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Outdoors at The Domain’s Rock Rose

7 hours agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

My mother and I had lunch in the new Rock Rose section of The Domain (a New Urbanist-style live/work/shop development in North Austin) last week and poked around in the shops afterward. Naturally, I yanked my phone out along the wayShow More Summary

New Podcast Discovery: “Still Growing” by Susan Harris

I’ve complained about the dearth of gardening podcasts and one of my favorites seems to have even gone dormant. But when I came across three podcasts about this year’s Garden Blogger Fling in Minneapolis, which I actually attended, I had to give a listen, and so discovered probably the hardest working gardening podcaster in the […]

Disaster in the Smokies by Elizabeth Licata

A national park since 1926, the Great Smokies at times seem overshadowed by the spectacular parks of the west: Zion, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone. In fact, a list I saw of the best national parks only includes one park in the eastern US: Acadia. I visited this park a few years back, and I can […]

Purple pom-poms and stripey leaves

2 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

I’m drinking up this grapey, effervescent combo of ‘Grapes’ gomphrena and variegated flax lily (Dianella tasmanica ‘Variegata’) in my garden right now. The tiny purple blooms of ‘Grapes’ look like miniature pom-poms, and it certainly cheers its way through autumn, its spindly stems supported by white-striped flax lily. Show More Summary

Bull Creek beauty worth fighting for

3 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Bull Creek winds through one of the most scenic areas of Austin, under vertical limestone cliffs softened with maidenhair fern and dripping with water from numerous springs. In spring and summer, Austinites love to swim in the creek’s...Show More Summary

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree

There's been a lot of yaying and naying lately about the issue of decorating for Christmas before Thanksgiving. Like most things in life, there are various reasons why people choose when to do their Christmas decorating and how they do it. Show More Summary

For Giving Tuesday, consider Kids Gardening by Garden Rant

Today only, donations to Kids Gardening will be doubled, up to $10,000.

Autumn stroll around Lady Bird Lake

5 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Autumn rarely sets our trees aflame here in central Texas, and this year’s fall color looks to be more of a dud than usual. But still, you can find a few russet tinges if you squint, especially in the coppery needles of bald cypresses around Lady Bird Lake. Show More Summary

In a Vase on Monday

5 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Greenbow

This Monday morning I have here a collection of small vases that I purchased at auction. I am afraid I have been bitten by Cathy's meme of putting something into a vase on Monday. It is great fun to see what everyone puts into their vase. Show More Summary

Rawr! Dino fun at Austin’s favorite putt-putt place

6 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

It’s the perfect time of year for outdoor play in Austin, and, boy, did we play this long Thanksgiving holiday! We’ve walked around Lady Bird Lake (see tomorrow’s post), played at John Gaines Park in Mueller neighborhood, hiked at Bull...Show More Summary

Christmas Flower DIY- botanical Xmas cracker

So with Christmas around the corner, I decided to do a small DIY tutorial. Everyone loves Christmas crackers, they are like mini presents before you get the real thing; I decided to put a twist on the concept by adding flowers. ThisShow More Summary

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