Elegant Elaeagnus

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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Praising the Lord in Leeks, Onions & Garlic

harvested and hanging garlic

Now the people complained about their hardships…We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost—also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic. Numbers 11:1, 5 NIV Some of us are harvesting garlic (although some of us are still waiting). How about an Amen! for the alliums—garlic and their sidekicks, leeks and onions, that add […]

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Humble Umbels

umbels coriander flowers and seeds forming

Blooming coriander in my garden this week inspired me to add a letter to the A-to-Z Primer of Plants from God’s Word, U for umbellifers. These humble vegetables, herbs, and spices from the Umbelliferae family plod along without much fuss or fanfare while filling a garden-to-table life. Until they bloom, that is! Umbels flower spectacularly—in fireworks-like […]

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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 Lenten Look at Trees: Bay Laurel

spring branches from bay laurel trees

A Lenten Look at Trees features seven tree species, a sweeping journey from the Garden of Eden to palm’s Sunday prominence, preparing our hearts for the day Jesus hung on a tree. Some trees along the way may be well-suited for your garden; others may be more suitable for the table, their fruits found easily […]

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A Lenten Look at Trees: Palm

fruits from date palm trees

A Lenten Look at Trees features seven tree species, a sweeping journey from the Garden of Eden to palm’s Sunday prominence, preparing our hearts for the day Jesus hung on a tree. Some trees along the way may be well-suited for your garden; others may be more suitable for the table, their fruits found easily […]

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A Lenten Look at Trees: Almond

blossomed almond branch

A Lenten Look at Trees features seven tree species, a sweeping journey from the Garden of Eden to palm’s Sunday prominence, preparing our hearts for the day Jesus hung on a tree. Some trees along the way may be well-suited for your garden; others may be more suitable for the table, their fruits found easily […]

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A Lenten Look at Trees: Tamarisk

tamarisk tree detail from Maui HI

A Lenten Look at Trees features seven tree species, a sweeping journey from the Garden of Eden to palm’s Sunday prominence, preparing our hearts for the day Jesus hung on a tree. Some trees along the way may be well-suited for your garden; others may be more suitable the table, their fruits found easily in […]

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A Lenten Look at Trees: Oak

acorns grow oak trees

A Lenten Look at Trees features seven tree species, a sweeping journey from the Garden of Eden to palm’s Sunday prominence, preparing our hearts for the day Jesus hung on a tree. Some trees along the way may be well-suited for your garden; others may be more suitable the table, their fruits found easily in […]

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