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URL :http://www.penick.net/digging/
Filed Under:Hobbies / Gardening
Posts on Regator:1398
Posts / Week:4.1
Archived Since:March 5, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Stuck on my stucco walls

5 hours agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

I’m in love with the new walls. They’re not even painted yet (the stucco has to cure for a few weeks first), and I love them. I love their sturdy form and embracing curves. Swoop! The culvert-pipe yucca is being moved, by the way. Man, it’s heavy. Show More Summary

A tiger in the salvia

3 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

A butterfly as big as my hand fluttered along the streetside border, which is ablaze with the hot-pink flowers of autumn sage (Salvia greggii). The yellow-and-black stripes are the distinctive markings of the eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly. Show More Summary

Walls going up and paths going down

5 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

As with all landscaping projects, the stucco wall construction is taking longer than I expected, partly for the happy reason that we’ve had some rain, so no complaints about that. I am delighted with the work so far. The cinderblock walls have been mortared in place on concrete footers, and they’re being wrapped with wire mesh. Show More Summary

Oxblood lily ribbon of red and ruellia reticence

The oxblood lilies (Rhodophiala bifida) atop the retaining wall in the back garden are in full, crimson bloom, and that red ribbon makes me so happy when I step out to view it in the warm afternoon light. This cluster is growing amid the spiny arms of soap aloe (Aloe maculata). Show More Summary

Fall blooms in front, construction in back

Kicking summer to the curb always feels satisfying in central Texas, especially when fall’s arrival is not just a date on the calendar but marked by cooler, drier air and rain. Between Wednesday night and Friday morning of last week, my garden received at least 8 inches of rain, maybe more. Show More Summary

Dark-fantasy woodland, Asian teahouse and more at Bedrock Gardens, part 2

In my last post I introduced you to Bedrock Gardens, created by Jill Nooney and Bob Munger in Lee, New Hampshire, on a former dairy farm. It’s a place of thoughtful design, beautiful views, eye-catching plant combinations, and fanciful found-object sculpture created by Jill. Show More Summary

A fanciful journey through art-filled Bedrock Gardens, part 1

Acres of poison ivy and scrub brush had overrun the old dairy farm in Lee, New Hampshire, when Jill Nooney and her husband, Bob Munger, purchased it in 1980. Undaunted, the couple began a decades-long process of clearing weeds and making...Show More Summary

My article about garden art is in Garden Design magazine

Placing art in the garden is, well, an art in itself, as I learned when visiting Bedrock Gardens in New Hampshire this summer. I wrote about the garden and its art for an online piece in Garden Design, called “Placing Art in the Garden”. Show More Summary

Construction in the garden and other happenings

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

It was a one-two punch, seeing colorful stuccoed walls in Phoenix and Tucson in April and then in Portland in July. Unable to resist the siren song of structure, functionality, and color, I’ve hired a mason to build some walls in the back garden. Show More Summary

Bold leaves and light-catching grasses for Foliage Follow-Up

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

I’m giving Moby, my ‘Whale’s Tongue’ agave (A. ovatifolia), pride of place in today’s Foliage Follow-Up post. At nearly 7 feet across, he’s the star of the back garden in all seasons, but especially in late summer when the fall-blooming perennials haven’t really revved up yet. Show More Summary

Water lily collection is hidden gem in West Texas town of San Angelo

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Perched on the northern edge of the Chihuahuan Desert, about 200 miles northwest of Austin, the small city of San Angelo is, surprisingly, home to a locally treasured and internationally known water lily garden, the International Waterlily Collection. Show More Summary

Trying Duranta ‘Sapphire Showers’ for end-of-summer color

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

My late-summer garden was feeling kind of puny to me last week — before we got the November-worthy cold front yesterday that dropped Austin’s high temperature to 65 incredible-freaking degrees and brought 1-1/4 inches of rain to my garden!! Sorry, I digress. Show More Summary

First oxblood lily heralding fall

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

After our first September rain I start my annual oxblood lily (Rhodophiala bifida) watch, eagerly scanning the garden floor for green shoots nosing up or, more likely, the improbably sudden appearance of red trumpets. These September-blooming bulbs, dormant spring through summer, pop up that quickly after a late-summer shower. Show More Summary

I’m in HGTV Magazine October 2014 issue

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

While waiting in line at the grocery store checkout this morning, I flipped through the latest issue of HGTV Magazine and was absurdly pleased to see my own name on page 27, in their monthly feature, “How Bad Is It…” You’re right, it really doesn’t take much to make me happy. Show More Summary

Bee-autiful activity in the curbside garden

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Garlic chives (Allium tuberosum) in full bloom are like a flashing neon sign saying EATS to the local honeybees. Man, do they love it. So do I. They brighten up the summer-tired border with their frothy white blooms. Here’s a wider view of the curbside bed. Show More Summary

My blog gets a refresh and clean new header

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Two years ago I completely redesigned my blog with the help of a web designer. It doesn’t seem that long ago, but lately I’d wanted to clean house again and toss a few metaphorical lace doilies and fringed lampshades that slipped through last time. Show More Summary

Slow evolution of a side garden

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Here’s why, years ago, I started taking pictures of my yard, despite the likelihood of looking cuckoo to the neighbors while snapping away at stretches of lawn or barely there, newly planted beds: it’s fun to go back later and see how things have changed. Show More Summary

Agave spikes and potted succulents get me through summer

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

I feel we’re in the home stretch now, but even at its worst summer can’t wear these plants down. In sun, Queen Victoria agave (A. victoriae-reginae), with its pleated, white-edged leaves, just laughs at the Death Star. Agave stricta, which really needs a bigger pot, and Agave lophantha ‘Quadricolor’ look sharp all summer too. Show More Summary

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

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

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

last monthHobbies / 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

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