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Archived Since:March 5, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Plant This: Turk’s cap

Death Star-adapted plants tend to be small-leaved and airy, the better to retain precious water. But our native Turk’s cap (Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii) defies that expectation with vaguely heart-shaped leaves the size of a napkin scrounged out of your car’s glove box, and just as crinkled. Show More Summary

I heart foliage! July Foliage Follow-Up

This month for Foliage Follow-Up I’m wearing my heart on my sleeve — well, on my garden anyway. This is one of my favorite combos in the front garden right now: feathery, chartreuse bamboo muhly grass (Muhlenbergia dumosa); spiky, star-shaped ‘Burgundy Ice’ dyckia; and lace-textured white skullcap (Scutellaria suffrutescens ‘White’). Show More Summary

Read This: Garden Design magazine

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Little did I know when the Garden Bloggers Fling kicked off in 2008 with 37 attendees that a few years later the publisher of one of the most respected gardening magazines in the U.S. would be a regular Fling attendee. Garden DesignShow More Summary

Candy lily crush

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

I’m sweet on you, candy lily (xPardancanda norrisii)! I’ve had this iris hybrid for a year, and it’s sweetening my summer garden with a daily unfurling of freckled flowers. The candy lilies in my front garden bloom better than those in the back thanks to a bit more afternoon sun. Show More Summary

Mexican oregano and a tall, dark, handsome partner

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Each year I replant a purple fountain grass (Pennisetum setaceum) next to the Mexican oregano (Poliomintha longiflora) in the streetside garden. I love the rich color echo between the Mexican oregano’s lilac flowers and the grass’s dark leaves, which look good late-spring through fall and even, bleached by frost, into winter. Show More Summary

Fawn and games

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

All this week we’ve had twin fawns hiding in various spots in the front garden while Mom eats the neighbors’ gardens browses all day. Yesterday I surprised them — or rather they surprised me and Cosmo. As Cosmo nosed around and suddenly...Show More Summary

Lively formality in the garden of Deborah Hornickel

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

If you admired the beautiful details of James David’s grand Rollingwood garden, which I had the privilege of visiting last spring, you may have wondered what a smaller, more economically built garden of his might look like. And I’m here...Show More Summary

Crocosmia crush

3 weeks 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!

3 weeks 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

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

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

3 weeks 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

4 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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

last monthHobbies / 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

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

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

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

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

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

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

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

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

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

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

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