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May 22, 2020

A young visitor dropped by my garden yesterday. Actually I think she was here a couple of days ago, although I didn’t see her that day. I was moving around the side of the house and heard a startled rustling in the sedge and thought I might have flushed a fawn from its hiding place.

Yesterday I was dragging trash bins down the driveway and through the back gate, and when I reemerged into the front garden, something caught my eye along the foundation of the house. Curled up behind an ‘Everillo’ sedge, a tiny fawn held still, hoping its camouflaging spots would keep me from seeing it. No luck this time, but I kept a quiet and respectful distance while using my long lens to get these photos.

What a sweet baby, waiting for her mama to come back and collect her. I’ll be on the lookout for her again tomorrow, maybe in a different spot.

In the back garden, another happy sighting: the screech owl that’s been hanging out in the owl box. I don’t really think it’s a nesting female, mainly because it doesn’t sit for long periods in the doorway, like nesting females do as their chicks grow larger and more active. Whenever it sees us, it immediately hides inside the box, making it the shyest owl we’ve ever had. The only photos I’ve been able to get were taken from inside the house, through a window. What a recluse!

What kinds of wildlife are you seeing in your garden this spring?

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Austin Open Days garden tour coming up November 2

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skins-on applesauce to freeze, can, and share

MY FAMILY CALLS IT ‘PO SAUCE, with the “po” representing the last syllable...

fragrant plants in 'the scentual garden,' with ken druse
fragrant plants in ‘the scentual garden,’ with ken druse

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Casa Neverlandia and sculpture by James Talbot keep Austin delightfully weird

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Plant This: Dwarf Barbados cherry
Plant This: Dwarf Barbados cherry

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Farm + Food Lab Inspiring Creative Approaches to Urban Agriculture
Farm + Food Lab Inspiring Creative Approaches to Urban Agriculture

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Help the Monarch Migration – Cut Back Tropical Milkweed

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Wildflower mural energizes wall on Wood Hollow Drive

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how to store garden vegetables for winter
how to store garden vegetables for winter

WE TALKED ABOUT storing tender ornamental plants recently, but what about garden vegetables,...

thoughts on invasives, plant conservation-and connection, with michael piantedosi
thoughts on invasives, plant conservation-and connection, with michael piantedosi

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Butterfly vine seedpods flutter into fall garden

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Plant This: Mexican beautyberry - Digging
Plant This: Mexican beautyberry – Digging

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End-of-summer garden – Digging

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Out Plant Workshop at The Sill NYC
Out Plant Workshop at The Sill NYC

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osage oranges; plant overwintering & food preservation; upside-down pots on stakes: q&a with ken druse
osage oranges; plant overwintering & food preservation; upside-down pots on stakes: q&a with ken druse

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A peaceful morning in Cat's garden
A peaceful morning in Cat’s garden

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Nolina, yucca, and cypress add xeric structure in lush Austin garden
Nolina, yucca, and cypress add xeric structure in lush Austin garden

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Beneficial insects love a stock-tank pond too

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Thomas Rainer comes to Austin for Garden Spark

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when inner conifer needles turn yellow or brown

DON’T PANIC: Nothing’s wrong, and they’re not all dying in unison, I promise....

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The Huntington: Down to Earth & Out of This World

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'nature into art:' lessons in gardening the wave hill way, with tom christopher
‘nature into art:’ lessons in gardening the wave hill way, with tom christopher

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Ganador the lucha libre grackle is ready to wrestle

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How Wood You? Build Your Own Window Box
How Wood You? Build Your Own Window Box

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A Window Opens: Get the Box + Trellis…Inspired by the Book!

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Flashback: The Copious Blooms of Copenhagen
Flashback: The Copious Blooms of Copenhagen

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Sightseeing in Austin with our exchange student

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unusual fruit for edible landscaping, with cricket hill's dan furman
unusual fruit for edible landscaping, with cricket hill’s dan furman

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Things are looking pretty crispy

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'saving jemima: life and love with a hard-luck jay,' with julie zickefoose
‘saving jemima: life and love with a hard-luck jay,’ with julie zickefoose

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Pond plants aren’t sick of summer (but I am)

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Summer scenes - Digging
Summer scenes – Digging

August 10, 2019 Morning light in the front garden, with Berkeley sedge aglow, a...

Thomas Rainer to speak in Austin - tickets available
Thomas Rainer to speak in Austin – tickets available

August 12, 2019 Photo by Rob Cardillo Garden design aficionados, take note! My...

the march garden chores - A Way To Garden
september garden chores – A Way To Garden

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Eyeing London during unplanned stopover

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Provence lavender fields and rosy Roussillon

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get it while it lasts! corn, tomato and zucchini recipes, with alexandra stafford
get it while it lasts! corn, tomato and zucchini recipes, with alexandra stafford

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Sunny southern France vacation, part 2

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Roman (ruin) holiday in southern France

August 23, 2019 I can explore a garden or busy market all day long,...

there’s more than one way to ripen a tomato
there’s more than one way to ripen a tomato

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Free Soil Tests Offered as U. of I. Studies Lead’s Impact on Urban Farming

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Bat watching in Austin - Digging
Bat watching in Austin – Digging

August 29, 2019 Nightwing by Dale Whistler at the south end of the Congress...

No Rain? No Problem. Read my interview about waterwise gardening in Garden Gate magazine
No Rain? No Problem. Read my interview about waterwise gardening in Garden Gate magazine

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success (and flair) with orchids: ‘orchid modern,’ with nybg’s marc hachadourian

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At an urban farm in Baltimore, plans for activism, African American history and maybe even tiny houses!
At an urban farm in Baltimore, plans for activism, African American history and maybe even tiny houses!

Her search for the owner of the lot led to a partnership that...

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Lyon botanical garden and architecture

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Plant pictures for your home at Articulture

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Plant This: 'Purple Pillar' Rose of Sharon
Plant This: ‘Purple Pillar’ Rose of Sharon

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the march garden chores - A Way To Garden
august garden chores – A Way To Garden

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clafoutis batter, universal solvent of fruit dessert

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beecology: how you can help native bumblebees, with robert gegear
beecology: how you can help native bumblebees, with robert gegear

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what to plant now for a fall vegetable garden
what to plant now for a fall vegetable garden

I’M WATERING THEN SHADING the garden beds where peas grew fat and sweet...

learn how to become a 'nimble cook,' with ronna welsh
learn how to become a ‘nimble cook,’ with ronna welsh

EACH SEASON I ask my cookbook writer friend, Ali Stafford, what new books...

9 of The Best Vegetables to Grow in Small Gardens
9 of The Best Vegetables to Grow in Small Gardens

Gardening in a small space can be just as rewarding and fun as...

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Via Libre, a free-spirited garden along the freeway

July 25, 2019 Moss green doors sparkle with tin milagros — an inviting gateway...

Line dancing and Stickwork sculpture at Chatfield Farms: Denver Garden Bloggers Fling
Line dancing and Stickwork sculpture at Chatfield Farms: Denver Garden Bloggers Fling

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Keith Funk’s front-yard oasis: Denver Garden Bloggers Fling

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An exuberant, upcycled, scrap-art garden: Denver Garden Bloggers Fling

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best primulas for our gardens, with 'primrose' author elizabeth lawson
best primulas for our gardens, with ‘primrose’ author elizabeth lawson

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Deer-Resistant Design book features my garden, other Austin gardens!
Deer-Resistant Design book features my garden, other Austin gardens!

July 19, 2019 In October of 2017, Seattle-area designer, author, and speaker Karen Chapman...

Adventures in Parenthood: Camping With a Newborn Baby
Adventures in Parenthood: Camping With a Newborn Baby

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Steppe garden evangelist Panayoti Kelaidis's garden: Denver Garden Bloggers Fling
Steppe garden evangelist Panayoti Kelaidis’s garden: Denver Garden Bloggers Fling

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Children's Garden at Denver Botanic Gardens: Denver Garden Bloggers Fling
Children’s Garden at Denver Botanic Gardens: Denver Garden Bloggers Fling

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A dryland garden inspired by Mother Nature: Denver Garden Bloggers Fling

July 15, 2019 After 24 years as a radio talk show host on gardening,...

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Crevice garden, Japanese garden, and more sculpture at Denver Botanic Gardens: Denver Garden Bloggers Fling

July 16, 2019 Continuing with my visit to Denver Botanic Gardens during the Denver...

Steppe garden, foxtail lilies, and sculpture at Denver Botanic Gardens: Denver Garden Bloggers Fling
Steppe garden, foxtail lilies, and sculpture at Denver Botanic Gardens: Denver Garden Bloggers Fling

July 16, 2019 All 80+ bloggers had lunch under a pavilion at Denver Botanic...

august 17 open day, plant sale, native plant talk & workshop
august 17 open day, plant sale, native plant talk & workshop

ON SATURDAY August 17, join me and Adam Wheeler of Broken Arrow Nursery...

Nearly Half of Honey Tested Contains Mostly Rice Syrup, Wheat Syrup or Sugar Beet Syrup
Nearly Half of Honey Tested Contains Mostly Rice Syrup, Wheat Syrup or Sugar Beet Syrup

A new testing method has revealed nearly half of the honey sold in...

A garden for relaxing with friends: Denver Garden Bloggers Fling
A garden for relaxing with friends: Denver Garden Bloggers Fling

July 14, 2019 Kicking off the 3rd day of the Denver Garden Bloggers Fling...

Containers and color galore in Rob Proctor's garden: Denver Garden Bloggers Fling
Containers and color galore in Rob Proctor’s garden: Denver Garden Bloggers Fling

July 15, 2019 Rob Proctor has been showing Coloradans how to garden for decades....

materials for path surfaces, black spot and powdery mildew, and more: q&a with ken druse
materials for path surfaces, black spot and powdery mildew, and more: q&a with ken druse

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Party under the willow tree in Judy Seaborn's garden: Denver Garden Bloggers Fling
Party under the willow tree in Judy Seaborn’s garden: Denver Garden Bloggers Fling

July 13, 2019 Grandmother Willow offers sage advice in Pocahontas. Old Man Willow terrorizes...

A fusion of nature and art in Scott Deemer's garden: Denver Garden Bloggers Fling
A fusion of nature and art in Scott Deemer’s garden: Denver Garden Bloggers Fling

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New steel planter and meadowy sedge in my garden

July 12, 2019 You might not know it from my all-day-all-night coverage of gardens...

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Unscripted beauty in Scripter meadow garden: Denver Garden Bloggers Fling

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TatTopia garden embraces stonework and sustainability: Denver Garden Bloggers Fling

July 09, 2019 When the construction dust settled at Tatiana Maxwell’s new energy-wise home,...

Bowled over by Linda Boley's garden: Denver Garden Bloggers Fling
Bowled over by Linda Boley’s garden: Denver Garden Bloggers Fling

July 07, 2019 A copper tree, its muscular branches devoid of leaves, stands as...

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Lunch in the garden at Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse: Denver Garden Bloggers Fling

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get smarter about poison ivy, with dr. susan pell
get smarter about poison ivy, with dr. susan pell

NO, POISON IVY was not put on the planet to punish mankind, or...

raised beds, grow bags and more, with epic gardening's kevin espiritu
raised beds, grow bags and more, with epic gardening’s kevin espiritu

I BUILT MY OLD-STYLE wooden raised beds for vegetables about 30 years ago,...

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Strouse Garden gazes toward the Rockies: Denver Garden Bloggers Fling

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More melanistic deer and a Texas-sized slug

July 01, 2019 Driving at dusk through my northwest Austin neighborhood requires a sharp...

the march garden chores - A Way To Garden
the july garden chores – A Way To Garden

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Jean Morgan’s garden will make you smile: Denver Garden Bloggers Fling

June 30, 2019 As our tour bus of 40+ bloggers arrived at the Louisville,...

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Getting seedy at Botanical Interests: Denver Garden Bloggers Fling

June 29, 2019 At the annual Garden Bloggers Fling, we sometimes get insider tours...

okra: beautiful, resilient, and surprising, with chris smith
okra: beautiful, resilient, and surprising, with chris smith

IF YOU HAD TOLD ME I’d be reading an entire book about okra,...

Crevice gardens to crave at the garden of Carol Shinn: Denver Garden Bloggers Fling
Crevice gardens to crave at the garden of Carol Shinn: Denver Garden Bloggers Fling

June 28, 2019 Colorado gardeners are crazy for crevice gardens, and no wonder. When...

Denver Garden Bloggers Fling: Jan Devore Garden under the pines
Denver Garden Bloggers Fling: Jan Devore Garden under the pines

June 27, 2019 The first private garden on the Denver Garden Bloggers Fling tour...

Denver Garden Bloggers Fling: Rocking it at Gardens on Spring Creek
Denver Garden Bloggers Fling: Rocking it at Gardens on Spring Creek

June 25, 2019 On a road trip to Devils Tower last August, I passed...

Denver Garden Bloggers Fling: Welcome to Colorado and High Plains Environmental Center
Denver Garden Bloggers Fling: Welcome to Colorado and High Plains Environmental Center

June 23, 2019 Just two hours away by plane but a mile high in...

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growing martagon lilies, with a touch of lime

SEATTLE-BASED GARDEN FRIENDS brought me lily bulbs years ago, ones they said were...

which fertilizer should i use? feed the soil instead, says lee reich
which fertilizer should i use? feed the soil instead, says lee reich

WHAT FERTILIZER should I feed my (fill-in-the-blank) plant? A lot of you ask...

Moon flowers and sun flowers
Moon flowers and sun flowers

June 19, 2019 I returned home Monday afternoon from five marvelous days of garden...

beelining: in search of wild honey bees, with tom seeley
beelining: in search of wild honey bees, with tom seeley

BEEKEEPING IS A ‘THING’ in recent years, an increasingly popular hobby, but our...

a meetup at broken arrow nursery: join us july 13
a meetup at broken arrow nursery: join us july 13

JOIN ADAM WHEELER and the entire Broken Arrow Nursey team at the nursery...

6th annual moth night in taconic state park: join us july 20
6th annual moth night in taconic state park: join us july 20

JOIN US FOR our sixth annual Moth Night, part of the citizen-science project...

Read This: Gardentopia - Digging
Read This: Gardentopia – Digging

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Miami Bans Monsanto’s Roundup Weedkiller

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Wild for wildflowers at Mueller’s Southwest Greenway

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if you don’t know jennifer jewell’s ‘cultivating place’ podcast...
if you don’t know jennifer jewell’s ‘cultivating place’ podcast…

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Tau Ceti mural in downtown Austin

June 09, 2019 Austin’s excellent mural scene just got a big boost with the...

herbaceous peonies: planting, growing and even cut flowers that last, with jeff jabco
herbaceous peonies: planting, growing and even cut flowers that last, with jeff jabco

AMONG SHRUBS, the most common ones I hear people wondering aloud about are...

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the (mostly froggy, sometimes variegated) news from here

THE LIGHT-HEARTED news from Nowheresville as June begins: I am short on garden...

the march garden chores - A Way To Garden
the june garden chores – A Way To Garden

THE SHAGGIES: It’s not a dance, or a hairdo—or some variant on the...

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8 Best Homemade Garden Fertilizers

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The Backyard Fire Cookbook Is Here! Hooray!
The Backyard Fire Cookbook Is Here! Hooray!

The day is here! The Backyard Fire Cookbook: Get Outside and Master Ember...

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Feeling beachy in Lucinda’s garden

June 03, 2019 Step through the gate into Lucinda Hutson‘s side garden, and a...

near the berkshires? join me on father’s day at windy hill farm
near the berkshires? join me on father’s day at windy hill farm

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choosing the right native plants, with uli lorimer
choosing the right native plants, with uli lorimer

I HEAR MANY TIMES each week from readers or listeners wanting advice about...

Palo verde path at new Mueller neighborhood park
Palo verde path at new Mueller neighborhood park

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ny times on my book: ‘sensitive, wise, deliberate, thoughtful and splendidly bossy’

NAILED! Yes, reviewer Dominique Browning, writing in the special summer reading section...

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Hoofed visitor – Digging

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some essentials of garden design, a q&a with ken druse
some essentials of garden design, a q&a with ken druse

A NOTE FROM A LISTENER addressed to me and my Urgent Garden Question-answering...

Garden retreat under the oaks in San Antonio
Garden retreat under the oaks in San Antonio

May 24, 2019 An invitation to tea — the real deal, with scones, clotted...

Tomato Growing 101: 10 Tips for a Successful Harvest
Tomato Growing 101: My Top 10 Tips for a Successful Harvest

If you’re planning to grow a summer garden, you’re most likely going to...

Cactus blooms, round two - Digging
Cactus blooms, round two – Digging

May 23, 2019 Summer is here in Texas, and the heat is on, with...

Study: Eating Mushrooms Twice a Week Dramatically Reduces Cognitive Decline
Study: Eating Mushrooms Twice a Week Dramatically Reduces Cognitive Decline

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how we and the trees grew together: 'sprout lands,' with william bryant logan
how we and the trees grew together: ‘sprout lands,’ with william bryant logan

A BOOK I READ RECENTLY changed the way I think about pruning, and...

bumblebee 101, with leif richardson
bumblebee 101, with leif richardson

I CAN IDENTIFY A LOT OF PLANTS, and I’m pretty good with my...

Cat's pollinator garden with a canyon view
Cat’s pollinator garden with a canyon view

May 16, 2019 Three years ago my friend Cat Jones (check out her IG...

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A Little Bean Is Sprouting in the Fall

It’s been a while since I’ve shared some personal news, so here’s a...

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Springtime in Mom’s garden – Digging

May 11, 2019 Clematis ‘Jackmanii’ in full flower is like a constellation of purple...

don't stop now! succession sowing of vegetables herbs, flowers, with niki jabbour
don’t stop now! succession sowing of vegetables herbs, flowers, with niki jabbour

WHEW! YOU FINALLY got everything into the ground, transplanting every little seedling and...

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Fawn hiding in plain sight

May 08, 2019 Walking down the driveway to the mailbox yesterday, I passed not...

june 8 garden open, plant sale, birding talk & walk/workshop, herb cooking and flower classes
june 8 garden open, plant sale, birding talk & walk/workshop, herb cooking and flower classes

I’VE JOINED forces again with my most talented, beloved neighbors to make the...

Read about my garden in Country Gardens magazine
Read about my garden in Country Gardens magazine

May 06, 2019 My garden is featured in a national gardening magazine, and I’m...

margaret interviewed by gretchen rubin of 'the happiness project'
margaret interviewed by gretchen rubin of ‘the happiness project’

YEARS AGO, Gretchen Rubin of “The Happiness Project” fame and I were on...

Cactus bloom for my garden class
Cactus bloom for my garden class

May 05, 2019 Just 8 hours before my garden class/tour began (the first Garden...

pure awe: spring bird migration, with kenn kaufman
pure awe: spring bird migration, with kenn kaufman

THE SPRING MIGRATION is on, so birds and their travels were the subject...

How to Use Days to Maturity on a Seed Packet to Help You Be a Better Gardener
How to Use Days to Maturity on a Seed Packet to Help You Be a Better Gardener

I remember the first time I bought seeds for my garden. They were...

A Sneak Peek of The Backyard Fire Cookbook
A Sneak Peek of The Backyard Fire Cookbook

It didn’t seem so long ago that I shared the making of the...

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Spring is abloom in shades of pink and turquoise

May 01, 2019 I haven’t done a photo tour of my own garden in...

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Bee-Safe Pesticide May Not Be So Safe, Says New Study

In the wake of widespread condemning of neonicotinoid pesticides as they affect bee...

self-sowns and overgrowns: use-what-you’ve-got gardening
self-sowns and overgrowns: use-what-you’ve-got gardening

I KEEP SAYING: Eliminate the polka-dot look of onesies by repeating the best...

the year of the spotted salamander? egg masses galore
the year of the spotted salamander? egg masses galore

GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT apparently happened in my little back water garden not so...

the march garden chores - A Way To Garden
the may garden chores – A Way To Garden

EACH MAY I ADVISE us all to remember, amid the frenzy, that there...

Mermaids welcome in Lucinda Hutson's garden
Mermaids welcome in Lucinda Hutson’s garden

April 26, 2019 Austin may be 200 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, but for...

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Spring flowers and foliage at Dallas Arboretum

April 25, 2019 At Dallas Arboretum last week, masses of foxgloves were blooming throughout...

how we garden today: a conversation with joe lamp'l
how we garden today: a conversation with joe lamp’l

‘MY HOW TIMES have changed,” I write in the beginning of my new-old...

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Anthracnose Disease: What Is It, [HOW TO] Prevention and Treatment

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visiting may 11? 'extras' to fill out your day (and garden!)
visiting may 11? ‘extras’ to fill out your day (and garden!)

LUCKY YOU if you have already grabbed a ticket, since many of the...

old gardeners, old gardens, new books: ken druse interviews margaret roach
old gardeners, old gardens, new books: ken druse interviews margaret roach

THE LATEST PODCAST is special, because it’s a special time for me, just...

Woodland tapestry: Jay Sifford's garden of foliage, art, and light
Woodland tapestry: Jay Sifford’s garden of foliage, art, and light

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Spring marvels and cleanup - Digging
Spring marvels and cleanup – Digging

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margaret’s garden in april ‘martha stewart living’

IT’S LIKE A HOMECOMING of sorts, the experience of seeing my garden in...

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Cram More Into Your City Vegetable Garden!

Photo by Getty Images/funky-data Make the most of your space by choosing quick growers...

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what weed is it? putting names to pesky plants

I KNOW A LOT OF PLANTS BY THEIR PROPER NAMES, but when it...

showoff shrubs, new and old, with tim wood of spring meadow nursery
showoff shrubs, new and old, with tim wood of spring meadow nursery

SO MANY SHRUBS, so little time. I’m kidding, sort of, but I think...

Wildflowers and Succulents: A Texas-English garden, part 2
Wildflowers and Succulents: A Texas-English garden, part 2

April 11, 2019 Doorways in chunky stucco walls frame vista after flowery vista in...

margaret in ‘the washington post’
margaret in ‘the washington post’

IT’S ALWAYS a treat to hear “The Washington Post” garden columnist Adrian Higgins’s...

battling mice and voles (but never with mothballs)
battling mice and voles (but never with mothballs)

THE SNOW MELTS, revealing the horror: Mice and voles have had at it...

10 Uses For Eggshells In The Garden
10 Uses For Eggshells In The Garden

Whenever I cook or use up the eggs that are in my refrigerator,...

Foxgloves and cacti: A Texas-English garden, part 1
Foxgloves and cacti: A Texas-English garden, part 1

April 09, 2019 Ah, let us return to the always-stunning garden of Jenny Stocker,...

Creative display gardens at The Natural Gardener
Creative display gardens at The Natural Gardener

April 07, 2019 The Natural Gardener beckoned as a fun first stop on my...

getting to know sparrows, with rick wright
getting to know sparrows, with rick wright

I’VE WATCHED BIRDS for decades, but in one matter, the matter of sparrows,...

Hill Country bluebonnet drive - Digging
Hill Country bluebonnet drive – Digging

April 05, 2019 Bluebonnets peak a little later in the Hill Country than in...

soil preparation: 7 ways to make a garden bed
soil preparation: 7 ways to make a garden bed

HOW DO YOU GET your garden soil ready for growing things each spring?...

The Texas Wildflower interviews me about Garden Spark design talks
The Texas Wildflower interviews me about Garden Spark design talks

April 04, 2019 Are you into garden design or keen on learning more about...

Feeling the blues - happy blues - in Lori Daul's garden
Feeling the blues – happy blues – in Lori Daul’s garden

April 02, 2019 Visiting the garden of Lori Daul, aka The Gardener of Good...

Backyard biodiversity: A few tips for gardening for wildlife
Backyard biodiversity: A few tips for gardening for wildlife

Plants are big business in Florida. According to the University of Florida Institute...

the march garden chores - A Way To Garden
the april garden chores – A Way To Garden

I’M STICKING to what I say each year at this time: We are...

growing mushrooms (and how fungi grow themselves), with john michelotti
growing mushrooms (and how fungi grow themselves), with john michelotti

HAVE YOU EVER grown mushrooms? Or perhaps they’ve just grown themselves in different...

Digging
Spring evening at home – Digging

March 28, 2019This has been the most beautiful week of spring, with soft,...

making succulent pots and wreaths, with katherine tracey of avant gardens
making succulent pots and wreaths, with katherine tracey of avant gardens

I’M ALREADY DREAMING about summertime containers each year, even before the first flat...

How the humble marigold outsmarts a devastating tomato pest
How the humble marigold outsmarts a devastating tomato pest

Scientists have revealed for the first time the natural weapon used by marigolds...

Digging
Prickly pear growing in live oak

March 27, 2019Yesterday I showed you a pool-swimming tarantula. Today it’s a tree-climbing...

dear old: sorry my 'new' book made you cry!
dear old: sorry my ‘new’ book made you cry!

(FOR CONTEXT: Read my friend Katrina Kenison’s letter to me first, if you...

Digging
Tarantula going for a swim

March 26, 2019Walking past the pool yesterday, I caught sight of an unexpected...

Digging
Wildflower superbloom south of San Antonio

March 23, 2019Is Texas experiencing a superbloom of wildflowers this spring? It’s certainly...

Digging
Wildflowers for the dead at Sutherland Springs Cemetery

March 24, 2019How did I forget the name Sutherland Springs? While passing through...

plant a cutting garden, with jenny elliott of tiny hearts farm
plant a cutting garden, with jenny elliott of tiny hearts farm

READY TO PLANT a cutting garden? The expression “cutting garden” sounds dreamy, laden...

How To Make Your Own Organic Hummus
How To Make Your Own Organic Hummus

Step 1:  Order Your Organic Garbanzo Seeds ORDER SEEDS NOW > Keep these measurements...

Digging
Wildflowers revving up at Wildflower Center

March 19, 2019 Although its name is a bit of a misnomer —...

Best apps for gardening and yard work for spring 2019
Best apps for gardening and yard work for spring 2019

“Not everyone has a green thumb or an eye for landscaping. Some people...

tips for planting under trees; using 'pea brush' and more: q&a with ken druse
tips for planting under trees; using ‘pea brush’ and more: q&a with ken druse

THANKS TO YOUR BOUNTIFUL supply of Urgent Garden Questions, my friend Ken Druse...

pre-order the new 'a way to garden' book, get a free lecture or webinar ticket!
pre-order the new ‘a way to garden’ book, get a free lecture or webinar ticket!

DRUMROLL, PLEASE: “A Way to Garden,” the all-new version of my oldest book,...

Succulent Native opens new shop on N Lamar
Succulent Native opens new shop on N Lamar

March 15, 2019Are you a plant parent, or proud owner of plant pets...

bluebird boxes: be a good landlord
bluebird boxes: be a good landlord

THE NEIGHBOR WHO HANGS BAGS of giant homegrown shallots on my gate also...

Digging
De-light-ful spring break art day

March 13, 2019Home for spring break, my daughter and I made an art...

Urban gardens: Healthy or harmful?
Urban gardens: Healthy or harmful?

Home-grown vegetables are only as good as their soil and environment. For urban...

Digging
Hamilton Pool swimming hole, a Hill Country blue lagoon

March 11, 2019One of the most beautiful spots in the Hill Country west...

growing epimediums in the shade garden, with karen perkins
growing epimediums in the shade garden, with karen perkins

I WILL CONFESS right off, I love epimediums, but apparently not as much...

Digging
On podcast Cultivating Place, talking about Garden Bloggers Fling and finding community

March 08, 2019Garden bloggers have been meeting up and touring gardens with Garden...

how to start seeds: 18 confidence-building tips
how to start seeds: 18 confidence-building tips

WONDER HOW TO start seed indoors, or which seed to sow directly in...

why vegetable seedlings stretch and get spindly
why vegetable seedlings stretch and get spindly

MAYBE YOU’RE WONDERING this about now: Why do vegetable seedlings stretch and grow...

Digging
Planting vintage toy trucks: My article in Country Gardens

March 05, 2019Let’s all ignore winter and keep on truckin’ with spring gardening...

Digging
Last day of spring – Digging

March 03, 2019Spring has been unfurling new glories every day, like this beautiful...

the march garden chores - A Way To Garden
the march garden chores – A Way To Garden

I’M LIKE THE KID in the backseat on the way to the amusement...

an eye for just the right plant, with wave hill's louis bauer
an eye for just the right plant, with wave hill’s louis bauer

IN MY QUEST for a wider plant palette and for ideas on how...

Growth In Gardening: Companion Gardening
Growth In Gardening: Companion Gardening

I am jumping on the companion gardening bandwagon with both feet this year....

may 11 open day, classes & workshops plus plant sale
may 11 open day, classes & workshops plus plant sale

I’VE JOINED FORCES with my most talented, beloved neighbors to make the 2019...

Digging
How to prune a crape myrtle

February 27, 2019Guest post by Allen Owings, senior horticulturist at Bracy’s Nursery, a...

Digging
Cedar waxwings chirpily convene – Digging

February 26, 2019For months piercing cries have come from the skies. Lifting my...

a plant i'd order: hakonechloa 'all gold'
a plant i’d order: hakonechloa ‘all gold’

IT GROWS IN SHADE, READS AS SOLID GOLD, and looks good from early...

This Garden Planner makes urban gardening easy
This Garden Planner makes urban gardening easy

Gardening can seem like a daunting task. When do you plant? What should...

my podcast is now on spotify (and still on itunes and stitcher...)
my podcast is now on spotify (and still on itunes and stitcher…)

IN CASE you hadn’t noticed, I want to be your gardening companion—whispering over...

annual flowers and foliage to add seasonal color, with untermyer gardens
annual flowers and foliage to add seasonal color, with untermyer gardens

MAYBE YOU’RE LOOKING for fun new annual flowers for this year’s garden, fresh...

Digging
Bigger than life jackalope on N. Lamar

February 23, 2019A bigger-than-life bounder crouches on North Lamar Boulevard. “Bigger than life”...

Digging
Go figure, gopher plant blooming already

February 22, 2019With bluebonnets already blooming around Austin at least a month earlier...

Digging
Read This: Wildflowers of Texas

February 20, 2019An advance guard of bluebonnets scattered across the grassy shoulder of...

Digging
Agave drama – Digging

February 19, 2019Stopping by Christine Ten Eyck‘s house to return something after her...

The battle against bugs: it’s time to end chemical warfare
The battle against bugs: it’s time to end chemical warfare

Insects are important wildlife often overlooked in urban habitats. What we do notice...

Digging
Time to cut back the winter garden

February 18, 2019Mid-February, right around Valentine’s Day, marks cut-back time for Texas gardeners....

10 top tips for growing root vegetables
10 top tips for growing root vegetables

GROWING CARROTS, BEETS, RADISHES or other root vegetables can be more challenging than,...

how to grow root crops, with daniel yoder of johnny's seeds
how to grow root crops, with daniel yoder of johnny’s seeds

DO YOU KNOW what it takes to grow a perfect root vegetable? When...

the february garden chores - A Way To Garden
the february garden chores – A Way To Garden

RESTLESS, ANYONE? The houseplants are noticing, and so am I: the days are...

After Years of Planning Santa Clara’s Urban Farm ‘Agrihood’ is Set to Break Ground by 2020
After Years of Planning Santa Clara’s Urban Farm ‘Agrihood’ is Set to Break Ground by 2020

One of Santa Clara’s biggest and most unique affordable housing projects in the...

Digging
Family Garden and berry-bright possumhaws at Wildflower Center

February 11, 2019Continuing with my recent visit to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower...

3/23/19: my 9th annual seedy saturday event, at turtle tree seed
3/23/19: my 9th annual seedy saturday event, at turtle tree seed

THE 9TH ANNUAL Seedy Saturday will be welcomed back to Turtle Tree Seed in...

Digging
Winter meadows and fiery possumhaws at Wildflower Center

February 09, 2019Mexican plum and redbud may be blooming at the Lady Bird...

direct sow or not, perennials from seed & more: q&a with ken druse
direct sow or not, perennials from seed & more: q&a with ken druse

HOW’S THAT seed shopping going? On the radio show and podcast, Ken Druse...

Digging
Don’t smother your tree trunk. Let it flare!

February 05, 2019How many times have you seen a tree trunk that looks...

Digging
Losing shade trees and replanting

February 04, 2019For 10 years I’ve gardened under dozens of live oaks on...

pollinator plants to make room for, with uprising seeds' brian campbell
pollinator plants to make room for, with uprising seeds’ brian campbell

NATIVE PLANTINGS are a giant part of the equation in supporting pollinators, but...

spring will come (and so will my new old book, 'a way to garden')
spring will come (and so will my new old book, ‘a way to garden’)

TWENTY-ONE YEARS ago almost to the day, my first garden book, “A Way...

Digging
Gardens and botanicals – and wallpaper! – on Tribeza Interiors Tour

February 01, 2019Years of attending interior design and architecture tours have taught me...

Why Raleigh needs a stronger commitment to urban agriculture
Why Raleigh needs a stronger commitment to urban agriculture

The City of Raleigh supports urban agriculture rhetorically in its Strategic Plan. The...

Digging
Screech owl at sunset – Digging

January 29, 2019The sky went pink last evening as a cold front blew...

it's edemental! gorgeous, delicious grains for the garden, with sarah kleeger
it’s edemental! gorgeous, delicious grains for the garden, with sarah kleeger

I’M CURRENTLY captivated by thoughts of gorgeous grains and grain-like annuals adding drama...

Join my class and tour my garden on May 4
Join my class and tour my garden on May 4

January 23, 2019Did you ever wish you could tour a designer’s garden with...

7 Trends That Will Define Gardening in 2019
7 Trends That Will Define Gardening in 2019

Americans are gardening in record numbers but what are they most interested in...

Digging
Winter hike at Pedernales Falls

January 21, 2019A cloudless blue sky overhead, white rock and clear pools of...

seed-starting basics, a q&a with ken druse
seed-starting basics, a q&a with ken druse

FOR THOSE PONDERING starting seed indoors, ever wonder what growing medium and other...

Bloggers, let's tour mile-high gardens at Denver Garden Bloggers Fling
Bloggers, let’s tour mile-high gardens at Denver Garden Bloggers Fling

January 18, 2019Garden Bloggers Fling, the annual meetup and 3-1/2-day garden tour for...

Digging
Unusual black deer in my neighborhood

January 16, 2019Have you ever seen a black deer? Here in my Northwest...

Edible Landscapes Are Un-Lawning America
Edible Landscapes Are Un-Lawning America

Lawns are ubiquitous in the United States and according to a 2015 NASA...

Urban Gardening 101: How to Deal with Contaminated Soil
Urban Gardening 101: How to Deal with Contaminated Soil

Urban soils are particularly prone to contamination. 50 years ago, your yard could...

Digging
My article on urban farm gardeners appears in Country Gardens

January 14, 2019It’s a treat to open the mailbox in the middle of...

microgreens to baby-leaf to full-size heads: mastering lettuce, with tom stearns
microgreens to baby-leaf to full-size heads: mastering lettuce, with tom stearns

I DON’T WANT my salad delivered in a plastic box or to pay...

Digging
Streetside gardens, colorful murals on Austin’s South Congress Ave

January 12, 2019South Congress Avenue, SoCo, a street of eclectic shops and restaurants...

Digging
Paperwhites and palmettos at Lady Bird Lake

Jan 09,2019A post-holiday hoof around Lady Bird Lake reveals some beautiful surprises, like...

Digging
Winter bees and flowers – Digging

Jan 08,2019Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean bees disappear. Warm winter days draw...

the january garden chores - A Way To Garden
the january garden chores – A Way To Garden

THE ANSWER IS NO: No, you probably shouldn’t start all your vegetable seed...

reducing weeds: a 101 on soil solarization, with sonja birthisel
reducing weeds: a 101 on soil solarization, with sonja birthisel

AN ARTICLE about soil solarization for weed control, the practice of covering beds...

Digging
Saw art I saw in Salado

Have you ever seen such a spectacular arrangement of saws? Driving through Salado,...

Digging
Announcing 2019 Garden Spark speaker lineup

February 7, 2019 – Christine Ten Eyck: “Harsh Beauty: Designing Landscapes for...

Happy New Year wishes and gratuitous Cosmo pics
Happy New Year wishes and gratuitous Cosmo pics

As you ring in the new year this evening, I am wishing you...

your input, please: what do you want to know about growing from seed?
your input, please: what do you want to know about growing from seed?

SEED-SHOPPING SEASON is upon us, and before too long seed-starting season—with those first...

what i learned about pollinators and other beneficial insects in 2018
what i learned about pollinators and other beneficial insects in 2018

WHAT ARE INSECTS THINKING–or if that sounds like I’m anthropomorphizing, what at least...

Joy to the Weird: Austin's 37th and 35th Street Christmas lights
Joy to the Weird: Austin’s 37th and 35th Street Christmas lights

Merry Christmas, Joy to the Weird, and festive holiday greetings to you from...

top 10: most popular posts published in 2018
top 10: most popular posts published in 2018

THANKS TO SEARCH ENGINES, my list of most popular stories each year is...

Agriculture Ruined Our Relationship with the Earth, Forest Gardening Can Fix It
Agriculture Ruined Our Relationship with the Earth, Forest Gardening Can Fix It

Visualize a forest. Close your eyes and look around. What do you see? Of...

best garden design advice of 2018: signature style, making tapestries and more
best garden design advice of 2018: signature style, making tapestries and more

THE GARDEN MIGHT be mostly sleeping where I live, but it’s not out...

Digging
Dog playtime at Red Bud Isle

Playing among cypress knees and gnarled roots at Red Bud Isle? Yep, it’s...

repotting houseplants (plus blooming favorites), propagating coleus, and more: q&a with ken druse
repotting houseplants (plus blooming favorites), propagating coleus, and more: q&a with ken druse

WHAT REALLY PERPLEXED or downright frustrated gardeners in 2018? I asked that recently...

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix from The New Camp Cookbook (Plus a Giveaway!)
Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix from The New Camp Cookbook (Plus a Giveaway!)

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve found that my favorite gifts tend to be...

Digging
Moonstruck and aglow at Wildflower Center’s Luminations

Under a fingernail sliver of moon, we strolled quiet garden paths illuminated...

gifts for gardeners and other humans, 2018 version
gifts for gardeners and other humans, 2018 version

I’M UP TO MY NECK in “stuff,” which means my filter for any...

indoor growing under lights, with leslie halleck
indoor growing under lights, with leslie halleck

MY HOUSEPLANTS are sulking, whispering among themselves, “Why doesn’t that woman get us...

Digging
Gardening book roundup for holiday gift ideas

Wondering what to get your garden-loving friend or family member (or yourself) for...

Waterwise beauty and metal animal safari in Linda Peterson's San Antonio garden
Waterwise beauty and metal animal safari in Linda Peterson’s San Antonio garden

An invitation to Linda Peterson’s garden in San Antonio proved too tempting a...

12 days of cookbooks (ho, ho, ho): 2018 favorites, with alexandra stafford
12 days of cookbooks (ho, ho, ho): 2018 favorites, with alexandra stafford

COOKBOOK AUTHOR and food blogger Alexandra Stafford of alexandracooks dot com and I...

An arts-focused urban farm initiative is coming to Baltimore
An arts-focused urban farm initiative is coming to Baltimore

A new state initiative will bring an urban farm to a vacant lot...

Avocado Green Mattress Review: My Thoughts 1 Year Later
Avocado Green Mattress Review: My Thoughts 1 Year Later

I’m obsessed with home renovation and home buying shows on HGTV. But every episode...

I Stayed in an Earthship: Eco Living in the High Desert
I Stayed in an Earthship: Eco Living in the High Desert

I’ve been intrigued with alternative building methods ever since seeing the first container...

Digging
Anole drops by to say hi

Hang in there, my friends – it’s Friday!I welcome your comments; please scroll...

Digging
Japanese maple turns red 3 weeks early

The species Japanese maple (Acer palmatum) at the front corner of our house...

Digging
Golden ginkgo glory in Lucinda Hutson’s garden

My phone buzzed on Saturday as my daughter, home from college for Thanksgiving,...

Pennybacker Bridge overlook above Lake Austin
Pennybacker Bridge overlook above Lake Austin

I’ve lived in Austin for 24 years and yet somehow, until recently, had...

books for those ever-curious readers on your list
books for those ever-curious readers on your list

MY READING LIST in recent years is pretty narrow–and then again, it’s anything...

taking stock of our native flora and newcomers, with nybg's robert naczi
taking stock of our native flora and newcomers, with nybg’s robert naczi

WHEN YOU’RE TALKING plants and not people, how do you figure out who...

Digging
Deer, egrets, and aloes and a happy Thanksgiving to you

The buck stops here. And here and here and, well, everywhere in my...

Read my article about native-plant hellstrips in Wildflower magazine
Read my article about native-plant hellstrips in Wildflower magazine

Are you a member of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center? If so,...

Digging
Fall flowers before an early freeze

Well, fall perennial color was pretty while it lasted. Austin’s first freeze arrived...

Eerie and occult Wilde Collection in Houston
Eerie and occult Wilde Collection in Houston

On this spookiest of days, when ghosts and evil spirits walk among the...

Sculptural light installations glow along Austin's Waller Creek during 5th annual Creek Show
Sculptural light installations glow along Austin’s Waller Creek during 5th annual Creek Show

Last Saturday, on the final day of Creek Show 2018, hundreds of tents...

Forgiveness sculpture and Austin trees
Forgiveness sculpture and Austin trees

While at ZACH Theater recently to see a show, I noticed a curious...

Book Review: Dry Gardens: High Style for Low Water Gardens
Book Review: Dry Gardens: High Style for Low Water Gardens

Not so long ago, a book about dry gardens in the U.S. would...

'waste not,' a full-use cookbook from james beard foundation, with tiffany derry
‘waste not,’ a full-use cookbook from james beard foundation, with tiffany derry

HAVING BEEN RAISED in the presence of a Depression-era grandmother who even went...

Dia de los Muertos in Lucinda Hutson's festive home and garden
Dia de los Muertos in Lucinda Hutson’s festive home and garden

As a native of border city El Paso and a veteran traveler throughout...