garden

Lindy Dennis of Beaumont talks about his late wife, Lelia.

So much more than the harvest of vegetables and the care and labor that goes into growing them, a garden is also a myriad of symbols.

Gardens are soft, tender spaces. They are symbolic retreats, sanctuaries, safe places, sacred spaces and spaces to grow, worship, and appreciate life’s beauty.

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Keeping your garden looking its best throughout the growing season and into fall is possible with the help of low maintenance bulbs planted in the spring. Plant them among other annuals or perennials and watch as these bulbs brighten the garden, adding new life to your late season gardens.

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It’s fascinating to me that we are eating a plant cultivar that was popular even before the Middle Ages! Kale is the new buzzwords at trendy restaurants.

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With Memorial Day and July 4 only weeks apart, it just feels like the right time to do some “patriot gardening.” We have just enough time to get some red, white and blue plants started in our yard.

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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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If you want to get out of those big box stores and find something more personal for your outdoor spaces, you are on the “Right Side of Texas.” Decorators and gardeners in the know scour our local antique stores for the best and most unique inspirations for their gardens. Just flip through magazines like Architectural Digest or Southern Living and you will see picture perfect areas with personal touches. Free your mind. The trend now is to re-use and re-purpose.

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