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Well, it could be called “Heaven on Earth” if you like colorful strutting peacocks, huge brugmansias, towering orange trees and large streams cascading into ancient ponds. The Alcazar in Seville, Spain, was built in the 1300s during Europe’s Dark Ages and has managed to thrive. UNESCO made this one-time Moorish palace a World Heritage Site in 1987.

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I do enjoy the winter break from heat and weeds and daily responsibility outside in the yard but really welcome some “inspiration” during these colder months. And what a more perfect place to go for inspiration than the great gardens of the world. Versailles is such a garden. In these stately French green spaces with their topiaries and fountains and lakes, you can just imagine yourself in formalwear with nothing to do but stroll the paths and eat bon-bons.

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roses

If you ever wanted to learn about roses, this is the weekend you have been waiting for! The Golden Triangle Rose Society of Southeast Texas (GTRS) is inviting you to its annual free rose seminar. They are also extending an invite to their regular meetings and annual rose pruning and planting demonstrations in February.

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Now this plant loves cold weather! I never cease to be amazed when big box garden centers have cyclamen for sale in September here in Texas. Yes, sitting next to heat loving flowers, they place these gorgeous cyclamen flowers. November through February is when these beauties thrive in our neck of the woods. They do not like hot climes.

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When it’s been raining and cold, and it’s probably a few months until we can truly enjoy our outdoor spaces, I look for “inspiration”: a trip to Marrakech with its fabulous winter weather or to Seville with the Andalusian water gardens. Possibly the best option is to plan a virtual or real trip to Claude Monet’s garden in Giverny, France.

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