General Non-Fiction posted April 26, 2015


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favorite gardens

flower girl

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Sun shone as the temperatures rose to 105 degrees. My daughters laughed as they splashed in the cool waters at DeGolyer Garden estates. Pictures and memories forever began.

My daughters and I loved the White Rock Lake, Dallas, Texas, flower gardens. The DeGolyer Estate was bought by the City of Dallas for a place of beauty, education, and relaxation. DeGolyer was a famous oil tycoon and geologist. The family traveled the world and settled in Dallas, Texas, where he had a 21,000 square foot home built. His library was 1,750 square foot, large enough for all FS writers to gather. The gardens and 100 year old oaks, magnolias and pecan trees surrounded the oil millionaire's mansion. This 66 acre garden was a place of concerts, grand parties, family gatherings, fun in the sun, walking therapy, or weddings.

I always brought extra clothes, food, sun screen and beverages for a long day of adventure. Ward Lay of Frito Lay chips, was the sponsor of our favorite garden. The 12 foot waterfalls dropped onto a pool and attracted my daughters. The purple wisterias bloomed overhead on brass supports. We watched as large koi fish swam in a pool by the beautiful pots of flowers.

Nancy's Garden was Mrs. Nell DeGolyer's personal garden. Statues of boys and girls were highlighted by the steps and beautiful flowers. In the corner by White Rock Lake was a garden gazebo where the children played. Families were inspired by the lake and flowers for creative art work. They relaxed with story telling, people watching or picnics.

Weddings were popular on the Rose Mary Haggar garden. Walkways, water falls and reflecting pools were also fun places my girls swam in. We saw many brides as the photographers took their photos before their evening wedding. Wet mermaids swam and brides smiled as we shared the pools and gardens. Parents and photographers were busy as they shot the perfect pictures.

DeGoyler's gardens were flipped each season with different flowers. Pathways of tulips and azaleas bloomed in large paisley raised and mulched beds in the spring. Summer flowers of lilies and roses were my favorite. My daughters, Monica and Annie, discovered the frogs that sprayed water into a circle pool as their favorite area. In the fall, pumpkins decorated the gardens. Cornfield mazes were planted for the children to explore. Wagon trains, teepees and old grass huts were displayed to portray history of the settlers. Giant Texas boots were filled with blooming flowers as a display. We loved this garden that flowed with fun memories.

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Our city of Richardson, Texas, planted wildflowers in the city on boulevards and fields. I had the girls pose in the flowers. Every spring the city celebrate life with flowers, food and music entertainment. Monica and Annie had their faces painted every summer. My poem of "love life," in my portfolio reminds me of this time.

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Our family moved to Southern Minnesota, in the middle of barley and corn harvest, eleven years ago. Oh, how I missed my rose gardens. Our house that we prayed for in Minnesota, was surrounded by white rocks. The family took the roses and flowers that their mother planted. I cried out to The Lord and complained. His sweet reply was, "I gave you hands to plant the flowers." I cried out to the community and I received overflowing perennials of corn flowers, daisies, hostas, irises and lilies. Lois, my neighbor, taught me how to plant these flowers to make a rainbow garden of color with every season. I labored in my garden and The Lord's flowers bloomed. For my daughters, I planted wildflowers in old, metal water pots. The colors of these flowers are Heavenly!

Lois noticed that I had raised beds of soil compost and pine bark mulch. I told her that this is the way the flower beds were prepped in Dallas. I gave up my garden of 65 roses and blooming trees and shrubs when we left Dallas metroplex. Here in Minnesota, I planted perennials and added in roses and lilies for extra color in my garden. In the fall, Lois walked around my garden. She told me to take my flowers to the Jackson County Fair. In August, my white Casablanca lily bloomed out for the judges. They rewarded me with a grand championship purple ribbon!

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county fair
cards shared
smiles

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Each year, I shot photos of my flowers and shared cards of the flowers blooming with friends. My white lillies were made into greeting cards for our Presbyterian church as a mission outreach. We called these cards, "Agape Seeds," (God's love seeds).

With my knowledge of planting flowers, I planted my perennials and annuals in beds for churches, friends and Destiny Youth Horse Ranch. I gave my cut flowers to friends in empty spaghetti jars. Home grown flowers had an amazing, Heavenly fragrance.

One spring day, I inhaled the sweet Heavenly scent of the apple blossoms. I picked up handfuls of the fallen blossom snow flakes. I threw these white apple blossom petals into the air. Jesus told me that I was "His flower girl spreading seeds of love before the wedding of the bride!"

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fussy roses
free-spirited wildflowers
divine joy


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I share flowers with others as a gift of God's love as Jesus loved us first. A taste of Heaven on Earth brings great joy to those who receive the flowers. Please check out the DeGoyler Gardens in Dallas, Texas.

I pray that you bloom where you are planted. May our Savior shine on you as you blossom for God's Glory! soli deo Gloria!

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