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Evergreen combos (mostly) for Austin

A local reader asked me about evergreen plants that grow well here in central Texas, and as I was putting together today’s Foliage Follow-Up post, I realized it’s a good opportunity to share some of my faves. I use a lot of evergreen...Show More Summary

Oxblood lilies trumpet summer’s end

Whoo-hoo, we made it through another summer here in Texas! For almost a week, lower temperatures (80s and low 90s) with even lower humidity, combined with recent rains, have rejuvenated my gardening spirit. The plants are feeling it too, perking up and starting to bloom again. Show More Summary

Columbia River Gorge, waterfalls, and flower farms, a scenic Oregon drive — before the fire

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

I debated about writing this post right now. During our August road trip from San Francisco to Portland, we made a day trip along the majestically scenic Columbia River Gorge, the “playground of Oregonians” that’s currently on fire.Show More Summary

A narrow side yard lives large in the garden of Rebecca Sams and Buell Steelman

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

I don’t think I planned a family road trip from San Francisco to Portland just to have an opportunity to swing through Eugene, Oregon, to visit the garden of Buell Steelman and Rebecca Sams, the husband-and-wife design-and-build team at Mosaic Gardens, whose work I greatly admire and recently wrote about for Garden Design. Show More Summary

After the volcano blows: Crater Lake National Park

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Mt. Mazama spilled its guts in a massive volcanic eruption 7,700 years ago, emptying itself out to such an extent that the mountain collapsed in on itself, creating a 3,900-foot-deep caldera. As the centuries ticked by, the caldera partially...Show More Summary

Playing among giants at Redwood National Park and a hike in Fern Canyon

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Want to feel ant-sized and incredibly young? Any number of national parks will have you marveling over nature’s immensity and your own small place in it. But Redwood National Park, located along the northern coast of California near Oregon, shrinks you right down to bug size as soon as you walk among these ancient, gigantic trees. Show More Summary

Oxblood lilies popping up after Hurricane Harvey

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Hurricane Harvey dumped nearly 10 inches of rain on my garden between last Friday and Sunday, and high winds littered the ground with leaves, twigs, and ball moss. A Texas mountain laurel fell over in the sodden soil, and we lost power for 6 hours. Show More Summary

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, part 2: Succulents, Ocean Trail, and Dahlia Garden

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

In my last post I showed you the Perennial Garden and Heath and Heather Collection at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens in Ft. Bragg, California, which I visited in early August. Today let’s continue the tour, starting with the Succulent and Mediterranean Gardens. Show More Summary

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens: Colorful perennial and heather gardens

4 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

I was not expecting this. None of us were. As we made our way up Highway 1 along the coast of Northern California in early August, naturally I’d planned a few garden stops, including a visit to Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens in Fort Bragg, expecting little more than an hour or two of pleasant diversion from the road. Show More Summary

Scenic coastal views along Highway 1 in Northern California

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

A road trip gives you the freedom to explore along the way, to make detours or just stop at an overlook to enjoy a view. In early August we made a family road trip up the coast of Northern California, a region we’d never seen beyond Stinson Beach just north of San Francisco. Show More Summary

Garden of Gary and Deborah Ratway and their Digging Dog Nursery

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Stepping through a dark-leaved doorway in a beech hedge into the display gardens at Digging Dog Nursery, located in Albion, California, you feel a bit like Alice falling into the rabbit hole. What awaits on the other side? A potted boxwood...Show More Summary

Edibles, outdoor living, and more at Sunset Gardens at Cornerstone Sonoma

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

While touring the Cornerstone Sonoma gardens in Sonoma, California, a couple of weeks ago, I enjoyed a two-fer. Sunset’s Test Gardens relocated to Cornerstone in 2016, and after a year of growth they’re already looking amazing. A glowing vertical garden of sempervivums, planted in the orange Sunset logo, greets you as you enter. Show More Summary

Cornerstone Sonoma showcases conceptual gardens in scenic wine country

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

It wasn’t easy, but I finally visited the gardens at Cornerstone Sonoma in Northern California, which have been on my bucket list for years. Due to my own poor planning, I first missed them after the San Francisco Garden Bloggers Fling, when I rented a car to explore up to Stinson Beach but inexplicably forgot to push on to Cornerstone. Show More Summary

Hanging on through summer’s end: August Foliage Follow-Up

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

By mid-August this Texas gardener is looking for any shred of hope that summer’s heat will be waning soon. But even though I’m barely hanging on — along with this shed cicada skin — many of my plants are soldiering through, including yellow-striped ‘Color Guard’ yucca. Show More Summary

Datura’s morning glow

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

The datura (Datura wrightii) I planted in the front garden a few years ago has petered out and needs replacing. But this volunteer that self-seeded in the back garden is growing beautifully. Moreover, it asks nothing from me except an occasional pinching back of stems that threaten to overpower nearby plants. Show More Summary

Potted patio where succulents rule

2 months agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Shaded by a big live oak, our back patio stays relatively cool, even on hot days. That shade also makes it a good spot for a variety of potted plants, especially succulents that prefer bright shade in our blistering climate. Agave parryi var. Show More Summary

Plant This: Paleleaf yucca shines in dry shade

2 months agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Like a woman who’s grown tired of covering up the gray, I’m letting my silver self shine — in the garden, that is. Instead of bemoaning the dominant silver-green to olive-green palette that comes so naturally to Austin’s hot, often droughty climate, I’m letting it rip. Show More Summary

Red dragonfly and golden spider, beneficial garden predators

2 months agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Here be dragons! I see a lot of dragonflies in my garden each summer thanks to the stock-tank pond. Last week I watched this beautiful red dragonfly guarding his mate as she laid her eggs in the pond, dipping her tail repeatedly in the water. Show More Summary

Silver ironweed in bloom

2 months agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Unirrigated and thriving in decomposed granite, West Texas native silver ironweed (Vernonia lindheimeri var. leucophylla) powers through the depths of summer. I enjoy its silver sheen and purple pom-pom blossoms and its Texas-tough attitude. Show More Summary

Desert dust skies

2 months agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

I’ll never forget a moment in my college years when I was exclaiming over a particularly vivid Houston sunset. A friend remarked, “You know that’s because of pollution, right?” I probably responded with an exasperated sigh — so much for the romance of natural beauty! — but of course she was right. Show More Summary

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