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URL :http://www.penick.net/digging/
Filed Under:Hobbies / Gardening
Posts on Regator:1428
Posts / Week:4.1
Archived Since:March 5, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Fall foliage and waterfall along Bull Creek

7 hours agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Have you ever been surprised to discover something near your house that you’d never known was there? I was on Tuesday morning. Not five minutes from home, I noticed for the first time a narrow road paralleling busy Highway 360 just south of Spicewood Springs Road. Show More Summary

Leaf peeping and Living a Great Story at Lady Bird Lake

2 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

After sightseeing and shopping on vibrant South Congress Avenue on Sunday, yesterday my dad and stepmother joined me for a post-lunch, 3-mile walk around Lady Bird Lake. Rusty orange bald cypress, golden cedar elm, and fiery red crepe myrtles have set the shore ablaze. Show More Summary

Drive-By Gardens: South Congress Avenue in Austin

3 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

This drive-by is really a walk-by. I was on South Congress Avenue on Sunday afternoon, the center of the funky-hip Austin universe, enjoying a blue-sky, 80-degree day with my family. Fall, winter, and spring days like this are what sustain me through Austin’s broiling summers. Show More Summary

Flowering maple keeps blooming after freeze

6 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

I’ll soon be posting pictures of my Japanese maple, as its leaves are starting to redden. But for now the flowering maples, aka abutilons, are stealing the show. A few light freezes don’t slow them down. Cool weather is their time to shine. Show More Summary

Summer never ends thanks to flower and hummingbird sculpture

At a recent garden blogger get-together, metal craftsman Bob Pool of Gardening at Draco (who made my ocotillo bottle tree) brought this lovely flower-and-hummingbird piece he’d made as a random giveaway for our group. And I won it! Thanks,...Show More Summary

Still musing on wall color

The color saga continues, with no progress but lots of reader suggestions and various inspiration since my first attempt at choosing colors for my new stucco walls. (Click and read the comments on that post if you’re into color discussion!)...Show More Summary

Evergreen foundation garden for Foliage Follow-Up

What won’t block the windows and grows no taller than 3 feet? What remains evergreen? What can live in shade? What won’t the deer eat? These are the foundation-planting questions that haunt generations of gardeners (or me anyway), especially...Show More Summary

Blazing red wall

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

I threw a coat of paint on two of my new stucco walls before the cold blew in on Tuesday, and holy smokes — the Dunn-Edwards ‘Hot Jazz’ red on the curved wall sizzles my eyeballs. It definitely picks up every bit of red in my garden, from salvia blossoms to my red Circle Pot to the Austin sign on the back fence to the umbrella on the deck. Show More Summary

Visiting the 9/11 Memorial, 13 years later

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

The blue-sky, sunny day was reminiscent of the beautiful morning of September 11, 2001, when terrorists attacked and the World Trade Center towers fell. During our trip to New York City in mid-October, my daughter and I visited the 9/11 Memorial. Show More Summary

New orange Hover Dish is sedged up

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

I planted up my birthday-present orange Hover Dish, but not with succulents. I went with a grassy mix of Texas sedge (Carex texensis) and yellow columbine (Aquilegia hinckleyana), with pink rain lilies (Zephryanthes ‘Labuffarosea’), divided from elsewhere in my garden, mixed in for good measure. Show More Summary

Steel walls and soft grasses in travel-influenced Mirador Garden

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

A week ago I enjoyed the opportunity to photograph another of landscape architect Curt Arnette‘s gardens. Frothy, rose-colored clouds of Gulf muhly, tawny spikes of Lindheimer muhly, and a chartreuse Habiturf lawn wrap the large front...Show More Summary

Coyotes, succulents, and squids

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Can you ever have too much color, too much art, or too many succulents, even painted ones? No way! This corner of my living room perks me up every time I see it: a Cathy Carey painting called Coyote Wonderland, a couple of fun candle holders, and a tabletop squid planter from Digs Inside & Out. Show More Summary

Hill Country style and a downtown view in the garden of Ruthie Burrus

4 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

I see a lot of gardens on public tours, which I enjoy tremendously. But being invited for a private tour of a new-to-me garden is a special treat, especially if the garden happens to belong to an avid gardener making the most of a beautiful, hilltop site overlooking downtown Austin. Show More Summary

Sylvan silver: Paul Sorey tree sculpture shines in downtown Austin

4 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

One day a silver tree sprouted on a street corner in downtown Austin where nothing had grown for a year but piles of construction debris from the new Cirrus Logic building at West Avenue and W. 6th Street. I’d crawl past with one eye glued to the tree, craning my neck to see it, risking impatient horn honking from those behind me. Show More Summary

Melody’s romantic garden of passalong plants in San Antonio

4 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Last year Shirley of Rock-Oak-Deer blogged about the garden of her neighbor Melody. I had met Melody at talks I gave in San Antonio and Brenham, so I read about her garden with particular interest. And I was thrilled when Shirley and Melody arranged for me and a small group of friends to make a fall visit. Show More Summary

Heather’s Xericstyle garden in San Antonio

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Last week I roadtripped south with a few friends to see the gardens of our San Antonio blogger friends, Heather Ginsburg of Xericstyle and Shirley Fox of Rock-Oak-Deer, plus Shirley’s neighbor and gardening friend Melody. I posted about Shirley’s garden here. Show More Summary

Visiting a San Antonio garden with rocks, oaks, and deer

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Ahh, I’m back and enjoying our mellow Texas fall after a garden-visiting weekend in New York City, and guess what I’ve been doing since I got back? Yep! Visiting more gardens. Last Friday a few friends and I headed south to San Antonio to visit the gardens of two Alamo City bloggers and a gardening friend. Show More Summary

Autumn amble at New York Botanical Garden

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

After touring Wave Hill on October 11, my daughter and I took the train to the New York Botanical Garden. Although both NYBG and Wave Hill are located in the Bronx, mass transit between the two ate up some time, and we had tickets to a Broadway show that evening. Show More Summary

Visit to Wave Hill in New York City, Part 2

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Wave Hill, an estate garden in the Bronx in New York City, which I visited on October 11, was romantically blowsy in the Pergola, Elliptical, and Flower Gardens near the entry. But it got a bit bolder, even Hollywood, in the Aquatic and Monocot Gardens. Show More Summary

Visit to Wave Hill, a Hudson River estate garden in New York City

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

I traveled to New York City with my daughter on October 10 to see public gardens. On Saturday, our first full day in New York, a chilly rain didn’t keep us from visiting Wave Hill, a 28-acre estate garden in the Bronx with a million-dollar...Show More Summary

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