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Filed Under:Hobbies / Gardening
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Archived Since:March 5, 2008

Blog Post Archive

My former garden is in Great Backyards magazine

12 hours agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

I don’t tend to feel nostalgic about my former garden, which I loved but left almost 7 years ago. After all, it lives on in years of blog posts (see Categories: 1st Garden in my sidebar). Even so, I’m pleased that Green Hall Garden is...Show More Summary

Classical beauty with a modern edge in Sprout’s Rollingwood Garden

I’ve been fortunate this spring to visit a number of new-to-me gardens. One of my favorites is this one, the creation of talented landscape architect Jackson Broussard of Sprout. Located in the Rollingwood neighborhood, the garden is...Show More Summary

Twilight garden for Foliage Follow-Up

3 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Last evening the garden was bathed in the soft glow of a spring twilight. After a day of planting, mulching, and general tidying, I was glad for a quiet moment to just stop and enjoy the garden. The new “monolith” wall has made a handy spot to display a ‘Color Guard’ yucca, I’ve found. Show More Summary

Twilight garden on Bloom Day

3 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

I was putting together my Foliage Follow-Up post for tomorrow when I realized that I had pictures for a Bloom Day post too. The flowers of spring can be fleeting, and I want to give them their due, starting with a velvety, wine-colored pond iris that Rock Rose shared with me. Show More Summary

Meadows abloom and a swingin’ arboretum at the Wildflower Center

4 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

For my third and final post about last Saturday’s visit to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, I’ll lead with the state flower and inducer of innumerable spring photo ops: the Texas bluebonnet (Lupinus texensis), pictured here with a smattering of Indian paintbrush (Castilleja indivisa). Show More Summary

A blooming good time at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

4 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Spring is the Wildflower Center‘s showiest season, and last Saturday I shared the gardens with many other flower-peepers. (Click for part 1 of my Wildflower Center visit.) In this post we’ll revisit the nearly 1-year-old Luci and Ian Family Garden, where Gulf Coast penstemon (Penstemon tenuis) was in full bloom. Show More Summary

Birds and blooms at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

5 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Rain was forecast all weekend, but although clouds hung low and dark, little rain actually fell. We Austinites pouted for our lakes and gardens, but garden visitors with cameras could find no reason to complain. My garden of choice, when I have several hours of free time, is the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Show More Summary

Drive-By Gardens: Formal, whimsical, and wildflower gardens in central Austin

6 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Central Austin’s front-yard gardens, free of any homeowners’ association rules, vary wildly depending on the owners’ tastes, energy level, and budget. Here are three that caught my eye over the past week, starting with Deborah Hornickel’s subversive formal garden in the Bryker Woods neighborhood. Show More Summary

Debuting the painted stucco walls

6 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Damn the live oak pollen, full speed ahead…with the reveal of the painted stucco walls. (Really, though, the live oak pollen is out of control. I took this picture about 4 hours after completely blowing clean the patios.) After weeks...Show More Summary

The yucca fields of Barton Springs Nursery Wholesale

Do you ever wonder where your nursery plants are grown? In the case of Barton Springs Nursery, beloved by local gardeners for their selection of native plants in smaller, less-expensive pot sizes, they grow some of their own stock at “El Rancho,” their 20-acre wholesale farm in East Austin. Show More Summary

Plant This: Gray globemallow lights up the garden

Its frosty, felted, gray-green leaves hint at its exceptional heat and drought tolerance, and they’re very pettable too. But when gray globemallow (Sphaeralcea incana) opens clusters of cupped, orange blossoms atop its silvery branches, it becomes a beacon of blooming beauty. Show More Summary

An Easter wildflower safari

The fields and roadsides of Texas are as brightly colored as a basket of Easter eggs. On Friday my mom, daughter, and I went on a wildflower safari southwest of San Antonio, cruising the country roads around Somerset. While the bluebonnets that far south had already peaked, we did see a few fields of blue, not to mention red, white, and yellow. Show More Summary

Bonnie bluebonnets

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Our state flower, the Texas bluebonnet (Lupinus texensis), is turning roadsides and open fields blue all over Austin. Many Austinites get into the spirit in their own front or back yards, scattering bluebonnet seeds in sunny gravel gardens to enjoy the bonnie blues at home. Show More Summary

Look for me in Austin Woman and Consumer Reports magazines this month

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

When it rains, it pours. After the Southern Living publicity in February, a writer for Austin Woman contacted me for an interview about blogging and gardening in Austin. I was happy to oblige, and now the issue with my interview is out. Show More Summary

50 shades of grey (and blue) in the garden

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Like Anastasia Steele, I’ve been seduced by Mr. Grey. Grey paint, that is. I’ve started staining the front-garden lattice fence a dark grey-green (Sherwin-Williams Black Alder), matching it to the lattice mirrors I recently hung on the house, visible in the background. Show More Summary

Surprise! A frog in the watering can

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

While watering a seedling moonflower vine yesterday, I looked down and was surprised to see, perched on the edge of the watering can, a green tree frog. I guess he was hanging out in the can when I surprised him by filling it up. HeShow More Summary

You chose Digging in Better Homes and Gardens Blogger Awards!

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Here’s a living bouquet for you, dear readers. I just learned that Digging won the Readers’ Choice award in the gardening category of the Better Homes and Gardens 2015 Blogger Awards! Wow! Thank you so much for voting for me! You are...Show More Summary

Drive-By Gardens: Grape Kool-Aid trees in northwest Austin

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Can you detect a scent of grape Kool-Aid through your screen? I wouldn’t be surprised if you could. Austin’s enjoying a banner year for the fragrant, wisteria-like blooms of our native Texas mountain laurel (Sophora secundiflora). This is the tree that helped sell me on Austin, as it was in full bloom when my husband and I first visited. Show More Summary

The great unfurling

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Petals unfurl overnight, new blossoms appearing each morning. Every garden stroll is a small voyage of discovery right now. This week I’m seeing masses of dainty, lilac spiderwort (Tradescantia occidentalis). A single summer snowflake (Leucojum aestivum) with flowers like dancing ladies in white ballgowns trimmed with jaunty, green dots. Show More Summary

First water lily is blooming but pond cleanup awaits

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Despite a cool spring, an early-bird ‘Colorado’ waterlily has already opened in the stock-tank pond, pale but undaunted. Future lilies will blush a deeper peachy pink as the days grow warmer. Before it decides to bloom in earnest, I really need to muck out a year’s worth of leaves and haul out and divide the waterlilies. Show More Summary

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