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Water-Colored Plants for Your Garden

dusty miller lambs ear Artemisia leaves float in water

By now we are hitting the stride of summer, ready for refreshment from the hot rays of sunshine. Many gardeners add water features to their botanical sanctuaries for just this reason, to hear the gurgles and splashes and have the sounds effect them with psychological coolness. I am not that handy, nor responsible enough to […]

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A Small Flower’s Big Story

small flowers of star of Bethlehem

Spring’s perennial flowers include the age-old star of Bethlehem. This may be the delight of your garden’s returning flourish, or the disdain! Depending on your region, these small flowers are greeted with a smile or a scourge; they bring bright, starry-joy to flower beds, or they mount a full-scale invasion. And there was a great […]

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Plant a Remembrance of Rejoicing

soft caress mahonia fronds close up view

What gardener would not be delighted by a holiday celebrated with a plant list?! The final appointed celebration decreed by the Lord in Leviticus 23 (also Exodus 23 and Deuteronomy 16) is the Feast of Tabernacles (also called Feast of Ingathering or Booths, or Sukkot in Hebrew), taking place this week, September 24th to September 30th. […]

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Double Duty Herbs

4 inch herbs in purple

Double duty herbs: A charge easy enough, as herbs are appealing, beautiful garden plants by their nature, all the while spicing up home life in everything from hand soap to pasta dishes. However, let’s face it, we are a multi-tasking people; most activities with a slightly slow-pace have been adapted to include email-checking, photo-editing, or […]

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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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