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Archived Since:March 5, 2008

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Library Journal and NYBG review my book, plus an interview by May Dreams’ Carol

23 hours agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Yay, my new book has gotten a couple of great reviews just in time for holiday shopping season — and library-stocking season, apparently. Library Journal has named The Water-Saving Garden as “essential” for libraries building their collection of books about current gardening trends. Show More Summary

A little winter greenery, and trying to find a plant I love

2 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

It’s been raining since last Friday, so I thought I’d share a few garden pics taken before the deluge. This is one of my favorite combos for winter and indeed all year long (clockwise from top): ‘Soft Caress’ mahonia, Everillo sedge (Carex oshimensis ‘Everillo’), and ‘Sparkler’ sedge. Show More Summary

Outdoors at The Domain’s Rock Rose

5 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

My mother and I had lunch in the new Rock Rose section of The Domain (a New Urbanist-style live/work/shop development in North Austin) last week and poked around in the shops afterward. Naturally, I yanked my phone out along the wayShow More Summary

Purple pom-poms and stripey leaves

6 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

I’m drinking up this grapey, effervescent combo of ‘Grapes’ gomphrena and variegated flax lily (Dianella tasmanica ‘Variegata’) in my garden right now. The tiny purple blooms of ‘Grapes’ look like miniature pom-poms, and it certainly cheers its way through autumn, its spindly stems supported by white-striped flax lily. Show More Summary

Bull Creek beauty worth fighting for

Bull Creek winds through one of the most scenic areas of Austin, under vertical limestone cliffs softened with maidenhair fern and dripping with water from numerous springs. In spring and summer, Austinites love to swim in the creek’s...Show More Summary

Autumn stroll around Lady Bird Lake

Autumn rarely sets our trees aflame here in central Texas, and this year’s fall color looks to be more of a dud than usual. But still, you can find a few russet tinges if you squint, especially in the coppery needles of bald cypresses around Lady Bird Lake. Show More Summary

Rawr! Dino fun at Austin’s favorite putt-putt place

It’s the perfect time of year for outdoor play in Austin, and, boy, did we play this long Thanksgiving holiday! We’ve walked around Lady Bird Lake (see tomorrow’s post), played at John Gaines Park in Mueller neighborhood, hiked at Bull...Show More Summary

Edibles, green roof, and playground at Mueller Community Gardens & Gaines Park

We spent Thanksgiving in the mixed-used, urban-infill, sustainably-designed Mueller neighborhood in east Austin, where my in-laws hosted us in their lovely new home. As always when we visit, I’m impressed by the park spaces and community...Show More Summary

Easy livin’ at Lake Livingston

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Lake lounging. Wine sipping. Sunrise and sunset watching. That’s what we did over the weekend at the getaway cottage my sister and sister-in-law own on Lake Livingston in the pineywoods of East Texas. Here’s a sunrise view from their back porch. Show More Summary

Creek Show 2016: Light-based public art along Austin’s Waller Creek

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Five temporary, light-based art installations come to glowing life each evening through Saturday in downtown Austin along Waller Creek between 5th and 8th Streets. It’s called, simply, Creek Show, with a carnival-esque monster-fish logo...Show More Summary

November Foliage Follow-Up

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Today is Foliage Follow-Up, a day to celebrate great foliage after the flower celebration of Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. Let’s take a spin around the back garden for my foliage faves this month, starting with the stock-tank pond garden. Show More Summary

Time to repot agave bulbils — i.e., Moby spawn

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Two months ago Moby, my big whale’s tongue agave (Agave ovatifolia), bloomed and sent up a tree-sized flower stalk, on which hundreds of bulbils (baby agave clones) eventually formed. You can read all about that here and here. I kept...Show More Summary

Round Top charms Texas style

4 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

On the way home from the Antique Rose Emporium last weekend, Mom and I detoured to Round Top to see my friend Ryann Ford‘s antiques and homegoods shop, Townsend Provisions. We arrived right as the town was closing down, and as we strolled...Show More Summary

Roses, butterflies & garden goodness at Antique Rose Emporium

4 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

On Saturday my mom and I drove out to Brenham, Texas, for the Antique Rose Emporium‘s Fall Festival of Roses, where I was one of the day’s speakers. A gray sky spit rain on us during the 2-hour drive, but it held off as we strolled around the nursery before my talk. Show More Summary

Come to my free talk at Antique Rose Emporium this Saturday

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Texas gardeners, come on out to The Antique Rose Emporium Fall Festival in Brenham, Texas, this weekend for entertaining and educational garden speakers, beautiful display gardens, and fun! I’ll be speaking this Saturday, November 5th, from 1:30 to 2:30 pm. Show More Summary

Lucinda’s Dia de los Muertos garden

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

My friend Lucinda Hutson celebrates Dia de los Muertos like no one else I know. Her colorful, Mexican-inspired home and garden in the Rosedale neighborhood of central Austin grows even more vibrant for Day of the Dead, and inside she stages elaborate table displays and beautiful altars around mementos and photos of her departed loved ones. Show More Summary

Boo!

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Hope your day is spooky and fun, gardening friends! I welcome your comments; please scroll to the end of this post to leave one. If you’re reading this in a subscription email, click here to visit Digging and find the comment box at the end of each post. Show More Summary

Dia de los Muertos parade brightens Austin once again

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Every autumn I look forward to the season of the dead. I enjoy both Halloween for its macabre playfulness and the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead, which superficially resembles Halloween in its skeleton imagery but is actually a non-scary, celebratory event. Show More Summary

On the banks of the Rio Grande, a hand-pulled ferry

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

While in McAllen last weekend, which sits at the southern tip of Texas, and where I gave a presentation at Planta Nativa festival, my husband and I had time to do a little sightseeing. On Sunday afternoon we drove to Los Ebanos ferry crossing to see something unusually old-timey: the only hand-pulled ferry at a U.S. Show More Summary

Visit to Quinta Mazatlan, birding, and Planta Nativa Festival

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Texas is a big state, and living in the center of it means that whichever direction you travel, it’s a long drive to the state line. Last weekend, that meant a 5-hour drive to the Rio Grande Valley, where Texas shares a border with Mexico. Show More Summary

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