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Archived Since:March 5, 2008

Blog Post Archive

On a “Modern Mission” in Garden Design magazine

2 hours agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

It may be cold and gray outside, but that means it’s a perfect time of year to curl up with the new Winter 2018 issue of Garden Design magazine. I got my copy today and am excited to tell you about my article “Modern Mission,” which appears on page 54. Show More Summary

Grassy scrims and yucca color for Foliage Follow-Up

2 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

As I write this, an icy wind is flinging plastic pots and flapping draped sheets that are supposed to be sheltering certain freeze-tender plants in my garden. All I will say about that is that this is not the winter I signed up for.Show More Summary

Garden Spark talk with Tom Spencer on Feb. 8 is sold out

6 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

People in the Austin area are hungry for garden design talks! I’m glad, because I’ve been hungry for such talks too. In fact, that’s why I launched Garden Spark last year. Last week I blogged here about the 2018 series and an upcoming Garden Spark talk with speaker Tom Spencer. Show More Summary

Announcing 2018 Garden Spark speaker lineup

I’m delighted to announce an exciting speaker lineup for this year’s Garden Spark, a series of garden talks by top-notch design speakers hosted at my home. February 8: Tom Spencer presents “The Tao of Texas Gardening: Finding Balance...Show More Summary

Protecting the garden from a Texas deep freeze — or not

We’ve just recovered from a bad case of winter here in Austin. From New Year’s Eve through Wednesday, a long deep freeze — by Central Texas standards, anyway — had us huddling by the fireplace night after night. Lows in the mid-20s rose only to around freezing during the day. Show More Summary

The twinkliest town in the Hill Country

3 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

If you want to see trees made of light and a charmingly illuminated main square, go visit Johnson City, a small town of 2,000 residents, located about an hour west of Austin. Every December they turn their town into a beautiful spectacle of light — called Lights Spectacular — and it’s all completely free and free of traffic jams. Show More Summary

Maple on fire at last

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Under a soft blanket of fog yesterday, the Japanese maple’s blushing leaves glowed amid the greens of river fern and sedge. Dampened by the fog, its graceful limbs were like dark strokes from a calligrapher’s pen. So after walking the dog, there I was, crouching amid the ferns with my phone camera, trying to capture the beauty. Show More Summary

Fall color and grassy plumes for December Foliage Follow-Up

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Despite our one-day snow last week, it still looks pretty autumnal in my garden this Foliage Follow-Up. The Japanese maple stubbornly refuses to acknowledge fall until December, when the Christmas lights go up on the house and red balls go up on the agave by the door. Show More Summary

New Central Library – “Austin’s front porch” – boasts rooftop garden and more

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Austin is head over heels in love with our new Central Library, a marvelous civic structure by Lake|Flato that is much more than a library. It’s a community space for all of Austin in a prime location on Cesar Chavez Street near Austin City Hall and across from Lady Bird Lake. Show More Summary

Austin shines brightly at Trail of Lights and Zilker Tree

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Five years have slipped by since we’ve walked Austin’s beloved holiday light display at Zilker Park called Trail of Lights. When our kids were little we went every year, and our last visit was in 2012, but this year it was just me and my husband keeping the family tradition alive. Show More Summary

Just saying “Aloe!” and mullein around

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Aloe there! (Anyone else into horticultural puns? Add yours in the comments, and show us aloe you can go.) I spotted this row of speckled soap aloes still blooming at Lady Bird Lake last weekend. Their coral-red candelabra blooms look especially pretty against a lime-green rebar fence. Show More Summary

Luminations lights up the Wildflower Center for Christmas

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Luminations, the annual holiday light display at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, didn’t happen last year. But it returned this year for a 4-night run that ended Sunday night. Our family went last night and had a lovely time viewing the lights along the paths and the garden’s native Texas plants. Show More Summary

Spiky garden of Matt Shreves

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Six months ago I visited the spikylicious garden of Matt Shreves, an Austin gardener I met on Instagram. Last month, he kindly invited the Austin blogger group over (or maybe we invited ourselves over, and he graciously agreed), so I got to enjoy the spike-fest all over again. Show More Summary

Snow day in Austin! It only takes a dusting

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

The flakes started hitting my windshield at 2:30 pm over in central-east Austin. By the time I got home I thought it was all over, but the heavy, gray sky and cold temps convinced me to start pulling pots of tender succulents up against the sheltering walls of the house, and I tossed sheets over them for good measure. Show More Summary

Sedgey front garden and xeriscape terrace

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

For one West Austin homeowner, this is the view from her front door: an undulating, rhythmic front walk of poured-concrete pavers wending through a meadowy swath of Berkeley sedge, soap aloes, and purple heart, with a scrim of yaupon hollies shielding the view of the street. Show More Summary

Flora and fauna of Oregon in copper at UO Alumni Center

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

If you happen to be in Eugene, Oregon, and want to see beautiful nature art, visit the University of Oregon’s Ford Alumni Center and look for the big hearth wall. On a visit to this pretty college town last summer I fell for the work Contemplari Natura by alumna Tallmadge Doyle. Show More Summary

Sharing nature’s beauty in the garden of Diana Kirby

2 months agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

I’ve enjoyed many a visit at the garden of my good friend Diana Kirby, designer at Diana’s Designs, garden columnist at the Austin American-Statesman, and publisher of the blog Sharing Nature’s Garden. But inexplicably I’ve never done a photo tour of her lovely garden, and I’m remedying that today with photos from a mid-October visit. Show More Summary

Blackbird to bring good cheer

2 months agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Seeing Blackbird, a new sculpture in Austin’s Republic Square Park, for the first time last week, I couldn’t help hearing Paul McCartney’s lilting voice in my head: Blackbird singing in the dead of night Take these broken wings and learn to fly A spark of hope in dark times All your life, you were only waiting for this moment to arise. Show More Summary

Lucinda’s ginkgo in yellow leaf

2 months agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Ginkgo trees may be commonplace in cooler climates, but they’re unusual in Austin. I’ve seen one at Zilker Botanical Garden, and then there’s this beautiful, mature ginkgo in author Lucinda Huton‘s garden in the Rosedale neighborhood. Show More Summary

New roof and Sway Your HOA article in Wildflower magazine

2 months agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Exciting developments around here. For one, we had our old, hail-beaten roof replaced, and not only does the new roof completely freshen up our home, but the workers took great care not to damage the garden in the process. If you’re in the Austin area and need a new roof, I highly recommend Straight Solutions. Show More Summary

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