Digging is eighteen years previous, and different information

February 20, 2024

Final week I celebrated two milestones. Digging turned 18 years previous on Valentine’s Day, which implies the weblog is a full-fledged grownup now. Nonetheless can’t drink although.

I’m amazed by how lengthy running a blog has continued to curiosity me, whilst so many different blogs that began across the identical time — in February 2006 — petered out or morphed into Instagram. Is anybody nonetheless studying? I wish to assume so.

Good day to you! And thanks.

The day after Valentine’s Day, I celebrated a good larger milestone: I turned within the manuscript and images for my subsequent guide! It was the end result of a 13-month, nonstop challenge that took me back-and-forth throughout the state of Texas, to the tune of 6,742 miles pushed by me, 27 backyard shoots (every one taking a day, working with an expert photographer), a bazillion pictures sifted by to decide on one of the best ones, and hours and hours of interviews with gardeners, backyard homeowners, and designers, translating to 27 uniquely Texan backyard tales.

I can’t wait so that you can see the completed guide, coming in 2025. That’s proper, a yr away. Books are a slow-motion course of. However I promise will probably be well worth the wait! I don’t have an official title but, however I’ll share it as quickly as I do.

In order that’s my information, and it’s why issues have been a bit quiet on the weblog this month. Pictured here’s a backyard within the Tarrytown neighborhood of Austin that I noticed sooner or later in January. That colorfully painted palmetto trunk, decked out with hearts for Valentine’s Day, had me yanking the automobile to the curb to get a photograph. How charming, each the palmetto and the home!

Yesterday I emerged from my very own home like a blinking mole and celebrated my freedom from the keyboard with a procuring journey at Barton Springs Nursery with a good friend. I may not have thought to pop into the tropical home, however my good friend did, and that’s the place I noticed this planted-up sofa.

There’s an identical espresso desk, naturally, full with brick-sized distant management for an imaginary TV. Enjoyable! I got here dwelling with a trunkful of vegetation, which was additionally enjoyable. At the moment I’ll be out within the backyard, getting all of them planted in anticipation of spring, which is nearly right here.

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Attend the third annual Budding Out Plant Sale & Competition on March sixteenth on the John Fairey Backyard in Hempstead. Uncommon and distinctive vegetation from the backyard’s nursery and from choose plant distributors will likely be on the market. Extra choices embody artwork, ceramics, jewellery, meals, music, and shows. Admission: $5 for members, $10 for non-members, kids below 12 free. Hours: 10 am to 4 pm; members get early admission at 9 am (memberships out there on day of occasion).

Come out to Austin’s Mayfield Park on April sixth for the Mayfield Park Gardening Symposium & Fundraiser, 8:30 to 11 am. This annual profit for the park features a raffle, plant sale, and backyard audio system.

Come find out about gardening and design at Backyard Spark! I manage in-person talks by inspiring designers, panorama architects, authors, and gardeners a couple of instances a yr in Austin. These are limited-attendance occasions that promote out rapidly, so be part of the Backyard Spark electronic mail record to be notified upfront; merely click on this hyperlink and ask to be added. Season 8 kicks off in fall 2024. Keep tuned for more information!

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