All Things Bright and Beautiful

Sarah P. Duke Gardens: quite possibly the most magnificent place in Durham, North Carolina. From the tall trees to the flowers & foliage to the tiny bird that sings, all things there are bright and beautiful.

Want to know what the Gardens look like in Autumn? Here’s a flurry of photos that I took on my whirlwind tour through the Gardens earlier this week. Enjoy!


Along the allees of the Terrace Garden, the coleuses are still colorful and profuse. Did you know that the coleus is a member of the mint family? — Duke Gardens; Autumn 2014


In the Terrace Garden, I pondered how these flower blossoms and ornamental tomatoes found their way to the fountain statue. The wind? Critters? Mischievous garden guests? — Duke Gardens; Autumn 2014


At the fish pond, the koi (fish) look large enough to ride (my, how they’ve grown!) and the water lilies look good enough to eat. Almost. Almost. — Duke Gardens Terrace Fish Pond; Autumn 2014


A blue dasher dragonfly sits atop a water lily in the Terrace fish pond. — Duke Gardens; Autumn 2014


The Butterfly Garden is drying off. Despite this, I spotted several winged wonders and a few flowers still blooming. — Duke Gardens; Autumn 2014


A male cardinal along the edge of the South Lawn is a nod to North Carolina’s state bird. — Duke Gardens; Autumn 2014


Everything about the magnolia grandiflora (southern magnolia) is magnificent and grand, right down to the seed pod. — Duke Gardens South Lawn/Terrace Garden; Autumn 2014

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful:
The Lord God made them all.

Each little flower that opens,
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colors,
He made their tiny wings.

The purple headed mountains,
The river running by,
The sunset and the morning
That brightens up the sky.

The cold wind in the winter,
The pleasant summer sun,
The ripe fruits in the garden,
He made them every one.

The tall trees in the greenwood,
The meadows where we play,
The rushes by the water,
To gather every day.

He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.

— Ce­cil F. Al­ex­an­der (1848)

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