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Archived Since:March 5, 2008

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Fall in the air has oxblood lilies popping up

13 hours agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Finally! An honest-to-goodness cool front has pushed the awful heat out, and we’re enjoying some rain and 70-something temperatures here in Austin. In response, the oxblood lilies (Rhodophiala bifida), which were tentatively pushing up last week, have burst joyously into bloom. Show More Summary

Evolution of a side garden with trash-bin screening

2 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

I like to show in-process pictures — not that garden making is ever about finishing a space — so here’s an update on a little-talked-about part of my garden: the front side-garden path, which leads from the circular driveway (out ofShow More Summary

Gardens Illustrated recommends my book!

2 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

The illustrious British gardening magazine Gardens Illustrated gave The Water-Saving Garden a nice mention in its September 2016 issue! “…without costing the earth” — I love that bit of Brit-speak. Thank you, Gardens Illustrated! I welcome your comments; please scroll to the end of this post to leave one. Show More Summary

Around the stock-tank pond

4 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Despite the heat (which may be coming to an end this weekend — yay!), I’ve been working in the garden nearly every day this week, doing the usual end-of-summer tidying plus cleaning up Moby’s old bed and potting up all his bulbils. It’s...Show More Summary

Potting up agave bulbils

5 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

My whale’s tongue agave, Moby, came down last week. This week I’ve been sorting and planting bulbils (baby agave clones) from the bloom stalk. I’ve never had an agave bloom before, much less harvested its bulbils, so I looked online for advice and found Len Geiger’s helpful post at Married to Plants and followed his instructions. Show More Summary

Spider lilies are up

So much for calling the end of summer. It’s been as hot as Georgia asphalt for the past week, and I’ve been out in it every day, getting the garden in shape for fall. At least it’s given me a chance to appreciate the spider lilies (Lycoris...Show More Summary

Out and about in Austin nurseries and parks

Lately I’m taking as many garden photos with my phone as with my “real” camera, and these often get posted to my Instagram. But not all of them, and sometimes I like to share them on my blog too. So here’s some cool stuff I spotted last week at my favorite local nurseries, Lady Bird Lake, and — why not? — even a medical center’s parking lot. Show More Summary

Inside out: My article about Ted Flato of Lake Flato is in Garden Design

Have you gotten the new issue of Garden Design magazine (Autumn 2016)? I’m pleased to say I have an article in it: a profile of Ted Flato of the visionary architectural firm Lake Flato and a 16-page spread of their gorgeous residential...Show More Summary

Goodbye, Moby: Removing a dying agave

It was time. Moby, my 11-year-old whale’s tongue agave (Agave ovatifolia), valiantly hung on for months after flowering, eventually making bulbils at the top of the bloom stalk. I’d been anticipating the leaf collapse that has occurred with every other agave I’ve ever seen in bloom, and yet Moby continued to remain upright. Show More Summary

First oxblood lily, tree cavities, and last Moby

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

The majority, I think, are waiting for that first fall rain. But two oxblood lilies (Rhodophiala bifida) are trumpeting red in my garden, including this stray in the sedge lawn out front. I transplanted the bulbs from the front to the back last year, after the deer impressed upon me how much they enjoyed them. Show More Summary

The berry good season

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

I’m calling it. We’re over the hump of Death Star Summer and sliding into mellow fall. I know, it’s not exactly mellow out there yet, but I can feel it coming. Can’t you? The beautyberries do. In the lower garden, black beautyberry (Callicarpa acuminata) is laden with rich purple berries that’ll darken with age. Show More Summary

Time-lapse flowering of my whale’s tongue agave

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Want to watch my super-professional video of Moby flowering? Of course you do! And here it is, only 28 seconds long. My beloved whale’s tongue agave (Agave ovatifolia) bloomed this year, as regular readers know. I long ago dubbed it Moby, and I’ve watched it grow in two of my gardens for 11 years. Show More Summary

Zinging through the end of summer

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Although I was gone for half of it, which no doubt helped, August was one of the most pleasant Augusts I’ve experienced since moving to Austin 22 years ago. It just hasn’t been all that hot (in the low to mid-90s F, and even some days in the upper 80s), with clouds that keep the Death Star at bay and a good deal of rain to boot. Show More Summary

West Texas sky-gazing at McDonald Observatory and Davis Mountains

4 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

The last two days of our Southwestern road trip took us through West Texas and the surprisingly green and scenic Davis Mountains, where we visited McDonald Observatory. A land of big sky, low humidity, and dark nights is the perfect place for gazing at stars and planets. Show More Summary

Going underground at Carlsbad Caverns

4 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

With the 100th birthday of the U.S. National Park Service this month, I’m pleased we were able to visit two National Parks on our recent road trip: Mesa Verde in Colorado and Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico. We’d visited before with our eldest when he was little. Show More Summary

Rocky Mountain high by car and rail in southwestern Colorado

4 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Colorado’s Rocky Mountains have been our summer playground many times, but we’ve always stayed on the eastern side along the Front Range, or in north-central Breckenridge, never on the western side. To see what we’ve been missing, earlier...Show More Summary

Cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Yesterday the U.S. National Park Service celebrated its centennial. My family and I love visiting national parks, and during our recent road trip through New Mexico and up to Durango, Colorado, we couldn’t pass up the chance to see a new one (to us): Mesa Verde National Park. Show More Summary

Chasing Georgia O’Keefe’s ghost at Abiquiu and Ghost Ranch

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

The day after gazing at Georgia O’Keefe’s landscapes and monumental flower paintings at the museum in Santa Fe, we drove north through the monsoon-greened high desert of northern New Mexico, the landscape the artist adopted as her own. Show More Summary

Adobe walls, secret gardens, history & art in Santa Fe

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Our western road trip earlier this month took us through Santa Fe, New Mexico, one of the oldest cities in the U.S. and the oldest capital city in the country (dating to 1607). The compact historic district is a walkable several blocks...Show More Summary

High desert in bloom at Santa Fe Botanical Garden

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Two weeks ago today we drove west on a spontaneously planned, cutting-it-close-with-the-first-day-of-school, two-week road trip through West Texas, northern New Mexico, and western Colorado. One of our early stops was Santa Fe, New Mexico, a beautiful old city we once regularly visited but hadn’t seen in 16 years. Show More Summary

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