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URL :http://www.penick.net/digging/
Filed Under:Hobbies / Gardening
Posts on Regator:1392
Posts / Week:4.1
Archived Since:March 5, 2008

Blog Post Archive

A fanciful journey through art-filled Bedrock Gardens, part 1

3 hours agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Acres of poison ivy and scrub brush had overrun the old dairy farm in Lee, New Hampshire, when Jill Nooney and her husband, Bob Munger, purchased it in 1980. Undaunted, the couple began a decades-long process of clearing weeds and making...Show More Summary

My article about garden art is in Garden Design magazine

Placing art in the garden is, well, an art in itself, as I learned when visiting Bedrock Gardens in New Hampshire this summer. I wrote about the garden and its art for an online piece in Garden Design, called “Placing Art in the Garden”. Show More Summary

Construction in the garden and other happenings

2 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

It was a one-two punch, seeing colorful stuccoed walls in Phoenix and Tucson in April and then in Portland in July. Unable to resist the siren song of structure, functionality, and color, I’ve hired a mason to build some walls in the back garden. Show More Summary

Bold leaves and light-catching grasses for Foliage Follow-Up

3 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

I’m giving Moby, my ‘Whale’s Tongue’ agave (A. ovatifolia), pride of place in today’s Foliage Follow-Up post. At nearly 7 feet across, he’s the star of the back garden in all seasons, but especially in late summer when the fall-blooming perennials haven’t really revved up yet. Show More Summary

Water lily collection is hidden gem in West Texas town of San Angelo

3 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Perched on the northern edge of the Chihuahuan Desert, about 200 miles northwest of Austin, the small city of San Angelo is, surprisingly, home to a locally treasured and internationally known water lily garden, the International Waterlily Collection. Show More Summary

Trying Duranta ‘Sapphire Showers’ for end-of-summer color

4 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

My late-summer garden was feeling kind of puny to me last week — before we got the November-worthy cold front yesterday that dropped Austin’s high temperature to 65 incredible-freaking degrees and brought 1-1/4 inches of rain to my garden!! Sorry, I digress. Show More Summary

First oxblood lily heralding fall

After our first September rain I start my annual oxblood lily (Rhodophiala bifida) watch, eagerly scanning the garden floor for green shoots nosing up or, more likely, the improbably sudden appearance of red trumpets. These September-blooming bulbs, dormant spring through summer, pop up that quickly after a late-summer shower. Show More Summary

I’m in HGTV Magazine October 2014 issue

While waiting in line at the grocery store checkout this morning, I flipped through the latest issue of HGTV Magazine and was absurdly pleased to see my own name on page 27, in their monthly feature, “How Bad Is It…” You’re right, it really doesn’t take much to make me happy. Show More Summary

Bee-autiful activity in the curbside garden

Garlic chives (Allium tuberosum) in full bloom are like a flashing neon sign saying EATS to the local honeybees. Man, do they love it. So do I. They brighten up the summer-tired border with their frothy white blooms. Here’s a wider view of the curbside bed. Show More Summary

My blog gets a refresh and clean new header

Two years ago I completely redesigned my blog with the help of a web designer. It doesn’t seem that long ago, but lately I’d wanted to clean house again and toss a few metaphorical lace doilies and fringed lampshades that slipped through last time. Show More Summary

Slow evolution of a side garden

Here’s why, years ago, I started taking pictures of my yard, despite the likelihood of looking cuckoo to the neighbors while snapping away at stretches of lawn or barely there, newly planted beds: it’s fun to go back later and see how things have changed. Show More Summary

Agave spikes and potted succulents get me through summer

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

I feel we’re in the home stretch now, but even at its worst summer can’t wear these plants down. In sun, Queen Victoria agave (A. victoriae-reginae), with its pleated, white-edged leaves, just laughs at the Death Star. Agave stricta, which really needs a bigger pot, and Agave lophantha ‘Quadricolor’ look sharp all summer too. Show More Summary

Mid-century house inspires Palm Springs-style garden in Austin

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Charlotte Warren, a photographer and former co-chair of the local Garden Conservancy tour, inherited a steeply sloping, west-facing zoysia lawn when she moved into her home in the hills of West Austin. Aside from requiring lots of water...Show More Summary

Plant This: Candy lily blooms are a sweet surprise

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Visiting the garden of my friend Cat/The Whimsical Gardener earlier this summer, I exclaimed over a dainty, freckled flower on a long stem, with the sword-like leaves of an iris. Candy lily, she said, adding that she took no particular care and it thrived in morning to mid-afternoon sun. Show More Summary

Inspiration for my new bottle tree comes from the desert

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

When it’s too hot to plant, consider planting a bottle tree. It’ll never need watering, and the more the Death Star shines on it, the better it looks. I made a simple, post-style bottle tree 5 years ago. But the cedar post was rotting, and it was beginning to list. Show More Summary

Garlic chive time!

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Like Captain von Trapp’s edelweiss, the clean and bright flowers of garlic chives (Allium tuberosum) cheer me up when I’m feeling down in the August dumps. “Won’t be long now,” they whisper. “This is summer’s last gasp.” With puffballs...Show More Summary

I spy a garden spider, and she’s not alone

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Everyone’s been talking this month about the common but uncommonly large garden spider, also known as black-and-yellow argiope. As it happens, my garden is home to at least one of these colorful, creepy, yet beneficial predators. She’s a big ‘un! She builds her web in the curbside garden between a softleaf yucca and a cluster of Salvia greggii. Show More Summary

Upcoming presentation in San Angelo: Design Tips for Drought-Proof Gardens

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Hey, West Texans! If you live in or near San Angelo, I invite you to attend the Fall Landscaping Symposium, presented by Concho Valley Master Gardeners, on Saturday, September 13th. I’ll be speaking at 12:45 pm on my favorite subject: how to design your yard with less or no lawn. Show More Summary

Waiting for autumn’s reviving touch

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Whew! After writing 16 posts about Portland gardens, each containing scads of photos of summer-lush and richly blooming borders, I’m somehow ready for a return to my own Death Star-blasted garden. August is my least favorite gardening month here in Austin. Show More Summary

Exploring outside Portland: Columbia River Gorge, lavender farm on the Fruit Loop, and Cannon Beach

4 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Before the Garden Bloggers Fling in Portland, Oregon, last month, my husband and I took a few days to explore the city and surrounding region. On our last day we rented a car and drove east along I-84 to see the majestic Columbia River Gorge. Show More Summary

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