Blog Profile / Digging


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Filed Under:Hobbies / Gardening
Posts on Regator:1027
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Archived Since:March 5, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Curb appeal Texas-style and remembering the flood

15 hours agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

I dined at a flower farm in Blanco, Texas, last weekend, which I plan to write about soon. But for now, a teaser of Blanco charm. This little red cabin is one of several at Blanco Settlement, a welcoming outpost of 9 rentable cabins, RV hookups, a pavilion, and a gift shop clustered along the scenic Blanco River. Show More Summary

Country Gardens book review & interview at Garden Style San Antonio

It’s an exciting day when you see that Ken Druse, a superstar in the garden-writing world, has reviewed your book. I picked up the the current issue of Country Gardens magazine (Summer 2016) at Barnes & Noble over the weekend… …and was...Show More Summary

Festival of Flowers in San Antonio this Saturday: I’ll be speaking!

2 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Central and south Texas gardening friends, are you going to the Festival of Flowers in San Antonio this Saturday? I am! In fact, I’ll be giving a presentation at 10:30 am about how to make a garden that is both water thrifty and beautiful. Show More Summary

Snake lounging and whale flowering in the garden

3 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

The biggest snake I’d ever seen in my garden was lounging in a bamboo hammock this morning. Earlier, while looking out my office window, I’d noticed a bamboo cane leaning horizontally and thought, “Hmm, did it rain again?” But no, everything looked dry, so I eventually moseyed out to take a look. Show More Summary

The late spring show

6 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

On this rainy, thunder-rolling day, I’m staying inside. But I have a few photos from earlier this week to share. While today all these plants are droopy with rain, they’ll soon perk back up again. This is one of my spring favorites, ‘Peter’s Purple’ bee balm (Monarda fistulosa). Show More Summary

Drive-By Gardens: Contemporary curb appeal in Shoalwood

Last week, while cruising around north-central Austin’s Shoalwood and south Allandale neighborhoods, I noticed a trend: contemporary curb appeal with gravel and concrete-paver paths, low walls and fences to separate public and private areas, and turf reduction in favor of lower-water plants. Show More Summary

Foliage in full spring swing: May Foliage Follow-Up

The day after Bloom Day is Foliage Follow-Up, a day to give foliage plants their due. This month I’m leading with the fresh spring greens of ornamental grasses, like shade-loving inland sea oats (Chasmanthium latifolium). Their “oats” are just forming, and by mid-summer will turn from apple green to tan. Show More Summary

Daylilies arrive with the summer heat

Hot and muggy sauna days have arrived, and with them, the daylilies. Is it a worthy trade-off? I am not sure, but since we can’t turn back the clock to balmy spring, I resolve to enjoy their sugar-glittery petals and day-in-the-sun beauty. Show More Summary

Read This: Gardens of Awe and Folly

Have you ever dawdled over the pages of a book because you didn’t want it to end? Vivian Swift’s The Gardens of Awe and Folly: A Traveler’s Journal on the Meaning of Life and Gardening (Bloomsbury, 2016) is one of those books. I find...Show More Summary

Articulture turns plants into art

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Manchaca Road in South Austin may as well be on the other side of the planet for this northwest Austinite, or so it seems most days while parked on our city’s interminably clogged highways and streets. But the stars aligned yesterday...Show More Summary

To all the moms

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Pink petal hearts Lots of fishes kisses Kiss Kiss You’re my cup of tea To all the moms, and to my mom especially, happy Mother’s Day! I welcome your comments. If you’re reading this in an email, click here to visit Digging and find the comment link at the end of each post. Show More Summary

Blue twilight garden

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Cobalt blue may be overused in gardens, but I don’t care. It’s such a lovely color to complement the green plants, and it’s so cooling in Austin’s hot climate. Add a little turquoise and robin’s-egg blue to the mix, and it’s even better. Show More Summary

Enjoying the end of spring in Austin

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Any day now it’ll be summer in Texas, hot and sticky. But this week we’ve enjoyed several cool mornings — in the 50s! — and warm, non-humid afternoons. If I could bottle this up for summer I would. May is a beautiful month in Austin, no doubt. Show More Summary

Passionate about gardening sustainably for the place you live

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

New Jersey gardener and author Mike “The Gardener” Podlesny interviewed me recently for his popular Vegetable Gardening Podcast, and you can listen to it here (scroll to bottom). Despite the veggie-centric podcast title, Mike interviews all kinds of gardeners about any gardening topic you might imagine. Show More Summary

Where there’s a whale, there’s a way

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Moby, my 10-year-old whale’s tongue agave (A. ovatifolia), which for 22 days has been sending a bloom stalk skyward, seems to be in transition. The stalk is now about 10 or 11 feet tall and holding. Meanwhile, clusters of yellow flowers are emerging along the asparagus-shaped stalk. Show More Summary

Bloggers, let’s go to Minneapolis Garden Bloggers Fling!

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

OK, bloggers, now let’s get in formation! Why? Cause the Fling slays, it slays, it slays, it slays. With apologies to Beyonce for appropriating her lyrics, Garden Bloggers Fling really does slay. This non-commercial, blogger-hosted annual...Show More Summary

Got a pot with no drainage hole? Drill it, plant it, enjoy!

4 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Wrinkled skin and all, this green elephant pot caught my eye at Barton Springs Nursery a few weeks ago. As I looked it over, I noticed it lacked something important: a drainage hole in the bottom. A drainage hole is essential to a potted plant’s health, even its survival. Show More Summary

Come to my talk at Cedar Park nursery festival this Saturday

4 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

This fun flower, held aloft on a 6-foot stalk, is blooming right now in multiple spots in my garden: ‘Chocolate Chips’ manfreda (Manfreda undulata ‘Chocolate Chips’), my absolute favorite manfreda, with ruffled, succulent leaves covered in chocolatey freckles. Show More Summary

I’m interviewed in Boston Globe about Texas gardening and blogging

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

“When Spotlight won Best Picture,” I asked the Boston Globe reporter the day after the Oscars, “did you celebrate?” Heather Ciras was interviewing me for a non-investigative story (thank goodness) about gardening and blogging. The night...Show More Summary

Lazing around in the garden

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Sure, I meant to get up at sunrise this morning to plant a few new plants, prune some bamboo, and scrub out a small fountain. But we binge-watched last season’s Game of Thrones last night to get ready for Sunday’s season premier, and I’m dragging this morning. Show More Summary

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