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Springtime in Mom’s garden – Digging


May 11, 2019

Clematis ‘Jackmanii’ in full flower is like a constellation of purple stars.

While strolling through my mother’s north Austin garden between rain showers last week, I was bowled over by the display. This is the best I’ve ever seen her clematis bloom.

Adding more purple to the garden, as well as white, larkspur echoes the shape of a bottle tree “growing” by the fence. Last fall Mom scattered a packet of wildflower seeds in one of her raised beds, and these came up. Larkspur is a classic spring flower in Austin gardens and very easy to grow from seed.

Before the recent heavy rains, her ‘Radcon’ Pink Knock Out rosebush was a sight to behold, and even now it has a blowsy beauty.

Lola, Mom’s beloved Chihuahua, does her wriggle dance as we explore the garden.

Mom loves roses, white picket fences, and romantic gardens. She installed a short section of picket fencing between her garage and the front wall of her house, turning a plain-Jane front walk into a courtyard garden with privacy and a gate that keeps her dog from escaping into the street when she opens her front door. A rose-covered arbor makes a flowery and welcoming entrance.

It’s always fun to see what’s blooming in Mom’s garden, and I’m so grateful that she passed along her love of gardening to me. Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!

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May 29, 2019 Branch Park, the newest public park in the Mueller neighborhood, opened...

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

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

Hoofed visitor - Digging
Hoofed visitor – Digging

May 27, 2019 Stepping onto our front porch the other day, we spotted a...

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

A new study found people who ate mushrooms at least twice a week...

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...

A Little Bean Is Sprouting in the Fall
A Little Bean Is Sprouting in the Fall

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

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...

Fawn hiding in plain sight
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...

Spring is abloom in shades of pink and turquoise
Spring is abloom in shades of pink and turquoise

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

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

Spring flowers and foliage at Dallas Arboretum
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...

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

Anthracnose disease is a plant disease that affects a number of shade trees...

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

April 18, 2019 During a family visit to Charlotte, North Carolina, last weekend, I...

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

April 17, 2019 April unfurls new marvels to appreciate each day, like the glaucous...

margaret's garden in april 'martha stewart living'
margaret’s garden in april ‘martha stewart living’

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

Cram More Into Your City Vegetable Garden!
Cram More Into Your City Vegetable Garden!

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

what weed is it? putting names to pesky plants
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...

Food for people and butterflies in San Antonio Botanical Garden's culinary and entry gardens
Food for people and butterflies in San Antonio Botanical Garden’s culinary and entry gardens

San Antonio was calling my name last week, so I hopped in the...

Play outdoors in magical Family Adventure Garden at San Antonio Botanical Garden
Play outdoors in magical Family Adventure Garden at San Antonio Botanical Garden

I’ve visited a lot of play gardens, and I play in ALL of...

More butterflies and Halloween scarecrows at San Antonio Botanical Garden
More butterflies and Halloween scarecrows at San Antonio Botanical Garden

I’ve shown you the fabulous new gardens at San Antonio Botanical Garden that...

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,...

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...

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...

More butterflies and Halloween scarecrows at San Antonio Botanical Garden
More butterflies and Halloween scarecrows at San Antonio Botanical Garden

I’ve shown you the fabulous new gardens at San Antonio Botanical Garden that...

Growing Belgian Endive - SeedMoney
Growing Belgian Endive – SeedMoney

People who like Belgian endive like it so much they grow it...

More butterflies and Halloween scarecrows at San Antonio Botanical Garden
More butterflies and Halloween scarecrows at San Antonio Botanical Garden

I’ve shown you the fabulous new gardens at San Antonio Botanical Garden that...

Planting Asparagus from Crowns - SeedMoney
Planting Asparagus from Crowns – SeedMoney

Planting an asparagus bed may well be the smartest thing you do...

'innumerable insects,' with dr. michael engel
‘innumerable insects,’ with dr. michael engel

BEFORE I SAW it myself, a reader alerted me that she’d come upon...

Garden Spark 2018 season concludes; 2019 season TBA soon!
Garden Spark 2018 season concludes; 2019 season TBA soon!

Hey, garden friends! My 2018 season of Garden Spark talks concluded last Thursday...

Play outdoors in magical Family Adventure Garden at San Antonio Botanical Garden
Play outdoors in magical Family Adventure Garden at San Antonio Botanical Garden

I’ve visited a lot of play gardens, and I play in ALL of...

San Diego Carnivorous Plant Society Show and Sale
Fly Life: Carnivorous Plants Come Out for #SharkWeek

It’s Shark Week, everybody! We’re honoring this hallowed summer tradition by spotlighting our...

From Sand to Soil: The Roots of the Obodo Ahiara Community Garden
From Sand to Soil: The Roots of the Obodo Ahiara Community Garden

By ways of innovative solutions and a commitment to women’s empowerment, the...

Rainy day visit to Jenny Stocker's garden
Rainy day visit to Jenny Stocker’s garden

A visit to Jenny Stocker‘s gorgeous walled garden is always a treat, even...

Explore Fortlandia at the Wildflower Center
Explore Fortlandia at the Wildflower Center

Your secret hideout awaits! That’s the tagline for Fortlandia, an exhibit of play...

Making Fast Friends at the Slow Flowers Summit
Making Fast Friends at the Slow Flowers Summit

Earlier this summer, I (Chantal, hi) spent a weekend in Seattle. I was...

August 2018 Newsletter - SeedMoney
August 2018 Newsletter – SeedMoney

Dear Friends, When I first learned about a mysterious herd of goats on...

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,...

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...

Buds, Sweat and Tears:Order Our Book Now!
Buds, Sweat and Tears:Order Our Book Now!

That sound you hear? That’s our very loud sigh of relief as we...

homemade hot sauce recipe
Homemade Hot Sauce – SeedMoney

Tabasco sauce is the brand name for a hot pepper sauce produced...

clivia, staking, viburnum leaf beetle, chestnuts & more: q&a with ken druse
clivia, staking, viburnum leaf beetle, chestnuts & more: q&a with ken druse

YES, IT’S US AGAIN, me and Ken Druse, here to answer your latest...

Reinventing Food One Shipping Container at a Time
Reinventing Food One Shipping Container at a Time

“The low-slung building on Evans Avenue with the greenhouse roof blends into the...

A New Book Is Cookin'
A New Book Is Cookin’

It’s been quiet on the blog this summer. Though I wish it was...

Food for people and butterflies in San Antonio Botanical Garden's culinary and entry gardens
Food for people and butterflies in San Antonio Botanical Garden’s culinary and entry gardens

San Antonio was calling my name last week, so I hopped in the...

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...

BHG Takes Brooklyn: Our Recap of Stylemaker 2017!
BHG Takes Brooklyn: Our Recap of Stylemaker 2017!

Hosted every fall in New York by Better Homes & Gardens, the Stylemaker...

Leslie Lindgren: Kennebunk Community Garden
Leslie Lindgren: Kennebunk Community Garden

Leslie Lindgren (left) with members of the Kennebunk Community Garden board   When did...

Brassica greens under row cover
Brassica salad greens under row cover

Floating row cover, weighed down and made semi-transparent by water, is all that...

Unusual Plants for the Autumn Garden
Unusual Plants for the Autumn Garden

Who doesn’t love a bargain? You can save a lot of money acquiring...

creative vegetable and mushroom soup ideas, with alexandra stafford
creative vegetable and mushroom soup ideas, with alexandra stafford

STRANGE BUT TRUE: Though I’ve been following a vegetarian diet for decades already...

Urban farming is alive and well in La Jolla
Urban farming is alive and well in La Jolla

“Regulations allow two miniature goats, two beehives and up to 25 hens (not...

My 10 Most-Asked Questions After 1 Year of Living in Central Oregon
My 10 Most-Asked Questions After 1 Year of Living in Central Oregon

I can hardly believe it myself, but as of this month, I’ve been...

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...

Sky-High Planting in NY! Notes From BH&G Stylemaker 2018...
Sky-High Planting in NY! Notes From BH&G Stylemaker 2018…

Ah, autumn in New York—there’s a reason Billie sang about it. Especially those...

What Word do you Associate with Gardens?
What Word do you Associate with Gardens?

There are so many words that come to mind for me: love,...

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