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Archived Since:March 5, 2008

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Spring stroll at the Wildflower Center

8 hours agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

After speaking at the Native Plant Society of Texas Spring Symposium, held at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center last Saturday (and a big thank-you to the organizers and wonderful audience members!), I strolled the gardens with my dad, who was visiting from North Carolina. Show More Summary

Early flowerliciouness in Austin this spring

5 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Purple oxalis flowers delicately echo its purple leaves Texas redbuds, Texas mountain laurel, spiderwort, and even some bluebonnets are surprising Austinites this spring with early blooming. I can usually count on sniffing the grape Kool-Aid-scented blossoms of Texas mountain laurel well into mid-March, but they may be done by then. Show More Summary

Hell on wheels at Texas Roller Derby

Austin is where roller derby was reborn in the early 2000s, and it’s still a hot ticket, even on a Sunday night. My daughter and I attended last night’s Texas Roller Derby bout between the Rhinestone Cowgirls and the Holy Rollers. It had been 8 years (!) since my family and I watched the Hellcats vs. Show More Summary

Sunshiny sedum and oh deer

The late-winter garden cut-back continues, but spring has sprung as far as pretty Palmer’s sedum is concerned. Honeybees have been busy among the flowers, although I managed to miss them in this closeup. While working in the lower garden, I heard a rustling in the greenbelt just behind the fence. Show More Summary

Planting an agave is a thorny endeavor

Last weekend, after creatively wrestling this bad boy out of the car, my family helpers and I slid it onto a utility cart and rolled it into the back yard. This new whale’s tongue agave to replace Moby, while far from mature-size, is still large enough at 15 gallons to make planting — heck, even unpotting — a challenge. Show More Summary

Garden clean-up in progress for Foliage Follow-Up

The pond patio garden is mostly evergreen, so the big cleanup here occurs later, in March, when I muck out the pond and divide the water plants. With our brief winter segueing right into spring, February is a transitional month here in Central Texas. Show More Summary

Hearts to you on my 11th blogiversary!

Valentine’s Day, specifically February 14, 2006, marks the day I published my very first blog post here at Digging. Eleven years later I’m still at it, and it’s all thanks to you! Chinese ground orchid (Bletilla striata) Your interest...Show More Summary

Read This: Hummingbird Plants of the Southwest

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

After screech owls, hummingbirds are my favorite garden visitors. Zipping around in jewel-toned splendor, these tiny birds with pugnacious personalities are a joy to watch. One of my favorite gardening moments occurred when I was watering some new salvias I’d planted, and suddenly heard a deep thrumming sound, almost a growl. Show More Summary

Pre-spring nursery shopping

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Stacked pots of pansies, ornamental cabbage, and other annuals at The Natural Gardener Even though the weather’s been terrific for gardening, I’ve been under the weather for about a week, keeping me from my annual late-winter cut-back of the garden. Show More Summary

New sedge lawnette planted, dry stream spiffed up

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

While the death of a tree — or any plant, really — is disappointing, even angst inducing, there’s always an upside: the opportunity to redesign and replant! One of our live oaks (pictured front and center) succumbed to hypoxylon canker last December, and after its removal I was startled by the openness at the front of the house. Show More Summary

Garden Spark design talk with James deGrey David, and you’re invited!

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Update 2/8/17: THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT. If you’d like to hear about future Garden Spark talks, please get on the mailing list. Send me an email and let me know you’d like to be added to the email list. Garden of James deGrey David...Show More Summary

Install low-voltage outdoor lighting and create a welcoming glow

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

It’s only taken us 8 years to install outdoor lighting along the foundation of our house, and now that it’s done I’m wondering why on earth we waited so long. I love the warm, welcoming glow that a few wall-washing low-voltage lights creates. Show More Summary

Container gardens at Vivero to banish the winter blues

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

I popped in at Vivero Growers in far southwest Austin last week and was smitten by their beautiful container plantings, like this absolutely stunning succulent pot. The owner tells me her niece created it while working at the nursery last summer. Show More Summary

Read This: Gardenista

4 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

I got behind with my self-declared Book Review Week last week, but I’m back on track today with my review of Gardenista: The Definitive Guide to Stylish Outdoor Spaces (2016, Artisan) by Michelle Slatalla. Since it was a fall release,...Show More Summary

Talking waterwise gardens, blogging & more on Still Growing Podcast

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Have a seat at the kitchen table, and let’s have a chat! At least, that’s how it felt to be interviewed last week by Jennifer Ebeling, host of the popular Still Growing Podcast, for an episode about making water-saving gardens that airs today. Show More Summary

Book Review Week: Texas gardening and Hill Country photography books

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Texas gardeners and shutterbugs who enjoy photographing the beautiful Texas Hill Country will appreciate today’s book picks: Texas Month-by-Month Gardening by Robert “Skip” Richter and Photographing Austin, San Antonio & the Texas Hill Country by Laurence Parent. Show More Summary

Book Review Week: The Garden Bible

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

I’m kicking off Book Review Week here at Digging (yes, I had time to read a few gardening books over the holidays and want to share my faves) with The Garden Bible: Designing Your Perfect Outdoor Space (2016, Images Publishing) by Barbara Ballinger and Michael Glassman. Show More Summary

Key West garden style: My profile of Craig Reynolds in Garden Design

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Bold, contemporary design or lush, jungly Old Florida style? Key West landscape architect Craig Reynolds shared his insights and design tips about both garden styles with me for a profile in the current issue of Garden Design magazine (Winter 2017, pgs 118-129). Show More Summary

Rainy-day winter garden

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

The weather may be dreary, but I like it. Cool (but not freezing) temps and a gentle rain give me a reason to get stuff done indoors while the quiet garden just soaks it all in. The Moby spawn — Agave ovatifolia babies — are looking good. Show More Summary

Hello, winter — you’ve zapped my garden

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Hello, winter! We’re not used to seeing you here in Central Texas. Despite predictions of a mild winter, with the warming influence of a La Niña, we’ve already had two multi-day stretches of hard freezes, with a couple of nights dropping into the upper teens. Show More Summary

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