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Gather Us: An Herb Garden’s Lesson

herb garden planted for family Thanksgiving feast

Here come the great seasons of thanks and giving! America’s tradition of gathering together to celebrate Thanksgiving Day, with Hanakkah and Christmas a little further down the way, promises a glorious expression of the psalmist’s sentiment: Save us, O Lord our God, and gather us from among the nations, that we may give thanks to […]

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Autumn Garden Glorifies

pomegranate tree in autumn garden glory

Fall temperatures have finally settled in, and with them much garden work to do to tidy up and take down the tremendous plant growth of spring and summer. Though it appears we are at garden’s end, spring has already begun in our hearts…don’t we have the bulb orders to prove it!?! In this manner, the […]

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Garden Details

intricately painted rock in a garden bed

I received a treasured gift from my cousin Becky, an ornament for my garden with the most brilliant detail!! Pictured here in a patch of bee balm, the stone is adorned with her intricately painted design. Whenever I catch its glimpse, my mind drifts to the jeweled breastplates crafted for the Israelites’ priests, and I […]

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“Surely” Poppies

"surely" poppies in the garden

On this National Day of Prayer, let us gather in God’s steadfast presence and recount his protection and provision. Surely the existence of our nation could not be a more perfect demonstration of God’s guidance and blessing; in God we trust! Speaking of, this word stands out in searching the praises of God in the […]

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A Winter Letter

BRIT Herbarium guest book

Dear Garden in Delight Blog Subscribers, Greetings in 2019! I hope you have had a cozy winter, some of us frozen in the polar vortex, some under gentler blankets of snow; or if you are a Texan gardener, you know the warm air and weeds are here already! Today’s post is just a keep-in-touch letter. […]

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Poignant Pines

starry branches of stone pines

It’s been a month of conifer delight, and no better way to finish off Isaiah’s Evergreens than to plant pines: [The wood-carver] cuts down cedars; he selects the cypress and the oak; he plants the pine in the forest to be nourished by the rain. Then he uses part of the wood to make a […]

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God’s Focus in Saffron Crocus

saffron crocus lavish colors

Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) He wanted us […]

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Walking through the Orchard, part 2

Fall apple orchard in Virginia

Today our orchard walk takes us through a figurative journey, with fruit-filled, real-orchard images to accompany us along the way. PaRDeS is an acrostic—spelling the Hebrew word for orchard—which depicts a method of Jewish Biblical interpretation that presumes multiple layers of meaning to exist in the phrases and paragraphs, the expression and recounting of Scripture. Touches […]

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Must Have Mustards!

fall gardens mustards growing through the winter

In fall gardens, mustards are a must! These leafy greens will become a beloved part of your vegetable garden, sprouting quickly in the cooler fall weather, lingering though mild winters or under colder climate row covers, and seeing you through to a spring flourish. There are several ways to enjoy this plant in your garden-to-table […]

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Recounting the Carob Story

carob pods in a southern CA tree

I hope the story never gets old—that astonishing embrace, the father’s widely enfolding welcome to his returning son. Destitute and down-and-out, yet mindful of his father’s decency, the son returns to his father’s estate in hopes of taking a small place among those who care for his land. There, the son determines to be grateful […]

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