I've never been busted flat in Baton Rouge, but I have been beaten silly by the Texas caliche. Not much rhythm in there, but it feels similar. And I haven't orbited the earth, but I have circumnavigated my circle garden a few times. And regarding the seven year itch, that will be a post 5 years from now.
Anyhoo, back at the south 40, when we began planning our retirement move from Washington DC to San Antonio in the spring of 2008, I also began to search for landscape inspiration. In addition to the many excellent local gardening articles and radio shows offering advice, I knew I needed a lot more. I wanted a landscape that would reflect both my style and our region.
|Circle Garden Spring 2013|
Seeking inspiration I searched numerous gardening word combinations and only came up with a few ideas. When I added the word "Austin" to the mix I began to make progress, and somewhere in there the blog "Digging" popped up and I was intrigued. I had been aware of cooking and travel blogs but the idea of a garden blog hadn't occurred to me. So I scanned a few pages, filed it as a possibility somewhere in my mind, closed it and got busy with my last few weeks of work and planning our nearly 2,000 mile move.
Surprised? You were probably thinking that I should have been mesmerized for hours and that's exactly what I think now when I look back. Sometime in late 2009 while researching family history I found Pam's blog again when her post on the Texas State Cemetery turned up in a search and I instantly remembered seeing her blog before. This time when I clicked the header to go to Digging's homepage it all literally clicked into place. That's when I spent hours reading through old posts and learning so much from the information Pam shares on plants, landscaping, gardens, and nurseries--all of it focused on beating the extremes of Texas weather. I also found her list of "Garden Blogs I Dig" and was transported around our region and the world peeking behind the fence at all types of gardens. That was about the time I had begun to focus on gardening and it quickly became clear that blogs were the best way to find the inspiration I needed to get going on my own landscape.
|Lindheimer's Muhly and Salvia Greggii|
|Driveway October 2013|
|Formerly dreary side yard|
I still have only scratched the surface of that original list. By the way, is Sputnik a plant that will grow in the Texas heat?