I’ve been lucky to visit a number of new-to-me gardens this spring, and I have one more to show you: Jennifer Lingvai’s contemporary, designed-for-entertaining garden in Austin’s Hyde Park neighborhood. The talented B. Jane of B. Jane...Show More Summary
The Asticou Azalea Garden in Northeast Harbor, Maine is a beautiful place to visit. Asticou Azalea Garden was created in 1956 by lifelong Maine resident, Charles Kenneth Savage, [&hellip...
When I began making this new garden, I was able to get large quantities of bagged leaves and grass clippings free, so I used them to smother the lawn and to mulch around new plants. This year, I found a source of cheap wood chips, so I am employing them when mulch is needed. Mulching […]
The first one is a common sight along just about any American street. Over the years, I’ve grown accustomed to these. As a kid, I knew enough to think, “poison, stay away.” As an adult and a longtime gardener, I look at the signs with annoyance and some disgust, but often just dismiss them from […]
Q: There is something weird on my oak leaves. A: This is a fine example of oak leaf blister. The disease is favored by cool, moist conditions during budbreak and in the early stages of leaf development. It doesn’t seem to damage trees permanently. Given a dry spring next year, you may not see it […]
Q: I have an infestation of millipedes on all of my trees: flowering cherry, dogwood, Japanese maple, camellia and silver maple. I am new to the state of Georgia, originally from New Jersey. A: Wow – I wouldn’t have believed it if you hadn’t sent pictures! Millipedes are usually seen on the ground, not on […]
Q: I live in Rabun County and I have this weird fungus on my leucothoe. Is it exobasidium leaf gall? A: You get the diagnostic prize: it’s Exobasidium vaccinnii! There are several members of this fungal clan. They cause leaf and bud galls on azalea, camellia and leucothoe. They don’t particularly hurt the plant. Most […]
Once a month the Austin garden bloggers gather at one of our gardens to socialize, talk plants and design, and do a plant swap. Last Saturday we met up in Rock Rose/Jenny Stocker’s garden, which despite a recent hailstorm and torrential rains was absolutely beautiful. Show More Summary
For two mornings in a row this tiny fawn lay curled in the shaggy sedge lawn, its back against a tree, waiting for its mother to return from grazing somewhere down the street. I walked right by it the first day, oblivious, and stopped to pull weeds and check on a new vine just feet away from its hiding place. Show More Summary
Spring is a wonderful season to celebrate any occasion! Around this time every year, when my herbaceous peonies are in full bloom, I love to show off their [&hellip...
South by Southwest (SXSW) is not only the name of Austin’s famous music/film/interactive festival, but it also happens to be descriptive of our gardening culture. Here, the South meets the Southwest, with the Balcones Fault roughly delineating the division. Show More Summary
Today I’m showing off two plants that are not only regionally native (to me in Maryland), but share two other traits I wish were more common among native plants – they’re evergreen AND vigorous growers in the garden. First up, the unfortunately named Ragwort, a/k/a Golden Groundsel, officially Packera aurea. Here’s what it looked like recently in […]
Every day, there’s something new blooming at the farm. Yesterday, I hosted a garden tour for a small group, which included wives of several executives from the trading [&hellip...
The plant getting the most attention in my garden right now is ‘Peter’s Purple’ bee balm (Monarda fistulosa ‘Peter’s Purple’), a 4-foot tall perennial with pincushiony, lavender-pink flowers atop long stems. I bought my original plant...Show More Summary
Once I saw the swans engaged in conversation, I could no longer see the columbine. Aquilegia sp.