February 14, 2020
I'm all heart-eyes for the garden today as it shows off beautiful Valentine's Day reds. Here's native [possumhaw holly](https://www.penick.net/digging/?p=5912) (*Ilex decidua*) sporting clusters of tiny red berries. Soon the mockingbirds and cedar waxwings will polish these off, so I'm enjoying them while I can.
And thanks to our mild winter, round-leaf firecracker fern (*Russelia rotundifolia* ) continues to light up a shady bed with fiery color, overlooked by a wriggly-armed squid agave (*Agave bracteosa*) in a fluted pot.
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### Digging Deeper: News and Upcoming Events
I'm giving a **[keynote talk at the Texas Master Gardener Conference](https://txmg-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/conference/files/2019/12/Conference-Agenda-with-Links.pdf)** in Waco, Texas, on May 13 from 10:45 a.m. to 12 noon: "Sod Busting: 8 Great Ideas for Your Yard After Digging Up the Lawn." If you're a Texas master gardener who's [registered for the conference](https://txmg.org/conference/), I hope to see you there!
**Mark your calendar for the May 16th [Inside Austin Gardens Tour](https://www.insideaustingardens.org/)** hosted by the Travis County Master Gardeners. Six private gardens in and around Austin will offer opportunities to learn about drought/deluge-tolerant, Earth-Kind® landscaping and butterfly, herb, vegetable, and succulent gardening.
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