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URL :http://www.penick.net/digging/
Filed Under:Hobbies / Gardening
Posts on Regator:1381
Posts / Week:4.1
Archived Since:March 5, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Mid-century house inspires Palm Springs-style garden in Austin

Charlotte Warren, a photographer and former co-chair of the local Garden Conservancy tour, inherited a steeply sloping, west-facing zoysia lawn when she moved into her home in the hills of West Austin. Aside from requiring lots of water...Show More Summary

Plant This: Candy lily blooms are a sweet surprise

4 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Visiting the garden of my friend Cat/The Whimsical Gardener earlier this summer, I exclaimed over a dainty, freckled flower on a long stem, with the sword-like leaves of an iris. Candy lily, she said, adding that she took no particular care and it thrived in morning to mid-afternoon sun. Show More Summary

Inspiration for my new bottle tree comes from the desert

5 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

When it’s too hot to plant, consider planting a bottle tree. It’ll never need watering, and the more the Death Star shines on it, the better it looks. I made a simple, post-style bottle tree 5 years ago. But the cedar post was rotting, and it was beginning to list. Show More Summary

Garlic chive time!

6 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Like Captain von Trapp’s edelweiss, the clean and bright flowers of garlic chives (Allium tuberosum) cheer me up when I’m feeling down in the August dumps. “Won’t be long now,” they whisper. “This is summer’s last gasp.” With puffballs...Show More Summary

I spy a garden spider, and she’s not alone

Everyone’s been talking this month about the common but uncommonly large garden spider, also known as black-and-yellow argiope. As it happens, my garden is home to at least one of these colorful, creepy, yet beneficial predators. She’s a big ‘un! She builds her web in the curbside garden between a softleaf yucca and a cluster of Salvia greggii. Show More Summary

Upcoming presentation in San Angelo: Design Tips for Drought-Proof Gardens

Hey, West Texans! If you live in or near San Angelo, I invite you to attend the Fall Landscaping Symposium, presented by Concho Valley Master Gardeners, on Saturday, September 13th. I’ll be speaking at 12:45 pm on my favorite subject: how to design your yard with less or no lawn. Show More Summary

Waiting for autumn’s reviving touch

Whew! After writing 16 posts about Portland gardens, each containing scads of photos of summer-lush and richly blooming borders, I’m somehow ready for a return to my own Death Star-blasted garden. August is my least favorite gardening month here in Austin. Show More Summary

Exploring outside Portland: Columbia River Gorge, lavender farm on the Fruit Loop, and Cannon Beach

Before the Garden Bloggers Fling in Portland, Oregon, last month, my husband and I took a few days to explore the city and surrounding region. On our last day we rented a car and drove east along I-84 to see the majestic Columbia River Gorge. Show More Summary

Love just around the bend at Bella Madrona: Portland Garden Bloggers Fling

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

For our final tour on the Garden Bloggers Fling in Portland last month, our bus stopped on a rural highway and deposited us in a field with a few pieces of rusty farming equipment strewn about. Not sure what to expect, I walked through open gates adorned with the garden’s name, Bella Madrona. Show More Summary

Succulent and cactus container garden thrives under Death Star: August Foliage Follow-Up

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Two months ago I acquired another steel pipe remnant and set it in the gravel garden by the front door. There it sat empty for nearly 8 weeks as I traveled and debated what to plant in it. Finally, taking my own advice not to plant anything in August except cactus, I decided on an opuntia. Show More Summary

Rocking a gravel garden in the Kuzma Garden: Portland Garden Bloggers Fling

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

After the barely controlled excess of Floramagoria, the next garden we toured on the Portland Garden Bloggers Fling seemed, at first glance, restrained, even austere. No seating was visible aside from garden walls and steps. With the...Show More Summary

Garden magic and whimsy at Floramagoria: Portland Garden Bloggers Fling

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

As we entered the intriguingly named Floramagoria garden on the recent Portland Garden Bloggers Fling, thunder rumbled and raindrops pelted our group of 40 or so bloggers. The reasonable — and hungry — among us ran for the two covered pavilions with box lunches in hand. Show More Summary

The Dancing Ladies Garden of Linda Ernst: Portland Garden Bloggers Fling

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Do you ever fantasize about another gardener living right next door? Linda Ernst and Joanne Fuller are living the fantasy. Aside from being friends and next-door neighbors, they both love to garden, and each tends a beautiful space linked by a friendly gate in back and a continuous path in front. Show More Summary

The artful Fuller Garden: Portland Garden Bloggers Fling

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

We were treated to two gardens for the price of one on the 3rd day of the Portland Garden Bloggers Fling last month. Friends, gardeners, and art collectors Joanne Fuller and Linda Ernst live next door to each other in a charming older neighborhood, with a friendly gate separating their two gardens in back. Show More Summary

Splendor in the grass at Rhone Street Gardens: Portland Garden Bloggers Fling

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

The 3rd and final day of touring on the recent Garden Bloggers Fling in Portland, Oregon, dawned cool and misty — exactly what Portland should be, at least according to heat-shunning me. After two days of unusual heat, I was thrilled, even when it started to thunder and rain began to spatter at our first stop, Rhone Street Gardens. Show More Summary

Checking out Chickadee Gardens: Portland Garden Bloggers Fling

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

The Garden Bloggers Fling takes you to so many wonderful gardens that it would be understandable if you simply overloaded by the end of the day, unable to appreciate one more. Thankfully I find new gardens energizing, and when our bus...Show More Summary

JJ De Sousa’s bold garden digs: Portland Garden Bloggers Fling

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

What’s black and white and red-orange all over? The stylishly mod yet playful garden of JJ De Sousa, that’s what. Owner of Digs Inside & Out home-and-garden shop, which I visited pre-Fling, JJ has an enviable talent for creating inviting, colorful garden rooms, perfect for entertaining, which wrap around her home on two levels. Show More Summary

Loree Bohl’s Danger Garden: Portland Garden Bloggers Fling

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

One of the most anticipated gardens on the 2014 Garden Bloggers Fling in Portland, Oregon, recently was Danger Garden, the plant-lustful playground of one of our hosts, Loree of Danger Garden blog fame. With an adoration for spiny, spiky,...Show More Summary

Portland Japanese Garden: Portland Garden Bloggers Fling

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

The second day of the 7th annual Garden Bloggers Fling, held in Portland in mid-July, began in the renowned Portland Japanese Garden, often described as the most authentic of its kind outside of Japan. I had visited a few days earlier with my husband on a hot, sunny morning. Show More Summary

Westwind Farm Studio: Portland Garden Bloggers Fling

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Both buses filled with 80 hot, tired bloggers bumped into a lavender field at the end of the first touring day of the Garden Bloggers Fling in Portland, Oregon, in mid-July. I tiredly thought, “How nice, a lovely field of lavender.”Show More Summary

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