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Kathleen Scott
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Lives in Texas Hill Country
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Great info on cultivating antelope horns--a native milkweed with blooms that look like they came from outer space.
Antelope Horns Milkweed The name comes from the seed pods. This is a small indigenous milkweed that in theory grows in the Blackland Prairie here in Central Texas. Though I've looked, I haven't act...
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You might think you have to be an expert to be a judge in an official BBQ competition. Nope; at least not in the beginning rounds. Anyone who can read and eat can volunteer. And this culinary sport needs a lot of judges.
Each contestant submits his or her entry in an identical container, which is assigned a number by the organizers to preserve anonymity. The boxes are then passed around the judging table. Using a new plastic utensil to keep from spreading germs, each judge cuts off a bite (or dips it out if ...
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You're not close to much but God on the road to Hamilton Pool Preserve in the wilds of Travis County, west of Austin and north of Dripping Springs.

But it's worth the trek to see the splash of history.
But when you get there--if you're early and lucky enough to be one of the limited number admitted to the popular natural swimmin' hole--you'll walk down a steep-ish quarter-mile path lined with bushes and trees, emerging at a natural blue-green pool fed by a cascading waterfall.
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Wondering what to do about saturated gardens and seldom-seen plant pests encouraged by high humidity? I rounded up advice from Texas experts for this San Antonio Express-News article: 

http://www.expressnews.com/lifestyle/home-garden/article/Gardeners-shift-gears-adapt-to-soggy-ground-6293198.php?t=537fc5fc7e8199dd2f&cmpid=fb-premium&fb_ref=Default
Organic products such as whole ground cornmeal — also called horticultural cornmeal — and garlic spray will deter fungal bodies from forming on the ground, said Wendy Meyer, a manager of Shades of Green Nursery. Fungal diseases such as blackspot and powdery mildew attack plants and can cause leaves to drop and make plants look puny. Organic gardening expert John Dromgoole, on a broadcast of “Central Texas Gardener,” recommended spraying disease...
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Good article about bringing birds to your yard--personally tested and proved in Texas...in my yard.
With a little knowledge and elbow grease, a homeowner can create gardens with year-round bird appeal, offering the sights of cardinals snacking on berries, goldfinches pulling seeds, and wrens returning to the nest with insects. Creating a bird-friendly garden starts with knowing what birds need: shelter and safety, nesting material and sites, food and water. Most city yards hold a combination of trees, shrubs and turf grass, most often dominat...
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She's crazy to choose Bermuda grass--a noxious weed in my opinion--instead of one of your landscapes.  You'd give her something beautiful and easy-care instead of a struggling mess.
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Cheryl Gordon's home was an eye-opener for making a 1950's place fresh and modern, on a budget.  And the story shares ideas for inexpensive updates. 
Fun accents in this room-- a pillow that pops, a coffee table made from an upside-down crate topped with a padded coffee bean sack, budget bling lamps from Target and a tableau of found art (centered by a favorite family picture) flanked by antique horns. I love writing about unique homes and ...
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We live in the suburbs now--but still find wildlife in our garden.
I was watering in the back garden when this guy crawled from between cracks in the clay. King of summer sounds, the cicada. If you'd like a cicada serenade, click here: Cicada songs via Cicadamania.com and scroll down to the sound gallery. Copyright 2009-2015 Kathleen Scott, for Hill Country ...
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The best beer in town is brewed in a 1929 hotel...maybe the ghost of the founder helps out. 
Walter Faust, Sr. must have been a determined man. In 1929, two weeks before the stock market crash, he opened a splendid four-story brick hotel in the little Texas town of New Braunfels. And somehow kept it open through the Depression, blights and World War II. The hotel is owned by others now, ...
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I'm among those who know that everyone who doesn't live in the desert or the Arctic needs water in their outdoor space. Flowing water is the jewelry of a garden--energy, sparkle and shine that sings to the soul.
Splashing fountains, pools and ponds flow through five acres at Hill Country Water Gardens, a garden center "making outdoors awesome since 1999" with water features of every kind plus aquatic plants--and enough terrestrial green to make any vegetable, herb, native or habitat gardener happy.
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A reminder of loss can also be a call to the joy of living.
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Spring beauty--redbuds are early bloomers in the Texas Hill Country.
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Spring migration is here! Rufous hummers fly out as black-chinned arrive.

http://www.hillcountrymysteries.com/2015/03/hang-out-your-feeders-spring.html
Black-chinned males first, always. The guys want an early start to stake out territory. They know that the boys with the best turf get the girls. We might have seen the front-runners a little earlier than other folks in our south-central Texas range because hummingbirds return to places they've ...
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    An accounting degree and years in corporate finance taught the value of questioning, the importance of logic and the ability to see multiple perspectives.
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Award-winning travel and lifestyle writer focusing on culture, nature, food and wine
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I travel to find the untold stories and magic of a place--culture, nature, dining and wine. My experience comes to the page and web in published articles gathered at Ticket to Magic and posts at Hill Country Mysteries.


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I'm an explorer. I know where to find the best coconut pie and most amazing craft brew in Texas. I've been high and low for a story of hot air ballooning and white-water river rafting. In two old towns, almost every resident I met had a personal ghost story to tell. I wrote about a coastal town where resilience is personified in yard sculptures created from hurricane-killed trees. And I believe the best adventure is the one I'll find tomorrow.
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Hill Country Mysteries: Pineapple Sage (Salvia elegans)
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I'm planning plants for our new garden and Pineapple sage (Salvia elegans) is on the list--beautiful red tubular flowers, easy care, fragran

Hill Country Mysteries: Altered Direction
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I've missed writing Hill Country Mysteries. Seemed too hard to meet newspaper deadlines and write posts here too...but I miss the blog and y

Galveston experiences top the gift list
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Guests of the Hotel Galvez Spa arrive early to decompress in the Relaxation Room with cold cucumber slices on their eyes, hot towels on thei

Holidays celebrations around Texas
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Parades wind to towering Christmas trees, trains take pajama-clad children to Santa, ice sculptures enthrall the winter-lonely and music fil

A ghostly weekend in New Braunfels
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[...] the past is so present in New Braunfels that visitors can spend an entire weekend playing, eating, drinking and sleeping in places who

Der Lindenbaum - Authentic German food in Fredericksburg
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Schnitzel, potato salad, red cabbage still get rave reviews that Lady Bird Johnson gave the downtown restaurant in 2000.

Texas drought will lighten up by winter, report says
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The Climate Prediction Center states that drought conditions in Texas most likely will improve or end by the end of the year, except for the

The downtown Dallas you haven't seen
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An $8 million renovation in 2013 added new public spaces, 68 new rooms and â€" my favorite â€" a subterranean 8,000-square-foot ESPA, the fi

Hill Country Mysteries: Hummingbird Haven -- Spring Migration 2014
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Explorations of a travel writer living in the beautiful Texas Hill Country...flora and fauna, nature and mysteries...food and wine...life. W

Hill Country Mysteries: Romantic Galveston
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I visit Galveston every chance I get. Most folks go for the beaches--32 miles of them. But I'm drawn as much by tangy island air and quirky

Spaces: Harmony here is handmade
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The Salmons designed their 1,700-square-foot house around traditional Mexican elements with a detour through New Mexico, where they lived ea

Gardens around Texas
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[...] at gardens around the state, brilliant displays await visitors â€" pink azaleas, white roses, yellow and blue wildflowers, purple orch

Recipe for a Romantic Galveston Weekend
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The seawall that protects the island from storm surge runs about 10 miles from the eastern end of the island to 103rd Street on the west, to

Rustic and elegant mix in a place worth sharing
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WIMBERLEY â€" Light dances from the silver-toned antler chandelier in the entryway, announcing the imaginative style within the tin and timb

Tribute to Greatness
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Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela 1918 - 2013 "No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religi

Holiday glow: Celebrations around Texas
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From north to south and points between, Texans flock to the sights and sounds of the holidays. With a state this big, there's something for

Hill Country Mysteries: Walking Tours: Seven Cities Worth Exploring by Foot
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You're ambling down The Strand in Galveston, everyone's favorite Texas island town and one of the best places in the state to explore on foo

Family finds comforts of home on Wimberley ranch
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Wimberley â€" WIMBERLEY â€" When former Katy resident Darla Farris drove through the iron gate of a Wimberley ranch in 2011, she saw that th

Hill Country Mysteries: It doesn't get any better
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It's also seventeen years since I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Denny married me 10 days after the cancer surgery, before we knew how ba

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