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Archived Since:March 5, 2008

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Plant This: Inland sea oats

Are you hunting for a shade plant that looks good from April to January but especially shines during the challenging late summer? Try inland sea oats, also known as northern sea oats (Chasmanthium latifolium), a grass that’s native to eastern and central North America, including central Texas. Show More Summary

Good morning, sleepyhead!

2 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Every morning lately I’ve checked out the datura (Datura wrightii) in the front garden to see how many of its night-blooming flowers are still open. Because it’s growing in bright shade, it’s never smothered in flowers, but even two or three of these hand-sized blossoms make a statement. Show More Summary

The Gardener of Good and Evil makes my garden look good

5 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Water visually cools Pam’s back garden. Photo by Lori Daul. Although she claims both a halo and a pitchfork in her blog name, Lori Daul of The Gardener of Good and Evil is purely a force for good — or at least that’s what I believe after seeing how beautifully she photographed my garden. Show More Summary

Come see my garden on the Inside Austin Gardens Tour

The Inside Austin Gardens Tour is coming up soon, in a little less than two months, and my garden will be on it. This will be my first time on a public tour, and I hope that you’ll come and say hi. I love the slogan for this tour — For Gardeners, By Gardeners — because it speaks to the accessibility of the 6 private gardens on tour. Show More Summary

Mellow mallow on Monday

Mmmmm, I do love Indian mallow (Abutilon palmeri). Those velvety, lime-green leaves and stems! Those Creamsicle-orange cupped blossoms! Its soft-orange flowers pop against cobalt blue. Its pettable green leaves soften the blue stucco wall in the back garden, unfazed by blasting sun and heat. Show More Summary

Stained-glass leaves and Crazy Eyes snake

Even a dark-green, fibrous leaf, like that of cast-iron plant (Aspidistra elatior), glows like a stained-glass window when backlit by the setting sun. In the lowest, shadiest part of my garden, it fringes a native Mexican buckeye (Ungnadia speciosa), which is also aglow. Show More Summary

The garden knows summer is slipping away

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

As yet another long, hot Austin summer drags on, with no real relief expected until early October, I start combing the garden for signs of a change in season. Late yesterday afternoon I found quite a few — hallelujah! The dangling seedheads of inland sea oats (Chasmanthium latifolium) are changing from apple green to toasty brown. Show More Summary

Tough August survivors for Foliage Follow-Up

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Mexican honeysuckle adds leafy lushness in the dappled shade of live oaks and is flowering to boot. Its companions include Mexican weeping bamboo, Agave colorata, foxtail fern, and Pennisetum purpureum ‘Vertigo’. These are “the bitter days in the garden,” according to West Texan Susan Tomlinson, who blogs at The Bicycle Garden. Show More Summary

Night-blooming datura glows in the moonlight garden

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Around midnight, at the witching hour, I asked my daughter if she wanted to go out and see if the datura (D. wrightii) was blooming. “Yes!” she said, jumping to her feet. “That’s my favorite plant.” Well, OK then! We slipped on our sandals, grabbed a flashlight, camera, and tripod, and headed out to the front garden. Show More Summary

Moby turns 10 amid tequila party fanfare

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Only one plant in my garden has earned a name. You know who I’m talking about, right? Moby, my beloved ‘Whale’s Tongue’ agave (A. ovatifolia), just turned 10 years old. That is to say, I’ve had him for 10 years — 7 years in my current garden, plus 3 in my old garden. Show More Summary

X marks the datura

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

As the day’s blistering heat slowly ebbs, datura (Datura wrightii) unfurls its white trumpets and scents the evening air. Plants I can enjoy at dusk or dawn help get me through the depths of an Austin summer. All material © 2006-2015 by Pam Penick for Digging. Unauthorized reproduction prohibited.

Look for me in Rodale’s Organic Life magazine

4 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Are you a former reader of Organic Gardening? That venerable magazine folded in late 2014, after 7 decades of publication (wow!), and it was relaunched earlier this year, with a broader focus, as Organic Life. I wasn’t a reader of the former, so I can’t offer any comparisons. Show More Summary

Rain lilies abloom high and low

4 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

No rain for a month, but my rain lilies (Zephryanthes ‘Labuffarosea’) have decided enough is enough, and they’re blooming anyway. After weeks of hunkering down inside with the A/C, I spent the last two days outdoors, in 100-degree heat,...Show More Summary

New blue tuteur doubles as bee B&B

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

The sea of green that is my deer-resistant sedge lawn and grassy borders now has a welcome shot of color. When I heard that TerraTrellis, a woman-owned, original-garden-art studio in Los Angeles, was running an online sale, I splurged on their Akoris Jr. Show More Summary

Ducking around in Memphis

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Our last stop on our cultural tour of the South (a family road trip in mid-July that began in Austin and included New Orleans, Atlanta, and Charlotte, North Carolina) was Memphis, Tennessee — Home of the Blues and the Birthplace of Rock-and-Roll. Show More Summary

Munro Lights at Atlanta Botanical Garden, and a whale of a show at Georgia Aquarium

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Earth Goddess, Atlanta Botanical Garden After we left New Orleans, we drove to Atlanta, Georgia, arriving in time for a Sunday evening visit to Atlanta Botanical Garden to see a special art exhibit, Bruce Munro: Light in the Garden. Seeing a garden in late afternoon and at dusk, especially during the hot summer, is a treat in itself. Show More Summary

It’s not hard to enjoy the Big Easy

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

If you want to feel that you’ve traveled to a foreign city without leaving the country, visit New Orleans and stay in the historic French Quarter. We made the 8-hour drive from Austin a couple of weeks ago — our first stop on a family road trip across the South — and stayed two nights in this genteel, relaxed, living-easy city. Show More Summary

Plant This: Turk’s cap

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Death Star-adapted plants tend to be small-leaved and airy, the better to retain precious water. But our native Turk’s cap (Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii) defies that expectation with vaguely heart-shaped leaves the size of a napkin scrounged out of your car’s glove box, and just as crinkled. Show More Summary

I heart foliage! July Foliage Follow-Up

2 months agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

This month for Foliage Follow-Up I’m wearing my heart on my sleeve — well, on my garden anyway. This is one of my favorite combos in the front garden right now: feathery, chartreuse bamboo muhly grass (Muhlenbergia dumosa); spiky, star-shaped ‘Burgundy Ice’ dyckia; and lace-textured white skullcap (Scutellaria suffrutescens ‘White’). Show More Summary

Read This: Garden Design magazine

2 months agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Little did I know when the Garden Bloggers Fling kicked off in 2008 with 37 attendees that a few years later the publisher of one of the most respected gardening magazines in the U.S. would be a regular Fling attendee. Garden DesignShow More Summary

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