Gorgeous flowering of a pond iris and more


As buds began to swell last week, I’ve been eagerly awaiting the flowering of my pond iris. And this morning, three burgundy, yellow-throated flowers unfurled.


They look especially picturesque as viewed against the turquoise shed doors.


Several more buds mean more flowers to come.


Jenny/Rock Rose gave me a division of this lovely iris in 2015. It bloomed for me that year, but last year…nothing.


So you can see why I’m excited about it now.


Other plants are in full bloom as well, including the pomegranate tree next to the beaked yucca.


Dozens of frilly, orange flowers resemble juju hats…


…or, when seen closer, ruffly crepe-paper flowers.


On the other side of the garden, star jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides) perfumes the upper patio.


And although it’s not my garden, I have to share a sweet spring image of golden columbines, like shooting stars, at Zilker Botanical Garden last Saturday.


Oh, and congrats to Austin gardener Ruthie Burrus, whose charming stone garden haus smothered in ‘Peggy Martin’ roses appears in the current issue of Southern Living (April 2017)! I had the pleasure of visiting Ruthie’s garden a couple of years ago; click for the full tour.


And here’s the magazine cover if you want to pick up a copy to read all about her garden haus and roses.

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Digging blog mention in Country Gardens magazine


Hello! As I turned to page 107 while reading the current issue of Country Gardens (Spring 2017), I saw a screenshot of my blog. What’s this?


It turns out Digging is one of Tucson garden designer and author Scott Calhoun‘s favorite blogs for the Southwest. Thanks so much for the great review, Scott!


Check out Country Gardens magazine to see blog shout-outs for other regions, including the Midwest, Mountain, Northeast, Northwest, and Southeast. Several of my favorites are mentioned; I’d have included some others. And don’t forget to check out my own blogroll for more great garden blogs!

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Get on the mailing list for Garden Spark Talks. Inspired by the idea of house concerts — performances in private homes, which support musicians and give a small audience an up-close and personal musical experience — I’m hosting a series of garden talks by design speakers out of my home. The upcoming talk with James deGrey David has sold out, but join the Garden Spark email list for speaker announcements delivered to your inbox; simply click this link and ask to be added. Subscribers get advance notification when tickets go on sale for these limited-attendance events.

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Read my article in Country Gardens about East Austin Succulents


If you like Austin’s thrift-store, anything-goes, fun-loving style, especially in gardening, check out my article about Eric Pedley’s nursery East Austin Succulents in the current issue of Country Gardens magazine (Spring 2017, pages 70-75). You can read all about Eric’s unique junk-store finds, LP-cooking adventures, and how he creates the coolest succulent containers you’ve ever seen.


I’m particularly excited about this article, not only because it shows off one of Austin’s wonderful nurseries, but because it’s my first article for Country Gardens AND it’s my first producer credit! As the producer I worked with photographer Ryann Ford to help stage the photos, giving me a behind-the-scenes look at a professional magazine shoot.


I know you’ll enjoy Ryann’s photos of Eric’s fun and funky succulent containers, as well as Eric’s tips about creating them.

If you’re not a subscriber, you can find the magazine at newsstands and bookstores, including Barnes & Noble. This issue, I found, is wrapped in plastic and packaged with a floral coloring booklet, so you’ll have to buy it to read it. And then you can color too.

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Get on the mailing list for Garden Spark Talks. Inspired by the idea of house concerts — performances in private homes, which support musicians and give a small audience an up-close and personal musical experience — I’m hosting a series of garden talks by design speakers out of my home. The upcoming talk with James deGrey David has sold out, but join the Garden Spark email list for speaker announcements delivered to your inbox; simply click this link and ask to be added. Subscribers get advance notification when tickets go on sale for these limited-attendance events.

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