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Archived Since:March 5, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Key West garden style: My profile of Craig Reynolds in Garden Design

3 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Bold, contemporary design or lush, jungly Old Florida style? Key West landscape architect Craig Reynolds shared his insights and design tips about both garden styles with me for a profile in the current issue of Garden Design magazine (Winter 2017, pgs 118-129). Show More Summary

Rainy-day winter garden

5 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

The weather may be dreary, but I like it. Cool (but not freezing) temps and a gentle rain give me a reason to get stuff done indoors while the quiet garden just soaks it all in. The Moby spawn — Agave ovatifolia babies — are looking good. Show More Summary

Hello, winter — you’ve zapped my garden

Hello, winter! We’re not used to seeing you here in Central Texas. Despite predictions of a mild winter, with the warming influence of a La Niña, we’ve already had two multi-day stretches of hard freezes, with a couple of nights dropping into the upper teens. Show More Summary

Deer antlering damage to my agave

The bucks have been at it again this winter, rubbing their antlers on agaves, yuccas, hesperaloes, and small trees throughout my neighborhood. I always cage my small possumhaw holly in early fall through early spring, but I was hoping...Show More Summary

Garden bloggers, let’s meet up at the Capital Area Fling!

Fellow garden bloggers, now that the holidays are behind us and before the fever of spring planting season begins, it’s time to make your reservation to attend the 10th annual Garden Bloggers Fling, hosted June 22-25, 2017, in the Capital Region, which includes Washington, DC, northern Virginia, and Maryland. Show More Summary

Come hear my talk at the Wildflower Center on 2/25

On Saturday, February 25, I’ll be speaking at the day-long Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) Spring Symposium at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas. My talk is called Local Heroes: Designing with Native Plants for Water-Saving Gardens, and it’s about creating water-wise home gardens that don’t sacrifice beauty. Show More Summary

Garden Spark talks kick off with Scott Ogden, and you’re invited!

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Inspired by the idea of house concerts — performances in private homes, which support musicians and give a small audience an up-close and personal musical experience — I’ve decided to host a series of garden talks by well-known design...Show More Summary

Rock scrambling at Bull Creek on New Year’s Day

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

For a New Year’s Day hike, we explored Bull Creek again, doing a bit of scrambling among the boulders on the cliff edge. It was a glorious day, about 74 F degrees and sunny. My daughter struck a few poses above the creek. I call this one The Moonrise Kingdom, after the Wes Anderson movie. Show More Summary

Remembering 2016 in the garden

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

January Happy New Year, everyone! Following Jean’s example at Dig, Grow, Compost, Blog, I’m recapping 2016 with a single photo from each of the past 12 months in my garden. Poring over my old blog posts, I was reminded of the fleeting charms of the passing seasons and of how much joy I received from my garden. Show More Summary

Vertigo grass has the blues after hard freeze

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

‘Vertigo’ pennisetum is singing the blues beautifully after three nights of hard freezes (mid 20s F) before Christmas. While other plants just look bleached and sad (variegated flax lily, I’m looking at you), this towering, dark-leaved grass still looks pretty, even though it’s now dormant. Show More Summary

Losing a tree diseased by hypoxylon canker

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

A few days before Christmas, the front garden endured a major change: a fatally diseased live oak near our front door had to be removed. I’d had an arborist out the week before to give me a bid on general tree trimming, and he immediately spotted the sloughed-off bark and telltale whitening of hypoxylon canker affecting this tree. Show More Summary

Wishing you a merry and bright Christmas!

4 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

The Christmas tree is aglow. Festive ornaments add cheer. Family gathers close, and memories of past Christmases are retold. Lights shine across the city… …and we’ve spun under the Zilker Christmas Tree on its 50th anniversary. Neighbors’ houses glow like magical fairylands of light. Show More Summary

Final fall foliage as winter’s icy breath freezes Austin

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Austin plummeted from a high of 80 F (26.6 C) yesterday afternoon to 26 F (-3.3 C) this morning, and today the Japanese maple is clinging shiveringly to far fewer leaves than yesterday, when I took this photo. That’s Texas winter weather for you. Show More Summary

Maple and mangave for Foliage Follow-Up

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

I’ve been celebrating a belated fall here at Digging and on Instagram this week, as our Japanese maple flamed into orange and then red. Although it’s a little odd to see brilliant fall color at Christmastime, we deprived Texas gardeners happily take it whenever we can get it. Show More Summary

Drive-By Gardens: Front-yard style in Tarrytown neighborhood

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Cruising through tony Tarrytown neighborhood in West Austin last week, I slowed to a crawl to admire several houses with appealing front-yard style. For understated Christmas pizzazz, I like the way these homeowners hung a big, green...Show More Summary

Peak color aflame on Japanese maple

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

I’ve been out front gazing up at the Japanese maple again today (see yesterday’s pics for the rapid color change), enjoying those beautiful, blushing leaves. I believe we’re at peak redness, folks. I expect the leaves to drop this weekend during the predicted Arctic blast. Show More Summary

At last, some fall color! Thanks, Japanese maple

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Just a couple of weeks ago I wrote that fall color is a dud this year in Austin. That’s still true, but as if in defiance of that observation, the Japanese maple (Acer palmatum) at the front corner of our house is flaming orange and red in a mid-December hurrah. Show More Summary

Latest critter in the pool: Western slimy salamander

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Add this western slimy salamander to the list of crawly critters that have fallen into our swimming pool. We spotted it at the bottom of the shallow end after our recent rains. David got the net without much hope of it being alive, but it moved when he scooped it up and sluggishly stirred as we set it down. Show More Summary

Decking the cedar trees on Loop 360, an Austin Christmas tradition

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Just after Thanksgiving every year, Austinites who live along scenic Loop 360 are treated to the festive sight of roadside juniper trees decked out in creative, colorful decorations, turning miles of highway into a drive-by Christmas parade. Show More Summary

Library Journal and NYBG review my book, plus an interview by May Dreams’ Carol

2 months agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Yay, my new book has gotten a couple of great reviews just in time for holiday shopping season — and library-stocking season, apparently. Library Journal has named The Water-Saving Garden as “essential” for libraries building their collection of books about current gardening trends. Show More Summary

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