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Verdant

maidenhair fern in a Texas garden CP

In the afterglow of resurrection celebrations and the bright delight of our Lenten look at “flowers of the field,” I thought we all might be ready to rest in tranquil green leaves. As florists regularly practice, it brings beauty to set dazzling blossoms against a verdant backdrop; it seems King Solomon thought likewise in his […]

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The Word on Creating Gardens

creating gardens and dreaming flower pots

Happy New Year and Welcome Back to the blog at Garden in Delight. The winter season finds gardens flourishing—in the imagination and mind’s eye of their gardeners, that is! While bees might not yet be buzzing, new ideas and curious pursuits hum in gardeners’ hearts; ground may be bare and empty, yet seed catalogs fill […]

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Surprising Cypress

lemon cypress sapling centerpiece

The holy month of evergreen delight is here—deck the halls, decorate home and haven, no hesitation here! The glory of Lebanon will come to you, the juniper, the fir and the cypress together, to adorn my sanctuary Isaiah 60:13 NIV I love bringing out the evergreens, for nearly every sprig or bough, in garland, wreath, […]

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A Tasteful Place: Vegetables with Love

vegetable love in butternut squash at A Tasteful Place

A Tasteful Place, a newly-opened garden area at the Dallas Arboretum, showcases edibles—vegetables, fruits, and herbs—in support of the growing trend of home gardening and fresh-food eating that has taken root in American lifestyles. The southern section, adding 3.5 acres for visitor enjoyment, surrounds productive plants with plenty of pollinator-friendly posies, creating a great buzz […]

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Bitter Herbs Blitz

growing bitter herbs escarole detail

Do you feel fall in the air? September sends signs of autumn in the subtle changes of light and slightly cooler breezes. Although this year, anything goes with the fearful, eventful hurricanes, earthquakes, and hail! Still, by the end of the month, fall will be official and garden time will be filled with clean up […]

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Acanthus Everywhere

Acanthus syriacus flowers by Snow Monkey Pottery

With the great benefit of garden travel via GWA: The Association of Garden Communicators and the organization’s annual meetings, I have seen gardens north, south, east, and west—from Pasadena’s chaparral to Quebec’s well-watered scenery. What is one plant that surprisingly accommodates such a variety of situation? Acanthus. I have seen acanthus everywhere! In honor of […]

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Elegant Elaeagnus

olive martini elaeagnus multigreen hues

Summer has officially arrived! To welcome summer in the garden is to enter into the deep, inviting wonder of lush foliage. Most beloved perennials and brightly colored bulbs have had their burst of bloom throughout the spring, and the baton is passed to hardy shrubs and herbs to hold up garden beauty as the year’s […]

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Ode to Nigella

nigella flower in a Texas garden

Nigella’s gentle, happy presence lingering in our garden for the length of spring has moved me to write a poem. Any plant that offers this much delight to its gardener and dazzle to its garden is worthy of a wordy-flourish! I hope to pass on the flirty genius of these annuals and convince you as […]

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The Promise of a Pollinator Garden

bee with daithy aspaagus flowers

It may seem as if everywhere you are hearing the buzz about pollinator gardens; that’s because the National Pollinator Garden Network is on a mission to inspire home gardeners to help support the health of pollinators. The mission objective? To increase pollinator populations, thereby securing the future of our country’s food production. Nectar- and pollen-providing […]

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A Garden Plant Named Desire

caper flower and new bud forming

This Valentines week, let your desire be your guide in dreaming of plants for your garden. In fact, in the Bible, desire IS a plant, a horticultural allusion that rewards those who dig into God’s Word from a gardener’s point of view. Meanings not apparent to the regular reader reveal surprisingly flirtatious insight to the […]

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