Instagramming my garden

I resisted joining Instagram for the longest time because it seemed like One More Thing to keep up with. But its huge popularity and my dawning recognition that it’s ideal for sharing gardening goodness (my mission statement, after all!) have convinced me to take the plunge.

And I have to admit it’s pretty fun to take a quick snapshot with your phone, crop it into that iconic square, and — boom! — share it with the world. Like this honeybee I spotted on the Sedum palmeri yesterday while I was cutting back the garden.

Here’s another Instagram from yesterday: ‘Blue Elf’ aloe in bloom and the ever-blooming bottle tree behind it, with afternoon sunlight streaming through the trees.

I’m a total newbie and haven’t figured out all the Instagram ins and outs yet. For example, one of my goals in using it is to entice readers to come here to my blog, but since Instagram doesn’t allow links, except in your profile, I guess it’s an indirect enticement. If you’re an experienced Instagrammer who’s also an active blogger, I’d love to hear your tips.

One more, a Cosmo close-up. It can’t all be about gardening!

If you’d like to follow me on Instagram, here’s my Instagram page. I’ll eventually get around to adding the link to my social media buttons in the sidebar.

Happy Friday, y’all!


Upcoming Events and News

My new book, The Water-Saving Garden: How to Grow a Gorgeous Garden with a Lot Less Water, comes out next Tuesday! Click the link for more info and, if you like, to order online from the retailer of your choice. Check back soon for my book-release blog party with lots of giveaways of water-saving gardening items!

Join me for my kick-off garden talk for my new book, The Water-Saving Garden, on February 27, at 10 am, at The Natural Gardener nursery in southwest Austin. My talk is called “Hold the Hose! How to Make Your Garden Water Thrifty and Beautiful,” and it’s free to the public. Afterward I’ll have books available for purchase and will be glad to autograph one for you! Dress for the weather, as the talk will be held in the big tent outside.

Look for me on Instagram as pamdigging. See you there!

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12 Responses

  1. Renee says:

    I was excited to see you on Instagram! Hopefully you can share even more pictures from your garden this way.

    • Pam/Digging says:

      I will, Renee. I’m finding it really easy to snap a few while I’m puttering around. I’ll also share pics from around Austin, I’m sure, because I always have my phone with me. What’s your Instagram link, by the way? —Pam

  2. Adriana says:

    Welcome to Instagram!

    I have seen people put specific and shortened web links in the bio section. Update it when you want to send people to the latest blog entry.

    Also I am sure there are popular hashtags that may bring more traffic… Or just start your own!

    Hope that helps.

  3. You can set your iphone to shoot square pics and that way you don’t have to bother with cropping. Also, if you are on FBook you can link the Instagram post to FB when you “share”. That picks up a lot of followers. Use hashtags.

  4. Rachelle says:

    There is something about the pictures of your garden which always speaks to me, Pam. I think it is how I came to follow you blog in the first place. I was looking for garden blogs during that time when mine is covered in ice and snow. It is the sort of garden I would have if I lived in Texas rather than central Wisconsin.

    • Pam/Digging says:

      Rachelle, that is the great joy of reading blogs from gardens far-flung from our own, I think. It allows you to indulge in a what-if, and a how-cool, and maybe even a little plant envy. I do what you do in reverse during the heat of summer, when gardening here isn’t so fun, and I enjoy poring over images of lush northern gardens. —Pam

  5. I’m an Instagram newbie, too, Pam and very challenged. You seem to have made a good start. P. x