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Looking Up at Laguna Gloria and Austin City Hall

2 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Last Saturday, a chilly, blustery day under a brilliant cobalt-blue sky, my dad and I attended two docent-led tours about the landscape architecture at cultural sites in Austin: one at Laguna Gloria, the other at Austin City Hall. Led...Show More Summary

Modern courtyard garden at South Congress Hotel

6 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Last weekend I met a friend for drinks at the beautiful new South Congress Hotel bar. (A word of advice: never, ever order the Pink Flamingo, which tasted exactly like a burning tire. After a few grimace-inducing sips, I deemed it undrinkable — my friend agreed — and asked the server to take it away. Show More Summary

Drive-By Gardens: A new lawn-gone garden in my neighborhood

Bravo to my neighbors, who’ve ripped out their front lawn and replaced it with native groundcovers woolly stemodia (Stemodia lanata) and sedge (probably Carex texensis), accented with xeric specimen plants like Agave parryi var. truncata,...Show More Summary

Blowsy autumn beauty at Rollingwood Waterwise Garden

Last Saturday, a drizzly, cool day, I returned to the West Austin neighborhood of Rollingwood to see how the waterwise garden at city hall had fared over the summer. Designed by Scott Ogden and Lauren Springer Ogden, the garden was installed two years ago. Show More Summary

Foliage Follow-Up in Zilker’s Japanese Garden

It’s a little early for fall color, such as we get here in Austin. But this Japanese maple at Zilker Botanical Garden is getting a jump on the season. Red leaves mingle with green Shades of green still predominate in the Taniguchi Japanese Garden. Show More Summary

Fall flowery goodness at Zilker Botanical Garden

For your Bloom Day viewing pleasure, how about a return visit to Zilker Botanical Garden? Colorful subtropical perennials surround the parking lot, giving visitors a nice blast of color as they walk in. Here’s ever-popular yellow bells...Show More Summary

Alpha males along Buffalo Bayou: Tolerance sculptures by Jaume Plensa

When she runs along Houston’s newly scenic Allen Parkway, my sister passes a septet of sculptures that she loves. They’re peaceful, she explained, as she asked if I’d photograph them for her during my visit last weekend. Early last Saturday,...Show More Summary

Twilight Epiphany Skyspace at Rice University, a de-light-ful work of art

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

For my fellow Owls who’ll be at Homecoming this weekend, and for anyone else visiting the art mecca of Houston, if you don’t already know about James Turrell’s Twilight Epiphany Skyspace at Rice University, you should. When you’re on...Show More Summary

Garden of the dinosaurs: Hartman Prehistoric Garden

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Want to see the original native plants of central Texas? Take a stroll through Hartman Prehistoric Garden at Austin’s Zilker Botanical Garden. Designed to resemble a landscape that dinosaurs would have roamed, Hartman represents theShow More Summary

Plant This: Flipping for Philippine violet

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Autumn is a boom time for most Austin gardens, with a spring-like explosion of flowering perennials like salvia, lantana, mistflower, and native daisies. Add Philippine violet (Barleria cristata) to the mix, and enjoy weeks of tubular purple flowers clustered on upright stems of glossy, green leaves. Show More Summary

Lazing Texas spiny lizards

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

I lifted an outdoor clock off the brick fireplace wall on Sunday to turn it back an hour and surprised two large Texas spiny lizards that were sheltering behind it. Well, hello there! I froze, expecting them to dash up the wall. Unlike...Show More Summary

Flower-adorned skeletons at Dia de los Muertos parade

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Today is the final day of Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, a 3-day Mexican holiday that’s celebrated here in Austin too. My daughter and I attended the Day of the Dead parade in downtown Austin on Saturday, part of the 32nd annual...Show More Summary

October evening stroll on South Congress Avenue

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

I had dinner on Austin’s iconic South Congress Avenue on Wednesday evening and afterward took a leisurely stroll to people-watch and window-shop. Honky-tonk music from Guero’s Oak Garden filled the cool evening air, people were smiling, and the street had a festive yet laid-back vibe that made me fall in love with Austin all over again. Show More Summary

Plant This: Bat-face cuphea, perfect for Halloween in Austin

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Austin is home to 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats, which summer under the Congress Avenue bridge downtown and constitute the largest urban bat colony in North America. The bat is the unofficial mascot of the city, and the rest of...Show More Summary

Evening photo shoot at The Huntington Gardens: GWA Pasadena

4 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

The Huntington gardens near Los Angeles have, for years, been on my wish list of botanical gardens to visit. So I was thrilled to see an afternoon visit and after-hours photoshoot offered on the itinerary of the Garden Writers Association symposium on September 20. Show More Summary

Dry and Mighty: How to design a dry garden

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

If gravel accented with a few lonely cacti and a cow skull is all that comes to mind when you think of a dry garden, it’s time to update this dusty Old West vision. Drought across the western U.S. and widespread interest in gardening more sustainably, with less water, are inspiring a renewed appreciation of dry gardens. Show More Summary

Dividing and conquering in the Volk Garden: GWA Pasadena

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

A long, shallow back yard sloping away from the house isn’t easy to turn into an inviting garden (I should know), but terracing and space-dividing hedges did the trick in this San Marino, California, garden. Owned by Robert and Caroline...Show More Summary

Formal axes, xeric plants in the Barrett Garden: GWA Pasadena

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

The second private garden I toured during the Garden Writers Association symposium in Pasadena, California, last month turned out to be my favorite. Owned by Ann and Olin Barrett, the garden’s formal layout with cross axes and focal points is made California friendly and contemporary with bold, xeric plants. Show More Summary

Fall flowers for a Texas garden

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

My shady, evergreen garden will never be showy with flowers. But I have pockets of seasonal blooms that brighten the garden for a week or two at a time and please me when they appear. Right now, Philippine violet (Barleria cristata) is one of these. Show More Summary

My garden on tour: highlights from the whirlwind

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

I opened my garden as part of the Inside Austin Gardens Tour last Saturday. It was my first time to participate in a public garden tour, and after all the garden prep, it was wonderful to finally put down the pruners and the shovel and welcome people into my garden. Show More Summary

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