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Filed Under:Hobbies / Gardening
Posts on Regator:1448
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Archived Since:March 5, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Every picture tells a story, don’t it?

2 hours 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

4 days agoHobbies / 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

6 days agoHobbies / 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

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

2 weeks agoHobbies / 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

2 weeks agoHobbies / 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

3 weeks 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

3 weeks 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

What kind of gardening do YOU block on social media?

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

I bet we all do it without even thinking about it. But it wasn’t until I read Elizabeth Licata’s post on Garden Rant this week, “2015: the year of the do-nothing garden,” that I’d heard it voiced so baldly. She was vowing to take it easier in her garden next year, to stop fussing and just let it be — all well and good. Show More Summary

Read This: Sunset Western Landscaping Book

4 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

If you live in the western U.S. and your New Year’s resolution is to beautify your landscaping or create a sustainable, water-smart garden, I have the book for you: Sunset Western Landscaping Book, 2006 edition. It’s not a new release, but it’s worth seeking out. Show More Summary

Have a bright and merry Christmas!

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

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

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

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

2 months agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

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

2 months agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

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 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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

2 months 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)

2 months 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

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