Blog Profile / Digging


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Filed Under:Hobbies / Gardening
Posts on Regator:857
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Archived Since:March 5, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Art and design intrigue in the garden of Syd Teague

14 hours agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Once a month the Austin garden bloggers gather at one of our gardens to socialize, talk plants and design, and do a plant swap. Last Saturday we met up in Rock Rose/Jenny Stocker’s garden, which despite a recent hailstorm and torrential rains was absolutely beautiful. Show More Summary

Fawning over this garden visitor

2 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

For two mornings in a row this tiny fawn lay curled in the shaggy sedge lawn, its back against a tree, waiting for its mother to return from grazing somewhere down the street. I walked right by it the first day, oblivious, and stopped to pull weeds and check on a new vine just feet away from its hiding place. Show More Summary

Read This: The New Southern Living Garden Book

3 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

South by Southwest (SXSW) is not only the name of Austin’s famous music/film/interactive festival, but it also happens to be descriptive of our gardening culture. Here, the South meets the Southwest, with the Balcones Fault roughly delineating the division. Show More Summary

Plant This: Peter’s Purple bee balm, a pied piper for hummingbirds

4 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

The plant getting the most attention in my garden right now is ‘Peter’s Purple’ bee balm (Monarda fistulosa ‘Peter’s Purple’), a 4-foot tall perennial with pincushiony, lavender-pink flowers atop long stems. I bought my original plant...Show More Summary

What to grow in a flood

6 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

‘Colorado’ water lily Well, it’s flooding down in Texas, as you might have noticed if you live here, or seen on the news if you don’t. After an epic, 5-year drought — which isn’t completely broken but is significantly eased — central...Show More Summary

Before and after: 6 years making a garden

Bluesy garden: our upper patio, just off the living room and master bedroom It’s always eye-opening to see how much a garden has evolved by comparing before and after images. We moved into our current home in October 2008, and I started...Show More Summary

My Dry and Mighty article is in Wildflower magazine

If you’re a member of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, you’ll soon find the Summer 2015 issue of Wildflower magazine in your mailbox. I’m thrilled to announce that I wrote the cover story, “Dry & Mighty.” What’s it all about? “A dry garden doesn’t have to be drab. Show More Summary

Farewell visit to James David’s Austin garden, part 2

A grand limestone staircase bisected by a rill leads from the back of the house to a large pond in the lower garden. Yesterday I showed you around the upper level of James David’s magnificent garden, which I visited in late March and which is currently for sale as the owners prepare to relocate to Santa Fe. Show More Summary

Farewell visit to James David’s Austin garden, part 1

James and Gary’s entry garden, a gravel garden featuring agaves, aloes, succulents, and other dry-adapted plants from around the world After 36 years devoted to creating an extravagantly plant-rich, terraced, one-of-a-kind garden onShow More Summary

Screech owlet waiting to be fed

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

I stalked this guy from the deck last night as dusk fell and he waited impatiently for his parents to bring him dinner. I wasn’t quick enough to get a shot of the feedings, but I did witness a couple. The hungry chicks — there are at least two — sure keep their parents busy. Show More Summary

Purple prickly pear for Foliage Follow-Up

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Purple pot and purple prickly pear — ten years after planting I’m still enjoying the color echo, especially against the gray deck railing. Vivid orange pomegranate blossoms add a fun color contrast in the background. So what leafy love...Show More Summary

Screech owlet sighting!

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

My husband wins the prize for first sighting of a screech owlet in our owl box this year. He spotted a green-eyed, elfin face peeking through the hole this morning. This afternoon, I saw it too. He or she was tentative but curious, even after I stepped out on the deck with my camera. Show More Summary

Soggy garden blues make me happy

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

During the horrible drought year of 2011, I swore I’d never complain about rain again, and I’m not tempted now. My garden has had nearly 5 inches of rain since last Tuesday, washing out a gravel path twice and incubating a healthy crop of mosquitoes. Show More Summary

Feeling blue? This contemporary garden is designed for sunny relaxation

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Recently I was invited to visit a brand-new contemporary garden designed by Fertile Ground Gardens. Co-owner and designer Alexa Villalobos gave me a tour, explaining that the two-tone, blue-painted house is a vacation home for Portland photographer Ray Hendricks. Show More Summary

West Texas meets the Big Easy in the courtyard garden of Curt Arnette

4 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Each time I visit the garden of landscape architect Curt Arnette in southwest Austin, I am absolutely agog over the front courtyard, which occupies a corner lot on a typical suburban street of nicely kept lawns and foundation shrubs....Show More Summary

Botanical bonanza at Peckerwood Garden

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

For new visitors, the name Peckerwood tends to elicit raised eyebrows because of the word’s history as a racial slur in the South. But touring Peckerwood Garden itself — it was named, explains the owner, after the plantation in Auntie...Show More Summary

Owl’ll be watching you

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

After weeks of live oak litter, first leaves and then pollen catkins, and weeks of me raking, blowing, and bagging, the garden is finally visible again. Sunday evening I went outside with no expectation of doing any spring chore: no clean-up, no pruning, no planting, no mulching, no nothing. Show More Summary

Rock Rose garden abloom before the hailstorm

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Two weeks ago my friend Jenny Stocker, blogger at Rock Rose and gardener extraordinaire, offered me a division of a water iris for my pond. When I arrived, mid-morning on a sunny, warm day, Jenny gave me a tour and then kindly set me loose to wander around on my own and take photos. Show More Summary

Tarantula!

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

I’m all for bugs in the garden, even spiders, though I have an unreasonable fear of them. But in my coat and shoe closet? Early in the morning as I’m poking my bare foot in there to slip on shoes before driving my kid to school? Uh-uh!...Show More Summary

The art-adorned, water-saving garden of Mireille Engles

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Last week I had the pleasure of visiting a new garden, that of Mireille Engles, a Frenchwoman turned Texan and longtime gardener, whose garden helper, Kathy Christian, introduced me and gave me a tour. Located in the Cuernavaca neighborhood...Show More Summary

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