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Archived Since:March 5, 2008

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Crocosmia crush

7 minutes agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

When I visited my friend Melody’s lovely San Antonio garden last fall, she gave me a division of a crocosmia. I was surprised to learn that crocosmia grows in central Texas, having seen it thriving in cool-summer gardens in Portland and Seattle. Show More Summary

Digging receives two Garden Writers Association awards!

21 hours agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

I’m really excited to announce that I’ve received two Silver Awards of Achievement for garden writing in the 2015 Garden Writers Association Media Awards Program. One award is for the category Blog-Writing. The judges, in making their...Show More Summary

Fling wrap-up at Toronto Botanical Garden: Toronto Garden Bloggers Fling

Wherever I travel, I enjoy visiting local botanical gardens. So I was happy to see that Toronto Botanical Garden would be our final stop — including a catered dinner — on the recent Garden Bloggers Fling in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.Show More Summary

Wildlife garden with an artful touch: Toronto Garden Bloggers Fling

2 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

On our last day of the Toronto Garden Bloggers Fling in early June, we visited a private garden described as a wildlife garden. I didn’t end up taking photos of its wildlife-attracting features, however. Instead I was drawn to the artful touches found throughout, many of them composed of natural materials. Show More Summary

Evergreen Brick Works community greenspace: Toronto Garden Bloggers Fling

2 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

For nearly 100 years, Don Valley Brick Works supplied Toronto with masonry bricks and helped the city rebuild and grow after a devastating fire. By 1984, however, the kilns were closed down, and the factory buildings languished. Urban explorers and partying teens found their way in, and graffiti soon covered the brick walls. Show More Summary

Cabbagetown garden art and Hugh Garner Co-Op Green Roof: Toronto Garden Bloggers Fling

4 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

The teeny tiny gardens of Toronto’s Cabbagetown neighborhood of Victorian homes kicked off our final day of Toronto Garden Bloggers Fling in early June. Due to the tight quarters, pictures of artful vignettes were easier to take than overview photos, and I’m sharing my favorites here. Show More Summary

Golden brocade garden of Marion Jarvie: Toronto Garden Bloggers Fling

4 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

All that is gold does not glitter, especially in the Toronto, Ontario, garden of designer and speaker Marion Jarvie. Her home garden was our midday stop on the 2nd day of touring at Toronto Garden Bloggers Fling. High and bright, the...Show More Summary

Simple lines, big impact in Forest Hills contemporary garden: Toronto Garden Bloggers Fling

6 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

One of my favorite gardens on the recent Toronto Garden Bloggers Fling was a contemporary garden of massed grasses and alliums in the upscale Forest Hill neighborhood. Nearly all of the gardening space is located in front of the house (the back and side gardens are very narrow). Show More Summary

Storybook garden on Algonquin Island: Toronto Garden Bloggers Fling

Tell me this doesn’t look like a Thomas Kinkade painting, but in the best sense — light gleaming in the window of a picturesque cottage — without the kitsch. With rain clouds darkening the sky, this was the last island garden I visited (see my Toronto Islands post for an overview) during the Toronto Garden Bloggers Fling. Show More Summary

Garden is But-A-Dream on Algonquin Island: Toronto Garden Blogger Fling

While exploring the Toronto Islands (click for an overview tour) during Toronto Garden Bloggers Fling, I happened upon a cheery yellow cottage near the Algonquin Island harbor. Adorned with a black unicorn and a sign proclaiming the garden’s name — But-a-Dream — it was irresistibly charming. Show More Summary

Island hopping, Toronto-style: Toronto Garden Bloggers Fling

Seventy garden bloggers boarded a ferry earlier this month and were transported from bustling downtown Toronto (pictured above) to the idyllic lanes of the Toronto Islands (below), a mere 15 minutes across Lake Ontario but seemingly a world away. Show More Summary

Floral design demo with urban farmer Sarah Nixon: Toronto Garden Bloggers Fling

Floral designer and urban farmer Sarah Nixon welcomed approximately 70 bloggers (in two shifts) into her tiny back garden during our first day at Toronto Garden Bloggers Fling earlier this month. Sarah, a gardener and floral designer...Show More Summary

Hillside Swansea gardens: Toronto Garden Bloggers Fling

For 8 years I’ve been fortunate to attend the annual Garden Bloggers Fling, a 3-day international garden blogger meet-up and city-wide garden tour, organized each year by volunteer bloggers from the host city. This year, in early June,...Show More Summary

Toronto teaser Foliage Follow-Up

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

I returned home from the Toronto Garden Bloggers Fling last Monday, but I haven’t had a moment to post about the gardens yet thanks to a big deadline. I’m still slogging away on that, but for Foliage Follow-Up, which is today, I offer you a teaser of Toronto posts to come. Show More Summary

You put Digging in Better Homes and Gardens magazine!

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

It’s all thanks to you! I opened the new issue (July 2015) of Better Homes and Gardens magazine yesterday to find Digging listed on page 8 along with the other 2015 Blogger Awards winners. There I am — woot! I found out in March that Digging had won the Readers’ Pick, so it really is all your doing, you wonderful readers. Show More Summary

Ta-da! Here’s the cover of my new book, The Water-Saving Garden

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

I’ve missed you guys! You might have noticed a quiet week here at Digging, and the reason is because I was out of the country. In Toronto, in fact, for the 8th annual Garden Bloggers Fling, which as always was jam-packed with gardenShow More Summary

Geometric design creates modern garden for entertaining

4 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

I’ve been lucky to visit a number of new-to-me gardens this spring, and I have one more to show you: Jennifer Lingvai’s contemporary, designed-for-entertaining garden in Austin’s Hyde Park neighborhood. The talented B. Jane of B. Jane...Show More Summary

Art and design intrigue in the garden of Syd Teague

last monthHobbies / 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

last monthHobbies / 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

last monthHobbies / 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

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