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Behind the Scenes: Making a Video Trailer for a Gardening Book by Evelyn Hadden

Though it’s no longer a new idea, it seems odd to me that a gardening book would have a video trailer. How can a video—a very different medium—give a taste of what readers might experience? On the other hand, videos lend drama to their subjects, and though I’d hope a book would have more than […]

Fixing a floppy Will Fleming yaupon for Foliage Follow-Up

‘Will Fleming’ yaupon (Ilex vomitoria ‘Will Fleming’), a fastigiate cultivar of our native yaupon holly, is one of my go-to vertical accent plants. It’s a green punctuation mark, ideal for adding height to a flat bed or using in multiples as a narrow hedge to screen an ugly view. Show More Summary

Bag Balm: It's Udderly Wonderful!

Okay, I'll admit that's a corny title for a blog post. But it's true. When I was contacted last week about sharing the good news about Bag Balm with my readers, I jumped at the chance. You see, I've been using Bag Balm since my parents and grandparents used it on me for all kinds of things when I was a little girl. Show More Summary

Wildflowers and more in bloom at the Wildflower Center

2 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

For Garden Bloggers Bloom Day let’s go to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center here in Austin. I visited on Sunday with family who were in town, hoping to see some bluebonnets. We saw a lot more than that, including these beautiful pink flowers that resembled apple blossoms. Show More Summary

Great horned owls on the nest at Wildflower Center

3 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

With family in town last weekend, smack in the middle of wildflower season, we made a visit to one of my favorite places in Austin: the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Sure, I wanted to see bluebonnets and other spring flowers, but I also knew a secret that not everyone who visits knows. Show More Summary

Wild within bounds by Elizabeth Licata

Believe it or not: After initially pouring some compost into the globular bottle, Latimer used a wire to carefully lower in a spiderwort seeding, and then added a pint of water to the mix. The bottle was sealed and placed in a sunny corner. Apparently, the bottle planting, started in 1960, has been thriving ever […]

Nursery visit: The Arbor Gate near Houston

3 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

My sister, who lives in Houston, expressed amazement at how many gardens I managed to squeeze into my visit to her city a couple of weekends ago. It’s true. I’ve shown you four Open Days tour gardens, plus four drive-by gardens that were pretty fabulous, plus a nursery visit to Thompson+Hanson, plus wildflowers in Brenham along the way. Show More Summary

Do You Know What Type of Soil You Have?

When I took Master Gardener classes a few years ago, we looked at soil maps that plotted the soil type in our county. What I found fascinating is how accurate it was. Romie and I had remarked once how you could dig a hole to plant a tree in one part of the yard and just 20 feet away, the soil was entirely different. Show More Summary

Getting Ready for the Garden

Ha! I know what you were thinking when you read Getting Ready for the Garden. You thought new gloves, cleaning up handtools, preparing the Earth, raking, bringing out the lawn mower and all the requisite steps we each are required to do for a successful season. But actually, I was talking about getting YOU ready […] and a Call for Photos and Videos by Susan Harris

Thanks, Rant commenters, for your great suggestions for improving videos of gardens, like the videos I showed you last week of the National Arboretum in April.  I heard you that the photos were whizzing by too fast, and that most of you prefer the techno music over Vivaldi.  Pixelation and other technical points were mentioned, […]

Wildflower season in Texas, a magic carpet of color

6 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

A red, white, and blue patriotic spring is in full swing in the fields of east-central Texas. Guessing that the early wildflowers were in full bloom east of Austin, I made a wildflower run right after school dropoff yesterday — a little late for the golden hour of sunrise, but what the heck. Show More Summary

Home & Garden Spring Show 2014 - Defiance, OH

When many home and garden shows are falling by the wayside, Defiance, Ohio, stepped out with one of their own with the Home & Garden Spring Show, in its debut year. Held in March at the Defiance College Athletic Center, more than 100...Show More Summary

Houston Open Days Tour 2014: 3640 Del Monte Drive Garden

The last stop on my recap of the Garden Conservancy-sponsored Houston Open Days tour on March 29th is a New Orleans-esque mansion in the tony River Oaks neighborhood, at 3640 Del Monte Drive. From the front walk you see a veranda with...Show More Summary

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