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Sunflowers, by way of Berlin

I had better luck sowing seeds this year than ever before. Beside the hollyhocks from Georgia O’Keeffe’s garden, I sowed sunflower (tithonia rotundifolia) seeds that I bought at one of the most wonderful artist home/gardens I’ve ever visited: the Max Liebermann Villa outside of Berlin on Lake Wannsee. Here’s what the seedlings looked like when […]

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Far from England . . .

For the first time in several years, we did not take our annual springtime trek to England. Instead, I must be satisfied with my own foxgloves, in Austin, in what I call (aspirationally) the “cottage garden.”

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After the storm . . .

From the bedroom we have such a great view (well, two views, actually, from the double windows across to the hills and from the french doors across to the field). A nighttime Texas boomer is a sight (and sound) to behold. But Friday night’s storm was off the charts. The driving downpour on the metal […]

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The several times I have attempted to sow seeds, I have been spectacularly unsuccessful. But look at these sunflowers (tithonia rotundifolia)! I bought the seeds from one of my all-time favorite artist’s home/gardens, the Max Liebermann Villa outside of Berlin on Lake Wannsee. We spent a magical day there last year. I sowed the seeds […]

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My tiny cottage garden

On Friday we posted our “Certified Wildlife Habitat” sign on the gate leading into the backyard in our Austin home. While I was there snapping the sign, I turned the camera to the left, to document what I grandly call my “cottage garden.” (A girl can dream, can’t she?)

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How to properly water a tree

It’s finally tree-planting season, and we headed out to the Natural Gardener to replenish our sprinkler inventory. The Hill Country sun is tough on plastic. When were told which model arborist Don Gardner recommends, were were sold. Don is our go-to arborist: he’s worked with us at the ranch and in the city for more […]

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How to be a better gardener — instantly

As a personal/executive coach, I find myself repeatedly reminding people that there are no silver bullets. But, alas, I’ve discovered an exception to the rule, as the new stone work at our 100+-year-old Austin home has been completed: If you want a more beautiful garden, then reconstruct your hardscaping! Before, a mongrel mixture of cracked […]

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Amanda Moon: plants to pass-along and rustle-up

Amanda Moon had me at “lavender.” It was at the recent Zilker Park Garden Festival, when she helped me better understand the vascular wilt that is devastating my field of Provence. (That’s a story for a future blog post.) So when I saw that she was a presenter at Saturday’s “Trowel and Error,” the annual […]

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Heading to “Trowel & Error” at Mayfield Park

When Friday comes round, we head to the hills, to Dancing Red Ranch, an hour door-to-door from our Hyde Park home. Nothing short of the momentous can keep us from our weekend retreat. The annual Mayfield “Trowel & Error” gardening symposium is one of the few things that will keep me away from the ranch […]

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Spanish bluebells?

Here are some newbies to my Austin garden, bulbs I purchased (in a bulb-buying frenzy last fall) from Southern Bulb Company. As per my last blog post about plant labels, I think they’re Spanish bluebells. Anyone?

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