Lawn Gone! giveaway: And the winners are…

To make a party of my new book announcementThe Water-Saving Garden: How to Grow a Gorgeous Garden with a Lot Less Water (coming spring 2016; follow on FB) — I’ve been running a giveaway of three copies of my book Lawn Gone! Low-Maintenance, Sustainable, Attractive Alternatives for Your Yard.

Out of 110 entries, I’ve just drawn the three winners, selected by a random number generator:
#73 – Cityslipper
#56 – Candice
#55 – Brenda Kula

Congratulations, y’all! I’ll email you today to get your addresses. To everyone who commented, thank you for sharing your favorite water-saving tips! It’s heartening to see that so many people in all kinds of climates are conscious of their water use and interested in conserving.

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Pretty goods at Austin nurseries


By Monday morning, which was my deadline for turning in my new book manuscript, I hadn’t showered in three days, changed out of my sweats in two, or slept more than 4 hours a night for about a week, give or take a few coma-like naps. Yesterday, after two nights of good sleep, multiple showers, and a morning appointment at the hair salon, I felt as spiffy as a new-shined penny. With a few hours to kill before school pickup, I hit a couple nurseries I’d hadn’t visited in a while.

And I saw some pretty things. Like this vignette of potted succulents and flax lily at The Natural Gardener.


And this terracotta tower of blooming annuals.


And this fence detail. Love! It’s just a forked cedar branch tucked inside a cedar and corrugated metal frame, with three metal birds attached, but isn’t it sweet? I think the silhouetted birds are cedar waxwings.


I’m going to copy at least the branch and bird part. I went into the shop and bought three wrens to keep company with the Carolina wrens in my garden. A project for a rainy day.


While in the shop I had to check the bookshelf. Yep, there’s Lawn Gone! Thanks for keeping it in stock, Natural Gardener. By the way, if you’re a member of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (and you should be. Hello! Free reciprocal admission to botanical gardens around the country), all through February you can show your membership card at the Natural Gardener to get 20% off one native Texas tree. Nice! (The Wildflower Center’s offering many other discounts for members at retailers around town this month, so be sure to check the link.)


I also popped over to The Great Outdoors, where a pair of terracotta lamp jars caught my eye. Not cheap at $260-something apiece, but so pretty.


They remind me of these pierced terracotta lanterns I admired in the garden of Jennifer and Fred Myers.


The Great Outdoors has long had a green roof over their gift shop, but currently it’s planted with purple pansies — and one rather large softleaf yucca. Cheery!


And yes, they have quite a few copies too. Thanks, TGO!

So have you been trolling the nurseries yet, eager for spring? Or if you live where it’s snowy, are you perusing plant catalogs? I hope, at the least, that you’ve showered in the last couple days.

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The Water-Saving Garden and Southern Living Bloggers to Follow


Two really nice things happened yesterday. First I learned that Southern Living, a magazine I’ve been reading since I was a teenager, named me one of 30 Bloggers To Follow in 2015.


“From food to home and everything in between, we share the list of bloggers that are inspiring our editors in 2015,” reads Southern Living‘s article, and I’m truly honored to be included, along with several other garden bloggers I admire: Dee Nash of Red Dirt Ramblings (Oklahoma), Helen Yoest of Gardening With Confidence (North Carolina), Steve Asbell of The Rainforest Garden (Florida), and Carolyn Binder of Cowlick Cottage Farm (Florida). Thanks so much, Southern Living!


Amid the little windstorm that kicked up on my social media all day, I heard from my editor at Ten Speed Press that I could release the name of my upcoming book, the follow-up to Lawn Gone! that I’ve been working on since last summer — and working on furiously since October.

The new book is called The Water-Saving Garden: How to Grow a Gorgeous Garden with a Lot Less Water, and it’ll be out early next year. Please “Like” my book’s new Facebook page (if you’re on FB) to follow all the news about it. Just as I still do on Lawn Gone!‘s FB page, I’ll also be sharing stories of interest about saving water in the garden. I promise, this won’t be a dry (pun intended), technical, how-to book but a lively, inspiring book full of practical and creative ways to garden while using less of our most precious resource.

Oh, and don’t forget, if you haven’t already entered, I’m celebrating my book announcement by offering a GIVEAWAY to 3 lucky winners: a copy of my book Lawn Gone! Low-Maintenance, Sustainable, Attractive Alternatives for Your Yard. Pop over to my giveaway webpage (not this page) to leave a comment and be entered in the giveaway, which ends next Monday, February 9th.

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