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URL :http://www.penick.net/digging/
Filed Under:Hobbies / Gardening
Posts on Regator:1439
Posts / Week:4.1
Archived Since:March 5, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Have a bright and merry Christmas!

Several neighbors on a nearby street go all out with Christmas lights and inflatables every year, and we enjoy crawling past with our headlights dimmed to take it all in. This is my favorite display on the block. It’s a fantasia of colored lights that run vertically up a large tree and turn to dripping icicles at the tips of the branches. Show More Summary

Spiny fingers for Foliage Follow-Up

Amid the crazy busyness of December, I’m opting for a quick and easy subject for my monthly Foliage Follow-Up post: a cute, orange-spined, somewhat profane-looking cactus in a goofy, skeleton-decorated Rick Van Dyke pot. Sometimes you just have to indulge the whimsy. Show More Summary

Wildflower Center aglow with the spirit of the season

Luminarias glowed and tree lights twinkled throughout the native-plant gardens at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center during last weekend’s annual Luminations event. I’ve been several times over the years, but this time the lights extended all the way to the new Family Garden. Show More Summary

Pink cuphea still blooming in December

After our early freeze in mid-November, we’ve had a splendid spell of mild weather. There’s been no dragging of cold-tender potted plants inside to clutter the house. Fingers crossed, we’ll get through Christmas without another freeze. Show More Summary

Plant This: Chile pequin will spice up your garden

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Native perennial chile pequin (Capsicum annuum var. glabriusculum) adds hot color to the fall garden with a profusion of tiny, red peppers held upright on rambling green stems adorned with chartreuse, spade-shaped leaves. And if youShow More Summary

Festive orange and red berries adorn evergreen sumac

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Every year I renew my fan-club membership for evergreen sumac (Rhus virens), a fine native shrub or small tree. What’s not to love? It sports handsome, shiny, nearly evergreen leaves, grows in sun or shade, attracts bees in late summer with sprays of tiny, white flowers, and decks itself out in winter with fuzzy, orange and red berries. Show More Summary

Drive-By Gardens: No-lawn front yard with sedge groundcover

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Driving through Austin’s North University neighborhood yesterday I spotted this charming Spanish-style bungalow. Instead of lawn, its postage stamp-sized front garden is filled with drought-tolerant ornamental grasses, golden barrel cactus, silver ponyfoot, and agave. Show More Summary

Golden pomegranate is pretty wonderful for fall color

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

I know many of you have mentally moved on to Christmas. But Austin’s fall color comes late, and the golden leaves of my ‘Wonderful’ pomegranate keep catching my eye through the window while I try to work. So naturally, instead of closing the blind so as to get work done, I got my camera and went outside for a photo op to share with you. Show More Summary

Join me at Wildflower Center shopping event December 7th

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Want to do a little garden-themed holiday shopping this weekend? Come to the 24th annual Wild Ideas Shopping Event at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin. I’ll be there on Sunday, from 1 to 3 p.m., signing copies of myShow More Summary

Read This: 3 garden design books for your holiday giving (or getting)

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

I read a lot of gardening books, especially those about design. Three books stand out for me this year as particularly worthy of being on your favorite gardener’s wish list — or your own. Aside from their focus on garden design, they...Show More Summary

Fall foliage and waterfall along Bull Creek

4 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Have you ever been surprised to discover something near your house that you’d never known was there? I was on Tuesday morning. Not five minutes from home, I noticed for the first time a narrow road paralleling busy Highway 360 just south of Spicewood Springs Road. Show More Summary

Leaf peeping and Living a Great Story at Lady Bird Lake

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

After sightseeing and shopping on vibrant South Congress Avenue on Sunday, yesterday my dad and stepmother joined me for a post-lunch, 3-mile walk around Lady Bird Lake. Rusty orange bald cypress, golden cedar elm, and fiery red crepe myrtles have set the shore ablaze. Show More Summary

Drive-By Gardens: South Congress Avenue in Austin

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

This drive-by is really a walk-by. I was on South Congress Avenue on Sunday afternoon, the center of the funky-hip Austin universe, enjoying a blue-sky, 80-degree day with my family. Fall, winter, and spring days like this are what sustain me through Austin’s broiling summers. Show More Summary

Flowering maple keeps blooming after freeze

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

I’ll soon be posting pictures of my Japanese maple, as its leaves are starting to redden. But for now the flowering maples, aka abutilons, are stealing the show. A few light freezes don’t slow them down. Cool weather is their time to shine. Show More Summary

Summer never ends thanks to flower and hummingbird sculpture

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

At a recent garden blogger get-together, metal craftsman Bob Pool of Gardening at Draco (who made my ocotillo bottle tree) brought this lovely flower-and-hummingbird piece he’d made as a random giveaway for our group. And I won it! Thanks,...Show More Summary

Still musing on wall color

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

The color saga continues, with no progress but lots of reader suggestions and various inspiration since my first attempt at choosing colors for my new stucco walls. (Click and read the comments on that post if you’re into color discussion!)...Show More Summary

Evergreen foundation garden for Foliage Follow-Up

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

What won’t block the windows and grows no taller than 3 feet? What remains evergreen? What can live in shade? What won’t the deer eat? These are the foundation-planting questions that haunt generations of gardeners (or me anyway), especially...Show More Summary

Blazing red wall

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

I threw a coat of paint on two of my new stucco walls before the cold blew in on Tuesday, and holy smokes — the Dunn-Edwards ‘Hot Jazz’ red on the curved wall sizzles my eyeballs. It definitely picks up every bit of red in my garden, from salvia blossoms to my red Circle Pot to the Austin sign on the back fence to the umbrella on the deck. Show More Summary

Visiting the 9/11 Memorial, 13 years later

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

The blue-sky, sunny day was reminiscent of the beautiful morning of September 11, 2001, when terrorists attacked and the World Trade Center towers fell. During our trip to New York City in mid-October, my daughter and I visited the 9/11 Memorial. Show More Summary

New orange Hover Dish is sedged up

2 months agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

I planted up my birthday-present orange Hover Dish, but not with succulents. I went with a grassy mix of Texas sedge (Carex texensis) and yellow columbine (Aquilegia hinckleyana), with pink rain lilies (Zephryanthes ‘Labuffarosea’), divided from elsewhere in my garden, mixed in for good measure. Show More Summary

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