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Archived Since:March 5, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Plant This: Moonflower vine for moonlit nights

When the sun goes down and the moon comes up, that’s when moonflower vine (Ipomoea alba) unfurls tissue-petaled white blossoms as large as your palm, inviting you to lean in for a deep whiff of its sweet perfume. In my mind’s eye, the flowers glow like miniature moons themselves — pure and white. Show More Summary

Willowsford Farm market stand & Fling wrap-up: Capital Region Garden Bloggers Fling

4 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

I’m not a food gardener myself, but I enjoyed the Capital Region Garden Bloggers Fling welcome-event visit to Willowsford Farm, a 300-acre farm surprisingly located within a recently developed planned community in Ashburn, Virginia, about an hour’s drive northwest of Washington, D.C. Show More Summary

Japanese Garden and garden art at Hillwood Estate: Capital Region Garden Bloggers Fling

6 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

I almost missed the Japanese Garden, my favorite part of Washington, D.C.’s Hillwood Estate. It was hot and muggy on the first full day of touring during last month’s Capital Region Garden Bloggers Fling, and after exploring for about 45 minutes I retreated to the gift shop to cool off. Show More Summary

Garden Spark talk with Karen Chapman is an early sell-out

When I launched the Garden Spark talk series six months ago, I was sure there was an unmet need in Austin for people who wanted to hear top-notch designers and authors speak about garden design. So far I’ve brought in landscape architect James deGrey David and designer/author Scott Ogden and also given a book-related talk and garden tour myself. Show More Summary

Summer-tough Foliage Follow-Up

Summer is my most challenging season as a gardener. Yes, really — not winter. I don’t care at all for hot weather, so I retreat indoors and don’t venture outside much until that first hint of cooler air and lessening of the Death Star that typically occurs in early October. Show More Summary

Brookside Gardens and a Dougherty twig sculpture: Capital Region Garden Bloggers Fling

One of our stops on the Capital Region Garden Bloggers Fling was Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, Maryland, where I was smitten by a stand of Verbena bonariensis along a formal path. I didn’t end up taking many pictures at this garden but rather just strolled through it until I happened upon the Purple. Show More Summary

Color-blended garden retreat of designer Barbara Katz: Capital Region Garden Bloggers Fling

Opening the summer issue of Country Gardens magazine a few days ago, I felt an immediate jolt of recognition at seeing, on pages 10-13, one of the gardens we toured during last month’s Capital Region Garden Bloggers Fling. It’s the garden of Bethesda, Maryland, designer Barbara Katz, one of the first private gardens we toured and one of my favorites. Show More Summary

The whimsical woodland garden of Ellen Ash: Capital Region Garden Bloggers Fling

Although the tree-shaded entrance to this Great Falls, Virginia, garden was elegant and restrained, I knew the owner would be a gardener with a sense of humor. How? Because at the driveway’s end I spotted, atop a pilaster, a statue wearing actual sunglasses. Show More Summary

Read This: Potted: Make Your Own Stylish Garden Containers & BOOK GIVEAWAY!

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

I’m crazy for Los Angeles garden shop Potted and its colorful, modern accessories for patio and porch living and gardening. I’ve made two pilgrimages to the store (here and here) when passing through L.A., and I’ve ordered from and received gifts from their online store (yes, you can shop from home in your jammies!). Show More Summary

Log slices, twig spheres, and other natural art in garden of Debbie Friedman: Capital Region Garden Bloggers Fling

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Though she lives and gardens in Maryland, Bethesda designer Debbie Friedman told us that she uses log slices, granite stones, and other natural accents to evoke the spirit of Mount Desert Island, Maine, where she enjoys vacationing.Show More Summary

Southern Gothic garden of Jeff Minnich: Capital Region Garden Bloggers Fling

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

I didn’t expect to see a banana tree and sago palm in any of the gardens we visited during the Capital Region Garden Bloggers Fling last month, but Arlington, Virginia, designer Jeff Minnich‘s garden is full of surprises. Reminiscent...Show More Summary

Peg Bier’s woodland garden of discovery: Capital Region Garden Bloggers Fling

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Near Tyson’s Corner, Virginia, during the recent D.C.-area Garden Bloggers Fling, we toured the garden of Peg Bier, who’s been designing and experimenting with plants here for 40 years. Peg’s charming yellow house comes into view at the end of a well-screened driveway. Show More Summary

Smithsonian Gardens and U.S. Botanic Garden: Capital Region Garden Bloggers Fling

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

As we celebrate our nation’s Independence Day today, it seems appropriate to share my pics of the Smithsonian Gardens on the National Mall and the U.S. Botanic Garden, which I toured on the recent Capital Region Garden Bloggers Fling in Washington, D.C. Show More Summary

Long views and classic garden rooms in Brinitzer Garden: Capital Region Garden Bloggers Fling

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Much as I love my contemporary-naturalistic garden, and enjoyed puttering in my flowery cottage garden before that, my next garden — whenever and wherever that turns out to be — is going to be more like this one: smaller, with formal garden rooms laid out along axis views, and planted mainly with evergreens for less seasonal maintenance. Show More Summary

Casa Mariposa, Virginia winery, & Merrifield Garden Center: Capital Region Garden Bloggers Fling

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Casa Mariposa With a garden called Casa Mariposa, you know it’s going to be welcoming to butterflies — and, as it turns out, all pollinators. Tammy Schmitt, head planner of this year’s Garden Bloggers Fling, bravely included her suburban D.C.-area garden on the tour. Show More Summary

Blue fantasy in garden of Linda Hostetler: Capital Region Garden Bloggers Fling

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

I saw some truly wonderful gardens during the Capital Region Garden Bloggers Fling last week, and one of my favorites was that of landscape designer Linda Hostetler in The Plains, Virginia. From the street you admire a handsome farmhouse-style home at the end of a wide, curving lawn hugged by lush mixed borders accented by burgundy Japanese maples. Show More Summary

English garden in Virginia horse country: Capital Region Garden Bloggers Fling

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Attending Garden Bloggers Fling is always a whirlwind of garden touring and socializing with other bloggers. I come home with ideas bouncing around in my head, as well as a sense of new connections made and friendships renewed — not to mention hundreds of photos to sort through and share here at Digging. Show More Summary

Look for my interviews in Austin Home and Texas Gardener

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Digging has been a little quiet for the past week because I was away at the Capital Region Garden Bloggers Fling, touring public and private gardens in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and northern Virginia. But on the home front, I’ve been interviewed by writers at two local magazines, both of which are on newsstands now. Show More Summary

Summer solstice evening

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

A pink sunset through the trees drew me outside this evening, but then I got sidetracked by the garden, including this pretty combo of ‘Color Guard’ yucca, Mexican oregano (Poliomintha longiflora), and ‘Vertigo’ pennisetum, which has...Show More Summary

Look for my articles in Garden Design on Mosaic Gardens and Steve Martino desert garden

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Do you take Garden Design magazine? I’m pleased to be a contributing writer, and in the Summer 2017 issue you’ll find two articles I wrote about gardens in Arizona and Oregon that couldn’t be more different. “Into the Arroyo” tells the...Show More Summary

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