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Octopus’s garden patio at Cenote

58 minutes agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

I’d like to be under the sea, in an octopus’s garden in the shade. And so we were, one recent Sunday morning, on the lovely patio of Cenote cafe in east Austin. A fierce metal octopus by 20 Digit Design holds court near the door, tangled in a net-like strand of twinkle lights. Show More Summary

The travels and adventures of Moby’s spawn — aka, whale’s tongue agave bulbils

3 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

After Moby, my beloved whale’s tongue agave (pictured here at his 10th birthday party — yes, really), bloomed and died last fall, I harvested and potted up more than 100 bulbils from its bloom stalk. I watched over them for a couple of months as they grew healthy roots. Show More Summary

How to prune clumping bamboo

5 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

I’ve known many people who are afraid to plant any kind of bamboo, even a clumping type, for fear it will take over their yard — and with good reason. Here in Austin, many a back yard is clogged with running bamboo, which is often planted...Show More Summary

Tropical cottage style in Diane and Tom Peace’s garden

Diane and Tom Peace of Lockhart, 30 miles south of Austin, live and garden in two very different regions: south-central Texas from winter through early spring, and Denver, Colorado, from late spring through fall. Tom, a grower and nurseryman,...Show More Summary

Turning a neighborhood median strip into a garden

A few years ago I toured Colleen Jamison’s beautiful garden in central-west Austin, and a few days ago I had the pleasure of a revisit. It is still wonderful! But here’s what wowed me before I even stepped foot in her garden: a median...Show More Summary

Easter Sunday Foliage Follow-Up

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

I’m imagining my blog feed filling up with pictures of pastel Easter eggs and white lilies. But here at Digging, in spite of a flurry of kitchen activity (I’m making Tex-Mex deviled eggs and a lemon cake), it’s still Foliage Follow-Up. Show More Summary

Glass art and cacti galore at Living Desert Ranch

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

The weird and wonderful, from plants to garden art, can be found at Living Desert Ranch in Spicewood, Texas, about 30 miles northwest of Austin. Part cactus and succulent nursery and part art gallery, Living Desert is the creation of Darrell Dunten, who ran the business for 30 years out of a shop in Bee Caves (see my 2009 post about it). Show More Summary

Let’s take a walk around the garden

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Live oak leaf and pollen season is finally over, and the patios are clean again, hallelujah! This calls for a spring garden stroll, so let’s go. I’ve been playing with a squid theme on one wall of the upper patio. A couple of tentacle...Show More Summary

Tony Thompson+Hanson garden shop comes to Austin

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Seven years after the shuttering of Gardens, a boutique nursery and home-and-garden shop on W. 35th Street, Central Austin has a new contender for the high-end gardening market: Thompson+Hanson, an Austin branch of the longtime T+H in Houston’s River Oaks. Show More Summary

Next Garden Spark talk is my own, includes book and garden tour

4 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

After hosting two other speakers this spring (Scott Ogden and James David), I’ve decided to offer a talk of my own for my fledgling Garden Spark series. On May 18, I’ll present “Water-Saving Gardens That Wow,” which will also include a signed copy of The Water-Saving Garden and a pre-talk guided tour of my garden. Show More Summary

Gorgeous flowering of a pond iris and more

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

As buds began to swell last week, I’ve been eagerly awaiting the flowering of my pond iris. And this morning, three burgundy, yellow-throated flowers unfurled. They look especially picturesque as viewed against the turquoise shed doors. Show More Summary

Wildflower fields abloom at Wildseed Farms

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

A wildflower photo safari is my springtime ritual, and I especially like to drive out to the Texas Hill Country to photograph wildflowers against the rugged hills, rocks, and prickly pear. This spring, thanks to a mild winter, TexasShow More Summary

Busy bee in the bluebonnets

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Happy Texas spring, y’all! I welcome your comments; please scroll to the end of this post to leave one. If you’re reading this in a subscription email, click here to visit Digging and find the comment box at the end of each post. _______________________ Digging Deeper: News and Upcoming Events Get on the mailing list for Garden Spark Talks. Show More Summary

Digging blog mention in Country Gardens magazine

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Hello! As I turned to page 107 while reading the current issue of Country Gardens (Spring 2017), I saw a screenshot of my blog. What’s this? It turns out Digging is one of Tucson garden designer and author Scott Calhoun‘s favorite blogs for the Southwest. Show More Summary

Refreshed porch pots and tiki hut

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Happy Sunday morning! After a week of family illness at Chez Penick, I finally got in some gardening time this weekend. Here are my refreshed containers on the back porch steps. The purple oxalis (Oxalis triangularis) in the turquoise pot gets all the oohs, and no wonder. Show More Summary

Zilker Botanical Garden Conservancy created to revitalize Austin’s botanical garden

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

For 23 years I’ve been a regular visitor at Zilker Botanical Garden, strolling its paths, picking my way across the Japanese garden’s moon bridge, watching the prehistoric garden grow into maturity. My children had a blast exploring its trails when they were younger, and I’ve enjoyed witnessing the garden’s seasonal changes. Show More Summary

Marvelous maroons for March Foliage Follow-Up

2 months agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

One of my favorite spring-blooming shrubs for bright shade features raspberry flowers and maroon leaves. It’s Chinese fringeflower (Loropetalum chinense ‘Sizzling Pink’), and its richly colored foliage contrasts beautifully with blue-green paleleaf yucca (Y. Show More Summary

Read my article in Country Gardens about East Austin Succulents

2 months agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

If you like Austin’s thrift-store, anything-goes, fun-loving style, especially in gardening, check out my article about Eric Pedley’s nursery East Austin Succulents in the current issue of Country Gardens magazine (Spring 2017, pages 70-75). Show More Summary

Path, pipe planter, and palmetto

2 months agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

This vignette caught my eye in the lower garden as I was blowing a bazillion live oaks leaves (yes, it’s live oak leaf-drop season!): a culvert-pipe planted with squid agave, ‘Sizzling Pink’ loropetalum (I love that burgundy foliage), and a stepping-stone path leading up to the slabs of natural limestone behind the pool. Show More Summary

Rainbow of ceramic succulents and flowers at Hill Country Water Gardens

2 months agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Their Instagram feed was my undoing. On Monday one of my favorite local nurseries, Hill Country Water Gardens & Nursery in Cedar Park, posted a picture of new garden decor hitting their shelves, and I was up there the next day, poking through the display before they were fully unpacked or even priced. Show More Summary

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