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Archived Since:March 5, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Those who play in glass houses: Conservatory and Indoor Children’s Garden at Longwood Gardens

10 hours agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Maybe Southerners don’t need conservatories because our winters are pretty green. Growing up in the South, I don’t recall ever visiting a conservatory until I started garden traveling to northern states. (We don’t have a culture of spring...Show More Summary

Rambler roses and dancing water: Formal gardens at Longwood Gardens

3 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Classically formal gardens aren’t my favorite style of garden, and that’s doubly true if roses are involved (they so often look leggy and lonely unsoftened by companion plants). But Longwood Gardens, a Philadelphia-area estate garden I visited with Diana/Sharing Nature’s Garden earlier this month, surprised me on this score. Show More Summary

Fawning over our new garden resident

5 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

There’s a baby boom happening in our northwest Austin neighborhood. Yep, it’s fawn season. This one’s mom has been leaving him in the front garden, in a raised bed along the driveway, tucked into soft Berkeley sedge or silvery woolly stemodia, while she goes off to forage. Show More Summary

Garden marries home at destination nursery/garden shop Terrain

6 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Anthropologie meets Flora Grubb Gardens? Yes, please! While in the Brandywine Valley outside of Philadelphia earlier this month, I was eager to visit Terrain, a nursery, home and garden shop, and restaurant located in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania. Show More Summary

Look for me in Garden Design and my book in Southern Living!

What a treat to have two treasured magazines arrive in the mailbox, one containing an article I’ve been working on, the other with a nice mention of my new book! In the July 2016 issue, Southern Living garden editor Steve “Grumpy Gardener”...Show More Summary

Enchanted Woods children’s garden at Winterthur: Not your typical playground

Forget wooden playscapes, jungle gyms, and climbing walls. The most magical children’s gardens consist of natural spaces that invite exploration, slowly reveal secret spaces, and encourage imaginative play. Such is Enchanted Woods, the...Show More Summary

Dogwood enchantment and a wild windstorm at Winterthur Gardens

The Brandywine Valley of Pennsylvania has been calling my name since 2008, when I passed through during a family road trip and fell in love with the rolling, wooded countryside, its charming villages and Revolutionary War history, and numerous estate gardens that make it a garden traveler’s dream vacation. Show More Summary

Foliage plants in bloom for Foliage Follow-Up

Even plants we grow primarily for the beauty of their leaves and their form will flower. On this Foliage Follow-Up, I’m sharing two bold-foliage plants that are adding a jolt of drama with surprising bloom stalks. One is dwarf Texas palmetto (Sabal minor), a native Texas plant that I’ve never seen in bloom before. Show More Summary

Coneflower frenzy at Wildflower Center

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

What better greeting than a plethora of purple coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea)? The ballerina-skirted beauties are brightening the entry to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center right now. Like Dr. Seussian trees, several multi-trunked Yucca rostrata stand behind them, adding shimmery drama. Show More Summary

Thar she blows! Whale’s tongue agave flower spike attracting bees, flies

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Moby, my whale’s tongue agave (A. ovatifolia), is 61 days into his fatal flowering. Fun/sad fact: agaves flower once and then die. But I’ve had 10 good years with this agave, and I knew it was coming, so I’m just enjoying the grand display. Show More Summary

My article about Voorhes’ homestead garden in Austin Home

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

A homestead garden in the city? You bet! I’ll show you the productive garden of Adam Voorhes and Robin Finlay — a commercial- and editorial-photography team (and married couple) known as The Voorhes — in the Summer 2016 issue of Austin Home, which you can find on area newsstands now. Show More Summary

360 West Magazine reviews The Water-Saving Garden

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Seeing a positive review of my new book, The Water-Saving Garden, makes me so happy. After all, selling a book takes such a different skill set than writing it, and so much material competes for our limited reading time. Reviews — whether...Show More Summary

Dining, dancing amid flowers on Field to Vase Dinner Tour

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

A jug of wine, a loaf of bread, and thou may be pleasant enough. But add Crayola-bright fields of flowers, a big blue barn, tables adorned with festive bouquets, chef-made dishes, a western swing band, and the starry skies of the Texas Hill Country, and you have an event not to be missed. Show More Summary

May flowers from A (agave) to V (vitex)

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

As the days fly toward summer, the daylilies are showing off their lovely throats… …and blushing, ruffled petals. Here’s ‘Best of Friends’. The first ‘Apple Tart’ smolders among the white-striped flax lilies. Stretching on long stems like giraffe necks, ‘Wilson’s Yellow’ daylily stands tall amid grasses and aster foliage. Show More Summary

Curb appeal Texas-style and remembering the flood

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

I dined at a flower farm in Blanco, Texas, last weekend, which I plan to write about soon. But for now, a teaser of Blanco charm. This little red cabin is one of several at Blanco Settlement, a welcoming outpost of 9 rentable cabins, RV hookups, a pavilion, and a gift shop clustered along the scenic Blanco River. Show More Summary

Country Gardens book review & interview at Garden Style San Antonio

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

It’s an exciting day when you see that Ken Druse, a superstar in the garden-writing world, has reviewed your book. I picked up the the current issue of Country Gardens magazine (Summer 2016) at Barnes & Noble over the weekend… …and was...Show More Summary

Festival of Flowers in San Antonio this Saturday: I’ll be speaking!

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Central and south Texas gardening friends, are you going to the Festival of Flowers in San Antonio this Saturday? I am! In fact, I’ll be giving a presentation at 10:30 am about how to make a garden that is both water thrifty and beautiful. Show More Summary

Snake lounging and whale flowering in the garden

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

The biggest snake I’d ever seen in my garden was lounging in a bamboo hammock this morning. Earlier, while looking out my office window, I’d noticed a bamboo cane leaning horizontally and thought, “Hmm, did it rain again?” But no, everything looked dry, so I eventually moseyed out to take a look. Show More Summary

The late spring show

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

On this rainy, thunder-rolling day, I’m staying inside. But I have a few photos from earlier this week to share. While today all these plants are droopy with rain, they’ll soon perk back up again. This is one of my spring favorites, ‘Peter’s Purple’ bee balm (Monarda fistulosa). Show More Summary

Drive-By Gardens: Contemporary curb appeal in Shoalwood

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Last week, while cruising around north-central Austin’s Shoalwood and south Allandale neighborhoods, I noticed a trend: contemporary curb appeal with gravel and concrete-paver paths, low walls and fences to separate public and private areas, and turf reduction in favor of lower-water plants. Show More Summary

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