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Blog Profile / Digging


URL :http://www.penick.net/digging/
Filed Under:Hobbies / Gardening
Posts on Regator:1458
Posts / Week:4
Archived Since:March 5, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Plant This: Chinese fringeflower

2 hours agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

As winter and spring duke it out in late February, Chinese fringeflower (Loropetalum chinense) starts strutting its stuff, flashing hot-pink, strappy-petaled flowers amid its dusky-purple, evergreen leaves. Dark foliage is kind of rare...Show More Summary

Plant romance at Redenta’s Garden and other Dallas shops

2 hours agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

I made a Dallas dash — a day trip from Austin to Dallas (3 hours each way) — last Saturday to visit my son at college. My mom and daughter joined me, and we hit a few unique Big D shops just before and after lunch, knowing that College Boy wouldn’t emerge from his man cave until later. Show More Summary

Digging is up for Better Homes and Gardens Blogger Award!

6 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Better Homes and Gardens magazine has named Digging a top 10 finalist in the Gardening category of its 2015 Blogger Awards, and wow, I’m honored! Thank you to those who nominated my blog, and to BHG’s editors for the recognition! I love how Better Homes and Gardens supports bloggers by featuring one in each issue of its magazine. Show More Summary

Plant This: Nabob abutilon

I opened the Plant Delights catalog recently and was coveting the rich-red ‘Voodoo’ abutilon in its pages, though balking at the shipping cost. A few days later I found ‘Nabob’ abutilon at Vivero Growers right here in Austin and scooped up three of them. Show More Summary

The boy’s back in town! Mr. Screech Owl, that is

Guess who just got back today That wild-eyed boy that had been away Haven’t changed that much to say But man, I still think them owls are crazy With apologies to Thin Lizzy, I did feel like shouting with joy when I looked up from myShow More Summary

If I’d gnome you were coming: February Foliage Follow-Up

Can it already be mid-February and time for Foliage Follow-Up? Here in Austin, winter may yet drop in for a surprise visit, but spring has already stepped inside and hung up her coat and hat. She’ll be putting her feet up on the ottoman soon. Show More Summary

Palo verde paradise at Arizona State University Polytechnic campus

For all you snowbound readers up north or eager-beaver gardeners down south, you’ll find lots of floral sunshine in this post, which I’ve been holding onto since last spring. During my Phoenix visit last April, my friend Noelle, akaShow More Summary

9 years of Digging

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

This Valentine’s Day will mark Digging’s 9th blogiversary, the day I first clicked Publish with an enthusiasm that hasn’t dimmed in nearly a decade of regular postings. That day in February 2006 I joined a small but fast-growing community of independent voices writing with an intense focus on local, real-life gardening. Show More Summary

Lawn Gone! giveaway: And the winners are…

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

To make a party of my new book announcement — The Water-Saving Garden: How to Grow a Gorgeous Garden with a Lot Less Water (coming spring 2016; follow on FB) — I’ve been running a giveaway of three copies of my book Lawn Gone! Low-Maintenance, Sustainable, Attractive Alternatives for Your Yard. Show More Summary

Possumhaws coming into glory

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

The reddening of possumhaw holly (Ilex decidua) berries seems a couple of weeks late this year. (Click the link to see how they look at peak.) Usually the red-berried trees are blazing by mid-to-late January in my northwest Austin neighborhood, but this year they’re just starting to “fire up.” It won’t be long now though. Show More Summary

Pretty goods at Austin nurseries

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

By Monday morning, which was my deadline for turning in my new book manuscript, I hadn’t showered in three days, changed out of my sweats in two, or slept more than 4 hours a night for about a week, give or take a few coma-like naps....Show More Summary

The Water-Saving Garden and Southern Living Bloggers to Follow

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Two really nice things happened yesterday. First I learned that Southern Living, a magazine I’ve been reading since I was a teenager, named me one of 30 Bloggers To Follow in 2015. “From food to home and everything in between, we share...Show More Summary

Every picture tells a story, don’t it?

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Poor grammar and all, Rod Stewart’s lyrics are in my head as I submit my entry for Gardening Gone Wild’s Picture This photo contest. Pro garden photographer Saxon Holt is judging, and he says he wants your best photo from 2014 that not...Show More Summary

A new book for 2016 and a Lawn Gone! GIVEAWAY

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

I have a big announcement, my friends! I’m writing a new book, a follow-up to Lawn Gone! that’s all about how to garden with less water. Or perhaps a better way of describing it is, it’s about honoring water in your garden. No matter where you live, whether you contend with drought or are blessed with regular rain, water gives life. Show More Summary

Puff balls and the virtue of laziness

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

I love seasonal changes, don’t you? Even winter has its own beauty, if you look closely. These tawny puffballs are the seedheads of silver ironweed (Vernonia lindheimeri var. leucophylla)… …which in summer looks like this. I think it...Show More Summary

82 gardening book reviews and counting

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Browsing for a few good gardening books to get you through the dark days of winter? I’ve got a running list of 82 book reviews and recommendations I’ve written over the years: design books, plant books, artful gardening books, garden-craft...Show More Summary

New year in green and gold: January Foliage Follow-Up

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

It’s a new year in the garden, and I haven’t really been out in it for a while. An unusually long stretch of cold, gray days had me feeling like I was in Seattle, and let me tell you, it made me feel pretty gray myself. But yesterday...Show More Summary

Read This: Cultivating Garden Style

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Style, which is about expressing yourself and your unique taste, applies as much to making gardens as to fashion or interior design. Most gardeners naturally prioritize plants when making a garden, but who doesn’t also enjoy accessorizing...Show More Summary

Wildflower Center pulls plug on spring garden tour; fall tours land on same date

2 months agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

First the bad news for avid attendees of Austin garden tours: our city has lost one of its best-known and highly regarded garden tours, the annual springtime Gardens on Tour, which benefits the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. According...Show More Summary

Succulicious container garden at my dog groomer’s

2 months agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

While dropping off our dog, Cosmo, for a much needed shave-and-a-haircut-two-bits at my beloved West End Grooming last week, I paused to admire their pretty container garden, which brightens up the parking area by the door. Even if the space weren’t paved, raised containers would be a necessity for a place visited by so many dogs. Show More Summary

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