in 2008, I’ve known this delicately branching gomphrena cultivar as ‘Grapes’, but it also goes by ‘Little Grapes’, ‘Itsy Bitsy’, and airy bachelor’s buttons. By any name, it’s a moderately...Show More Summary

Sunshine and succulents for January Foliage Follow-Up

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

I wait all summer for winter days like these. China-blue skies. Warm sunshine on my face, the Death Star tame and friendly. A garden as yet untouched by a freeze — which is unusual, actually. We would normally have had several overnight freezes by mid-January, but so far central Austin remains unscathed. Show More Summary

Bottle trees, a Southern tradition that brightens the garden

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Writer and teacher Paula Panich visited my garden a few weeks ago, and if I hadn’t already known she was from California by way of Connecticut — i.e., not a Southerner — she gave it away when she asked what was the story with the blue bottles displayed on rebar stakes. Show More Summary

Winter pizzazz of flowering maple and ornamental grasses

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

A mild winter makes flowering maple (Abutilon) happy, and that makes me happy. I adore its pink-veined, balloon-skirted flowers. Here you see it in the foreground, part of the stock-tank pond garden. Let’s walk up the hillside path,Show More Summary

Aloe surprise and prepping for owls

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Aloes bloom in profusion at the Huntington in Los Angeles at this time of year, and my winter-blooming ‘Blue Elf’ aloe is already sending up asparagus-shaped bloom spikes. But soap aloe (Aloe maculata) prefers warmer weather to strut its stuff in my Austin garden. Show More Summary

Drive-By Gardens: Xeriscapes taking off at Mueller neighborhood

4 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

On New Year’s Day, we took a stroll through Mueller neighborhood, a New Urban community in east-central Austin. Built on the site of the old airport, where acres of runways and parking lots once sprawled, attractive homes and row houses in a mix of different styles (no cookie-cutter uniformity here) occupy tiny lots on walkable, tree-lined streets. Show More Summary

Public plaza at San Antonio’s Pearl, an urban re-use neighborhood

4 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

The old Pearl Brewery in San Antonio might have been razed, once its brewing days were over. Instead its century-old manufacturing buildings have been transformed into restaurants and even a boutique hotel and embraced by walkable streets lined with shops and apartment buildings. Show More Summary

Read This: The Cultivated Wild: Gardens and Landscapes by Raymond Jungles

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Were a name and profession ever more perfectly matched than those of Raymond Jungles? Like San Francisco nursery owner Flora Grubb and — I kid you not — Austin urologist and vasectomy practitioner Dr. Richard (Dick) Chopp, Miami-based landscape architect Jungles was surely destined to do what he does. Show More Summary

Watch my teaser trailer for The Water-Saving Garden

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

In-between Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Joy, Spotlight, and your other big-screen viewings this week, take 60 secs to watch my fun new book trailer for The Water-Saving Garden. I packed as much eye candy as I could into it, so enjoy!...Show More Summary

Remember the Alamo for Christmas lights in San Antonio

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

We rolled down I-35 to San Antonio on Monday afternoon to see the famous Christmas lights along the River Walk. Naturally, we remembered the Alamo and made that our first stop. A grand tree alight with clusters of colored bulbs and cascading ribbons, bedecked with oversized San Antonio Spurs ornaments, stood in the plaza in front of the Alamo. Show More Summary

Christmas in Mexico at Lucinda Hutson’s home and garden

2 months agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Lucinda Hutson‘s purple cottage in the Rosedale neighborhood of central Austin is a wonderland of Mexican folk art, colorful furnishings, and brightly painted walls. I had the pleasure of re-visiting last Friday, and brought along new friend Paula Panich, a Los Angeles writer and teacher of garden writing. Show More Summary

Drive-By Gardens: Desert-style garden in Wells Branch

2 months agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

In the Wells Branch neighborhood just north of Austin, on the way to my mom’s house, I regularly drive past this desert-style, no-lawn front garden. I’ve watched it evolve from a few tiny plants dotted across an expanse of decomposed...Show More Summary

Grasses and deer-smashes for December Foliage Follow-Up

2 months agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

A hard freeze has not yet walloped my garden, but even if it had I’d still be able to enjoy the plants I’m showing today for Foliage Follow-Up. Take pearl millet, aka ‘Vertigo’ grass (Pennisetum purpureum ‘Vertigo’), for example. This...Show More Summary

Peak fall color before the wash-out

2 months agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

A rainstorm overnight knocked a lot of the leaves down, so I’m especially glad I took these pictures yesterday afternoon. The ‘Wonderful’ pomegranate was glowing golden under gray skies, echoing the yellow stripes on the ‘Color Guard’ yuccas. Show More Summary

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