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Blog Profile / Digging


URL :http://www.penick.net/digging/
Filed Under:Hobbies / Gardening
Posts on Regator:1417
Posts / Week:4.1
Archived Since:March 5, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Hill Country style and a downtown view in the garden of Ruthie Burrus

I see a lot of gardens on public tours, which I enjoy tremendously. But being invited for a private tour of a new-to-me garden is a special treat, especially if the garden happens to belong to an avid gardener making the most of a beautiful, hilltop site overlooking downtown Austin. Show More Summary

Sylvan silver: Paul Sorey tree sculpture shines in downtown Austin

2 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

One day a silver tree sprouted on a street corner in downtown Austin where nothing had grown for a year but piles of construction debris from the new Cirrus Logic building at West Avenue and W. 6th Street. I’d crawl past with one eye glued to the tree, craning my neck to see it, risking impatient horn honking from those behind me. Show More Summary

Melody’s romantic garden of passalong plants in San Antonio

3 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Last year Shirley of Rock-Oak-Deer blogged about the garden of her neighbor Melody. I had met Melody at talks I gave in San Antonio and Brenham, so I read about her garden with particular interest. And I was thrilled when Shirley and Melody arranged for me and a small group of friends to make a fall visit. Show More Summary

Heather’s Xericstyle garden in San Antonio

4 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Last week I roadtripped south with a few friends to see the gardens of our San Antonio blogger friends, Heather Ginsburg of Xericstyle and Shirley Fox of Rock-Oak-Deer, plus Shirley’s neighbor and gardening friend Melody. I posted about Shirley’s garden here. Show More Summary

Visiting a San Antonio garden with rocks, oaks, and deer

6 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Ahh, I’m back and enjoying our mellow Texas fall after a garden-visiting weekend in New York City, and guess what I’ve been doing since I got back? Yep! Visiting more gardens. Last Friday a few friends and I headed south to San Antonio to visit the gardens of two Alamo City bloggers and a gardening friend. Show More Summary

Autumn amble at New York Botanical Garden

After touring Wave Hill on October 11, my daughter and I took the train to the New York Botanical Garden. Although both NYBG and Wave Hill are located in the Bronx, mass transit between the two ate up some time, and we had tickets to a Broadway show that evening. Show More Summary

Visit to Wave Hill in New York City, Part 2

Wave Hill, an estate garden in the Bronx in New York City, which I visited on October 11, was romantically blowsy in the Pergola, Elliptical, and Flower Gardens near the entry. But it got a bit bolder, even Hollywood, in the Aquatic and Monocot Gardens. Show More Summary

Visit to Wave Hill, a Hudson River estate garden in New York City

I traveled to New York City with my daughter on October 10 to see public gardens. On Saturday, our first full day in New York, a chilly rain didn’t keep us from visiting Wave Hill, a 28-acre estate garden in the Bronx with a million-dollar...Show More Summary

The High Line park in NYC, a skyline promenade, part 2

At the end of Part 1 of my post about visiting the High Line in New York City last weekend, we’d just entered Chelsea Market Passage. After the dimness of the passageway, you exit into bright sunlight on the aptly named Sun Deck. Wooden lounge chairs resembling stacked pallets are surely the most popular seats on the High Line. Show More Summary

Up on the High Line, a skyline promenade

Have you ever flown across the country to see one garden? I did last weekend. Rapturous articles and blog posts about the High Line, New York City’s garden-park conversion of an abandoned elevated rail line through the city’s old Meatpacking District, had seduced me for 5 years. Show More Summary

Nonirrigated native plant garden of Lee Clippard is a foliage lover’s dream

Earlier this month I visited the East Austin garden of Lee Clippard, blogger at The Grackle, and his partner, John. The first fall rains had just arrived, following a relatively mild summer, so their foliage-centric garden of native plants was looking lush and green. Show More Summary

Native plants and modern garden furnishings at Redenta’s Garden Arlington

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Whew! I just got home from a whirlwind trip to New York City to visit public gardens, and does Austin ever feel blissfully small and non-crowded in comparison to Manhattan. The High Line was the highlight, and I’ll have pictures for you soon. Show More Summary

Monarchs flutter into Dallas Arboretum on fall migration

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

We weren’t the only visitors to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden last Sunday. Aside from all the human visitors, hundreds of monarch butterflies arrived on the north wind blowing into Texas and settled into the garden for a rest stop. Show More Summary

Pumpkin extravaganza at the Dallas Arboretum

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

The Dallas Arboretum goes pumpkin crazy each fall. Last Sunday we visited to see their over-the-top Pumpkin Village, in which a whopping 65,000 pumpkins, gourds, and squash are used to create play houses, line paths, and fill a pumpkin patch that would make Linus proud. Show More Summary

Perot Museum of Nature and Science plaza, frogs, and rooftop garden

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Over the weekend we traveled to Dallas to visit our son at college and do a little sightseeing in Big D. We’d stared curiously at this Borg-like building from the highway through downtown Dallas on several previous visits, and this time we finally had a chance to visit the new Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Show More Summary

Black beautyberry is a dark beauty

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

American beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) is one of my favorite native shrubs for fall color, and I have two under the live oaks in my back garden that are loaded with bright purple berries. But sometimes you just need a little more drama, and black beautyberry (Callicarpa acuminata), also known as Mexican beautyberry, may be just the ticket. Show More Summary

Spider lily fireworks

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

This is the best show of spider lilies (Lycoris radiata) I’ve had in years. You have to be patient with these bulbs, which resent being moved and may not bloom for a couple of years after planting. But then one fall they pop up and surprise you, and you forgive them as you fall in love all over again. Show More Summary

Why don’t we see more colored walls in Austin?

4 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

In 2008 I read an article in Wildflower Magazine by Tucson designer Scott Calhoun in which he makes the case for colored walls in the garden. (Here’s my original post about it, in which I fantasize about adding colored walls to my own...Show More Summary

Stuck on my stucco walls

4 weeks 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

last monthHobbies / 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

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