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Archived Since:March 5, 2008

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Hillside oasis: the magical garden of Joy and Roland Feuer

While in Los Angeles recently for Garden Writers Association, I spent a day off-conference touring private gardens that Annette Gutierrez of Potted arranged for a small group of us. One of these was the garden of Joy and Roland Feuer,...Show More Summary

Playful plant-lover’s garden of LA designer Dustin Gimbel

6 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

The Death Star was blasting mercilessly when I visited designer Dustin Gimbel‘s garden in Long Beach, CA, last week — not at all in the mellow, sunny-L.A. way I’d been led to expect. But perhaps Diana and I are fated to bring Texas weather with us wherever we travel. Show More Summary

Late garden party at Kris Peterson’s ocean-view oasis

Kris Peterson, Los Angeles blogger at Late to the Garden Party, saw her blog title unexpectedly come true last week. Or rather, my friend Diana and I did. With flight complications, we arrived in L.A. four hours later than planned and were indeed late to the garden party that Kris had generously planned for us: lunch on her patio with two other L.A. Show More Summary

Colorful LA garden of Potted maven Annette Gutierrez

I was in Los Angeles/Pasadena last weekend for the annual Garden Writers Association symposium, and boy oh boy, do I have some cool gardens to show you! Not all were on the GWA tours, which were limited to 3 private gardens and one public garden (the fabulous Huntington). Show More Summary

Modern gravel garden sips water, amps up architecture

Succulent and cactus gardeners and fans of modern design, you’ll want to see this garden on the upcoming San Antonio Watersaver Landscape Tour on October 24. I recently enjoyed a preview visit, thanks to an invitation from Shirley of Rock-Oak-Deer and Heather of Xericstyle. Show More Summary

Sedgey evergreen garden of Pat Mozersky for Foliage Follow-Up

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Austin designer Mark Word (see my profile about him) designed this serene, green San Antonio garden that you can see on the upcoming Watersaver Landscape Tour on October 24. I got a preview last Friday thanks to Shirley of Rock-Oak-Deer. Show More Summary

Dreamy green courtyard and water-saving garden in San Antonio

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

My friend Shirley of Rock-Oak-Deer in San Antonio recently uttered the magic words: Come see a few gardens! So last Friday I hopped in my car, drove south to the Alamo City, and met Shirley to tour three gardens. Two of the gardens will be on this year’s Watersaver Landscape Tour on October 24. Show More Summary

Oxblood lilies pop up after first fall rain

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Maybe last week’s inch of rain — the first in two months — wasn’t technically the first fall rain. After all, it still sweltered into the 90s that day and the day after. But by the reckoning of the oxblood lilies (Rhodophiala bifida), the soil is refreshed and summer’s back is broken. Show More Summary

Shooting a garden in Death Star light and a PhotoBotanic GIVEAWAY

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Acclaimed garden photographer Saxon Holt regularly shares his expertise and inspir- ational images on his blog and at Gardening Gone Wild, helping to educate the next generation of garden photographers, many of whom, like myself, are bloggers or Instagram sharers. Show More Summary

Evening garden design musings

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Dusk is falling more softly as summer wanes, and the lingering evening glow is inviting, even if Austin is still hot and dry. Here are a few random shots from a recent walk-around at dusk. (The rest are in my post about foliage gardening apologies.) This view emphasizes the arcs and circles that dominate the back garden design. Show More Summary

Foliage gardening apologies: do you do it?

4 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

At least once or twice a month I find myself trying to explain my garden to politely interested non-gardeners. A couple of days ago the smiling inquiry was from a new doctor. Upon learning that I liked to garden, she asked the standard question, “What do you grow: vegetables or flowers?” Well, neither, actually. Show More Summary

Cooling fountain hits the spot

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Do you ever have one of those days where you just want to stick your fanny in a fountain and watch the world go by? This white-winged dove did just that this morning. While putting together lunch, I looked out the kitchen window and spotted him there. Show More Summary

Plant This: Inland sea oats

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

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!

last monthHobbies / 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

last monthHobbies / 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

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

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

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

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

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

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 months 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 months 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

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